The tide was low and rising and we started off at the usual place on Keeling's Drain. Nothing doing so we crossed to the north side and tried a spot near an oyster reef, but that didn't tighten our line either.
We moved again - this time over by Dunkart's Hole on the way to the Western Branch - at the mouth of a small drain. Pretty near the first cast, I felt taps. Missed a couple bumps, got my timing down, and was hooked to a nice fish on the 6 wt. and a #2 clouser.
This one was an 18 incher. Tagged him and sent him back to Neptune.
Caught two more foot-long specks, tagged them and then took a break. Carl responded with a nice fish of his own. He landed the biggest catch of the day - a nice 20" fish on a mummichog-colored half and half fly.
As the action slowed down, we went back to the starting point, but Keeling's Drain was like a parking lot. We found a spot off the honey hole but near a rip and I picked up one more little speck. One more tag for the day. The boat in the honey hole was catching a speck on damn near every cast and when they finally picked up and left there was a melee rush to get there. We tried, but didn't want to go all combat fishing so we shied off and finally picked up and headed for the barn. We had a nice day, caught some quality fish, did our part for science and conservation and had fun to boot.
Can't ask for much more than that!