For how cold the water was (~45 degrees) I found a pretty decent tog bite. It was soft and quick so I had a few swings n' misses, but after making the mental adjustment I landed 6 (16.5", 17", 17", 20", 21.5" and 21.5"). Hermit crabs were the bait of the day fished on a dropper loop on the bottom.
After 8 hours of absolute solitude on the water, I decided to join Jack Daughtry in search of big stripers. It was a perfectly calm night when my clicker scream broke the silence. I quickly brought the beast to the surface but as soon as I turned on my headlamp to take a look at it, it went berserk. It was definitely bigger than I thought it was going to be. My drag was set tight as it started thrashing violently, banging it's massive head on my gunwale and spraying water everywhere. Once the head got back under it peeled line while spinning me in circles. After pressuring him back within arms length of the leader, all of a sudden, it went slack. I pointed my light and watched the full length of the fish slowly fade away into the darkness... as a cacophonous "NOOOO!!!" reverberated from my chest. Listening to my voice echoing in the cold still air, I reeled in my empty hook, knowing that was easily the trophy I was hoping for.
After several choice words grumbled through the steam from my mouth, fear of that scenario replaying in my sleep set in. I whispered "c'mon please" a gazillion times waiting for my next hit, but I was only tormented by short strikes. Jack's line came tight next and I was excited for him.
It was his new personal best at 41".
Not too long after, zippzipp was followed by his Visipole moving abnormally fast. And about 10 seconds later, my clicker goes off too. Line comes tight and shizam... sleigh ride.
44" by the last little fibers of the tail. Trophy, check.
I didn't stay very long after that, knowing my work load the next morning was going to be tough. But Jack stayed and got into a few more. 37", 39" and one monster that refused to be measured before peacin' out.
What an awesome freakin' day.
Can I get a "yeah!"?