On board today. Rolando Jeter for fly fishing and light tackle striped bass. Rolando and I have been fishing together for about twenty years. (I will post pics from today’s trip on our FB page, Baymen Guide Service, Inc. Baymen Charters)
At first light, flat calm seas with a light sw that turned N later in the morning. Water temps out in the bay were 61 degrees! The lowest I have seen them this summer and most likely due to the Tropical Storm coming up the coast and will impact us in a big way this weekend into early next week.
We found fish right off working under birds. VERY finicky and selective feeding fish on tiny peanut bunker. We worked several different schools and hooked up on several striped bass using 4″ rubber crankbaits, bone spooks, a tiny peanut bunker fly, and a holy Baymen fly. It was fun running from school to school.
Later, we ran to Browns looking for big fish. All was quiet. We hit a few cuts and drop-offs without a hit. We decided to leave the bank and head back up into the bay and found a handful of small schools of bass under birds. We fished them for a while and then moved deep into the bay and found a few more bass on structure. After that, we came back out into the middle of the bay and found a few schools of bait, birds and bass and landed two more fish.
Mist started to set in on the bay as we returned to port and it looked like it was raining pretty good offshore. Back at the dock, we were met with a parade of cars and trailers. Everyone is scrambling to haul their boats out ahead of the storm and the parking lot, ramp and street are backed up. But better safe than sorry. Wicked winds coming our way!
I am off the bay until the storm is over and seas settle back down. The fall run has kind of started and I am thinking it is going to be a great end of August and wild fishing into September and October. Time will tell.
Enjoy the storm!
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 29 Years Guiding The Bay
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