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.