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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Late May Report

It was a busy weekend around Minnesott. Shop was busy as needed and hopes to continue Friday and Saturday, a Pig Picking Saturday Night, Charter Sunday, me fishing Monday and Tuesday.
Let’s start with Sunday trip with Tate, Tim and Colonel Dean. It was a pleasure to have all aboard but especially Colonial Dean for this Memorial Day weekend trip in honor of their service. It was a foggy ride out of the creek to pick them up at Tates dock. Thank God for GPS! We started out top water chasing the rock and man we had some activity. We hooked up to a couple of nice fish to only loose them. Lots of blow ups with one explosion I wish we had stuck and could have managed to the boat – the water flew! Then we were on to some trout and drum activity. I had them throwing the DOA Deadly Combo and man was it getting the job done. They managed to catch several drum with only one making the slot at 18 ½. We only managed 1 trout that didn’t get in the pictures. The drum was destined for Fish Tacos – hope they had enough! Great guys that will hopefully hang together throughout the years.

Monday AM me and Michael hit the water with him throwing DOA shrimp and me the Storm Chug Bug in search of trout or drum. First 2 stops – nothing hungry. Next stop I landed a hybrid Rock that smacked the Chug Bug. That was all there. Then we went across the river and worked some points finding some hungry aggressive drum. They were eating the DOA Deadly Combo up. You could occasionally see one push up at bait and sight cast to them. 2 trout were mixed in with the drum. It was then to th Point to meet family for an afternoon of fellowship and grilling.

Tuesday AM we (me, Gary Dubiel and Michael) were of after cobia. We left Oriental early hitting the inlet before the sun was up much at all. We headed west in search of bait balls or activity. It was all but dead. We did manage a shark or 2, one being a Dusky hitting a squid jig I had on my TFO EX Heavy rod.

It handled it well and proved to me to be a great lighter rod for Big Drum this year (plenty in stock too). After sun got up enough to see good heading east we went back around the channel buoys and found a couple of small pods of bait. We did see a cobia cruising but no taker.  Eastward we headed and found a huge and I mean huge area of bait pods, birds and busting fish. What a change! We caught loads of bait jigging it up and set out live baits drifting the area. I constantly jigged the bait balls to no avail. The line bait rods started going off. Shark then a cobia; looked to be around 40lb before he broke off. Re-rigged and back in with Gary and Michael jigging up bait. Then Michael says “what the heck, a shark on a sting silver”. As he faught it in the TFO medium weight rod – a live rod went off. Gary took over on the medium giving hopes that Michael could get his first cobia. After releasing the shark on live bait, Michael took medium back. As it got near the boat and we saw it we thought it may be a cobia instead of shark. Then, it rolled up, a huge drum had ate the sting silver. At 42-44 inches, it was released to be caught again. WOW!

As good as it was it cut off that quick. We should have been there earlier! Great trip with great friend and family.
Well, now we are into the summer. Shop is loaded with all your needs, tank loaded with mud minnows, and openings to target any species of your choice. Drum season is nearing and will start search for them real soon on light tackle too. Get your date on the books not to miss out this year. If you have you own boat – get it geared up with a new Diawa Opus Plus or Penn Slammer combo. I have large drum nets too.
Be safe on the water and take a kid fishin’.

Posted by Capt. Dave on 05/29/13

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