Day off Wednesday - I was able to convince Brian and Brad to play hookie from work to spend the morning fishing. It didn't take too much arm twisting and we were on the water at 9 am. Sounds like a late start but I had a plan of attack after studying the tide tables.
We started the day by trolling these large bunker spoons. Pat was nice enough to lend me some gear and after taking some time to get the right speed and presentation, we started catching some really nice striped bass. The largest bass was just over 20 pounds and we managed to catch 6 bass and one bluefish in a couple hours. Very successful.
The next part of the day we spent looking for promising fluke locations in preparation for the upcoming start to the fluke season in Saturday. Fluke seem to stay in groups in these little isolated holes and pockets and if you find some, there's a good chance they will be there again in a few days. We were working the Wonder Rig and some bucktails and we successfully boated several fluke over 20 inches. The surprise of the day came when Brian hooked into what we thought was another bluefish. When he got it within net range I quickly noticed that it was, in fact, a weakfish - and a big one too. It was 5 pounds and 24 inches and such a good looking fish. We were very pleased with this catch.
Striped bass, bluefish, fluke, weakfish - the Shrewsbury Grand Slam! It was a great day out on the water with friends. I love it when a plan comes together - with a couple of pleasant surprises to boot!