Busy Day and a Mystery Fish at the Port
Next up was the flats in the BRL. The water actually looks a bit cloudier that the last time I was here but found some black drum poking their tails up in the slick calm water. Watched one do a head stand on my shrimp but he wouldn't eat. Also saw what I believe was a juvenile tarpon. My wife took the flats title with one small trout.
Had enough of the this around 10:30a and decided to fish the beach with the beautiful weather. Made the run through the locks and out to the beach for almost nonstop action on bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Saw some bait schools so it looks like they should be thick on the beach pretty soon.
On the way back in, saw something I've never seen in 35 years of fishing this area. Inside the Port, we see a very large school of fish swimming in a perfect circle. I thought they were large jack crevalle. I pull up to the school with the only rods I had (wasn't planning on leaving the river - 3000's spooled with 30lb power pro). Hooked two of these fish, with the second coming fairly close to the boat before it cut/broke my line (30lb fluro leader). I would say these schooling fish averaged about 20 lbs each and they looked like bluefish. I couldn't get a good look. Wondering if anyone knows what the hell these fish were. All in all, great day out on the water with absolutely perfect weather. This is my favorite time of year to fish and I believe we're about to head into the "bait explosion" where we get schools of baitfish all over the river and the beach and everything is "feeling Springy". Tight lines.:USA