Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spanish Mackerel on the Fly

The wind started in the twenties early, so I recommended a later start. Mike and Brian, from the Maryland area agreed. We tried a close spot first because of the winds, no luck. So we headed into the wind back in to the Bay. We had already added a Danforth anchor on to the rock anchor, just to make sure we would stay put.

We started chumming about 10:30 and by 10:35 we had our first Spanish in the box. Not a big fish, in the 2 to 3 pound range, but enough to impress the crew. We used both pichards and live shrimp baits to start, then moved to spoons and finally, Brian broke out the fly rod.

I don't know what it is about fly guys, but they get all excited when they see their backing. Brian saw his backing three of four times on the five or six Spanish he caught. Pretty common thing down here, must not be so common up in Maryland.

Mike said he would send pictures of Brian posing, flyrod and Spanish in hand. I wouldn't hold my breath on that, but I will remind him Tuesday when we go in search of bigger Mackerel, the King, on the Oceanside, weather permitting.

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Tight lines,

Capt. Dallas

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great trip, Capt. Dallas. There's nothing like watching a mackerel rocket towards the horizon through green waves, rod high and reel buzzing, as the backing melts away. That's hard to pull off in Maryland, you know...what a blast!

    And yes, we fed the dock cats well, as you advised.

    Take care of yourself, and Mike, for at least the next few days. And watch out for those melting glaciers.