We ran out to between Kip. and PL and did the eel deal. We drifted from the inside to outside of the channel several times. 2- on the bottom, 2- ½ way down and 2- on top (1 naked and one with a bobber).
Second drift in 65' of water, dead center of the channel and the naked eel on top is headed for Cape Charles. We cleared all the other lines as the fish decided to take the bait with the smallest rod with only about 100 feet of power pro before he is into the mono backing. Well the fish runs all the braid off the reel and stops just as the connection between the braid and mono is between the rod eye and water surface. We are all sitting there looking at each other asking who tied that connection? Turns out the fine gentlemen at Oceans East made a good connection and the skinny 43", 28 pound cow comes over the rail.
Sweat, the stinky mammal is off the boat!
A few more drifts and we decide to hit the High Rise. Same spread and drifting between the pilings we only find 2 sharks. There was a ton of bait in the water but no fish for us. We tried to anchor on the bay side and it was a bad anchor placement and we ended up right next to another boat. I would like to apologize again to that captain! As we were getting ready to pull up and reset I notice the wireline rod jumping all around on the deck. Somehow the wire got out the boat and wrapped around the prop. OH SH*T, not good! Luckily there was no damage and we unwrapped it with the boat hook. After that we headed for Wallace's. Nice day and a cow to take back to Richmond.
Jamie, the way I figure it is if I catch 1 fish for every time you GO fishing then I am doing better than most folks.
The reel was packed full of backing. I'm not real sure you can call it backing if there is 100 yards of mono on it. It had more braid on it when the folks at OE filled the reel but, we lost 150 feet of it on a snag the trip before.
The good thing is that we were at 500 rpm when it got wrapped and the wire came unwrapped very easily. What made it very tricky is that my engine is on a 3 foot bracket and when the engine is tilted all the way up the prop is about 5 feet off the transome.:eek2:
I plan on pulling the prop and making a quick visual inspection. I am also going to inspect and change the lower unit lube for my piece of mind. The last thing I want is to destroy my 2009 lower unit in 2008!
By the way, the fish was the boat AND the fishermans personal BEST!:bigfish: