10/2610- Went out to the pier, which I had to myself, outgoing tide. I had to fish closer to shore, as the current was too strong. Not much going on, probably because there was a dolphin slowly criss- crossing the river, which I would think makes the fish very cautious, and I had hardly any bites. Watching the dolphin, slowly rise and arch slowly back into the water without much wake, painted a scene so peaceful and graceful, until on one rise about a dozen large,( 2 '), fish exploded out of the water trying to avoid becoming the dolphin's lunch. This happened several times. Eventually the dolphin moved on and out of sight, still no bites, just some crabs fiddling with the bait.
I was, after an hour, about ready to call it quits, when a large bird came out of the tree line on my right, he flew out to the middle of the river spiraled up and then dived, talons thrust out, skimmed the water and rose with a fish in his grasp, I had just seen a Bald Eagle find his lunch! Not sure if it was a Bald Eagle or an Osprey, I checked with the park ranger, and he said they had at least two pair of nesting Bald Eagles. Came home and checked my book, and sure enough it was a Bald Eagle.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
10/20/10 Went @ 3PM to the pier, no one there, all to myself. Fished on an incoming tide, several bites, but no fish. Fished for about an hour. So if there is no fish info, I can fill you in on some local history. This spot on this river is where Union steam warships sunk the CSS Nashville in 1862, the Nashville had run the Union blockade. The CSS Nashville was originally a cargo ship, but upon being trapped within the blockade, was refitted as a side wheeler, iron clad warship. Today if you go to Ft. McAllister state park, they have on display the running gear of the CSS Nashville.
By the way I did catch something!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Having said all this I promised myself I would fish more this year, so I got a yearly pass and will try to go a couple of times a week.
10/12/10- Went out to the pier @3PM, 80 degrees, clear blue sky, tide going out, water moving at a moderate clip. Tried frozen shrimp, with a hook about 18" off the bottom, a couple of bites which I missed and then a good strong bite and a deep dive, took a couple of minutes to get the fish near the surface, and when a I could make out the shape, it looked very much like a sand shark, and then it jumped, not very shark like. Realizing where I was and with an out going tide, mainly fresh water, it would be strange if it was a shark. Somebody yelled that's a Gar, which it was, and about then he came completely out of the water, and I could see his long snout with rows of teeth, when he splashed back into the water, the line went slack and he was gone. Which was for the best, he was close to 24" counting his elongated mouth, and he would have never made all the way up to the pier and over the railing,a good twenty feet. Fished another 20 minutes, but no action. A man was doing a fair job of crabbing, with 6 nets lined up, when I left he had about 10 Blue crabs and a shrimp or two, which he used as fishing bait.