SD SPORTFISH "SWEET TERESA" report for 4/10/12 Calm before the storm
I got a call last week from a fellow BDer Mike and he wanted to go get some halibut. I wanted to try and get him on some fish before the weather went sour so today was our best shot at some flatties. He wasn't able to get anyone else on short notice so we charged it with a light load. We pushed away at 0530 and perfect conditions came through the grey light. Low tide was at 0630, no wind, no swell and no boats around. Our first baits were in the water at 0645 and the 1st 2 hours were very slow with such a poor drift. Once the drift started and we found the fish it got more steady, slowly but surely. Our first couple legals jumped on sardines but they were only 24" and we knew bigger fish were in the mix so they went back to grow up for next years fishing. Mike came tight on a bigger model that had some fight in her. She made a run for the props but he was a step ahead and worked this fish like a champ. I got the gaff shot after a coule more runs for the bottom and a quality fish was on ice. We had 2 more nice grade fish on the same drift and more fish than we needed. Mike went turkey hunting over the weekend and breaks out his cranberry/orange brined roasted turkey for some first class turkey sandwiches, my new highlight of the week. Best turkey I have ever had, anywhere, anytime. Not to mention he brought breakfast for us as well. We knocked out 3 more drifts with another 24", released. The wind kicked up to a decent clip but never got so sloppy that we couldnt fish. The tide topped out and we stuck with it until 1430 then headed for the barn. Mike is a seasoned angler and we had our system wired after the 1st drift, well oiled machine by the end of the 2nd. It sure doesnt look like a bit of weather is headed our way, but it's coming, especially the wind.
Back on the bite after the wind lays down
Thanks for a great day on the water Mike, congrats on a well earned fish!!!