Saturday, October 5, 2013

North Jetty and Black Sea Bass

The weather was just right again for another trip to the North Jetty from Station 22 on Sullivan’s Island; so Lewis and I decided to go on the search for a bull red and some sheepshead. This will be the first time that we will be fishing the jetty in a Northeast wind. Using the Wheeleez Kayak Cart-Beach, equipped with unique low pressure balloon wheels will provided me the ease of getting the Jackson Big Tuna from the truck to the beach across the soft sand.

When we arrived to the section of the beach where Lewis and I planned to launch for the North Jetty, we had several on lookers to watch. Initially a gentleman from Missouri asked some questions about our kayaks, what we planned to fish for, size of fish, and the method of catching. He also asked us about the Lowrance Elite-5 DSI fish finder installed on the Big Tuna. Then it was time to launch; it was either going to be a show of us not making a good launch or we will have no incident at the launch. In this occasion we had a success launch and there were cheers from the beach as we made it pass the breakers.
While paddling the one mile to the North Jetty, I noticed several Moon Jellyfish. The Moon Jellyfish appeared to be translucent as I watched this incredible animal. There are also four or five horseshoe shaped inner things that are very noticeable when observing the jellyfish. This was really cool to observe this jellyfish. When compared to the more common Cannonball Jellyfish that I have seen in the water is a truly magical species. At one point I thought I would see how heavy they are so I tried to lift one with my paddle. I could feel some resistance in attempting to lift the jellyfish with the end of the paddle. So how big are they I would have to save by the eye they appeared to be about 12 – 14” in diameter. I’m not sure about the weight but I would have to say a couple of pounds with my experience of trying to lift one with my paddle.
When we arrived to the North Jetty the rocks were almost covered by water. With the wind direction we thought that we would drift over the rocks and fish the channel side of the jetty. We did not seem to get any bites on that channel side but we did notice when the huge freighters came through they seemed to just suck the water towards them. This resulted in some pretty good size wakes on the return back to the jetty wall. Lewis and I would pull up the anchors and paddle some distance away from the jetty wall so that we would not be pushed into the rocks from the incoming wake.
With the tide going out, I noticed that the current had us traveling along the jetty wall towards the end of the North Jetty. This was a blessing as we would be able to paddle around the jetty wall and be back on the Sullivan’s Island side. While we started to fish the side that we started, we started doing some catching. Unfortunately we were catching black sea bass and nothing else. Lewis caught three nice black sea bass ranging from 13.5” to 15”; definitely some nice fish and some great eating.
For me it was nothing but small black sea bass. Uff da I started getting some heavy bites. These bites resulted in two rat reds no need to measure as they were well under the minimum for slot. Then I managed to get a really nice hit on the fiddler crab. Uff da this had to be at least a sheepshead. When the fish came to the surface it was a nice redfish.
With having had caught three redfish in a row; I decided to cast the cut bait back out into the water parallel to the jetty wall and anchor to prevent me from drifting. After about 30 minutes I had not gotten a bite. So I decided that I would pull up the bait and just let it hang into the water while I drift and paddle in the search of some sheepshead. Uff da all of a sudden the clicker started sounding off as if I was either hitting the rocks or I had a bite. I pulled the rod from the rod holder and sure enough I had a fish. After a while I had a very nice black sea bass measuring 14”.
The conclusion of the day resulted in a lot of black sea bass, three red drums, and a beautiful oyster toadfish. Someday the action at the North Jetty will be resulting in bull reds and monster sheepshead.

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