A buddy was good enough to take me on my first jaunt to POC in hopes of both getting me onto my first tarpon and jack crevalle. We ended up in the salty air just before sun-up with some lightning still flashing in tall clouds. Gassed up the boat, ate some of Josie's massive wonderful taco's and by the time they disappeared, so had the lightning.
The plan was to run out to the pass to see if any tarpon were on the beach, while checking some other likely spots along the way.
The tarpon were no where to be found so we came back into the bay. Saw some stuff busting off toward the mangroves and poled up to it. They turned out to be ladyfish, but they're damn fun when they've got a little size to 'em.
We worked our way out into an open area and found the same kind of action, only they had a little freckled chick hanging out with them.
That died out pretty quick and we ran over to a spot that normally holds jacks. After a bit of idling, poling and looking, we saw a whole lot of commotion and made our way over to it. The cause of the attraction was enormous striped shrimp the size of bratwursts that went flying out of the water when under attack. The attackers included 2 5'+ sharks, a 4' bonnethead, and who knows what all else. Couldn't manage to hook any of those frantic beasts though dammit.
Once that settled, we went to check the jetties for action. After a wet ride (nw wind= choppy bay), there was no action there either. Same story in the surf, but it was mighty purdy at least.
Went back inside and saw some more jacks busting, but couldn't get to them. Once they vanished, we settled on wading for reds. I got this guy on the new stubby rod before I was 20yds from the boat.
Waded down a shoreline and noticed ridiculous numbers of things crawling on the sand. Turned out to be crabs the size of a milk dud.
The recent flushing rains, dead grass, and increasing clouds made for tough sighting of fish, but I finally managed to catch a black drum on fly. He went about 22", but those things sure tug like they're bigger.
Lack of tarpon or jack was a bummer, but the weather was so nice something had to be lacking. I'll take ladyfish and black drum as consolation for sure.