First Fall Keeper, Dave Spendiff

I left the dock this morning (11/12/14)11.12.14 at 5:15AM in fog so thick that I could barely see the bow. I was headed for Barnegat Inlet and had to go at idle speed until I got through the Manahawkin bridge area. In that I don’t use the ICW to go to BI, I was able to use the GPS to navigate my shortcut at a decent speed as I wasn’t concerned about encountering other boats until I got near the Oyster Creek channel. In spite of that, I didn’t clear the inlet until 7:15, a trip that normally takes a little over an hour. The ocean wasn’t any better and the fog didn’t start to lift until 9:30. Water temp was 54 degrees and there were plenty of bunker schools to fish. I fished a spot and caught a skate, I fished a live bunker and caught a shark…it seemed as if I was going to have a repeat of my trip on Monday – the 3 S’s -shark, sundial, skate. Finally, around 12:30 I got a solid hit on a snagged & dropped bunker and boated a fat 31″, 26lb striper. She was hooked in the mouth, so I was able to release her. Let me tell you something, no matter how wide you open your eyes, even to the size of saucers, you still can’t see in the fog!

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