Off We Went In The Jenny Bird
Dad, Tycen and I headed out on the Jenny Bird, just before the low tide which was around 3:00 p.m. Headed out to our tried and true destination Podickery Point.
Sitting on Slack Tide At Po-Dick
Due to the slack tide, we were sitting on, we did not get a lot of action in our first spot. We caught some small white perch and spot that we saved to use as bait on the live line.
A Nice Slow Drift
The bay was pretty quiet during the day on a Tuesday, not much wind and not many boats. We never threw our anchor down we just did a slow drift for the original spot, down toward the Sandy Point Light. It was on dead low slack tide by the time we drifted down there.
We decided since we had some time to kill while we waited for the tide to change that we would go explore around the bay bridge pilings.
The Bay Bridge Pilings
The bay bridge pilings is a popular fishing spot. The structure has the fish hanging around there a lot. I definitely think that we would catch fish there if we would have been there on a better tide.
My dad has caught some of his biggest rockfish at the Bay Bridge Pilings. Fish or no fish, I thought it was cool looking up at the bridge from underneath on the boat. It has been since I was a little kid that I had done that.
So, we definitely need to get back out there on a better tide. I still have a lot of hope for catching some keeper rockish, as everyone keeps telling me that late September and early October is a good time to catch them!
The Drift Had Us In Water Deeper Than We Would Have Prefered
We drifted at about 1 mile an hour which is a fine speed. The only problem with drifting to cover more ground and not dropping anchor is that we spent more time than we normally would have in the deeper water. Deeper water that was about 20-30 feet deep. Normally, we have our most successful in 15-25 feet of water. It was interesting being out a little deeper and seeing the differences in what was showing on the fish finder.
The other problem with the deeper water was that we were having a hard time getting down to the hard bottom where we wanted to be. My dad had to add an extra sinker on his in order to get down that deep. I know that we had found nice hard bottom though because my dad and I both snagged on stuff a time or two.
Not Much Action On The Live Line
I was bottom fishing, Dad and Tycen both had a live line rod set up in the water as well as bottom fishing. Tycen’s live line got hit hard a couple of times. I wish I would have taken a picture of these fish. They had been like scaled on half their body. A fish had got a hold of the baitfish, but not the hook. Frustrating, but at least we know the bigger fish are out there!
We have some ideas for a different set up on the live line to hopefully prevent that from happening any more. We will try it out the next time we get out on the water.
The Fish Didn’t Bite But It Was A Beautiful Day On The Water
And that is why they call it fishing and not catching! It was a great time none the less.
That is the latest report from Jenny Bird, from yours truly, a very enthusiastic, but not very experienced angler!