Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11/11 Striped Bass Report & Lowrance HDS Screen Shots

Got out with Dave and Marshal yesterday afternoon. Found the first fish of the day after a little looking around. Clean water, incoming tides, point breaks, and Bass Kandy Delights... With o other bass in the area we switched it up and headed to some more open windward water and Dave had 2 knock downs from some schooled fish but we couldn't connect. With the tide turning around we deployed live spot and found the mother load.... We drifted right over the fish with not one take and then they were gone... We moved down current found them again with two take downs but just a really haphazard bite. Strikes were barely detectable as how it is somedays they just take the spot and swimming at just the right speed with the boat.We moved again. Found yet another pod of fish... We finally connected with two bass as it was getting dark with one getting off and Marshal landing a fat 27 1/2 bass. We made our way back through the dark ending a beautiful fall afternoon 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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Friday, November 1, 2013

Stunning New Lowrance HD Images of the Back Bay and Striped Bass

Been hitting it pretty hard right now documenting as much as I can on film and capturing images of insane new technologies to bring a greater understanding and education of what it is we do and why it's so productive in terms of results. Now that the migratory fish are upon us it's time to turn things to 5th gear. In this post I'll start with the basics of what images were looking at and how to tell if it's where to fish or not. I've seen countless times anglers just anchored up infront of some well known (easily accessible)creek waiting for fish to start feeding in what maybe a spot that worked years ago. The backwater is in a constant fluctuation of new structure forming and old bottom getting rolled down by currents , storms, and wind. There is only one constant in the backcountry. It's always changing. As anglers we must always strive to understand these changes and adapt our approach. Onto the goods.... An awesome side image of open water structure. Notice on the left where it gets dark. That's the where the shoreline starts.. Side scan view of a creek mouth on the left. Notice though... NO fish. Side and down scan view of a creek with bass shown holding in the creek bed on the down scanner window

A side scan image going along a bank with bass holding under the boat. The structure is soo tight to the bank that it will only show up on the down scanner. What it looks like looking down..... One of the fish with a missing eye healed over... Stunning side scan image of broken off sod banks A mecca of back bay structure. The down scanner offers a revolutionary 2 dimensional image of the bottom. Under the boat the water is 12 to 16 feet deep with the structure sliding down into 40 foot depths.. Another astounding image of striped bass moving swiftly over the countered bottom. Bass waiting in ambush behind the structure. The ones above in the current are easy to see.. Notice the two fish all the way to the right... White lines in the shadow.. Two bass..

Bass feeding and moving on an upward slope Images of hooked striped bass fighting me under the boat Sea Lice..

A school of peanut bunker making their way along the bottom.. A series of old pilings jutting from the bottom while other are laying on the sand ready to fall over the edge. A side scan image on the same pilings. Another great example of a school of fish doing their thing... An amazing image of what's really down there..
But as you see above there aren't any game fish to be found. There's a lot of looking around involved and not getting overly invested in an area just because it produced last year or last week. It doesn't mean that it will again or in the near future. With the technology that's at our disposal it allows us to find NEW fish very quickly. It wasn't until I looked in several areas yesterday that I found the mother load. The bass literally ran sacked my tackle supplies as I couldn't unhook them quick enough. If I had tried to wait it out at the previous areas I would have never found such a great school of fish if any. The game is namely run and gun until you find them. Once it does it's more than worth all the effort.
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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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Report & Lowrance High Def Down & Side Imaging Schools of Striped Bass w/pics

Got out yesterday morning and had a whole slew of school size fish. During the course of the morning two real heavy bass took several runs on us before coming unbuttoned which keeping thing interesting between all the other fish caught. One to the goods.......... Double bridge pillars on the left with rocks surrounding them. Notice the rock ahead of the pillars and how the tidal currents have drifted the sands. The will feed as close as they can to the highest current areas but within the lee of the tide. You can just imagine how the fish would set up in this situation...
A tightly packed school of bass. The scanner is picking up the image at an angle with the fish facing left. Notice the bait holding on the structure on the left hand side and at the angle of both schools rising the very edge of the current and lee.One large bass set up to feed in what are the deeper and less countered flounder structure. A school of smaller bass tightly packed together. Unlike the larger fish they will be more apt to ride the currents upward off the higher structure as their feeding stradegy. I nice example of both structure, bait being swept alone the tide, and bass waiting in ambush. On the left hand side of the screen is an old oyster bass that the fish are holding right behing as well as the mound right in the center. This is what we like to see... Structure and a ton of fish holding tight to the structure ready to ambush in a high current area. The lead fish is usually the largest of the pack. You just know they're going to hit right when we get over the school .
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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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Migratory Striped Bass Exploding on Topwater & Flys

Got out yesterday morning with Novisibleleader (Bob) and John with the last of the incoming tide flowing. First stop and second cast Bob had a real nice one on his top water fly.. We continued our day run and gun style trying to find the best flows of water and putting many miles of under the flats skiff. Some places producing some coming up empty. As I've said before, when fishing for migratory bass you never know where they're going to be. The main reason we did well is that we were constantly on the pursuit. If an area was not producing then we'd hammer down without hesitation which ultimately kept us on the bass.

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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
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Insomn...27841563899334

Friday, October 18, 2013

Striped Bass Report w/Lowrance HD Images of Actual Feeding Schools of Fish and More..

I have a report today from yesterday morning. A nice 30 inch bass among many that were schooled up along structure that you will see below. More importantly I have recordings posted here of the machine I use on my boat that has become just as important to our success as the tackle we use. When Lowrance contacted me this winter I knew that some major pieces of the puzzle would be set into place and I'd be able to see what had gone unseen for YEARS. Real live feeding scenerios captured live in High Definition and recorded for all here to see. Lowrance's HDS series of side/downscan machines. Entire trips logged and recorded. As well as on the water rewind features with GPS capability to mark any fish or piece of structure with a 300 foot radius of the flats skiff.
Onto the good stuff now.. Biggest fish in the center.. notice the definition of the mouth and tail. The other fish , some side ways, others displayed at the angle they're facing...Classic Bait Ball Of Peanut Bunker. Each individual fish stands out a lone Bass yesterday set up in front of a flowing creek mouth in the back water. Notice how some are moving through the water column leaving a streak on the sonar vs a solid image of the other striped bass holding (ambushing) pattern. Another shot from yesterday morning. A large school of peanut bunker making their way through the water column. Notice the structure rising off the bottom. Bass will sit behind these ( in the lee from the current) look upward , ready to explode into these baitfish like a lion waiting in the grass.A School of striped bass feeding on bait (long steaks) in the water column and another school in ambush (lower left hand corner) waiting in between scattered pieces of structure. Notices how the scanner picks up the image. A two dimensional view... Classic Flounder habitat... Low lying rubble field with a slight 2 to 3 foot rise just off the channel. The results of finding these areas have been astounding... A complete game changer keeping us on the fish more consistently than ever with an better understanding of how they actually behave and where they go during the seasonal changes of the marsh. More to come this fall with a ton of new distinctions and discoveries that I'll publish here of how these fish set up and feed in various deep cuts, shell bars, creeks outlets, with rock solid astounding images o for all here to see of bass feeding with literally mouths open and it's prey inches away...
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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
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Insomn...27841563899334