For once the weather guys got it right. Fishweather said 18k winds up until around 11am and then it was supposed to lay down all afternoon. We left Cecil Co. at around 7am and the winds were howling. I was getting worried that we made a 4 hour trip to watch the waves pounding from Kiptopeke. Went down with fellow TFer dcfisher (Dennis) and my 10 year old son Derek. We launched out of Kipto at around 11:15 am and the winds were still around 15kn. We made it to 9' shoal by around 11:40 and it was pretty bouncy and we were not seeing any fish. I gave Walleye Pete a shout and he was having a little maintenance done on his boat but he pointed us in the right direction (Thanks Pete!). We pulled into some pilings around the 4th and the winds had totally laid down to about 0 and it was flat calm. The drift was still pretty fast but doable. We marked lots of fish and dropped 6" BKD's on 1oz. heads. It was on from then until dark. We were on quality fish, almost all slot fish with my biggest one being 33 1/2". I had one break me off on a piling that had to be an over and hard to tell how big but it screamed drag and I could not come close to slowing it down. It ran to the other side of the piling and by the time Dennis could stat to try and maneuver the boat it wrapped me broke off (I was thinking about that all night last night, the fish got bigger every time I thought about it). I heard some people on the radio talking about lots of 20 - 25" fish on the pilings but we were on a great grade of fish just about a quarter mile from them. My son Derek (his 2nd pilgrimage) had another great time and caught some great fish. Dennis also had a great day catching. Thanks for driving Dennis and for offering your Grady with the enclosure (made for a very comfortable ride out). Dennis got some good pics, maybe he will post them or I will when he sends them to me. I also got loads of video and as soon as I figure out how I will post some of that. The best catching method for me was to cast up current and touch jig back towards me just detecting bottom, almost every cast as soon as I touched bottom, Bang, fish on. Also, when the current was right I would cast directly between the pilings and let the current sweep the jig through (caught most of my bigger fish this way). 2008 was certainly a blessed year for more and I'm already looking forward to the spring flats season.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!