On board today, Kurt Upham, President/CEO of Oh, Deer with friends John and Dave for light tackle striped bass. At first light, low tide, S wind, and water temps 54-66. Light fog over the bay.
Head out on the way to my first spot of the morning when my charters pointed to a handful of working birds along a flat. I slowed and we watched them for minute and saw breaking fish! We zipped right over and had a Quad hook-up all on our first casts! What a way to start the morning!
We worked that school of fish chasing bait on the incoming tide and landed and released fifteen fish. One bass was 1/16 of an inch short of a keeper and went back in bay with the others. Heartbreaker! The fish eventually moved on and so did we.
Next stop of the morning we found fish in deep water on the bottom with the occassional topwater break. We set several drifts with a handful of other boats and hooked up. Then we moved away from the boats and found some more fish along a channel edge.
Third stop of the morning – MONSTER Bass marked on the bottom. Six of them. We worked those fish and only landed smaller fish. Then a massive topwater break that had to be a thirty-pound plus bass! We zipped right over and made many, many casts hoping to land that fish but we never saw it again. We did hook into some smaller fish on the bottom and also on topwater.
Fourth stop of the morning and we picked off a few solo fish on the bottom. Fifth stop yielded one fish and last stop of the morning gave up another. Total catch an release today was 37 striped bass on light tackle. Top lures were rubber crankbaits in white, a Baymen Jig 1 oz, and a topwater Knucklehead.
My crew worked hard all morning and we were on fish almost non-stop the entire trip.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 29 Years Guiding The Bay
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