The Show That Shuts Down Surf Fishing
The wind shifting around today made surf fishing a little challenging at the point. Ocean side was much nicer for a while in the morning, then switched to bayside in the afternoon. That didn’t last too long and then it was rough on the bayside in the afternoon and the ocean side calmed down. Aside from the rough conditions, the added challenge was also our competition.
One group of anglers that don’t mind the rough conditions are the dolphins. They scare off the fish, but today they put on a killer show today, while feeding. Dolphins were blowing up on bait right behind the first breaker. Moving up and down the beach following the food. They would eat and tear up fish, then start playing around riding waves.
I have seen them at the point in huge waves, flipping and diving with the incoming waves. They like to play out there a lot it seems, it is cool entertainment regardless how the fish react. The show started around 3 PM, and no, that is not a daily occurrence but at the point is one of the best places to see dolphins. Lot of life in that water.
We were on our way off the beach when these dolphins blew up on bait and we stopped to watch the show. I have been trying to get great shots with the new camera of dolphins breaching. Usually that takes a few (hundred) tries, today was an exception. These dolphins were feeding like crazy and playing. There had to be a hundred of them in the area at one time. So I set the camera to take several frames fast and just kept shooting. The hardest part is trying to catch them doing what you see at that second. Trying to anticipate that shot is the same as fishing, or I should say catching.
The fishing was slow today at the point but at least we got to hang out with some friends and see a show on the way out. The wind did lay down after we left and hopefully the fishing turned on for the people still there. Saw a few oyster catchers too on the way out, seeing a lot of them this year.