Adventure Location: Rockport, TX
Down at the Fulton Harbor park area is a very nice Christmas Tree waiting for your eyes to enjoy it. Early this morning the Teams saw it with the lights still on and in the dim morning light it was even nicer than this picture shows it.
Later in the morning the OFM took himself and a fishing rod to the Rockport Harbor area to have some fun. The wind was strong so he was trying to hide from the cold wind by snuggling up to a power pole. From there he was able to cast into the water hoping for a nice fish. It did not happen. Instead a big powerful fish grabbed the lure and the battle was on.
The fishing equipment is rated up to about a 14 pound fish. This sucker took off for parts unknown. Line was quickly stripping from the reel. The drag was set at 11 pound which is the maximum rating for this small reel. Most of our fish in this area are under three pounds so it makes a nice rod set up, normally. The fish took lots of line several times before we finally saw that it was a bull red. The OFM though it was close to 30 inches long which is a pretty good sized red. The legal size to keep is 20 to 28 inches long.
After the fish was identified the OFM knew he did not want it. It was too big. The roadbed is about 6 feet above the water. The Teams do not own a decent landing net. There was no humans in sight to help so landing this big was was not likely. By now the fight had been going on for many sessions of pulling line out and working the fish back. The OFM’s fingers were cramping. His belly was getting sore from the rod butt hitting him in the stomach.
The fish sort of tired a bit and was floating near us. The OFM decided to try for a photo and reach into his pocket for the camera. About then the fish decided to get serious. It put itself into GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE gear and pow the 20# Windtamer braid snapped and the fish quickly swam away and the OFM was tired. So he gathered himself and his gear and we headed for the Castle and some rest.
Here is a bad picture of the frayed end of the line.