Got a few hours in yesterday fishing as always it seems from Genung’s Fish Camp. Can’t complain about the numbers of fish so the little Qualia spincaster got loads of action from one of the Emmrods. I wanted to send over a few shots of some of the fish out there.
The needle fish are little speedsters tearing into anything that hits the water. They were swimming right along the surface so if your bait hit the water they nailed it first. Many times of course with that narrow snout they missed. Once the bait sunk just a little the jacks would cream it. The biggest were maybe 20 inches but that is enough for a battle royal. If the bait somehow made it to the bottom the pinfish went after it. Wish I had brought some big hooks for them since they are an excellent bait themselves for really big trout.
The day was planned as further experiments with the spincast outfits since they represent the simplest gear for kids and many folks use nothing but them. I also wanted to be able to have follow up for the monthly articles I’ve been writing for Country Life a local newspaper in my fishing column. I did a spincast article recently so I needed more subject material.
By the way Friday night I flipped the W500 over for a full bottom assessment after the last few oyster bar encounters. Wow, thank goodness you shared that torch heated spoon welding technique with me last year. Took about 20 minutes to seal up all the cuts and hack marks all over the bottom of the hulls. Talk about quick and easy I even pulled down Nina’s kayak and fixed up hers too.
When I went in around one I was checking out schools of bait fish and ended up standing so I could see better. So for the entire distance in it was a standing paddle all the way back to Genung’s from the west side of the intercoastal. It’s not far I just went along the south side of the 206 bridge maybe 100 yards from the bridge itself. Anyway got into Genung’s packed up and stopped just down the street a couple of blocks on A1A at the quick mart. Figured a fun day deserved a snack for the drive home in the manner of two nice loaded hotdogs. Came out to the truck to find a folks standing around the back checking out the W500. Two families from Michigan that had arrived for a week of Florida vacation. They had seen me paddling the Wavewalk when they were on the bridge and had stopped for gas right when I pulled into the store. Gave both sets of parents the website info and a quick tour of the boat. The older of the two men said just what you had mentioned on the phone the other day. He hated getting wet and liked boats where he was warm and dry. They lived up near Grayling Michigan, let me know if any orders for boats come from there soon, both men seemed very interested. However both wives commented in the classic manner ” you already have enough boats and canoes you don’t need more”. We’ll see who wins that argument.
Florida fall fishing is set to have a great start. In the next few months it should be wonderful.