On board today, I had regulars, Molly & Emily, for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, there were fish scattered all around the bay. No big schools holding on bait, but small, fast moving schools chasing very small schools of bait. We got into striped bass right away and it was a fish on almost every cast. A few hours later the bited slowed under sunny skies and a light EAST wind. The bay was flat calm all morning.
We fished rubber crank baits and also tried some topwater in a few places. The rubber cranks baits outfished everything today. Total catch and release was 40 striped bass to 26″ inches on LT. No keepers in the mix and they have been few and far between this season so far. That is to be expected with the current management of the striped bass stocks. But with the new slot limits up and down the coast, we should see some big fish on a daily basis in another season or two. And there ARE some big fish around right now. We marked a few but the smaller fish beat the big fish to the tackle almost every time.
Back at it. Stay posted:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com
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