Just what the doctor ordered 2 citations with pictures 10/23/09
My recommendation to Katie this morning after being inside for the last 3 days with the H1N1 flu was to go outside and get some fresh air! Can't think of a better place to do that than on the Chesapeake Bay. Now on the way there, I gave Katie a pep talk which seemed to work cause she was more than ready to go fishing when we got to the ramp. . We headed out to the CBBT. We decided to go pilon hopping. Bait was fiddler crab and blue crab. Hook size 4/0 shank or treble depending on preference and rig was a dropper loop rig (see picture) weight ranged from 6 to 14 oz sinker depending on current). Key is to get line straight down with a mild or slight tension to the line. We then spent the next 20 minutes jumping until finally my line went screaming and I boated one very stubborn 22 ½ inch tog. Five minutes later I pulled up a keeper sea bass that was 13 inches long. (legal limits and within the 3 mile range YUM! ) Katie's rod then went off a nice one had hit her line and it had serious citation potential! She was using a Shimano Cardiff 300 used reel that I had recently purchased on ebay. Two words for that transaction with used equipment “ BIG Mistake! “ Katie got this monster half way up and the reel literally FROZE up on her!!!..
I was upset and almost felt responsible cause I had bought it thinking I had gotten a “deal” Kevin then pulled in a puppy drum and threw it back in to let it grow it was about a 16 incher. We then tried to get that monster tog back for the next 20 minutes but no luck. By now it was around 11am. We had been fishing for about an hour and I was starting to get a feeling like we needed to move a little further down so we did. And Boy am I glad we did!. Kevin repositioned the boat we anchored and then set up and I then dropped my line. Wham ! Fish on. Got him to the boat and in the box and dropped the line again. Wham! Fish on again. By now, I had 3 keeper tog and 1 keeper sea bass already on the boat. and then WHAM Fish on! Again. Now this one had some 'stink' to it!. My rod tip was bent seriously and my line was screaming. Got him almost to the boat and the hook broke off in his mouth! Ok, now we all know that Bubba is down there, so what do you think I did next....
Now anyone that knows me already knows the answer to this question. I know that my husband is in need of some pullage. The wind had started to shift now and the boat is dangerously rocking up against the pilons. I yell over to Kevin to please come over to where I was. He looked up in almost with a confused look and said “What?” I then said, I have 3 togs in the box already so let me keep the boat happy while you go get that BUBBA that is down here. Now, I have been married over 14 years and I am well aware of “that look”. Classic just got some serious brownie points for that act of kindness. He approached my fishing area with a smile from ear to ear and I then took his spot next to Mr. Pilon. He set up with some blue crab bait and dropped his line WHAM!! FISH ON! Line BENT OVER and Kevin is working up a sweat. 5 minutes later Huge citation tog aboard the Classicrockfish. 26 ½ inches 10Lbs 8 oz of PURE LOVE. Meanwhile, there sits Katie. No togs in the box yet and still sick with the flu.
“The only cure for the flu in my opinion is a fish on..” I said to Katie. She looked up at me with those sad hazel eyes and for a moment I saw a glimpse of hope there... Kevin then took the Pilon patrol and I then applied what I like to call a “Classicrockfish secret weapon” on the hook I couldn't stop smiling after I told her to drop the line cause I knew what was about to happen.... Two minutes later she yells “Fish ON !!” in that cute little voice she has. She was really working that pole and using my new Shimano Calcutta 400 reel that I purchased new at Oceans East 2 this time. You can do it, I told her and I lightly kissed the top of her head as she fought this monster tog. Fish approached the water and a HOLY SHIKES the fish torpedoed right back down. Seven minutes later, she proudly boated her first Tautog citation. This monster was 11 lbs 26 inches of LOVE.. She was so excited that she actually kissed the fish when it hit the boat..We managed a total of 8 very nice male togs that day. All this and back at the dock before 2pm to get Clara off the school bus. Got to love it!
For those of you reading this that have not togged before I have a few pictures of rigs for you to use as a guide. If you have never togged before now is a great time to learn.... ***enjoy the slides http://s665.photobucket.com/albums/v...t=f2ca06cd.pbw
Last edited by Classicrockfish; 11-01-09 at 09:15 PM.
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