Had a customer I have not had on board in 6 years. Chad S. and he brought his 14 year old nephew. Plan was since the river fishing has been so hit and miss. We'd head offshore. Yeah, first stop was to be somewhere around Montgomery's Reef. From the end of the jetties, 10.8 miles.
We broke the jetties early. Looked for Pogies off the north. And as we saw ZERO, I said hell with this let's go.
And the further we went, the less I could actually get on plane.
It was "SLOP" city!
Yes, it was windy about 10-15 kts. out of the SE and the "intervals" between the 4 foot back to back waves would have had me doing a fast idle for the next 10 miles!!!
So, hell with this....
I turned around and we fought our way back in the jetties, as it was a sloppy mess too. By this time, Chad and Dakota his 14 year old nephew were soaked. I was pissed as all hell. All I had was cuttlefish for bait. And wanted absolute nothing to do with this nasty boat bobbing around, waking, waves at that inlet.
Rough water is worth it when you know, you have a chance at catching good fish. Be it inshore or offshore. This was gonna be neither.
We found out really fast that not even a Croaker would eat a Cuttlefish snack. So I ended up getting some dead shrimp and we finished the day with a good handful of Whiting & Yellowmouth Trout, caught bottom fishing. Which turned into a decent bag of fish fry fillets. And the day ended with getting rained on. Jus wonderful.
I think it's baitwell of live shrimp and float-rigging for me, with bottom fishing or tossing jigs as a back up no matter what, or no matter how many people stuff on my boat. Cause I'm just tired of having to be jack of all trades, master of none, all summer long.......or when the weather allows.
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