RE:In the cool of evening
Congratulations on the fish ! Night fishing is a new game altogether......The largest fish I have taken have been at night on the Vineyard. Your senses really become heightned........you hear fish swirling and popping from what seems to be hundreds of yards away. One of the things I learned about night fishing and the retrieve is that in most cases, you have to use a "painfully slow" retrieve. Just when you think you cannnot go any slower, slow it down ! The rewards (as you found) can be great, though.
By the way, I do not think your casting was sucky by any stretch !!