After several failed attempts to catch anything at these formidable jetties using the fly gear, not to mention the shoulder to shoulder combat fishing style preventing one from swinging line, I finally bit the bullet and ended up with some saltwater spinning gear. This was back in mid-2018, since then it has been a bumpy road to recovery to say the least.
Life has changed in more than one ways, with more travel domestic and internationally, and if that wasn't enough, the introduction of the first and brand new mini-me! yay... Life has more meaning now. With the spirituality of it all on the side, I wasn't getting enough time on the water like in the past where I could just get up and leave at a moments notice. Being on/by/in the water, be it freshwater for trout/bass or saltwater for anything that bites, it was my way of being one with the nature, and lately I wasn't getting enough of it.
Of course, none of the above stopped me from hoarding presumptive tackle for the eventuality. I knew somewhere, somehow, I'd get back on the water to do what I love, hopefully sooner than later. This later happened earlier in the spring of 2019, I finally got to go fishing, undisturbed for a full 8 hours and I enjoyed every living minute of it!
It was a magical day at the jetties that day, not because I happened to be on the water after a long time, but because of several events that happened right in front of my eyes. I've fished this exact spot numerous times, but never ever have I encountered such conditions. Water had cleared up after week long rain, it was new moon and boy were the big boys hungry!
Huge school of hungry Jacks chasing mullet, glass minnows on the top of water column. The Spanish Mackerel jumping out of water several feet high chasing glass minnows, the sight was just surreal. I'm going to now invest in some good action cam setup!
I was so excited to try out the new 9' Okuma Nomad mated to a 5000 Daiwa BG and the new 7' Ugly Stik with a 3000 Daiwa BG. Popped the cherry on both setups and I lost count of how many Mackerels I caught that day, safe to say that I limited out and took the 21in and bigger home. After a slip and fall breaking the handle off the 5000 BG while I was landing a Jack, I had to swap out to the 3000 BG on the 9' rod. I caught several Jacks that day on the smaller setup, lost most of them to bent hooks, all of them almost the same size. The big one in the picture however was caught using the 5000 BG, it took forever to land the Jacks on the smaller reel on full drag.
Without further ado, here's the results.... Mackerel on 3/4oz silver spoon and the Jack Crevalle on 3oz Baitfish pattern Halco Popper
I'm impressed with the BG, great reels for the money about $75 for the 3000 and $95 for the 5000 on sale.... I've been fishing with both of them every chance I get, other than their limited sealing capability, they are very well made reels. I would however choose different class of reels going forward on the backup 9' surf rod and the 7' inshore rod. Already looking at investing in a good sealed offshore reel for jigging and lures, I'm leaning towards a Penn Slammer III after comparing several others in the market. May be a Saltist for the inshore rod , I'm just leery of servicing the Mag-sealed reel. I'll be waiting for some good deals to prep for an overnight offshore trip later in August, let's see.
Until then, tight lines and screaming reels fellas...