rules big trout bite at Jennette’s Pier
BY DARYL LAW
sunrise Sunday, Oct. 23, Rick Rogers caught more speckled trout than
most people catch all year long.
dome of light under Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, he reeled them in two
at a time.
Rogers nailed the trout. He was truly in his element, noted pier-house
keeper Michelle Revels who watched from the pier.
reminiscent of the scene from the movie “A River Runs Through It,” when
Brad Pitt was fly fishing to catch river trout – pure poetry in motion.
whipped the surf rod each cast, Rogers’ double lead-head rig would fly
into the dark and then land in the small, white-water breakers. His rod
action sounded like a whip.
was on, and he was in the groove.
By the time
his fishing partner arrived at 5:30 a.m., all Rogers yelled up from the
beach to the pier deck was, “Twenty-three!”
second later, “Make it twenty-four,” as another shinny shape was
flapping at his feet.
liked the angle better from the beach, once the pier opened at 6 a.m.,
Rogers continued his quest from the pier deck.
doubleheader!” he said. “Yes, sir!”
hour or so, he kept on bringing them in for a total of 66 speckled
trout -- two of them monsters.
other anglers got into the action, but none came close to the luck
But as a
long orange sliver of light over the horizon announced the coming
sunrise, the bite was over and Rogers went to work.