Greetings from Baymen Charters!
On board today, I new client, Rusty Pool, from Texas, and his son-in-law, Evan who lives locally. Even and his wife took an intro to fly casting class with me a few years back.
At first light, a dead low tide and no wind. Water temps were 73 degrees at the dock. Out in the bay, water temps were 57 degrees on the incoming tide and 64 degrees on average around the bay.
We found a school of striped bass in VERY skinny water – under birds. We slowly worked our way into them and picked up a nice bass on LT. The fish were on an ultra-selective feed and we did not get any more hook-ups. I decided to run across the bay and start fishing some of my structure spots, but we had to stop short for breaking fish in July! What a surprise as we pulled into an acre of fish busting bait on topwater. We worked that school of fish and hooked up on several nice bass.
Next up, I determined to fish my structure spots so that is what we did. KEEPAH on LT! We did two more drifts and then headed to my next spot – but never made it. We ran into topwater striped bass again busting topwater. What an amazing sight for July, hot temps, and high water temps. But there they were and we stayed with them for the duration of the trip. The bass were moving fast and we ended up in skinny water once again, up on the flats. What a blast!
Total catch and release was 25 striped bass and 1 keeper. The top two flies were a Baymen Universal fished on a sinking line, and an olive/white clouser on a floating line. For LT the top producer was a three inch white bait fished fast and sporadic.
A wonderful July morning with two great anglers on the bay.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Striped Bass.
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