Wow! What a day yesterday. I fished a Capital District Bassmaster event on Lake Champlain and was able to bring in 21.79 lbs for the win. I would love to expand more on what I did to catch this weight but with the New York Federation tournament now less than a week away, I will have to defer to next week.
Until then, I will back track a bit and talk about an experience I had around the fourth of July. My girlfriend's family owns a house near Point Judith, Rhode Island. We tend to head there for holidays and this time around her mom's boyfriend was kind enough to take me out fishing on his boat.
We only had a few hours so we did some in-shore fluke fishing off of Point Judith. I don't get out on the salt much (or at all) so this was a completely new experience for me. We were using standard fluke rigs and if you've never seen one it's essentially a drop-shot rig with a bucktail jig as your weight. I'm told this is a classic rig for fluke. We tipped our baits with squid and drifted over a large sandy flat in 50+ feet of water. It essentially felt like I was drifting with a drop-shot. I boated a half dozen fluke and our boat brought in a little less than 20 between three of us.
It was a unique experience for a freshwater guy like myself and I look forward to testing the salt again soon using the same logic I apply when I fish bass fishing tournaments. I will be in North Carolina near the Oregon Inlet for a family vacation in August. We go every year and I almost always use this as a break from fishing. This year, I think I will be bring a few rods along.