On board today, DJ Gene and Julie Dupuis for fly fishing and light tackle striped bass. This couple has been fishing with me for many years and we always have a lot of fun.
At first light, thick, dense fog rolled in from E/NE. No visibility for the first few hours. But there were a lot fish actively feeding in the channels and up on the flats on the dropping tide. They were finicky at times and took some coaxing to hit our fly and light tackle. We tried five different fly patterns and finally struck gold with a Baymen Universal (no eyes). They could not stay off it and our hook-ups started to soar. We also tried a lot of light tackle and even tied in a Baymen Universal as a dropper with a rubber crank bait.
Gene landed some fine fish on the fly including several fish that were 27 3/4 inches and one that taped out to 30″ inches. Again, all on my Baymen Universal fly pattern. While Gene crushed it on the fly, Julie crushed it on LT!
As the morning went on, the fog burned off and we found new fish scattered around the bay. All topwater action with fish in the water column from surface to 30 feet or more. The bait – we never saw it! It has to be micro-size, but I have no idea what it is as of right now. If you ID it, I would love to know…
Total catch and release today was a whopping 52 fish on fly and LT for two rods. Our biggest bass was 30″ inches and all the fish were very healthy and FAT!
The season is off to a great start – STAY POSTED!
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com Fly Fishing & Light Tackle On The MA Coast