On board today, I had Alex Bush, his father-in-law, Mike, and his neighbor, Mark, for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, near calm conditions, fog, drizzle, and a light North wind. Water temps 71 degrees at the dock and 69 out in the bay.
Lots of topwater fish, birds and bait again today on the dropping tide and right through slack and incoming. We saw one fish on the surface of about 30″ chasing bait, and we marked 7 fish total on sonar on the bottom around the bay that were significant fish. The biggest bass we landed was 25 1/2″ inches. We also landed a 20″ fluke, and got bit off by two small blues.
Bait was very thick in some areas, and non-existent in others. Peanut bunker continue to be the dominant bait in the bay and there are 5″ inch snapper blues at the docks.
Total catch and release today was a whopping 60 fish! All landed on light tackle. An incredible morning that looked more like fall, not mid-August.
- Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 29 Years Guiding The Bay
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