Catch date:9/17/2014 6:47:00 PM
Story date:9/17/2014 9:14:00 PM
Location:Fort Howard MD
I went out this evening for a couple of hours fishing the islands. I managed to land about 6 Stripers up to around 16 inches. Even though the wind was calm, a strong outgoing tide made it difficult to work a jig so all of the fish were caught on my cheapo lipless crank.
I had forgotten the downside to the inexpensive lures that I use but tonight refreshed my memory. I had noticed the other week that I was losing a lot of fish because the hooks on my crankbait were bending while fighting larger fish. So the earlier this week I swapped out the hooks with high quality hooks, so I thought I was set.
Tonight while I was fishing a small bay, a fish showed himself by breaking the surface. He was in range so I made a cast at him. My cast was a little off but he hit hard and the fight was on. I knew he was a larger fish so I set the hook well but withing a few seconds he broke the surface and was gone. When I got the lure back to the boat the hook I realized that the hook was gone. The better hook allowed him to pull the eye right out of the lure. I guess the moral of the story is buy good lures.