We ran at dawn today with our first stop yielding fish right away. Most of the peanut bunker thankfully thinned out and the bass are now all over the mullet and bay anchovies making them extremely susceptible to top water plugs.
Hit the shallower water towards high tide banging schools of striped bass that were hunting down prey in a film of water. Schooled up fish hitting our offerings like they'd never seen a lure before. All because they probably haven't.
From 6 am to 11 we had fish the entire day and at every stop we made. With these fish coming in fresh from the ocean they have no clue where to go really. Unlike the summer bass that are very familiar with the intricacies of our marsh and therefore habitual; these migratory fish can be found in the most text book areas that I wouldn't even have bothered with weeks before.
The last bass of the day was a larger resident fish found in a tiny alcove ambushing mullet and finally swooping in on a well placed rapala skitter walk. With resident as well as migrant fish we can work both sides of the coin and the areas to fish are endless. Grass flats, open water, creeks, flooded marsh. This fishery has it all right now.
Insomniac Guide Service LLCCapt. Dan Schafer
Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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