We launched at 10:30 am and fished until about 2:30 pm. I trolled Down South 4 inch paddle tails in glow/chartreuse in 1/8 oz. and 1/16 oz. jighead delivery packages over mud/shell mix, tipped with fishbites and some Procure:
I caught 6 trout in 2.5 and 4 feet of water - one runt at 14 inches, 3 to 15 inches, one 17 incher and a 20 inch that rounded out the day. Lots of snags on the oyster shell, so I spent too much time going back and retreiving my tackle off the bottom. I threw my Pink Corkie for about 15 minutes around some reef structure, but I don't have enough patience to throw that right now, so I stuck with the Down South's.
The water temps were 52 degrees; the weather was overcast with two bursts of 15-minute showers during the afternoon; winds were easterly light, and then turned from the north to about 10 for about 15 minutes, then dead calm for about an hour, and then a light northerly breeze. Tides were strong incoming the whole time, and we caught a couple during a major solunar feed from 10 am to 12 pm. I also found a ton of lures and tackle attached to an old dock piling, including two brand new Mirrolures and a couple of bass crankbaits, so that was a bonus.
For you Hobie guys with the V.2 drives, Dandydon and I both had ACK upgrade our drive to a GT model - not the 180, but the one that came out before that. You get new drums, idler pulley, drive chains and some other parts - installed - for $129.00 plus tax, but I recommend you also get replacement sprockets, which will raise the tab to $163.00.
Both DandyDon and I agree that this upgrade makes a world of difference - on par with Turbo Fins and the larger sailing rudder. Peddling is now 30-40% easier than before, which means less exertion on those long trips and easier peddling into the wind. We both agree that it is worth every penny, and highly recommend you do it. With all the parts they replace, it is almost like getting a brand new drive for less than$200, when they cost $630 new. You will thank me later.
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Until next year, Happy New Year to the TKF Nation, and let's all resolve this upcoming year to do our part to bring the board back to where it used to be, and help Tom Stubblefield get back to the local celebrity he once was. That dammed Mark Zuckerburg is overshadowing him, and its high time that we fight fire with fire.