Well, just got back from the early AM incoming tide Marsh jaunt. All I gut to say is....
1.) Every piece of bait got slammed.
2.) Lost count at 10 fish.
3.) Landed the smallest baby Striper I think I have ever seen in real life.
4.) Lost my favorite rod/reel....my sacred "utility" setup. Yup. Threw 1/3 of a big herring out (head end) on a 7/0 circle, and I walked about 25 feet away after I set the rod in my makeshift rod holder between the granite blocks. Next thing we hear is the drag screaming...I look back and the tip of my 7' medium rod is bent down so far its only 2 feet from touching the slab. Layed right over. Only the good fish do this stunt. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzz the drag went. So I jog over, and as if it were in slow motion.....the fish stops and I see the rod fly violently back and then forward again as the fish starts another run. The recoil from it popped the rod right out tha makeshift holder again. It was 1 foot from my hand, and I watched it pop up and out in one feel swoop. It landed in the water, and I could've jumped in and got it, but it was 3 or 4 feet down and I didnt have enough time to take my cell phone out of my pocket
So there went the first real "Drag Screamer" of the year for me. Along with my favorite rod that I had spent $125 dollars on customizing with custom guides, wrap, and corp tape grip. Bye-bye. Gizzy-gone. The only fish that suck bait up that quick and peel drag like that are 20# pounds. So I'll pout knowing I got GOT by a decent fish. I managed to retrieve the same setup after being pulled in by a decent fish before, but this time the Striper Gods were not so forgiving. This fish was a different animal. Luckily I had 2 witnesses.......and unluckily I had the same 2 people to rib on me about the rod flying into the air and smacking the water. such ashame, cuz fish that lay over a rod and scream like this only come along so often out in this spot. I paid tha Piper. "There goes that!" - Merrill.
5.) Pissed off and distraught, I picked up the only other setup I had with me, a 7' Light tackle setup, and just drifted bait until the incoming died. Fought and landed a 35" (didnt weigh it, and didnt keep it). felt like a 25 pounder on the light tackle rod. Luckily I didnt kill it with the long battle. Then i missed about 6 fish after that until the tide died. Then we left.
6.) The incoming has been spectacular in the skinny water. Granted, no 50's
, but some damn good goddamn fishing. Best May and June I can remember since 2003.
I feel terrible that there is a decent class fish swimming around with my setup in tow. But there was nothing I could do. I got it back once.....cant expect to get it back twice. hopefully the fish will be able to cut off the line on something and live for someone else to battle.....I never got to fight it.
I was going to retire that reel after this season, and hook tha custom rod up with another new reel
My friend Chris said it best after seeing the violence this fish exuded....."Well, the reel is officially retired now."
I got GOT. Had. Twunt. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ