Wednesday, July 23, 2014

7/23 Striped Bass/Topwater/Fly Fishing on the Flats

Left the dock with Gary and Fred for a morning of fly fishing the marsh.

Custom tied gurgler flies would be the recipe of the day.

We ran to the first spot for the last of the incoming tide with lone bass making a showing as we continued on having a few laid up fish dusting off the sand flat not quite in a feeding mood. With that we got on the throttle again making a polarizing move for the shallow grass flats.



After arriving and working the grass beds we happened on our first bass in the first run of current on the very edge of the flat. That one fish gave us our recipe that would have us on fish for the rest of the morning. Current and shallow clear water with a chop. We left again looking for those exact conditions on a macro scale. The next flat came alive. Southern rays everywhere and the bass we're immediately all over our popping flies. Aggressive fish bashing the gurglers feet from the flats skiff in a foot or two of water. We followed the current along the grass beds hitting up multiple fish for the remainder of the trip.



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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, July 22, 2014

7/21 Multiple Schools Of Striped Bass On The Feed

Got out with Brian yesterday morning looking for some bass and then sheepshead later in the tide. We started off in an area that
proved to be barren of fish. Very little current and nothing at all going on except for the occasional snapper blue schools erupting on the bank.

We switched things up and found the area where we would spend the rest of the morning. Working three to four individual schools of bass in a very small area.
Everytime we came through would result in multiple strikes and a hooked up bass.






After a phenomenal few hour run on those fish we left in search of some sheepshead. Within a few minutes Brian was hooked up to a nice
one with the fish reluctantly throwing the hook with a few moments of eat the steal. A short while later the tide ran out us on ending a great
morning of fishing.
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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

7/17 30 Plus Striped Bass & a Rare Suprise

We left the dock just after midnight with clouds to the east, a slight breeze from the north, and one of the nicest nights weather wise that I can remember. We started off with plugs taking fish with a slow steady retrieve. After busting out a few nice schools of bass we threw on some Old Bayside Shrimp with an 1/8 ounce jighead. The fish continued to cooperate finding the bass working the out going tide when in the middle of it we had a real zinger on. Upon boating the fish it had that extra stocky football shape and finned out almost like a sunfish in the spines, soft dorsal ray, and back fin. I double checked finding an extra small snout and multiple uneven/broken lines (not just a few) where they normally be fine and straight. After a long time fishing the back water we had our first hybrid striped bass ever on the boat. I've caught hundreds of "sunshine bass" in the brackish rivers along the Alabama and Florida Panhandle coastal regions but this was definitely a shock to see here. I can only wonder where this fish came from. Most likely it followed a school of striped bass out of the Delaware river sometime during the spring.






After releasing the fish we continued on catching bass until dawn releasing fish from 18 to 24 inches.

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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Thursday, July 10, 2014

7/10 Storm Front Schools Of Striped Bass On The Marsh


Left the dock this morning as the storms cells rolled in. With the help of  the Hi-Def Radar app we were able to fish the entire morning with just a 10 minute break keeping us one step ahead of the rain. The fishing was about as fun as it gets. Fresh cool air & a light breeze; the top water bite was full on.
 

It was a numbers day. All morning, in so many different scenerios. Shallow grass flats, creeks, points, & coves; it was one of those do it all days with school fish feeding at nearly every stop and environ. The weather had them extra turn off with some vicious last second surprise boat side strikes and some awesome runs across the flats.



If there was one separating factor today it was the wind. The wind was constantly switching as the storm cells rotated around us. This morning in particular it was much easier to tell the unproductive water from the good. If we stayed with the chop we found the bass.

Choppy, clean water had the bass feeding. As soon as the wind would switch and areas with slick water that were in the lee of the wind would immediately cease to produce. Bouncing around, back and forth all morning; we'd go back through what we bypassed on the way just minutes earlier and find another new school of feeding bass.



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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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7/9 Awesome Morning on the Marsh w/ Bass to 10#s

After a short bout of rain we left the dock in search of some bass just as the tide turned. After jumping several fish on topwater plugs we headed for some quiet water were the bass would be in ambush mode.

No sooner did we arrive it was evident that we were on a great school of fish.



For the next couple of hours we were boating quality fish in the 25 to 27 inches class when a real a nice one hit. After a good few minutes of long runs, reel drag singing, and getting ran around the deck we had the largest bass of the morning on the deck of the flats skiff.


A beautiful summer bass pulling the boga grip to 10 pounds. We quickly released her, watching as the fish kicked off and swim away ending an awesome morning on the marsh.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

7/8 Striped Bass Cruising Crystal Clear Blow Out Tide Flats

Headed out with a the southwest behind us and the first stop of the morning we banged a bass out of a creek then hit up a few more points and creeks hitting bass at various stops on top water plugs.

As the tide dropped the water went from stained to gin clear. We poled the grass flats anywhere from 8 inches to a foot and a half deep taking a number on top with some absolute arm jarring strikes and runs waaaaay out. We followed the tide all morning staying on a number of bass to just shy of 28inches; Staying on the fish the entire trip meant periodically changing colors as the water , wind, and light conditions progressed through out the day.

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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Thursday, July 3, 2014

7/3 Top water plugs & Sightfishing the grass flats for Striped Bass



The rains passed just a few hours prior as I left the dock this morning with Howie and his son Brian on the skiff. With a light breeze from the south, we wasted no time finding the fish. First stop of the morning we poled a flat as the last of the falling tide exposed most of the grass and the bass pushing up shallow and feeding.



We had a very steady flow of fishing coming onto the flat finding one after another on top water plugs.



After clearing out that body of fish we made a quick move and found another pod of bass that we worked for the rest of the morning. We landed some beautiful fish with some awesome scenery and had a sleeper in the 30 inch range crash into a chartreuse skitterwalk. Throwing water everywhere after getting hooked, and ultimately fouling it off after digging hard into the grass. With almost perfect timing, after a couple more, we were wrapping things up and the weather window closed. The wind kicking up just as we were leaving; ending another great morning on the water.


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
G.Loomis, Shimano, Yeti, Lowrance Pro Staff
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