"Make due with what you have."
That is one of life's sayings that I truly live by. Without looking into it too deep, one can incorporate that saying into their day to day routine. You can relate that to finances, health, or in this case...time.
It's not easy for life's schedule and Ma' Nature to work together to allow the good fortune of free time accompanied with nice weather. On this day, the overall goal was to take my Trident 13 loaded with clamming gear and bring home a shellfish dinner for the family. I never have an issue when it comes to paddling some plastic, but my mind tends to think about setting hooks into hungry mouths when the condtions are this nice!
I launched a few hours before low tide so I could get in a little time throwing top water for some speckled trout. It was almost like they were waiting patiently for my Skitter Walk to do a little dance above their lustful eyes.
When you are pressed for time, you normally throw your "go to" baits instead of experimenting. I have the utmost faith in my top water presentation which 90% of the time is one of my Skitter Walks. A well known "trout legend" turned me on to this lure a while back, thanks again Forrest.
The conditions were ideal for top water trout action. These fish were going mid-evil on anything up top. You know you're in the feeding window when you watch specks consistently blow up baitfish on the surface. In the hour or so that I fished, I landed 4 trout up to 19 1/2" while losing a couple, not to mention the many blowups that swung and missed. This one wanted to wave his tail good bye.
Remembering I was there to go clamming and not play catch and release with trout, I put the rod down and grabbed the clam rake. After a couple of hours scratching the salty floor, I managed to haul in 89 clams. I can tell ya that this made for one happy family!
If you don't take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you, it's a good possibility that may miss out on something worthwhile. Granted I didn't catch one every cast, but I sure did have my fair share of fun and excitement. With that being said, I think another early morning journey BEFORE work is in the making...
~See ya on the water!