Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend, and got some good pre-fishing in. I was in Plymouth and was lucky to get out on Monday. What a day.
Capt. Rob of Team Charlotte E. - 10 time Headhunt participants I think - took myself and fellow Team Jackal jackass Ethan out along with our other buddy Greg. We had to head out of Green Harbor given the debacle that is the Plymouth boat ramp, and took a shot for tuna heading straight to the SE corner. Saw a few fish busting, but no action, and we were literally the only boat fishing in the area.
We quickly cashed it in and decided to head over to Peaked Hill to try for stripers. Smart move. There were boats everywhere and we ended up at the tail end of the fleet in deep water, but saw a few boats hooking up and saw a lot of blue on the finder. No bites for first few drifts using the live mackerel we had. Decided to throw some weights on (debatable who really made that call) and it lit up. Ethan started things off with a monster 36 incher right out of the gate, and then Greg followed with another around the same size. Ethan then hit another, even when he/I got tangled around the engine and I lost the one I had on. Panic started to creep in as I still didn't have a keeper this year. I was already starting to think about having to ask the guys if I could take pictures with their fish and lie to my children about it, but finally got a hit.
Got a beauty 38 incher and I was back. Rob gaffed it and Ethan and Greg started snapping pictures of him holding it until I had to butt my way in and finally feel some glory. Once we limited out - doubling up at times - we started throwing them back. We threw back a couple of 40 inch fish and never got one below 32 inches. There were big fish everywhere.
On the way in we saw literally acres of dolphin crashing bait. Pretty insane. Now with the pogies last week, the Orcas Capt Bruce Peters (when are you getting into the tourney!?) saw off of Chatham, and the early dolphin invasion - seems like things are shaping up for an interesting year.
Let's hear some reports from other folks who took advantage of the good weather and three day weekend.
I was luckily finally able to be the true hunter gatherer and provide for my family. Even cleaned the fish on the beach by my place and scared some kids with the murder scene I created in the sand. Then took the racks and jammed them into my two lobster pots and walked them waist deep out to the rocks at low tide. Circle of life.
Have had striper last two nights including new recipe tonight. Flipside crusted striper. If you haven't had a Flipside - may be single greatest advancement in our society of last 20 years. Part pretzel, part cracker. Insanely addicting and worked out like a dream with the striper. May be first chapter of my new cookbook.
Spread the word on the tourney, and shoot me any reports on any recent success. Should be a fun year and Team Jackal is now on the board.
Mmmmm . . . flipsides.