On board today, I had Lt. Col. Richard “The Machine” Comstock for fly fishing striped bass.
At first light, a very low tide and not a breath of wind. As the tide turned and started in, lots of bait, birds and bass came with it. It was pretty much non-stop action all morning as we worked several different schools of bass. All the fish are very small but so much fun on the fly rod. At one point, we got into bass in the shallow water of two feet and I counted forty fish go by the boat. We could watch the bass turn and chase down the fly patterns fished on floating lines. It was an awesome thing to see.
We did see one very big fish in the bay that smashed bait on the surface for a split second. That bass was every bit of 40″ inches but we never saw it again and it was solo, no other big bass with it.
The small bass slammed a topwater fly popper in red/white all morning. They also hit a Comstock Clouser that the Colonel tied up. We fished floating, intermediate and sinking lines all on 9 wt fly rods. Total catch and release today was a whopping 50 fish for one rod. No sign of seals, GW, blues, and no pogies in the bay. Water temps today were 67 degrees.
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