Monday, May 6, 2013
A board member at work offered to take my coworkers and I out on his boat to chase the trophy rockfish that are swimming up and down the Chesapeake Bay. Some fish are on the way north to spawn, others have already spawned. All in all, we put out 10 lines on two planer boards, plus two deep lines. Parachute rigs on each line. Fish run north and south; boats run east to west. Parachute rigs looked pretty sharp - all white and chartreuse - typical colors for all-year work in the open Bay.
The take? A 38" (21 lb) fish and a 37" (16lb) fish. Both were specimens. Happy to say I had my hands on the rod both times they tipped....and happier to say that I handed both of them off to other coworkers who don't get to fish very often. It was a good, relatively quiet time out that was punctuated by a few exciting minutes with big, big fish on the line.