The last bit of touches went on the boat and she was out into the slip yesterday. Was quite a bumpy ride as we started at Useless Bay and fished for two hours without a single bump. The flood tide came and we made the decision to push west to mid channel bank. The ride would take another 30 minutes and when we turned the corner around marrowstone the white caps greeted us as well as the forecasted 15-25 knot winds.
We made our way towards Pt. Wilson and dropped our gear amidst the 2-4′ wind waves and a steady North Westerly sustained wind. The gear dropped at the 120′ mark and point the now towards Marrowstone point..
Within a few minutes Phils rod was bouncing and he didn’t know it was hooked up until I called out to him to pick it up. Nice fish, but probably not good enough to be a derby winner.
We didn’t even make the first full drift and the seas got really turbulent with big winds and waves along with rollers. Felt like we were inside a washing machine.
Thats Point Wilson in the distance as we drifted with the NW wind and just barely in gear to allow us to keep some control on the direction of the drift. By the time we finished the first drift the three other boats all pretty much bailed out. We opted to give it another try but the winds picked up and we decided it was best to head back to Double Bluff for another try as it was nearing 11:20.
By the time we got back, we were 50/50 on fishing or making the run back. We dropped the riggers and tried the west face of the outgoing tide, but didn’t mark any bait or fish. After about 30 minutes of it, we pulled the plug and called it a day.
We examined the stomach contents of the fish and all full of Sand Lance. Phils super G Gibbs yellow tail sand Lance imitation was the successful spoon fished with a red racer flasher.
At least we didn’t bust out, so far mid channel has been a good fishery for us. Sunday was forecast to be a nice day, too bad the plans didn’t include fishing.