I got out to Egg Harbor today from 5:45 to 7:15, when the rain drove me away. Fished with a watermellon/blue sparkle tube jig, casting it to the ends of the piers.
First fish was a warm-up. A nice little 12-incher. You can kind'a see the tube.
A couple more missed taps and this hit. A nicer 14-incher.
It started to rain and lasted about 10 minutes but the wind died down, so I was really wondering if I should bother staying. I wasn't getting nay more taps.
But the rain stopped, so I decided to try that 'last cast' theory. The area I'm fishing has a lot of large, but not giant rocks on the bottom, so you have to constantly pop your jig off the rocks. I was doing that when this fish hit the tube. This measured 18.5 inches. I had it out too long getting the pictures, so I didn't get the girth. A 3-4 pound fish.
I fished a while longer but did not get another tap.
When you don't fish for smallies, and then come back to them, you remember why you fish for smallies.
This fish is the size of the one I got yesterday. It may have been the one I got yesterday, I don't know, and I didn't look for old wounds.
I remembered the camera. Now I have to remember the digital scale and rain gear.
Good fishing, everybody!