Well, I’m back at the hill, and had a ball fishing the IOP pier, once again!
Fishing in the hot sun was bearable, every day, due to the sea breeze. We had evening storms every day but Friday, which sent us in early. My best shark fishing off of the pier is generally at dusk, with descent water.
Tides/weather just weren’t in my favor this trip.
I had three Bonnethead bites around 4:00-4:30 pm, Thursday. Two were foul hooked, meaning my bait, halved, shelled, Blue Crabs had spun in the current, causing the hook to become wedged into the bait, rather than sticking out of the shell. As soon as I got them to the top of the water, and they realized something was up. they opened their jaws, and spit my bait.
The third one had my circle hook embeded in the corner of his jaw, just like it should be. Alone on the pier made trying to net the fish tough, and I ended up losing it to the pier pilings, due to current, and wind.
All in all, a mighty fun trip! Our first Flounder off the pier (3) all under sized, and released. My daughter had an over slot Black Drum, we lost while trying to beach, thanks to a couple of “helpers” grabbing her line and breaking it, before we could get down to the breakers.
Figuring out how catch the Tiger Minnows was a nice addition to our trip. We also saw an Albino/Piebald Dolphin, while catching Crabs at Breach Inlet.
Plenty of good Whiting, and Spot’s were caught, along with a ton of juvy’ Spades.
Anyway, can’t wait to get back down there!!