Ever since I can remember I've held to the notion that it's always worth it to go fishing, even if it's just to get in a few minutes on the water. I thought I was going to get out before 2:00 PM this evening but a flat on the truck, a dead battery on the boat, and very low water at the launch ramp put me way behind. I finally go off the back side of Kent Island about 4:30, almost sunset. I headed out to the same area where I found fish last week, but no working birds anywhere. Just a few lonely gulls here and there. I ran for a few minutes but it was getting dark fast so I decided if I was going to fish, I'd better do it soon. I moved over a hump that I know to be an oyster reef and marked a little bait, so started fishing. My first cast went at a 45 degree angle to the outgoing current into the wind. The wind pushed the boat against the current and I popped the orange-dipped 6" pearl hardnose along at about the same speed as the tide. I was having a hard time feeling the bottom with a 1 once jig head but was tuning in by watching my rod tip. Just as the lure passed the boat I got a little tap. I set the hook hard mostly out of surprise and was even more astonished when my rod took two long dips, sign of a big fish. I remembered that I hadn't checked the drag since passing my Revo around at the meeting Monday night, but fortunately it was still pretty close. The fish came in at a very wide 38 & 3/4 inches. I had time for two more drifts, got one more strike and marked a couple more fish. I'm going to guess that there's still some nice fish around in the upper bay despite the lack of working birds. Gonna try to get back after them tomorrow, hopefully with a little more time to fish.