Greetings from Capt. Dave & Baymen Charters!
On board today, long-time clients and friends, Gary Condon and Greg Powers for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, dead calm and a low incoming tide. We cut across the bay and began to fish one of my low tide spots in 3-4 fow. We landed a fat schoolie for our first fish of the morning. Then – WHAM! A big fish exploded on Gary’s topwater lure. A great fight as he worked that fish to the boat and my awaiting Boga-Grip. That fish taped out to 34 1/2 inches and weighed a fat 14 lbs! What a great light tackle fish!
Onward to our next spot of the morning… WHAM! Greg hooks up on a very big fish and that bass runs to the boat and tangles itself up with another fish Gary was fighting. Big Fish! And then the line went slack… AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH….!!!! Oh, well. On to the next spot.
I have began fishing two spots on the bay that I have been driving past for many seasons. This year, both spots have been stacked up with bass at certain tides, for about an hour or two. Today was no exception and we hooked into a bunch of bass in each spot on our light tackle. Shallow water is so much fun to fish. In fact, over the last 30 years of guiding on the bay, most of our keepers have been landed in 3-8 fow on fly gear or light tackle gear. What a blast!
A little while later, we had birds working in July (!) on topwater fish. Very unusual for our bay and one other boat kidded with me and yelled, “the fall run has started early this year!” LOL… It sure seemed like it a couple of days this week.
Our last spot of the morning also had birds and topwater bass and it did indeed look like the start of the fall run – but it’s not. We have another solid month of “resident” fish before the fall fish began to feel the urge to start the journey south to the Chesapeake where they will spend their winter. We fish to breaking fish and finally called it a great morning and broke for lunch. Gary had brought a cooler full of subs, chips, cookies, and cold ice tea. We enjoyed just drifting around the bay eating lunch and great conversation.
Total catch and release today was 33 fish with several keepers to 14 pounds. All fish were landed on light tackle. Top lures were spooks, Baymen Jigs, and rubber crank baits. A morning of fishing with two of my favorite anglers.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Striped Bass on the MA Coast. Now Booking 2023 & 2024. Don’t wait – dates go fast.