High tide was around 1:00 PM so my buddy Tom and I headed out around 11:00 to catch the incoming. We headed in a southeasterly direction paralleling Hough's Neck. I had forgotten the mount for my fishfinder so I was relying on Tom to let me know when he was marking fish. About half a mile out he tells me theres a school under his boat. I throw out a blue popper and start jerking it back to the boat. A swirl, cast again and fish on! After a minute or two I have a nice 20" bluefish in the boat and my new baitcast combo is officially now a decent saltwater rig. I tried to get a picture of it but my phone started acting up so while my phone rebooted I let her loose and cast again. Another swirl. Recast and, BOOM, another fish on. As I was playing her she spit the hook. So no photo of fish #1 or fish #2. After that things died down considerably with just the occasional swirl. but no hookups. We fished the southwest quadrant of the bay pretty hard. Tom eventually landed a 28" striper on a red tube n worm. After about 6 hours on the water I finally hooked into another fish, a small striper. Not the most productive day but it was a beautiful afternoon on the ocean with several moments of excitement.
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