Marlon and I hit it super early on Friday morning - even had to wait a few minutes on the back because it was still too dark. I had the same setup out (5'6"/Armstrong CF1600) - and I had several great rides. The swell was waist high and there was no wind.
This time of year the big high tide is in the early morning (in summer the big high is in the afternoon and the second high is almost as high as the big one). I also wore the 2 mm vest for the first time this season (but it turned out to be warmer than I originally thought it would be).
My calf got wrapped up in the leash twice. It's still sore.