Greetings from Capt. Dave & BAYMEN!
On board today, Founder of Oh, Deer Tick & Mosquito Control, Kurt Upham, franchise owner, Bob, and Bob’s 9 year old son, Joe, for light tackle striped bass!
At first light, near calm conditions with a wisp of south wind. Tide was incoming one hour before high. Skies were overcast and sea temps ranged 64 inside the bay to 58 out in the bay.
No birds, no topwater, and no fish marked on the sonar to start off our morning! So, we immediately went to structure fishing and got our first fish on a Yo-Zuri top-water popper (thanks Dick Bowman for tackle!) and another on a rubber crankbait.
Next spot of the morning we found lots of gulls sitting along a weedline looking pretty relaxed and resting. No fish spotted and nothing on the sonar. Third spot of the morning we switched up to Baymen Jigs to fish some deeper water where we have been hammering fish all spring. Ghost town! Now the Captain is getting nervous LOL… On to our next two spots. First one – not a bump. Second one, a deep surrounded by flats, that has been on fire this spring – GHOST TOWN…
The tide finally turned and began it’s way out. We swung by another spot at a channel drop-off and it too was void of fish. My charters were pounding the water and were relentless. Next stop on a whim… WHAM! Two fish hanging out right where they were suppose to be. They slammed the topwater poppers and gave us some exciting action!
On to our last two stops of the morning right where we started our day, in hopes that some fresh fish had showed up. They did! Everyone hooked up and landed fish and it was a lot of fun coming back to this spot later in the tide. The poppers (crimped barbs) make a lot of noise and that was the key today. With a bay nearly void of fish, my charters attracted the fish and brought them to the tackle.
Total catch and release today: 11 fish for 3 rods for 5 hours work. A slow day for sure, but a wonderful day of fishing. Great people who never let up and fished non-stop the whole morning. And another special event today: both Bob and his son, Joe, got their first ever striped bass.
Back at it. STAY POSTED:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 31 Years Guiding The Bay. Still In Love.
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