Hi Everyone, I finally wet a line ! Kathy has been asking me to go and thanks to her, I did. It had been pouring all night and it was still showering and foggy, not exactly the conditions to put the small schoolies on the bite. The first stop was at the River Road landing in East Orleans, by the little leage field and the Town Hall. There was a nice grandpa and two small children fishing off the town float and one fellow in waders thigh deep at the mouth of the Meetinghouse pond. When we pulled up I was hoping to see some current in the river flowing past the mooring bouys, but it looked as though the tide was running too slow, so we decided to try in the boat. After bailing out the boat and exchanching the usual sarcasm with the local boys at Portinamicut landing, (South Orleans) we headed out into Pleasant Bay. Although the tide was supposed to still be running for a couple hours it was barely moving. Sometimes the rain or wind direction will alter the length of time it takes for the tide to ebb or flood from the norm. I figured the best place would be where the water was warmer and there was still a little tide running. For me, that place was Payson's Point, at the entrance to Pochet Bay and the bottleneck between Barley Neck and Pochet Island. After 15 minutes there with no luck, we headed further north into the Pochet Bay to the next point. From land you can get to it from the end of Barley Neck Road in East Orleans. The first fish I caught was the smallest Striped Bass I have ever seen, at 8-9 inches ! I was pleased to see one after jonesing for stripes all winter. I kinda gloated to myself because I had caught it right in front of a shore fisherman that was using a bait as big as the fish I caught ! I had made a biggest fish bet with Kathy too and was so far in the lead !!! On the next cast I hooked up again ! This fish was different, and I took my time to enjoy it. I even had to loosen the drag. It was a decent schoolie for early season of about 15 or 16 inches. After I released it I changed Kathy's bait to a smaller one and the same color I was using in the hopes of her hooking up. But it was not to be. It never occured to me at the time to let her reel in the second fish. Next time, I promise to try to be less of a fish hog !! If the sun comes out for a few days, you can expect the fish to flood into these rapidly warming waters. By next weekend it will be a differnet ball game and they will be just about everywhere. Use small baits ! I was using a 3/16 ounce white jighead and a tiny (about 1 1/2 inch) white curly tail grub behind it. If you start catching bigger fish then you can go to a bigger bait. There was a few guys on the shore besides us yesterday afternoon and I caught the only fish. I had a full spool of light 6 pound test so that I could cast the little jigheads.