On board today, one of my regulars, Mr. Dick Bowman, fly fishing and light tackle striped bass.
At first light – fish up! And they stayed up pretty much all morning. We found fish in spot #1 and fished alongside Jim Barr of The Perfect Drift, whose rod was bent non-stop. I marked some BIG bass hugging the bottom, but once again the smaller fish would get to our light tackle first – except for one fish that will be gracing Dick’s dinner table tonight.
The second spot of the morning had fish, but they were running and gunning the bait and it was hard to set up drifts before they were gone. The third and fouth spot of the morning, however, held fish non-stop and attracted a dozen or more boats. We joined them and hooked up on a ton of fish. Everybody around us was hooking up as well. The closer they got to my boat, the more they hooked up…
We worked the fish with the flotilla for a while and then left to go search for fish in other parts of the bay. There were none! So we joined the flotilla a few more times and got into fish. Some of the hits were right beside the boat and we got to see the chase downs.
Towards the end of the morning, the NW winds kicked up and we had a choppy ride in but the chill air felt good, like fall, in our faces. Total catch and release today was 69 striped bass, all released – except for one.
Top tackle today: Baymen Jigs, White Rubber, and a Bone Yozuri. The dominate bait seems to be juvi herring in white or blue/white and about 4″-5″ inches long.
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Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com 29 Years Guiding The Bay
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