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By mwatson71
#2303251
My son and his friend have been kayaking the surf lately. The other day they were hitting 4+ foot breakers in a tandem Pelican just having fun. Yesterday evening, the surf was relatively flat and they wanted to try fishing it at the line where the dirty water comes clean. So they paddled out and started trolling large silver spoons. Oddly, they caught two HUGE gaftops. Not quite CCA big, but roughly 4-5 pounders.

While they were off doing that, I stood at the second sandbar and threw into the gut between the second and third bars and managed to pick up 16 and 18 inch specks. I also had two solid runs on fish that ended up cutting through my 20lb leaders. One ran like a spanish mackerel. Not sure about the other. Surprised at smacks being in so close but it didn't take long for it to cut the line. Maybe a small shark. Whatever they were, they are hanging out now with Vudu shad hanging out of their lips. One a greenback and the other a white one.
By Yakety_Yak
#2303298
Fishing the surf when it's calm can be fun. Hit me up when you hit the surf again as I might be able to join ya. :)
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By shoffer
#2303414
Nice report, Watson. I took my buddy out on my skiff to night fish on Friday night in West Bay (Pirates) from 8 to 11 pm. The wind was super calm and we had a major feed underway. Throwing Down South Glo lures on 1/4 oz jig heads, we caught two dozen dink specs and sand trout on a bayside dock light (not a big light, but a regular dock light like a porch light), and I stuck a 20 inch red in an underwater light. There were feeding specks in the interior lights, but we could not get them to commit. Still a good amount of shad in the lights at Pirates. Last week, there was a big shad die off at Sea Isle and the gulls were feasting as the shad was pushed out of the canals into the bay.
By DeeepSouth
#2303453
shoffer wrote:Nice report, Watson. I took my buddy out on my skiff to night fish on Friday night in West Bay (Pirates) from 8 to 11 pm. The wind was super calm and we had a major feed underway. Throwing Down South Glo lures on 1/4 oz jig heads, we caught two dozen dink specs and sand trout on a bayside dock light (not a big light, but a regular dock light like a porch light), and I stuck a 20 inch red in an underwater light. There were feeding specks in the interior lights, but we could not get them to commit. Still a good amount of shad in the lights at Pirates. Last week, there was a big shad die off at Sea Isle and the gulls were feasting as the shad was pushed out of the canals into the bay.


What causes those sudden shad die offs like that? (Sorry, still learning)


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