2 September 2012
I went out with Paul, Matt, and Andrew today. My original plan was to fish Oregon Inlet but the full moon tides and Labor Day boat traffic prompted me to change my mind. We did some backcountry casting instead. It worked out well. We anchored up at the first spot and Paul was on fire. He started catching flounder every other cast. They weren't real big but it was lots of fun on light tackle.
As we continued fishing, the water closer to shore came alive with thousands of baitfish jumping to escape predators. I repositioned the boat and it was on. Everybody hooked up. There were lots of puppy drum, flounder, and trout. Paul and Andrew both ended up with a sound grand slam. In other words, they each landed at least one trout, puppy, and flounder.
As I was watching the action unfold, I saw what had to be an 18 inch flounder clear the water chasing bait. Its entire body came out of the water. No one else saw it and that was disappointing, but suddenly it did it again and this time Paul was looking in the right direction. Matt casted in that direction and hooked it. He fought it nicely but we lost it at the boat while trying a rush net job. It was a really nice fish. Sorry, guys!
It was a great day of fishing with beautiful water conditions, beautiful scenery, and great people.