we went out again tonight to catch the pre-new moon tide. i figured the fishing would be good with the weather getting a little chillier and the tide looked fast and deep. there were bass hopping around as soon as we got there but all i got was one half-hearted hit. i actually saw the fish turn and wave a fin at me as it got off, laughing. ben showed up and we moved spots to deeper water. ho-hum another bluefish out there. i was hoping there was a bass in the works for tonight, but at this point i can’t buy a bass from Pat Zolo’s fish market on Metropolitan. here’s the fish:
Ben’s shoe is in the picture for scale. it’s a decent size, nothing to brag about. 29.5″, may be good to eat. Ben got it on video which might look pretty cool. I lost another one a little later by playing it a little too casually. Thomas showed up later and almost fell into the damn river. lucky guy. ben hooked another fish that i filmed, but he ended up losing it close to shore. after getting blown around by the wind for about an hour and a half with no hits, which was surprising on the outgoing, we decided to call it a night. we went back to the first spot and saw the bass were still hitting. while me and thomas tangled and snagged lines on logs (him) and razor wire (me), Ben set about putting on a clinic on how to fish. He caught two bass on a plastic swimmer with a wire leader. what the hell man. here’s his first fish:
he managed to hook it in the eye socket, the fish probably miss hit and ended up with the hook in the eye. we removed it and it swam off strong. with a flap of its tail it splashed me as i released it, while it turned around and said “thanks for nothing, jerks.” next time we catch it it may have an eye patch.
then ben caught another fish, bigger than the first. i think he caught this one on the same lure. i may have been hanging off the fence at this point trying to untangle my line from the kite-eating-tree (of Peanuts comics) of razor wire and trying really hard not to fall in the river again.
Ben is now in the lead in the striped bass category with a 23″ striped bass. yeah, it’s not the greatest or the biggest fish in the river, but it’s better than yours! congrats to ben! Send us those pics of your fish! the second picture is a good example of how to take a derby-submission photo. make sure that at full size we can clearly see the measurement, and if it’s a biggun’ record the girth too.