Mystic 4/20 The good the bad the ugly back to good
Launched at Noon from the boatlaunch. No need for dry wear today. Fresh water side in the 60's and air close to 90. Nice! I wore the mysterioso bottoms and socks, with neo booties and synthetic Tshirt. I usually dont get to do this on the ocean until mid July. Nice!
Nothing happening in the usual haunts. FF picked up singles. I guess I was spoiled this year with first cast fish. Not in the last week. I worked the Pilons and dam doors and found micros here and there. I went back to open water and the wind was howling from the west. I am glad I brought the drift sock. Used the drift sock to maximize casting time before I would get blown to the other side of the dam. Found some nice fish in this area from Micros to 26". Everything was going fine until I went to re-deploy the drift sock. I put the rod in the rear holder and grabbed the sock and saw something fly out of the corner of my eye. My rod! See ya. It went down like the titanic. I wrapped the cord around the reel handle and yanked it out of the holder when I took the sock out. I looked for a reference to come back and the ff said it was 8 feet. St. Croix Tidemaster and Stradic 4000. 270 to replace. I tried using another rod but could not get it. Atleast it was in fresh water and I knew where it was but getting it back would be like playing the lottery. I didnt have a weighted treble on me and thought about coming back another day with one.
I continued to fish and bagged a nice fish 30-31" on plastic. Nice long battle on 2lb power pro 10lb test. Fat fish! I guess this holdover was eating well in the Mystic River. Released and decided to fish the salt water side. I found fish hugging the walls on the salt side all schoolies from dinks to about 24". No sea lice on the schoolies. I also saw a boatload of herring. Herring were everywhere and in the lockes. Gulls and Commarants were diving in and picking up large size herring. Saw one seal in the channel that came in too feast.
I pulled over and talked to the oldtimers who hang in the parking lot. I told Charlie about loosing my rod. He gave me a big weighted treble hook. It took me an hour of dredging but got it. Even got the 9" sluggo back. LOL...I also dregged up a rusted out gun, looked like a 22 or 25 cal. (reminds me of fishing Chelsea Creek back in the day), burlap bags, and plastic bags.
Rule #1 in kayak fishing: leash what you dont want to lose!