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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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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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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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.


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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, 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.