I was planning to hit BB with the Aegean to do some fishing and clamming, but the reports out of Raritan convinced to stay farther north. I borrowed Hannah's Mini-x to be more moblie and hit the road Friday night. Several errands and a stop for good clams got me to the bay around 10. I scouted up and down 36 for an hour, using a launch guide from another site and a RB fishing chart purchased from Grumpys.
I unloaded the yak and humped it over the dunes around 11. I paddled out about 50 feet from shore to get the feel of the yak and test my rigging set up, but the storm came in aftter 5 minutes and the lightning had me on shore immediately. I fished all night from the beach, using the yak as a base and rod holder. I lost lots of clam to light taps and drops, but hit three short bass at the top of the incoming and slightly into slack tide. I was fishing 5/0 circles with half a clam on each.
It rained like heck all night and I went through all of my extra clothes, trying to stay dry and warm. Nothing hit at all after about 2:30 am and a very fuzzy german shepard woke me up from a nap with a nose in my face on the yak with a nose in my face at about 8am.
After a trip to the laundrymat to dry my clothes, I decide to bay hop north to try some other spots on my launching guide. Got some very interesting looks while standing in front of the dryer in my waders and a set of thermal underwear!
I sealed my status as a kook when I went outside and fired up the camp stove on the carge rack to make coffee and have breakfast.
I put back in around 10am at an ultra secret spot known only to thousands of anglers , catching the incoming tide in an area with lots of pilings and docks. Clam produced nothing, but I think I need work on my clamming from the kayak technique. I set one rod up with a 5" shallow swimmer and decided to troll. Game on! I landed my first yak bass withing 5 minutes using the flush mount rear rod holders as a trolling base. That singing reel was sweeeettttttttttt!
Two more came in over the next 30 minutes as I paddled the area, then the sunny skies were blocked out by dark clouds and a few distant lightning bolts. I had been staying pretty close to shore for safety's as I don't have a dry suit, so I turned the yak and began paddling as hard as I could for the nearest landing point. After ten strokes my reel went off HARD and the rod yanked way down and stayed there, jerking and bobbing with what was obviously a nice fish. I decided to take the chance and land it (come on, you would have too!) I played with that fish for awhile, gettting the yak turned one way then another, then towed forward for a litle it. Eventually I boated a beautiful girl between 30-32 inches.
I'd already decided to release everything due to the time of year and spawning potential, so I snapped a pic, gave her a kiss, and sent her on her way.
Two more fish hit the boat before complete slack high tide, both healthy and fighting well.
No hits at all between 2pm and 5. I finished the day frontside at SH, drowning my last few clams for kicks. My daughter's kayak was great to play with and perfomed very well for a small craft.
A few notes to self:
GET A PROPER DRY TOP!
Raritan Bay has some scary people with interesting ideas about how to fish.
Learn how to drift clams from the yak.
Go get 'em boys!