First time by Dave Sikorski

On Saturday August 20, I was finally able to get out and do some fishing. I quickly noticed the bay water temperature was above 82 degrees, so I headed up to OCC to find som cooler water on the in coming tide. When I got there the water was about 75 degrees so I gave it a try. The tide was ripping at 2.5 mph, and I missed the first two hits I had. But after the tide slowed a bit, I started catching a few. I ended up with four short Fluke and a snapper blue. OCC is a tough place to fish, with all the boat traffic through there, but it was a beautiful morning, and I am glad I was finally able to get out and catch a few.


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