first entry - Saturday, June 6 2009.
Well, we launched at the res in Salisbury, MA 2 hours before high tide. I wanted to get out and drift some mackeral chunks so we headed out the mouth. It was kind of nasty out there (for me) and I found it really unpleasant to rig up the rods and keep everyone fishing while controlling the boat... we were drifting fast and the waves were pretty big. My son had a fish on really quickly and it felt BIG. I was excited but we lost it close to the boat. It was a little to hairy out there for me so we headed back into the river.
I find drift fishing too difficult (even with a co-captain) so we anchored up in a popular spot. Withing 10 minutes a boat full of REAL googans blast in front of me not 6 feet off my bow... I can't believe they didn't grab my anchor line! We stayed for quite awhile but got nothing.
We moved up river a bit more to an area where I used to see guys catching big cows all the time when I had my old boat back in the early 90's. We anchored up in 2 different spots and casted plugs and soft plastics for awhile. Nothing. At this time I'm thinking that I made a mistake. I probably should have bought a bass boat (like I almost did) just because it was a much easier day for my son and I - we really had a handle on that type of fishing and I think he had a lot more fun. Not that I give up so easily... it's just that I want the kid to enjoy himself - he really loves to fish. I could have switched to saltwater fishing when he was 13 or so... oh well.
So then we tried to run out the mouth again. Wow, it was a lot worse in the afternoon! The boy loved the huge waves but I wasn't too excited about it LOL. Maybe if he wasn't with me I wouldn't have been as nervous. We went right back in.
Of course, taking out at the Salisbury res was a NIGHTMARE but that was no surprise.
So now you guys have an idea of how much of a newbie I really am
I'll add to this thread with short
reports and pics from now on... I don't want to bore you guys but I'm hoping that after some months this thread might show some growth of me as a fisherman... I hope.