The last 3 weekends we have spent some time on the coast. First was the Atlantic, for a little shark fishing, and next was in the Gulf for some relaxation.
The shark fishing was mainly just standing around on the beach and watching the current toss our baits right back on shore, but we did manage a few, including a couple on our "big daddy" shark rod, which is new to us. Also, the shark fishing took place over Memorial Day weekend. I was amazed at how deserted parts of the beach were. If you don't mind the walk, you can get a nice half mile stretch of beach to yourself:
We were trying to decide if there was actually a shark hooked up or not:
After we decided there was indeed something on the line, I suited up and here is an action shot from the intense battle:
And once the beast hit the sand:
We were a little upset that we pretty much wasted a nice piece of bonita on that monster. But, it was the first fish on the 14/0 senator, so we were excited to break the skunk on it. Little did we know, about the time we dropped a second bait on it, fish on again! Eric was up next, and it was game time!
After another intense battle, this monster hit the shore:
At that point, we quit dropping baits on the big rod because it was getting expensive.
The next bite came on a bait we just cast out with the 4/0 (thanks Wally) and 12ft surf rod. My buddy Justin was up, and he got a pretty good fight. I don't think this one never hit the sand though because I don't remember it, and we don't have any pictures of it. At some point, the hook must have pulled out.
After we were all losing hope of an actual decent bite, right as the sun was setting, one of the 9/0 senators takes off, and this was the end result:
This shark was a tank. Super heavy for its length and put up an awesome fight for its size. Not a monster by any means, but it was the highlight of our Jekyll trip.
The next weekend my wife and I headed to Mexico Beach for a week. She quit her job at the end of May, so this was our last "hoo-rah" before we have to really start watching our money. She is going to go full time with our online tackle store, so needless to say, we are going to be broke for a while until it picks up...haha
We rented a house, just across the street from the beach, and it was a super short walk to actually hit sand. Not to mention the view off the deck was awesome.
While we were in MB, I surf fished every day, and caught so many pin fish, catfish and whiting, I lost count. But, I did manage one small pompano, which was a first for me, so that was cool. We also have some friends who met us in Lanark, and we did a day of inshore fishing on their boat. I managed to catch my first Spanish Mackerel, and that was sweet. The wind was blowing like crazy, so every time you cast, you got a huge bow in the line. Well, this mackerel hit so hard and fast, it sounded like a gun shot when the bow snapped up out of the water.
We also managed a bunch of short trout, and this little guy. On a medium heavy bass rod, this was one heck of a fight:
That was pretty much our trip. A lot of fun and I am already in saltwater withdrawals. I've been on the lake twice now, but each time head to the coast, it gets a little harder to come back. Also, my wife will be joining BBC in the next few days to help out with some of the product questions, so you guys take it easy on her for a while! She did work at a car dealership for the last 3 years as a service writer, so she is pretty use to working around a bunch of guys, but try and give her a week or so to get warmed up to everyone