Originally Posted by yarddog
Moco Out front midday to late afternoon. West wind thigh high swell with a north to south current.Peanuts, rain fish spearing, and Mullet in the trough. Observed numerous needle fish for the first time this year.Many large snappers doing their thing. A quick dozen fat 17 inch short flat ones all still swimming. A good day on the beach with many Albert fans seeking action, but ending up getting exercise.
Brigantine: 4:30 to 7... SE wind (go figure) with no swell but a 3 foot wind chop. Water was clean and green, very little weed.
Was doing a relaxing bait fishing thing with my wife for a few hours, managed a bluefish on frozen mullet on a rod which I had a local guy redo for me. This is a fiberglass lami blank that was my father in law's favorite rod, 9'6". Weird fishing as being fiberglass, this is super flexible and has a totally different feel than any current production rod. Have a Penn 9M reel on it with 20lb mono. Still have my good conventional casting "thumb" as this reel has no brake of any kind. If you don't thumb then you tangle on the cast
Anyhow, had to leave around 7, there were no kingfish in the surf (the storm blew them out apparently), so no takers on bloodworm, no takers on the bluefish head (thought a brown shark might still be cruising the shallows but guess they moved out deeper with the kingfish, just a thought).
Finally did a "duh" and thought to check the shallow surf and downbeach finally caught the tell tale ripples, ran and got my castnet and voila... there was bait.
But, not mullet on the cast, what seem to be baby pompano! Then another cast did, in fact get a few mullet.
Unfortunately, while I was as "prepared" as yarddog with rigs (including a float rig), I had an impatient guest with me, so I didn't get the chance to liveline anything, but hopefully will get out before the 21st to give it another shot. There have got to be some doormats hanging somewhere with these prime baits running the shallows.