On board today, I had regular, Dick Bowman, for Fly Fishing striped bass.
At first light, not a breath of wind on the high tide dropping, under clear skies. Water tempts 58 degrees.
We found fish right off and stayed in fish all morning without letting up. The big schools from yesterday were gone, along with the huge bait balls, but there were new fish in the bay in small schools chasing tiny peanut bunker half the size of what we have been seeing. And no blues anywhere today.
There was a light West wind after sunrise and just enough to help us with our drifts. The bass were a little spooky today, especially at first light, but then the fish seemed to be less concerned with the boat drifting over them.
Some of the fish were saw today were small keepers. The biggest fish we landed on the fly were 25-26″ inches and fat as pigs. They were a little finicky with all the peanut bunker, but fly placement in front of their noses was the key.
We ended the morning with 64 striped bass caught and released. Perfect conditions! Top flies were Baymen Universal, Baby Baymen, Candy Striped Baymen, and a small chartreuse/white streamer. Dick also had a very cool white fly that had some great motion to it that the bass were hitting.
Hard to believe the season is coming to a close. I only have a few more charters on the books for this season and then I am done until 2021. If you have not secured your dates for 2021 or 2022, book them as soon as possible. Many dates are already gone and I am booking into 2022.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com COVID-19 Protocol observed on all Baymen Charters & guide services