Wednesday, May 25, 2011
It's Good to Be King
We fished hard for two days, spending the night on the boat, tied up in a calm inlet. The fishing is pretty simple, really - boats of all shapes and sizes troll lures around a strictly defined area at the mouth of the Wind. Lures at first seem to be of two basic kinds: spinners and plugs. But the amount of variation expressed within that basic binary is truly mind boggling. Last year, large diving plugs were the ticket, specifically orange ones with black tiger stripes. This year, plugs were useless (on our boat), but a spinner set-up with a bright red prawn at the hook seemed to do the trick. Bait is trolled just off the bottom, where the fish travel in groups up-river.
These fish are fresh from the ocean, where they grow up big and strong. When they hit the lure, there is no doubt about what's happening - the rod tip slams down and the fight is on! The previous weekend, Rip had boated a 28lb beauty, so our hopes were high. We didn't see any that big, but did manage to limit the boat (2/per angler) the first day, netting six fish all around the 11-13lb range. The second day saw four more in the boat, two smaller, two a bit larger than the day before. Ten fish to the boat in two days is a great rate-of-catch....the Fish Whisperer never disappoints!