Time: 5:30 - 7:45 am
Location: New Jersey Beachfront
Tide and Weather: Dead Low 7:44 am, Sunrise 5:27 am, Air Temperature When Fishing 68 - 70, Water Temperature 65 - 69, Totally Comfortable Wet Wading, Clear Water, Light North Wind, Knee High Surf, Moon 43% First Quarter
Catch: I ended up with one striped bass on a Stillwater Smack-It Popper and 2 fluke. The fluke were caught fishing the bottom with Gulp! baits. The bass hit and cartwheeled on the popper, hooking himself in the lip and back. It was ugly. I used my pliers and quickly popped the back treble free. Once those hooks were swinging, the front treble was easy.
The tide was falling during my whole session. On mornings like this, when the water is low and the surf small, I love to crawl out to rocks that are usually covered up. After getting my boots firmly stuck, I'll throw parallel to the beach, focusing on the ocean-side edge of the sandbar. There can be a pretty drastic depth change there, especially approaching dead low. This fish was in that zone.