Friday, May 1, 2015

Really Good

Jon Pickering hoists up a triple header that
was landed on shrimp fly teasers and a Cocahoe
on a jighead.  That has been the hot lure combo.
The water is cold (40's), the air is cold, the winds have been wrong, but the fishing is hot. I have hit the oceanfront hard in the last three days and I can tell you the fishing is about as good as it gets at this time of year. I've found the fish in multiple spots along the oceanfront, and when you find them, there are a lot of them to catch.  My totals for the last three days are well over 50 fish. Those results have really exceeded my expectations.
The hot ticket to catching them has been a Cocahoe minnow fished on a jighead and fished below one or two shrimp teasers.  I've seen others scoring well with Clouser flies used as teasers.  I've had numerous double headers as well as some triple headers on this rig.  To get three schoolies to hit at the same time, there has to really be a big bunch of them.
I am also surprised at the size of the schoolies.  Last year there were lots of really tiny ones in the 10-14 inch range. However, this year's fish average about 20 inches with some being near keepers. There are really good size early season fish.