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Intended to head out in the bay today to try for some tog and flounder, but the NE wind alone started my back to hurting. Time for a 'plan B'! We hit the water around noon and decided to try the bridge rocks again. Instead of fishing for baits we headed to the structure with jigs. Figured if this didn't produce some fish we could fall back on the live croaker deal.

Current was ripping as we got up close to the pylon to hide from the wind. First drop of the 1oz red jig w/7" white gulp jerk shad got hit on the way down and came back up with a 23"er. Ray was using a 1oz chart. Spro bucktail w/jerk shad and didn't get hit for a couple drops. He changed up to the red/white combination and got nailed by a 25" rock on the first drop.:clap:



Several more drops without hookups and we moved to the next pylon (closest to Yorktown). My first drop there got hit on a slow retrieve back to the surface and a nice 27" rock hit the deck.



Total time on the water so far was 30 minutes and it looked like we were going to break the speed limit.:D For some reason the bite shut down cold. We couldn't buy a bite! Didn't understand it cause everything was the same.... ripping current, waves crashing the pylons, but it just quit.:confused:

We jigged the two pylons for about two hours longer changing to a 2oz jig for a better feel of the bottom, and trying every angle on the structure we could think of. No more hits. We eventually gave up and went to catch some live bait. That was just as slow today as yesterday, so while we drifted a rod for bait we snapped a couple picks, ate some combos, and had a mountain dew.:cool:

We finally caught a lonely croaker and headed back to the bridge. The current was barely moving out now and I positioned the boat on the up current side and held it steady. Ray dropped the croaker up next to the pylon and let it down slow. The bait made it all the way to the bottom without getting slammed.:confused: I geared over to the leeward side where we got them with jigs and that was the ticket. The Croaker was no more... :D Last fish for our limit was a 20"er.:thumbup:

It's been a while since I've been out in the bay and I was a little disappointed that the wind was up today.....until that first rockfish hit the deck.:D After today I think jigging is going to be 'plan A' for the near future and I'll relegate the live lining deal to 'plan B'.:yes: It's always nice to have a plan B!:D

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drewman,

Fish finder or Carolina rigged with a 1oz sinker. Dropped fast for the first 15-20' then stopped and dropped a couple feet at a time until they get hammered. Most don't make it to the bottom.:D

I accidentally caught a 34"er there back in July while attempting to wireline for flounder. Thought about trying the same thing once rockfish season opened, and then came across some posts about "live lining" on the MD board. I thought it sounded like a good way to get a live baitfish down the side on the pylons in case the fish were still there come Oct. 4th. I did, they were, and it worked!:D

I pretty much followed this post by Skip (aka 27 sailfish) that sums it up nicely. Thanks Skip!:thumbup:

Live lining tips and tricks

Hardest part for me has been finding suitable baits...

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James,

Looks like you have your "game" on. Wanted to go out this weekend but with the weather reports......I wore my knees out at Busch with the grandkids. It was packed more than Cape Henry when the gannets are diving! Got some pics.....not as nice as yours with fish.....but they'll do.:D
 

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Sanity,

The wind against the current yesterday produced some 'gamey' conditions. Not quite rollercoaster, but bumper boats and log flume were definitely in the mix. No crowds though…:thumbup:

I'm sure the pictures you got are of a much higher class. The pics I get are barely useful for record of the day's catch. In my defense; I don't spend too much time holding the camera up at eye level… it smells of fish.:D

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James,

The flume was closed yesterday. With the chill in the air, getting wet was not a good idea....the flume was dry...but I had the hell beat out of me trying to show the grands that there was nothing to fear.....but fear itself. I was ready for home by the time we left. I had never been there at night before, so it was interesting.

There were Ghoulies and Ghosties......and long, leggedy beasties......and things that go bump in the night!



I also had a chance to try taking pics at night......which is usually past my bedtime.....but last night.....we were swinging!!



My daughter and the youngest!



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