Well, its been a week of major fishing..Not too good a turn out, but I had alot of fun.
Still, I got my bearings and learned some stuff, I figure next year should be much more productive.
Got a great tip on Corson's Inlet, about 5 minutes by car from the house we stay at. Specifically, from the boat launch, to the left and then to the first grass tufts the locals call the "oyster bed." Best bet is to do that late at night, in darkness. Wish I knew that before the last night I was there.
Its also easy to fish the bridge lights from the launch dock, which I also figured out on the last night. Several herring were the prize for that.
As for surf fishing, zip. The bait shop guy said the fishing was terrible this year, and I believe him. Sum total there were a handful of snapper blues, and the latter few days the surf was crushing from the encroaching hurricanes.
As for my charter trip... I actaully felt bad for the captain, it was brutal. Almost nothing, from what I know about fishing this kind of water, I was in all good spots, but there was just nothing there. No one, including him, was able to bring in more than a couple of fish. We got lucky at the end, when the tide was rushing out under a bridge in the lights. A mess of 12-14" blues (I bet they'd be a blast on a real light rod), and a couple of stripers.... I'm amazed at what a fight even a 20" striper can put into a 10wt rod!
I'd like to head back out there in October when the water cools and the big stripers start to come in, but I don't think that'll be this year.
Nothing like having a callous on your hand from casting so damned much all week. After Monday's charter, it was just a blister, by the end of the week it was a full on callous... That's a vacation!
Oh well, I was mostly bested this year. Next year, though, its on.