May 21 at 10:59pm
CCAguns and I had great game plan today for our Hopedale trip but Mother Nature and wind forecast tossed us wicked curve.We purposely delayed our departure from NShore to supposedly take advantage of not only predicted tidal movement(minus ridiculous SE darn-near gale force wind)but also possibility of finding clean and moving water(we found clean but NOT moving water,unfortunately).I had an hour Zoom conference that took exactly one hour and we arrived at Hopedale Marina tad after Noon and I received at least two texts from de Wiz who had four reds but reported ZERO tide(bad omen for us).We had gorgeous water,mostly,and covered lotta water and looked like it was gonna be productive trip as I nabbed fat marsh bass on Jann's Netcraft spinnerbait(bass and reds love dat fine bait,gonna make bunch more)and we thought we woulda found moving water but think strong SE winds fought tide and won!!!We tossed and tossed bunch of different baits and Lunker City FireTiger in 3.5 inch Shaker did some damage on two reds(one in pic was first)and only able to box one as bigger red managed to wrest free right at boat!!!CCAguns did nab nice bass and all we emerged with was one nice red and two bass and GREAT part is we fished a totally different Hopedale area and gonna slowly and methodically put pieces of puzzle together.CCAguns has mighty fine Kenner Vision,think shade over 20 ft with Merc Optimax on rear,quite a beast and when I was in Pharma Industry,quite a few guides ran Merc Optimax engines and they screamed!!!Gonna head back PLENTY times,getting a different part of Hopedale maze put together and hope to show him some easy reds on NShore grassbeds,what a treat when we can sight-cast to reds in basically our backyards!!