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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

• Off The Pier 4-1-2009

After a long day outside, I finally had a chance to relax, so I fished a while off the pier. I tried to get out there before too many boats made the evening run through this area. With the Thursday Night Tourney tomorrow, I knew people would be prefishing spots protected from the wind. After catching some fish last night and seeing someone else get some bites, I knew I had a shot at catching something.

I started out tossing a Tiki Stick again, but noticed damage in my line, so I switched to another rod and reel and tied on a finesse jig. Not sure what weight this jig was, but it felt like about 1/4oz and it had two rattle chambers. I know that it's made by Strike Works. I used a black V&M Baits Baby V-Chunk craw trailer. I had a nibble on the first cast, but missed it. Made a few more casts and then went back to the tree where I lost the fish last night. Tap tap, set hook, fish on. It jumped a few times, but did not get away from me. Lobbed it up on the pier, removed the hook, and weighed it. Turned out to be 2lbs 9oz. The technique I used was to cast to my target and let it fall. I shook the jig right away with very subtle, but quick movements of the rod. Apparently that was enough to get this one to bite.

Kept working the jig near every tree I could, but never came up with any more bites. Saw a lot of turtles though. Looking out at trees well beyond my max casting distance, I could see wakes and ripples from fish. Looks like they are hanging close to the cypress trees. Maybe these fish will be the first of many.

Didn't check water temps. Water is pretty muddy back here. Pulled in a mix of different weeds, from hydrilla to silky green algae. Even with the wind tomorrow, I think the tourney is going to produce some decent numbers.