Got to Sandy Point at 11:30 am after quick stop at Anglers for bloodworms and ice. They had the " jumbo " worms - six for $13.00. Beats the hell out of the regular ones in Mike's bag. Often there will be 5-6 not much bigger than a toothpick.
The jumbos are what we used to get as regular - dozen was all 6-8 inchers with a few " snakes " about 10 inches.
The price is high but the jumbo 1/2 dozen is like having two dozen regular size.
Ran out on a flat bay - found Spot in 15 feet near Sandy Point. Current was just moving out and I cut one worm into 1/4 inch pieces. Fished two rods and had steady bite of Spot - few small Croaker and two small Perch. Using tiny bit of worm on #6 hook and allowing touch of slack so hooks lay on bottom helps avoid Perch.
Spot were 5 to 6 inchers but did get three nice 9 inchers. Took about 45 minutes to get 20 Spot - all on the one worm. With livewell loaded - ran north up off Podickery. Heard low oxygen reports but found scattered Rock near bottom in 32 feet. Trolling would be better but I only had Spot. Fishing alone - could only keep two so not concerned if it took a while.
Got anchored about 40 feet upcurrent of fish ( marked on GPS ). The GPS antenna is about 15 feet from stern - so fish should be about 25 feet away. Just right distance with fast current. Used a 2 oz on one rod - 1 oz on other - using bigger Spot. One oz got hit but Rock stole Spot. Two oz got hit later - let circle hook come tight and hoped for big fish but soon saw a greedy 23 incher. Unhooking fish - it flopped and sliced finger. Blood went everywhere - I'm guessing being so hot outside. What a mess - by time I got finger taped up - cockpit was a mess.
Current slowed and boat drifted west into 25 feet. Meter went barren so I turned engines to act as rudders. This helped as did a big boat running inside - the wake pushed boat out deeper. This helped and 1 oz weight rod got hit. About same size - in cooler it went. Ice was really melting fast - 8 lbs is normally OK for quick trip.
With limit iced down - ran back , stopping to let remaining Spot go where I caught them. Once at ramp about 1:30- heat really hit. Nice easy drive home - one good thing leaving Sandy Point before 3 pm.
They say that life's a carousel - spinning fast, you've got to ride it well.
Better keep an eye on that cut finger. Vibrio works quick.
151 on day way!......... Gary
Yup, Dip that finger in the 151 an be done. Thanks for the report
Nice report Sailfish, always feel I learn something from your detailed writing.
Nice work! We've been keeping a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and cotton balls on the boat for wounds that touch bay water. You must have been a little bummed with that ice melting so quickly. I know how you like to pack 'em in ice, but I'll bet the fish were still tasty.