Headed out with John at 2:30 am this morning hoping to find a bite in the dark on the last of the outgoing tide. It was a much different night than the last time we got such an early start. This time it mostly clear skies under a full moon so we were able to make a quick run to where we wanted to start fishing. I love how peaceful it is fishing in the dark. I started with a good sized blackbird and we picked up a couple of solid fish while it was still dark. I wasn't even awake when I landed this first fish.
Blackbird in action
Once it got to be light we decided to fish some of the outer rocky structure. We haven't found much at all yet this year outside but there should be some good fish set up by now. We worked some of my favorite structure without seeing a single striper.
There were loads of pollack out there which is a good sign. I have a feeling that we will have to do a lot of searching to locate fish this summer on the structure. I don't mind as long as we are able to pick up some decent fish here and there.
I finally hooked up fishing a grocery pollack over some sand. I missed the first hit on this cast but this fish or his buddy hit again and I got a hook into him. There was another striper at least this big chasing this guy around during the fight.
Off to fight another day.
A couple flies that worked best today.
Another great day to be out on the water. We had to work for the fish but can't complain about the average size of these fish. On the way back in we saw some massive schools of small bait at the mouth of the Scarborough marsh. Lots of bird activity but very little fish showing themselves. It was a good ways into the incoming tide so it's possible that the fishing was hot either side of low.