Most fishermen are superstitious but I don't really believe in all that. Friday the 13th is supposed to be a bad luck day but weather was too nice to let superstition keep me off the water.
Just to be safe though - I did put my underwear on backwards ( note to self - do not wear thong ).
Fellow Tfer Charlie S ( Charlie ) met me at Sandy Point at 8:00 am. Had to dodge the deer - they are everywhere in the park. Ran out on flat seas towards # 87 marker. Saw enough bait to warrant putting out the rods. We had last of outgoing and circled the area. Heard some chatter on VHF - some good , some more suited to opening day . Slack current came and wind picked up from the north - putting slight chop on the bay. Worked mostly east / west and got a hit off the board in 75 feet. Charlie reeled in a nice mid 30 incher that hit a white 6 oz Spankin Striper with green glitter shad 60 feet of board. Water is fairly clean - the glitter shads work well.
DNR boat was cruising by and saw the fish. Officer swung by and counted the rods out , saw fish released - then waved good bye. Great to see them out patrolling. That fish broke the 13th myth of being bad luck. We stayed in general area and umbrella off the boat got hit but fish missed. Wind shifted to NE and began to lay down - bay was almost calm again. Another board rod got hit - 6 / 2 tandem. Fish hit a chartreuse 2 oz Alien with blue / silver glitter shad. Fought well for it's size and once at the boat - we saw it had nasty fin rot all over it. Pulled the fish in for quick photo and the fin rot literally fell off. The fish was covered in sea lice - not rotted fins. Had to be a hundred on this fish.
It dropped a bunch all over the deck. They were everywhere.
Set the fish loose and washed those critters out the scuppers. Had another hit but it missed the hook. We pulled rods at 3:30 and ran the short distance back to the ramp at 30 knots.