On board today, I had Peter Gaudette for light tackle striped bass. Pete and I have been fishing together since the old Baymen Outfitters days twenty years ago.
At first light a thick dense fog covered the bay. We picked our way out to the fish as the fog very slowly began to lift. A touch of wind laid down almost flat calm. We arrived at our first spot on the dropping tide and we had fish, bait and birds busting topwater for a solid hour and a half. Just a blast on light tackle and single hook rubber crank baits.
At slack tide, we began to explore some cuts around the bay and found some very small fish that would hit a Cotton Cordell popper and Creek Chub Knuckle Head. That was a lot of fun and we spent some time prospecting for a big bass. Nothing over 26″ inches and we eventually moved on.
Back out in the bay we found a lot of fish, bait and birds on the incoming. No bait balls, so the bass were acting more like Albies, which takes a lot of patience on your drifts. We hooked up on several more fish to 26-27 inches and then tried slow-trolling. That worked well and we picked up a few more fish on the light tackle. The sun finally came out, blues skies and HOT temps. We wrapped up and called it a great morning on the bay.
28 fish total caught and released. All striped bass and one bluefish.
Back at it. Stay Posted:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com
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