On board today, I had Chris Ballerini and his Dad for fly fishing and light tackle striped bass.
At first light, the fall run was in full swing. Lots of bait, birds and bass around the bay. We focused on shallow water sight fishing and got into a ton of fish along the edge of the flats. The bass were schooled up and chasing peanut bunker of various sizes over the eel grass beds, the sand flats, and along the channel edges. We literally bottomed out the boat, sat tight, and bass came right to us. It was non-stop action for some time.
We hooked into fish on both fly and light tackle gear. Chris fished a chartreuse/white clouser most of the morning and the bass absolutely hammered it. He also fished a Big Baymen and landed several fish and then landed a few on a red/white fly popper. His Dad fished rubber crank baits most of the morning and hooked into a ton of fish as well. One keeper bass slammed a pearl rubber crank bait in 18″ inches of water and screamed off line heading for deeper water. It was a thing of beauty but that fish somehow threw the hook after the first big run. But it was so exciting to watch it hit and take off!
At one point during the morning, we were fishing the sand flats and shorelines of plymouth. We again bottomed out the boat, sat tight, and I kid you not, I counted one-hundred-eighty (180) fish in one school swimming by the boat for a solid minute in inches of water. It was awesome and we had some great hook-ups!
Towards the end of the morning, the tide rose, the E/NE winds kicked up and the bite shut down cold as is typical in any wind from the east on our bay. But not before we caught and released 53 striped bass to 26″-27″ inches on the fly and light tackle gear. What a great morning fishing day three of the fall run!
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com
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