Monday, November 17, 2014

Dropping deep into the feed zone

Yesterday morning we left the dock with calm conditions and a beautiful sunrise. Water was coming in crystal clear.


Cold temps from the night before had the bass holed up in ditches. They'd set up in these swings behind structure letting the tide bring the food to them.



The fish would strikes extremely light sometimes letting go and then come back and pick it up again. With perfect timing and a little bit of luck we'd have one hooked up. Same for the afternoon. The water warmed to 51 and the tide was slow to flow out again. The fish would drop the bait several times before hooking up or turning around back top their feed zone.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11/11 Striped Bass Report & Lowrance HD Structure Scan Back Bay Images

With our trip yesterday I've put together just a sample of what we've seen and created a story board of our afternoon on the marsh. The fish on certain tides will be deeper in the water column that the last few months as all the bait now are millions of bay anchovies and omnipresent populations of grass shrimp.

Shorty before when the bass were chasing schools mullet any meal of that variety consumed by the bass allowed them to expand the extra effort it took to find and consume the prey. Now on the other hand, like in the spring, prey is on the smaller scale size wise. Chasing around these tiny food items just doesn't equate to their survival.

In order for the bass to take advantage of this sort of prey they require swift current and optimal ambush points or more so a relief from the current that bring them their food source.

They need Structure...



Deeper and swift current and a higher relief. The bass is perfectly inline with the current flow just waiting for anything that will fit in it's mouth to flow over




Many times the fish will be in tightly packed schools. Rising and falling in and out of the current flow each time they see a prey item.





With both the side and down scanner images available you can see the creek in the right image on the left side of the bank. The down image on the left shows the creek bed as in continues under water from it's source. Far from the bank and easily overlooked, this is a definitive feed lane.




As the creek bed nears the channel in the open the bass are staging behind a small clump of shells as food is flowing all around. Notice the 2. Notice the lead fish.





Many times they'll be a series of hits as you retrieve. 2 or 3 bass competing for the same prey.
A steady non reactive is best so that the hook isn't set until it's certain that one of the fish has it good. If a bass missing and the hook is set then chances are your presentation has been taking away from the entire school. Using this technique alone, get double or even triple what you catch on a given day.

More on this here...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Back Bay Striped Bass on Plastics & Flys

We've had some awesome fall weather down here. Some of the marsh is still a little green. The fish have mostly
gone to a subsurface bite on BKDs ,plugs , flys etc. There are some nice bass around and I'm sure as the weather
turns they'll get even more aggressive.

We started off yesterday working some steep swing land a few nice bass during the first part of the trip



Later we found the fish chowing on shrimp far inside the creeks.



A nice school of bass just stacked up in one small area. Anything that went through their path was immediately
consumed.






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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Back Bay Striped Bass

After the winds calmed, clean ocean water has settled back in. As the bass continue
to move through their seasonal patterns. We left he dock and headed for grass beds and
current swings.



With the moon tides the bass have been working just off the areas
that receive the most water flow.





On the flats, the fish have been in water just deep enough
not to see the bottom clearly. Around this depth, they're slamming Bass Kandy Delights worked on a fast retrieve.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Striped Bass Flooding onto the Marsh

We were greeted today with another beautiful morning and perfect water conditions



A light breeze from the northwest, waterfowl everywhere, and crystal clear green water. We worked the current, throwing walking plugs & Bass Kandy Delights. The bass responded equally to both; crashing and slamming a well placed cast..



As the wind kicked up we made a move to where the falling tide would bring the bass to us and we spent the remainder of the morning working active schools of fish as they made their way through the marsh.





It's to the point now where fish can be caught around the clock. There are so many options and species to target. Now is the time
the fire up the side scanner and seek out new areas. If they will hold fish, it's going to be now.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10/21 Striped Bass Running South Through The Marsh

Been hitting the scene all week. Nice schools of fish coming through on both tides day and night.



The marsh has now turned. The fall (brant) geese are arriving daily as the oyster catchers have mostly left.
Larger bass continue to replace the earlier school fish and peanut bunker and mullet are making their way
through from the north.



Out of the gate this morning we flew through the creeks and sounds over a slick mirror surface.



Casting flys at first light we missed a 'maroon' fish then switch over to top water plugs.



With little to show, after a jumping to a few locales in the body of water we were in, I knew that I made a mistake.
We stowed the rods and dumped the throttle running 20 minutes to new water. Once we arrived the attitude of the
area was completely different. Fish were moving, current was flowing, and mullet were raining through grass.
After a little while and a well placed cast we had a bass throwing a series tail strikes at our plug.

Pete held the frame, not reacting to the fish, just holding the pattern and sure enough after the 5th strike he gave the bass
a taste of the steel as shown in this video before...



Crystal clear foot deep water the fish made several determined runs across the flat breaking the
silence of the morning with the Rarenium's drag peeling off braid.

A few moments later we had the first bass of the day in the skiff a clear plan of attack.



The wind kicked up and like a siren our next stop was calling us. The tide in this area offered these fish the
welcomed feeding opportunity they need as they charge south. With a twenty minute window to feed we intercepted
them just as they arrived. The first cast as well as many others were met with the same result... Bass exploding
on the plug with abandon.



After working those bass until they left, we ran run and gun for the rest of the trip busting fish in areas as
concentrated as minnow creeks for the rest of the morning tide.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14 Schools of Striped Bass on Top Water Plugs

Some beautiful days and some awesome fishing was the order so far this week as we were chasing bass
on all fronts.



Nice schools of fish quickly moving through; locating them along their usual fall haunts.



We left the dock yesterday morning in front of the weather and found them schooled up on all most every turn.




In with the bass was this nice Hybrid (our second this year) that fell for a well placed topwater plug along a distinct current line.



We continue the rest of the morning hitting bass in coves and current breaks.





Just a ton of schools size. Along with an elusive plug smashing toad of a bass that escaped us this time...
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