The goal of the night was to get some time on the water after a long overdue hiatus. Between Mother Nature, family obligations, travel baseball and work I have barely had time to sleep. Well, I sacrificed sleep for a change recently and vowed to get out on the water regardless of weather conditions. As luck would have it, it was raining, but I went anyway dang it!
So glad I did. I met up with my fellow TKAA buddy Wayne, and we agreed to fish the Hampton side of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. We launched shortly before 6pm into steady 15mph winds out of the NNW. I located a whole mess of baitfish on my Lowrance Elite-4x DSI but couldn't locate any big fish. We moved about all over and finally setup shop in a couple of drop offs and started working our Powerteam Lures Curly Tailed Grubs.
Bull Bay Rod. Kelly and Dustin Phillips are good people and have created arguably one of the best rods on the market. Their SenZigrip technology is innovative and already in high demand, so get yours while you can! I quickly setup for another drift but found no more takers. I decided to hit the bridge and and work the light line.
I ended up fishing from piling to piling looking for any signs of activity. After a few minutes of searching, I stumbled across something I had never seen before - a trout blitz on juvenile ribbonfish. It was very cool to watch, but I was there to catch some fish. I left that activity and honed in on some aggressive action a few pilings down and hooked up almost immediately with another fish. As I was reeling it in, it spit the PTL grub only to have it inhaled by a zealous follower - a smallish 11" grey that lived to fight another day.
I quickly forgot about it and moved on. For the next 30 minutes, I couldn't find any fish - not even any baitfish. I kept looking and found some activity a little further down. When I saw the surface strikes, I knew it was a striper. I fired off a cast with a pearl PTL grub this time and was rewarded immediately with a strong surge in the rod as the grub was inhaled. I leveraged the Bull Bay Rod and the striper just had no chance. I easily maneuvered him away from the structure and guided him right to the side of my Pro Angler. A quick lip grip and a nice 21" striper was on the board.
Get out and satisfy that urge! Tight lines and be safe!