Captain Wayne Krystopa picked me up this morning an hour before daylight. The plan was for me, this time, to be the foredeck guy on Wayne’s boat so that he could try a recon survey of his favorite spots. Wayne’s technique is a little different than mine, and it was a pleasure to have a little time on the point casting Dead LadyFish Chunks up and down the Islands. The weather was perfect with calm winds and we had a baitwell full of pilchards, finger mullet, and ladyfish by 8:30.
With the sunrise, the wind finally letting off and all that, the calm conditions, and with Captain Wayne’s relentless pursuit, when we finished the day (we were in the Rock Bottom by 2:30,) we had seven redfish between 26 inches and twenty six pounds. We caught four redfish over twenty pounds, we caught and released a bonnet shark, got spooled by a mystery fish, jigged up a bunch of bluefish, iced a couple of trout, had fish for dinner and didn’t catch any snook.
There were Bald Eagles, a pair, on an isolated coastal island, we saw ducks, roseatte spoonbills, ibis, iron headed wood storks, cormorants, white pelicans. Ospreys and flocks of small shore birds. Egrets and little green herons.
We jumped a spinner shark, porpoise were rolling around us, spotted eagle rays were leaping out of the water beside us, all day.