Same song 2nd verse, gonna get bait and plan on LiveStickin’ and DeadStickin’….
After my long period of “concentration” Saturday afternoon…
I finally took the time to patch all the holes in my net…..
Decided “she” could also use a little TLC, so let her soak overnight in some smell good fabric softener.
We eased into the bait area, I was a kinda excited about a Fresh Smelling Net with No-Holes…
As I let it roll off my fingertips I could smell the Freshness….April Fresh Lilac I believe it was….
Oh how nice it worked, first throw was 30 nice baits, some big, some small and few Threads even….
She had new feel to her and was workin’ like a champ…..
‘Bout that time Clayton hollered out the screen is loaded with bait….
I loaded her up, made a 2nd throw….it was a circular thing a beauty, rare for me….
I let her settle down to the bottom…
As the rope grew slack I started to draw her up….she went about 2 inches and stopped….
I mean wouldn’t budge, not even enough to close-up around something…just strange….
I couldn’t even feel the net tearing….I gut-strained to start breakin’ the main lines….
Broke all but three and finally got the Lead Line up to the surface….
I grabbed it, it see-sawed back-n-forth like it was looped around, or through sumtin’…just weird…..
Cut it thinkin’ maybe I could pull it through….
No luck, pulled a bunch up to the boat and had to cut it again….
Needless to say…..smellin’ good or not, she was a complete loss….
I now have a $100 piece of rope…which I’ll gladly sell for 50% Off and Free Shipping…
We almost didn’t fish today, we were “On the Clock” the minute we woke-up…
Knew we couldn’t fish very long as we had to leave early today…busy time of the year….
But…..The weather forecast looked ideal, light winds, heavy cloud cover….
I thought this day could be Epic….but it wasn’t getting off to a very good start…..
I pulled out a smaller spare net and was getting 2-3 a throw….
Smaller net, not sinkin’ as a fast, bad throws, D- All of the Above….I dunno…
I talked to a guy in a nearby boat….
He’d seen my struggles and said he’d lost a brand new net in the exact same spot…
He mentioned where he’d got some bait, so I eased over that way and picked up a few more….
It wasn’t long before he came back towards us and said he’d caught a couple dozen for us….
I’m pretty quick to give-up on Society....
But......about the time you do, you run across a nice guy like this….
Appreciative of the extra baits we headed out to where we’d started the day before….
Didn’t mark’em quite as good, but decided to drift anyway, pulled a couple but it was real slow…
It was pretty foggy, I prolly stayed with the area way too long...
Tried a couple other spots, only a few birds scoutin’ the area, none workin’ that we could see….
I’m a little slow to give-up on a Drift, you get ready to pull-up and you’ll mark some, or pull one….
I guess I feel like I’ll eventually drift into some so I stayed in a bad area for too long…..
Just seems easier to quit an Anchor, opposed to a Drift...
A couple of hours in and we only had 4-5 fish or so….
Way slower than the day before and none on Deadstick???
We had about 30 minutes before we had to quit and I thought we gotta try sumtin’ different…
Ran up shallower….thought maybe with the mild temps and cloud cover they’d moved….
I guess maybe at least a few of them did, nice marks on a depth change from 35’ up to 20’….
In 20 minutes or so we caught as many as we’d caught all morning and only made one short drift…
Time was up, so we headed in, wishing I hadn’t stuck with the original spots as long as I did….
Here’s what we kept….
I cleaned one with a Fluke in its belly….
Ax was this the Giant Near Record Fish that you fought, pulled off and lost earlier in the week ???