Still a write in candidate HOMER '16
Well there is was 4:45 am i was sitting at smitty's waiting on Jan, who should have been here already. Called her and found out i should just go over to the island and meet up with scott. He had the boat in the water and bait ready to go as soon as the person with the airrator showed up. Well Jan made it finally and with that we headed out to fish the surf. The boat ride was nice and the water looked great. At the first spot Jan and Shawn were freelining croakers and i was popping a shrimp, the bite was slow. Then Jan had a taker, She rared back and set the hook on wat seemed to be a large trout at first. She got it to the boat only to see a new state record Hard Head. Jan did not want to take a pic of it but we convinced her that if she was going to get the tittle then she needed proof. ( Jan Insert Pic here please ) While this tom foolery was going on i missed one. The I missed another when the hook found the anchor rope up by the boat. Then shawns rod doubled over. After a 30 min fight a monster 36 1/2" red was caught photoed and released. ( Jan insert Pic here ). We contacted Mike and team stringer came over but they did not stay long. After that a school of pup sharks moved in so we moved on. By this time my ribs were starting to hurt from all the laughing and fun we were having. So this impaired my casting ability and i flung my cork off. We made another stop at the jetties for lunch and to watch the fun that is to be had on a nice saturday at the Jetties. We decided to move in to east bay. On the way in we stopped and trolled the weed line the streched from the boat cut to the dike. We did not catch any thing so we moved on (J/K about the troll) In east bay the ribbing got bad and the bite got slower, if that possible. Shawn did manage a 13" flounder and we decided it was time to go to the beach. We loaded the boat and went to Shawns Beach house. Got the Jet ski ready and hit the sand. Jan and i Decided to go down the beach and wade while shawn hung out. This is where jan earned here new nick name. She managed to catch and release over 15 Hard Heads. She wanted to keep some for dinner but they were too small. I guess she wanted a wall hanger to match the record fish she had earlier, but she never found it. She did how ever manage to catch a 3 spined slime trout that was barely bigger then her hook. Well we called it and went to hang out. Shawn let me take the jet ski out and that was a hoot. who would have thought going 50 mph in a lawn chair with handle bars would have been fun.... Well After that Jan headed home and we headed to the party that was going on up at the house. I tried again in the surf the next day with no luck. I was throwing hardware and the shrimp chuckers were landing Hardheads so i decided to go back to the house for some coffee and Breakfast. Thank you to shawn and his family for the great time and hospitality. and thankyou to Jan for the many laughs. I managed to catch a skunk but it was the best time i have had on the water in awhile.