On board today, one of my regulars, Baymen Dick Bowman for Light Tackle striped bass!
At first light, near calm conditions and a wisp of east wind. After yesterday’s unexpected NE blow-up on the bay and a brutal return to the dock, I was hesitant about going out today with an “E” still in the forecast. But Dick and I went over every marine forecast for the bay and it looked pretty good and I made the call: “Let’s roll!”
Dick has more gear than most guides and today he decided he was going to fish all his own rods and gear, specifically all rods under $50 bucks in his collection! He loves soft fiberglass and mono lines. So we rigged up with a Hogy popper and never looked back. The bass slammed it non-stop all morning long.
We fished the outgoing tide, slack tide, and then the incoming tide. We moved around a fair amount and covered flats in Duxbury, Kingston and Plymouth bays. Most spots had bass, some were stacked and others only a bass or two. The popper really pulled them in and some fish were coming out of the water to slam the Hogy popper from above. That was pretty cool to watch! Other bass sipped the popper and you just saw it disappear.
Total catch and release today was a whopping 40 fish for one angler. Most fish were landed in 1-4 feet of water (fow). A great day on a flat-calm bay, and confirmation that a very LIGHT east wind can still yield good fishing, even though we all know the old saying: “Wind from the east, fishing the least.”
We got a busy June on the bay. STAY POSTED:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 30 Years Guiding The Bay. Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Shallow Waters On The MA Coast. And clamming!
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