My wife got together with some old friends at a house in Sandbridge, VA this past weekend, and the Mariner and I went with her. I’ve been wanting to surf launch and fish off the beach and this was my opportunity.
Saturday morning while I was getting ready to leave, I realized I’d left some saltwater tackle at home. So I headed over to Bruce’s Tackle Shop. The guy at the shop told me there wasn’t much happening off the beach these days – that I’d missed the reds in the surf. Bummer, I thought. But I decided to give it a shot anyways.
There was plenty of bait in the water, but the reds I was hoping for weren’t there. Regardless of not catching anything besides bait, I had a really fun day. I launched and landed in the surf successfully a couple times (did it again the next day, too). That was a first for me and it made me happy.
The next day I decided to get up early and fish at Rudee Inlet, another place I’d been wanting to check out. I launched shortly after 5am on an incoming tide. Within an hour, I’d found some trout that had an interest in my jerk shad. 🙂 They weren’t keepers, but it was nice to catch something.
A short flounder also fell for my jerk shad.
I was bound and determined to catch a red and complete the slam, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. I ended the morning with 9 trout and a flounder.
I really enjoyed the time on the water this weekend.