Greetings from Capt. Dave & BAYMEN!
On board today, repeat clients, Rusty Pool, his daughter, Katie, and her husband, Evan, for light tackle and fly striped bass.
At first light, dead calm seas and near high tide rising. Water temps in the low 60’s out in the bay. Gorgeous fireball sunrise.
Rusty was on fly and Katie and Evan were on LT. We went right to a couple of my GO-TO spots on this tide and they were void of fish! We found bait in many spots, but no bass on them. We worked several pieces of water to no avail and then headed across the bay to some new areas. As we booked along, I spotted a single seagull drop down on a single boil on the water… Nothing to get excited about. But we weren’t finding fish anywhere so I said to myself, “might as well try it…” WHAM! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…. BIG FISH hit a Baymen Jig and was off to the races. Katie fought the fish for some time as it made numerous runs before finally coming to the boat to meet the crew and Captain! It was a great run and a great fight on a great fish. Way to go, Katie!
Onward we searched for our next fish. We hit several new pieces of water without a hook-up. Then, as I glassed the bay, I spotted a few terns about a mile in the distance up on the flats along a cut. So, off we went to see if there were any fish there. Bingo! We found our one and only school of striped bass of the morning and began to hook up right away. We had a couple double hook-ups. Some of the fish were on topwater, and many were hugging the bottom in 6 fow. The bait was small, about a 2-3 inch minnow. I saw them leaping ahead of the bass several times but could not get close enough to ID them.
Evan put a nice, fat slot keeper in the cooler that hit a rubber crankbait. Katie landed several more fish also on crankbaits fished with the cast and count and Baymen bounce technique. It was a slow start but a great finish on a flat-calm bay. Ten fish total caught and released. One slot went home with the anglers. A great ending to a lovely morning on the water.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 31 years Guiding The Bay. Booking 2024 & 2025 Seasons. Book early. Dates go quickly.