Unusual Catch for Me by Pat Presutto

A beautiful day was called for so I rode the ocean front beaches scouting for new holes and cuts. Then I went to Graveling Point to meet some fishing comrades after getting some bloodworms from Ron at West Creek. Walking down to the point, I ran into another friend who was walking off with a 33” striper, later weighed in at 16#. I got excited.

Anyway, the next few hours were dead. I caught an 18” striper and didn’t see anyone else hooking up. I decided to leave at 5 and had one pole packed and went to bring in the other one. The tip was moving a little bit and I set the hook. Thought I was snagged on the bottom but then it started moving. Took me a while to bring in as I was using my pole with 15 # test braid. A crowd gathered as I landed the beast – a beautiful black drum. Fish was safely released after popping the hook. What a thrill. I estimate the fish weighed close to 40 lbs!

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