Today was one of those days when you see things you didn't expect to see. The morning started off easy enough with 2 schoolie bass coming in on the fly rod, but it took a turn in the unexpected direction rather fast. I was cursing along a really nice section of rocky shoreline. I thought fishing it would be better than blowing right by it, so I rigged up a Rebel swimming plug. I trolled it behind the boat about 100 ft staying in 8-10 FOW. In front of my I noticed something in the water. It looked like a turtle getting some air. Guess what? It was a turtle. I was able to get a look at it as it swam away from the boat and it was a rather large Diamond Back Terrapin. I have seen these in the western part of the sound but not this early.
Also, I came into the fortune of a new clam fork. The fork is a Razor Back fork. It is very heavy and would be great for digging a trench to mine steamer clams or digging in beds which have a lot of rock. As I was digging several 3 inch lobsters were struggling in the mud. On closer inspection they were not lobster, but little Mantis Shrimp. I have seen these in the stomachs of filleted bass but not in person. They were all about 3 inches long.
On the return trip, I stayed on the troll. The water was very clear and I could easily see the rocky bottom in 12 FOW. As I was trucking along I saw a fish on the bottom. It was a really nice Blackfish! Probably one of the bigger Blackfish I have seen in the last 5 years. It was good to know some have survived fisheries mismanagement.
I ended the day loving my new clam fork. I saw some cool stuff and now have a ton of work a head of me to make some stuffed clams.