Re: Hey Togue!
TattooBob: I know how you feel bro! I could hardly move all day Sunday. My hands are wrecked, tore my gloves about an hour into it (seam came undone, going to get those AquaSkinz like yours). Was really happy with the VS/lami combo. Before I quit Saturday my gear was chalk white from salt spray, repeatedly dunked and/or soaked, but it all kept cranking without a flaw!
Sounds like you had a great season. I've only had a couple of good days this year, not at all like last year when I had a time more like what you did this year. But I do think I've finally broken the curse of 2006!
BruceP: Yes, when they are around the cows are mixed with the schoolies. Try to get deeper under the schoolies, or else slow down your retrieve. You would be surprised at how close in some of these fish will go into shore before they strike, right into the suds on an incoming wave! Remember, the emphasis is on the "when" they are around. You can try to move, but do it for a reason, i.e. you see birds working or you know where there is some structure. What I have seen is topwater poppers and such mostly brings in the schoolies, but you never know. The cows I saw taken fell either to metals (try a Deadly Dick in green, believe it, I saw it produce more than once) or to big wood (needlefish and pencils). I hear the bucktails have been producing as well, just haven't seen it myself.
Tight lines, and let the fall run combat begin!