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North Packery August 29th
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ltorna1
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: North Packery August 29th Reply with quote

Got to the jetty around 4. Beach still had a few puddles from the "lake" created a the last big high tide. Some spots are a little spongy still, others are packed down. Parking wasn't an issue - thanks CS for the update.

breeze was out of the NE and there were sloppy 3-4' waves rolling in. Water on the surf side was a deep blue/green, I'd say visibility 7 out of 10. Small patches of floating weed in the channel and surf side but very fishable. Out going tide had the channel looking murky, and the NE wind was pushing tht around the south jetty, where the water looked worse. Still, pelicans and terns were diving heavy right off the tip of the south jetty, probably smacks working shad.

Back on the north side, there were schools of small shad (0-3 inches long) tight up against the rocks. Finger and pony mullet were constantly on the move in a long thick chain down the surf side of the jetty, wrapping around the tip and back into the channel. Pelicans were giving them hell.

We setup the slide line with a pony mullet, and while waiting we saw a handful of tarpon rolling around the outside of the mullet schools picking off stragglers. Also so some arial kings doing there thing on the bait. THe slide gets hit hard, but no hookup. Teeth marks in the mullet let us no it was no tarpon. Rebait with a smaller finger mullet.

While waiting, I walk to the end of the jetty and cast a silver spoon, had several hits in just a few minutes and hooked up with a smack. The tarpon were still rolling and taunting me, so I put a finger mullet on a float and toss it into the school. Just then, the slide goes off and my buddy Matt is hooked up. I reel up and get the net to help him land it, which was NOT easy at the tip of the jetty and the nice swells we had going on.

Matt with his first of the season, 43"



Tackle-busters



There were really very few people on the jetty at this point. The only other person fishing near us was a gentleman named Al from flour bluff. Al saw the tarpon too, so he free lined a mullet into the school - same as me. We both noticed that this section of the "mullet chain" had gotten bigger, tighter, and more skittish.

Al's no fool. Wink Idea

Immediately I get a hit that screams drag for about 5 seconds and then drops. Very bummed. No teeth on the mullet, so I had a hunch what it was.

Not a minute later, Al is hooked up. His lightweight trout rod bent in a tight "C".

"Whatcha got bud?" we ask.

He just set the hook with a few sharp jerks and then the big jump and head shake answered our question...poon.

Al does his thing while Matt readies the net. Al's doin alright Wink


After a relatively short fight, the silver body makes its way back to the rocks.
Getting close. Al's nervous. Sad


A little tricky with the rocks and rolling surf, but Matt lands Al's fish - and a big "YEAH!" comes out of his mouth. Our mine. Our Matt's. Don't quite remember, but it was pretty cool. Al's excited. Very Happy Very Happy


As we are taking the fish out of the net, we notice that the hook came free JUST as Matt netted the fish. Small miracle it was landed.
Al's amazed. Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation


A few shots with the man and his fish. Al's pretty stoked. Twisted Evil



Look at that head

Taped out at 40 inches, super fat and deep, full of mullet no doubt.


Al walks her down the rocks and releases her back to the soup, looking on as she swims off healthy. Al's humbled. Shocked


The cool thing was the setup. 3000 class spinning tackle with 12 lb test. Al's got skills. Cool


After hooking up with smacks again that were working on another shad pod waaayyy off the jetty, we decided to head home for dinner. On the way out, Al hooked up with a small jack crevalle. Also heard that reds and trout were caught channel side earlier in the day, but can't verify that.

We left the rocks leaving nothing behind but puddle of king blood and a happy local fishermen.


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Kingz
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a good read Luke and nice pics...Appreciate the time...G
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Concur!!!! Great Report.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome awesome awesome.
It's quite a sight to see them rolling on the surface but its even better to see one landed on light tackle. Good job
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice king and tarpon! It's a good time to be on the rocks !
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report and pictures!!! Wish I would have been there!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome awesome report and pics. Thanks Luke made my day
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You rock man! My wife and I drove near the South Jetties around 6 PM and I told here, with the parking lot flooded, all that weed, and waves crashing and water murky, there's no way you could catch anything out there. We go to look occasionally because I had foot surgery 5 weeks ago and still can't walk for another 6 weeks, but it's still fun to just sit in the truck and look. Anyway, you proved me wrong. I just thought it looked hopeless out there and as it turns out, you had a pretty good evening.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FABULOSO! Smile some great pictures as well. Much thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now "That's" a report! Thanks Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extremely well written report. Could feel the excitment of the poon. Well done sir
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great story and written like a pro wrote it. Congrats to you all.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice report
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the poon...awesome! Cool
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