Wayne Young, Recreational Angler
- Annadale, VA
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Posted on August 5, 2014 | Permalink
Gum Thickets Bluefish
On Sunday 8/2, 4 fishers went out on my neighbor's 22' Grady. 21 medium spot on bloodworms in 20' NE of Poplar along the crab pot line. A mini chum pot (cricket cage!) on the bottom seemed to help - I pulled in 10 around the pot. The fleet was set up at the South end of Gum Thickets. No boats on the Hill or mouth of Eastern Bay. We anchored on the inside edge in 40'. My modest bait caster 17 lb pole that caught the 10 spot and then loaned to another snapped in 2 places on an early big hit when trying to set the hook. Limber pole that's caught 26" stripers before, braid with a shock leader, and light drag - go figure. Rest of the day harassed by Bluefish. We alternated between live lining and cut bait as spot got chewed up. The blues were very careful to slash the tails just behind a stinger!
Tally: 8 keeper Bluefish; 1 -18" keeper rock; released 3 rocks in the 16-17" range.