Celebrating the wife's birthday yesterday. I ask her last week what she wanted to do..."Let's go fishing!". I guess I got a keeper here. :wink
Cleared the inlet at 7:15 am to very nice sea conditions. They were calling 3-4, but they were a comfortable 2-3. I have been struggling on the troll recently, so went straight to live bait drifting in a small rip in about 190' SE of the inlet. Within 20 minutes, had a small gaffer on (maybe 6-7 lbs) and was surrounded by about 15 of his brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, he seemed to be the only hungry one in the group and the school disappeared. About 10 minutes later, same exact scenario but this time we were able to get a 2nd hooked up. We were surrounded by about 30 schooley phins this time, but again, no one was hungry. Threw everything at them from live pilchards, dead sardines and artificials.
With an early 3 in the box, decided to head in and see what the snapper were doing. Well, they weren't eating. Went to all my normal spots and only managed to pick up a decent lane and a keeper sea bass. We did pick up three more schoolies while drifting.
Decided to head back out and try for an afternoon dolphin bite. Reset the live bait drift in 170' due east of the inlet and got molested by remoras. Made a quick trip in to 135' to get away from them and reset. About 2:00 line comes tight and we finally have a NICE cow on. Wifey did a great job fighting her as she made several runs under the boat. Game over after about a 7-8 minute battle.
Tried running the beach on the way in to look for a cobia. Found a HUGE turtle with a brown **** beside her. Pitched the live pilchard, sardine and cobia slayer and she flat out wasn't hungry.
Ended up being a beautiful day on the water with plenty of filets.
Pour her a cocktail tonight and tell her to sit back while you cook (AND DO DISHES)!
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