|I notice some of the big BSP caught have some red stuff leaking from the butt. Initially I double it was related to pregnancy, but I did not see anything inside. Actually, I have no idea if it's a male or female
Is it common to catch strippers with a grub setup? I always want to get one with my perch setup, but I have never been that lucky.
|Took Friday off, since it was the only day that looked like decent conditions and that I had time to fish. High tide was forecast for around 2:30 pm, and I got to wetting a line with grubbing gear around 1 pm, after some fumbling around to make up for gear I failed to pack.
The wind was stronger than forecast, a good 15 mph from the N-NW with some good gusts. And, the surf was like a washing machine on agitate, water flowing in from every direction. The waves were not huge but with all the agitation it was hard to hold bottom. It was frustrating at first, and I almost decided to stop and wait for better conditions, but I fish when I can and this was it.
Finally got some action, with a solid strike and hook up after a few failed attempts. This fish was big and strong but soon enough I landed a 13" red tail, dinner! After that, I caught and released a few 8-10" BSP, and a feisty 16" striper, followed by the skinniest smelt I have ever caught. And, I have never caught smelt on that beach, so that was different. Wrapped the day up around 4 pm, and as I was stowing my gear in my trunk ran into a guy who was just getting to the beach, and after he asked how I did I notice the big fly fishing outfit he was setting up; pretty bold, given the conditions, I mentioned to him, to which he responded "that's all I got". True fisherman.
All in all a good day with some trying conditions, for a total of 7 fish: 1 red tail perch, 4 BSPs, one skinny smelt, and one striper. And, FYI, while cleaning the fish, the red tail had a sack full of little ones in her. When I landed the fish she did not appear pregnant, and I always release visibly pregnant females, so I kept the fish. Will be catch and release for a while.