On board today, regulars, Chris and Molly DeVillers for light tackle striped bass.
At first light, East chop made for quite a bumpy ride. We started to head outside but had to turn back and fish inside the bay. We set up our first drift of the morning and were into fish almost immediately. We set three more long drifts and hooked up on every drift.
Next stop we found very few fish but caught what was there. Many boats in the area setting drifts so we left for spot #3 of the morning and got into fish right from the start. We made many drifts with a handful of other boats and decided to leave and try a new area.
Spot #4 of the morning had striped bass stacked up. We made our most drifts in this spot and hooked up on every single drift with double hook-ups the rule. One other boat joined us and they were also hooking up on their drifts. We finally left #4 and fished Sparkplug and Plymouth channel. Very few fish here so we moved on.
At spot #5 we found a lot of small fish in the cuts. An absolute blast on light tackle. We worked the area hard before leaving and going to spot #6 – our last piece of water for the morning. Lots of fish on every drift .
No seals seen today. No birds, almost no topwater, and no bait. All the fish were holding on structure right near the bottom. We fished single hook rubber crank baits the entire morning and the bass hammered them! Total catch and release today was a whopping 70 striped bass to 27″ inches. No keepers in the mix. Fish ranged 12″ to 27″. The EAST wind finally laid down flat and the navigation was much smoother than at first light when we had a strong East chop.
Tomorrow is forecasted to be SSW 12-16, gusting to 26 knots, with 2-3 chop, and rain/T-storms in the afernoon.
Back at it. Stay Posted:
Capt. David Bitters, BAYMEN, www.baymenlife.com
27 Years Guiding The Bay With Fly & Light Tackle for Striped Bass & Blues
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