Whittier silvers from shore
Labor Day a few years ago, was in Whittier just before low tide. At the north end of the bay, from the path next to the road, saw schools swimming around. No one fishing. Didn't have any herring, but was already rigged for roe with a bobber. Cast out just ahead of a school and most passed by, but one or two turned and milled around a bit then hit the bait. Missed the first strike but still had bait and another hit and stripped the bait. Reloaded and repeated and lost the fish, repeated.... Soon the fish were milling all around the bobber. Finally landed 5, released more as too blushed, lost 3 hooks had to go to the truck 2 more times to get more roe. This went on for about two hours.... Even successful with gooy grungy bait.
It got so as soon as the roe hit the water, I'd get a strike and frequently had the bait stripped (not using an egg loop, just a flob of soft roe on a single hook 3 - 4 feet below the bobber with a little weight about midway down).
After I had the first fish landed, someone walked by on the path and before long, there were about a dozen fishing in the area. All had herring, or spinners, or were throwing snagging hooks, no others had roe and no others had any strikes or landed fish. Gals were up on the path vectoring their friends to the fish from "Bobber Man"....