On board today, new client Bob Sacco and friends for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, calm seas and a light W wind and dead low tide. Our first few spots were void of fish to start off the morning. Then, I saw a small school of fish up on the flats in very shallow water – too shallow to even get to them in my skiff. But a short time later, as the tide began to rise, they began to scoot over the flat and head for a small rip in 4 fow. WHAM! Fish on for Bob and it was a keeper! A great first fish of the morning.
Next up, we began to fish shallow water structure and found a school of fish hugging bottom along a flat and a channel. We landed several fish before moving on to our next spot of the morning.
A mile across the bay and we were into a bunch of striped bass. These fish were also hugging bottom (the theme today) and hit our rubber crank baits with gusto! Then, it was time to fish yet another favorite spot, this one up in Duxbury bay and it was stacked with fish – on the bottom! Waters were deeper here, so we added to Baymen Jigs to our tackle and worked these fish for some time. We landed many bass, including another keeper that was EXACTLY 28″ inches and not a 1/16th over. Too short in my book, and we released that bass to swim on and grow bigger.
Next, we ran about 2 miles deep back into the bay. The sun was getting hotter and the waters were warming up. Fishing began to shut off. We did manage two more bass on structure, but the flats that held a ton of fish yesterday were void of bass today. “Every Day Is Different, And No Two Tides Are The Same” to quote myself.
Back down bay, we worked our tackle in three more spots without another hit. We called it a great morning and headed for port. Total catch and release today was 38 fish, all on light tackle. 2 fish were keepers, one went home with the anglers. All in all, just a lovely summer day on the bay with no wind, no seals, and plenty of striped bass to keep my crew busy all morning long!
Back at it. STAY POSTED: And always crimp your hooks.
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Fly Fishing & Light Tackle in Shallow Waters a Specialty. Now Booking 2023 & 2024. Don’t Wait – Book Early. Dates Go Quickly.