Greetings from Capt. Dave & BAYMEN!
After two days of thunder storms, rain, and lightning, we were finally able to get back on the bay. On board today, Molly DeVillers, her goddaughter, Emily, and Em’s boyfriend, Patrick, for light tackle striped bass. Molly and Em have been fishing with me for years. This was Pat’s first trip with me.
At first light, overcast skies, fog, almost high tide, and water temps in the harbor 74 degrees!!! Wow! Out in the bay the temps dropped all the way down to 59 degrees in some places we fished.
No birds, no topwater action to speak of as been the case since early June, and no bait on top. We need lots of bass to get the bait off the bottom and drive it to topwater. Then the birds will arrive again. Until then, we continue to fish bottom structure all over the bay.
This crew did very well today with the fish we did have inside the bay. We fished the rips, channel drop-offs, cuts, flats, and troughs. We also tried some weedbeds and a few deep channels. Our persistence paid off and we boated a total of 28 striped bass, 2 keepers, and 1 large hickory shad. All on light tackle. Em was High Rod with her second fish of the morning being a slot keeper that went home with the anglers for dinner.
No seals, no sharks, no deer swimming the bay today. It was dead-calm all morning and just lovely out there!
Happy Independence Day celebrations to all my clients, friends and fellow anglers. I hope to take a few days off, kick back with fam, and thank God for his great blessings. Soli Deo Gloria!
Tight Lines & Good Fishing,
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, baymenlife.com 31 Years Guiding The Bay. Still In Love.
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