Greetings from BAYMEN & Capt. Dave!
On board today, Founder of Oh, Deer Corp. Kurt Upham and friends John and Mike, for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, water temps 72 at the ramp and 67 out in the bay. Winds E/NE at about 8 knots and 1-2 foot chop. As the sun began to rise, we found some topwater fish working under birds up on the flats. We decided to skip them and head for deeper waters in a spot that has been holding fish right on the bottom. Bingo! They were there and we put our light tackle down on their heads and began to hook-up. Every single drift yielded fish on rubber crankbaits.
After landing a bunch, we decided to go check on the now massive schools of bass up on the flats. Lots of birds and big schools of spooky, fast moving fish on bait. VERY selective feeding. We had some bumps but no hook-ups. I have seen this many times over the past few weeks and decided we were going back to spot #1 and fish deep again. The deeper water bass had no idea there was a blitz going on up on the flats a mile away. They were much more aggressive and less selective in taking our tackle.
We began to hook up again right away. I decided to add a few Baymen Jigs to the mix in hoping we could get down quicker on the fish. Winds were really pushing us across and not down the channels, making setting normal drifts impossible. The heavier jigs got down quicker and gave us a better chance of hooking up before we had drifted past the fish.
As the tide began to bottom out, we ran to Plymouth and fished some cuts and channels. We saw fish spooking past the boat in 4 fow and hooked up on one fish. We marked a few fish in deep channels, but no hook-ups. We were at 39 fish landed and released and worked a few more areas before calling it a beautiful morning on the bay. The winds laid down almost flat and it was a nice ride home under sunny, blue skies.
Total catch and release today: 39 striped bass on LT. Rubber crankbaits and Baymen Jigs.
Back at it. Stay Posted and Happy September!
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Striped Bass On The Massachusetts Coast. Now Booking 2023 & 2024.
POST NOTE: There are some pogies inside the bay and blues out front just offshore at High Pines #10. One seal seen inside the bay today. Zero GW sightings so far this season inside.