Catch date:6/1/2015 8:29:00 PM
Story date:6/4/2015 1:31:00 AM
I got some Intel that striped bass have been caught close to home over the weekend. That prompted me to go and start checking the spots I’ve caught bass last season. The high tide was set for 8:30pm Monday evening, the wind was a wind most surfcasters love out of the North East at about 10 or 15 MPH, a light steady rain at first, two to four foot seas, a sweep traveling with the wind, and the warm water temps were all a comfort to me. I made a rookie error looking at my tides near me app in my house instead of checking it online. I wanted to arrive for the magic hour one hour into the fallen tide. I got to the beach about 10pm and took one look at the tidal line that looked far more out than one hour…this can’t be good was my thought. I checked my app and high tide was at 7:50pm! I planned to be on the jetty by this stage of the tide if I hadn’t caught a fish by now. That didn’t give me the time to take five casts with a few lures before moving on. Instead I had to use a searching strategy I use. I find fish with the SP Minnow, and once I find them I pull the bigger fish in with my Super Strike Darter. I did that for an hour taking two cast and move on. I started from the entrance to the base of the jetty…no hits.
I decided it was time to get up on the jetty to see if any bass were laying ambush on the west tide of the rock pile so I went to anchor the rear treble to my first guide when the entire sky turned to day light from one silent bolt of lightning!!! Just as I raised my graphite 11 foot rod…only two conditions will stop me from fishing, gale force winds, and lightening. I said oh well I’m done, and proceeded to walk back from where I came…but I only had been out one hour and it seemed to be one rouge bolt. I began casting at the base. I wanted to get on the tip but it was raining well by now so I gave that spot 20 minutes, then moved on to the bay side. With the full moon, and NE wind the current was moving out like rapids so nothing other than bucktails would get down if I’m not using bait in this spot. I gave it until 1Am and I called it quits. I did notice the sky line had a shape and color that I just had to capture. It looked like a funnel cloud had formed under the blue moon light. If you look in the center of the photo where the sky gets lightest you might see what I saw. But then again I don’t fish in tornado alley so maybe it was my imagination…Catch’em up!