In my new Sportsman bay boat, I am trying to learn how to fish the jetties effectively with artificial lures. Past experimentation has been hit or miss, but I have had a pretty good amount of success casting at the rocks and swimming a lure down the slope. One of my best redfish was caught this way and it was a memorable one. Ralph and I found our way out there one day and were drifting with the outgoing tide along the south jetty. I was pitching a 1/4 oz Redfish Eye jig on a Z-Man plastic. I think it was a rootbeer/chartreuse MinnowZ. Anyway, I happened to be casting with my smallest rod at the time – at trout rod with a very supple St Croix blank and a 1000 Penn Battle reel. I had a solid thump and about 30 minutes and a half mile later I boated a 38″ red on that buggy whip! Did I mention 10 lb braid? Yeah.
I’ve also had sporadic success using our 1 oz Striper Eye jigs on a 6″ SwimmerZ at the rocks. Just drifting along the bottom of the rocks and vertical jigging.
Anyway, I asked Daniel Nussbaum of Z-Man if he would help show me some spots. A couple weeks before he had a great day catching bull reds. We made a plan and he, myself and Ralph went out. We had a great day. We were casting 6″ SwimmerZ on 1/2 oz Striper Eye’s and swimming them along the rocks. Wasn’t long before Daniel hooked up with a bull. Shortly later it was Ralph’s turn. I had a slot red and a 28″ er in the mean time, but by no means a bull.
Tide turned and I moved to the other side of the structure and was retrieving my lure when THUMP! I knew it was a big one based on the frequency of the head shakes. Took several runs before it came to the boat. It turned out to be my new PB Redfish at 41.5″. What a thrill!
Try this setup at the jetties or even the reefs. Its a lot more fun to feel the thump than wait for a bull to take cut bait, I promise you!
With the growth of population in Charleston we have seen already busy traffic become pretty much ridiculous, as our local politicians seem to forget that with every neighborhood and apartment complex comes more cars and yet, no new roads or lanes. Its frustrating, to say the least! Well, the situation on our waterways has mirrored what we see on the streets. More and more boats, many with inexperienced captains, and a complete lack of new or expanded boat landings. A new landing to replace the all-but-useless Bushy Park landing is a can that continues to get kicked on down the road, for example.
I’ve recently seen plenty of arguments about boat landing etiquette and I think on a Saturday morning about 10 AM in the summer, there is just no way to NOT have problems, simply because there are too many people trying to launch and you know, shit happens.
Often, I think to myself that if people understood one cardinal rule about boat landings, that everything would go a lot smoother. And that rule is….
Get in and out of the landing ramp as soon as possible!
Most arguments on the landing arise because something prevented the above. Done right, with two people, a boat can be launched or loaded in under 3 minutes. One person, maybe 5 minutes. Some things people do that cause problems are:
Using the loading lane as a make-ready area (there are designated make-ready areas available for this purpose, if not, make-ready in another place before pulling up to the landing)
Docking on the inside of the lane, thus blocking people from launching (dock on outside of lane. If two people, have one idle away from the landing then do a touch-and-go pickup after your vehicle is parked)
Not knowing how to back a trailer down (this can be learned in an empty parking lot. Most people try to make too big of a correction with the wheel, in my observation)
Just think to yourself, what can I do to make sure I’m in and out of the landing lane in the absolute minimum amount of time? This will help immensely!
What are your thoughts on things people can do to make things more efficient at the landing?