I got a late start on Saturday and was not anchored up and fishing until 9:30am. This was partly on purpose because I was concerned about the fog down around Swan Island. It was thick and did not burn off until 10:30 or 11:00. The ground hogs at Swan Island basin did not see their shadows that morning
I only caught 1 keeper and 6 shakers. 3 of the shakers were almost legal sized. It was a pretty slow but steady bite all day. I never got a quick bite all day long, each bite I got was after the bait had sat for a while. I think part of the issue was the lack of current. I used 2oz most of the day and there was one spot where I switched to 4oz, but even at that spot 2oz would catch the bottom without too much line out.
One thing I will say is that the fish fought like demons. I thought for sure that the 3 shakers I caught that were almost keeper sized were going to be well in the keeper range. The one keeper sized I did catch fought wickedly hard. I thought it was going to be slightly oversized.
Overall it was a beautiful day on the water. I felt kind of lazy out there and did not work as hard at finding fish as I might have. I was enjoying the sunshine and just bobbing around. If I am going to have a day with a slow bite I am glad it was on such beautiful winter day!
They did fight hard:
Here is the best fish on the day:
The picture does not do that fish justice. It is hard to tell but it was curled up a fair bit. I did find it interesting that all the fish I caught were super pale like the one in the picture.
Fish tremble when they hear my name
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
--John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928