First Fish

Recently, I have been thinking about a boat that would allow me to fish in open and nearshore waters.  While I love my skiff for fishing in the rivers and creeks, it was not designed to fish in the harbor and beyond.  Clearly, I needed a second boat.  A larger vessel would enable me to pursue Cobia, Tarpon and Jacks in our near coastal waters.  The lure of catching (large) coastal pelagic species was overwhelming.  Unable to resist, I purchased a Pathfinder 22-foot bay boat. 

The first fishing trip on the new boat was Saturday afternoon.  Elliott joined me.  We had a friendly competition to see who would catch the first fish on the new boat.  Wanting to run the Pathfinder a bit, we decided to start fishing up the Wando near the Highway 41 bridge.  The ride up river was quick and soon we were casting lures (Z-Man TRDs on 1/5-ounce NedLockZ jigs) to a submerged ledge in about 15 feet of water.  On my second cast, I felt a solid thump but somehow managed to miss the fish.  I expected Elliott to quickly cast where I missed the bite (like he usually does).   However, he did not.  I looked back and he was just standing there waiting.  He said, you should catch the first fish.  So, I cast back to the ledge and boom, fish on!

It was not a particularly large Redfish, but we were pretty excited.  Elliott took a few pictures to commemorate the first fish caught on the new boat.  As I was releasing the Redfish, Elliott picked up his rod and cast to the ledge.  He immediately hooked a Trout.  For the next 20-minutes, we caught a fish on nearly every cast.  The fish were still biting when we decided to leave and run the Pathfinder down river into the harbor.  We were smiling the whole way.

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