Lost a monster...what big fish live in the ICW saltwater creeks?
Was (am) fishing a creek off the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle tonight. Put a mullet head on an 8/0 not really expecting much while using fishbites I a smaller rod.
Within 20 minutes the reel was screaming. I engaged the spool and the fish ripped off 100 yards before it slowed down, took another run and then my line went slack and my heart broke. I had forgotten to check my drag. It was so tight I could not pull any out by hand when I checked it afterward. I’m such an idiot.
Anyway, this particular creek gets really shallow at low tide and the tide had been incoming for only about two hours. It’s been super hot here, so I really wasn’t expecting much to hit thay big head in the creek.
Could it have been a shark? A big red? That was a super intense initial run, especially considering the amount of drag that was cranked down.