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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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

10/10 October Striped Bass Hunting on the Shallow Flats


Hit the scene again this morning at the starting flow of an incoming tide.



Jumped on flats in about a foot of water. We started casting just outside the current flow and we started hitting bass.



It was all morning ,fast fishing, run & gun style. Pods of bass in schools all over the marsh. Hit them here, get on throttle, wash rinse & repeat. 



The bass led us into the shallowest reaches of the backcountry where we found a phenomenal feeding scenario that is usually reserved for redfish.
Just behind a shallow bar the bass were laying on a shell bed in the incoming tide. Two cast to the bass one exploded on the plug while another grayhounding on the surface trying to get ahold of the other skitterwalk.

A short distance down the bass continued crushing our plugs while running into another stack of nice fish. Runs arounds the deck with two reels singing landed some very nice fish.



We continued fishing on our way back to the marina catching bass up until we arrived back at the dock.

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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Striped Bass Migration racing through the Marsh & Flats

Out the gate yesterday morning @ first light, we had slick calm conditions on the marsh. First stop we found a few bass on a leeward
bank; dropping and missing some on the last throws of the incoming tide.







The wind kicked up and the bass were stacked in every creek with a wind against tide influence. Numerous hits, blow ups, and determined runs.







After working the marsh, the tide dropped out and we hit the flats. These are migrators moving very quickly through and not very familiar with the marsh
or having ever seen anything that we're throwing at them. We picked very specific parts of the flats were the current would draw them through. Once one of these places were
found these shallow reaches were covered with fish





We kept things going for the entire trip. Just an all out show of how an estuary functions when holding fish to it's maximum yield.

Friday, October 3, 2014

10/2 Striped Bass Report w/pics Quality & Quantity on the Marsh

Banging the drums again we left the dock @ 2 pm yesterday for our afternoon trip. Clouds started rolling in, winds out of the Northeast, and a floodtide marsh just waiting for our arrival.



I throttled the skiff into some out of the way areas where the bass would be pushing bait onto the grass. First fish of the afternoon was in a small alcove waiting for anything venture a little too close. Rich sent a skitterwalk right into the strike zone; the fish erupted in one big explosion and the fight was on. After a few minutes of chasing the bass around we had a real nice solid fish in the flats skiff.





After we left we fished the flooded windward banks and kept on the bass for the rest of the afternoon. Fish showed up in 3 and 4s' with
double hook ups being the standard for these fast moving aggressive bass.


Miss one fish and there'd be another right behind it ready to take up the slack of the other bass.
Some insane boatside strikes just about ripping the rods out from your hands.



Similar to last seasons fall run, a constant influx of aggressive and hungry schools of bass are pushing
through daily as they take the scenic way south through our marsh.


Insomniac Guide Service LLCCapt. Dan Schafer
Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
(609)-780-5124
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

9/30 Schooled up Bass in Gin Clear Shallows Hammering Top water Plugs & Flys

Ran to the flats with Danny Ross first thing this Am. A few small storm cells passed over barely wetting the deck as
bass pushed water all around us. As I started the skiff, we  jumped the first fish of the morning in 8 inches of water.
The bass, around 30 inches, exploded in the shallow water, running into the side of the skiff before finding a clear direction
out of reach.



After chasing a number of tailing bass we settle into an expansive grass flat. Needle fish, spearing, and corncob mullet were
fleeing all around as the fish started to patrol the shallow water. Not long after, we were hooked up into several really
nice bass that just smoked our topwater plugs and proceeded to run for the horizon. Absolutely thrilling.







Just a phenomenal school of fish. Gin clear water, plugs getting crashed, and some serious hard runs.






We left the flat as the tide was quickly coming in and the bass would be staging in areas where the current and wind would have a heavy influence on the feed.
We switched over to topwater flies and started hammering them on Gurglers.


True to their nature, schooled fish fresh in from in the ocean, more than willing to take down a topwater fly with a vengeance






Working the fish, the tide, we bolted around all over the marsh staying in step with the bass until we called it a little before noon
as the current waned. Constant action. Just an awesome fall day of fishing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9/23 The Striped Bass Migration Has Begun

The first official wave of migratory striped bass came through this weekend and this morning , kicking off the annual fall run. With water temps in the upper 60's it's going to coincide with last years early fall fishery as these bass make their exodus through the marsh on their way to all points south. Oystercatchers and the last of the remaining laughing gulls are grouping up to make their annual run just as the eagles are arriving on the marsh; seeing a pair this morning an osprey stand right next to the boat. Don't wait, the best fishing of the year has just started.

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.
(609)-780-5124
insomniacguide@live.com
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Striped Bass, Mullet, & Catching in Open Water

We left the dock at day break heading to a flat at the turn of the rising tide. We poled casting top water plugs spooking a fish here and there as we moved along.



With the first few stops coming up empty we ran following the tide into the marsh and covering a ton a ground. We started finding fleeing schools of mullet and bass in singles on top water plugs once the sun was well over head.



The main school of fish came around 11 am with a bunch of blow ups on top water plugs. After a conversation with a friend and fellow flats fishermen later this afternoon, we discussed how many days the fish were as much as a few hundred yards out in the open water. Open water is in relating to the grass beds in the deeper 3 to 5 foot regions.

It's massively over looked as back bay bass fishing tends to be solely related to fish the shoreline of the marsh. Most of our success comes in that open water WELL into the day on both the lower or higher tides.