There is nothing like having something in the market come along that makes me realize how little I really know about the water where I fish.
It's the same feeling I had when I started using the under water camera years ago. Just watching how fish behaved in their enviroment was amazing enough let alone finding out what was actually down there. The only problem was I only had so many areas that I knew of. And most of those I found by pure accident.
The answer was Lowrance's new HDS7. It combines a touch screen with down and side imaging in high definition. I've been having my eye one this as soon as the technology hit the recreational market. The features are as endless as the imagination and I'm just scratching the surface of what this thing can do. It's absolutely amazing and I want to incorporate what I discover in my reports.
The first backwater goldmine I found was this>>>
Wood and twisted steel from who knows where and LOADED with tog...
Then another find just off the channel.
Zoomed in, the structure looked like a half buried 55 gallon drum down there just off the channel with tog hanging right behind it.
Dropped down and not two seconds later....
Below is a huge sunken boat that I always thought was just rocks. The lowrance records my entire trip and I can view wherever I went on my laptop when I get off the boat . It will overlay everything onto sattelite image maps via their Genesis Insight Program. I can mark everything on the chart and hit it the next time I'm on the water. While looking back over your day it's amazing what you miss. And this is nothing. There are probably hundreds of hidden gems out there that have fish all over them. I can't wait to share this thing full potential. I'll be posting anything of interest and answer anyones questions along the way.
Onto the report. This morning we left the dock @ first light and found the bass on topwater schooled in two, threes, and fours. The bass were spread out though. Every so often we'd run into a few making their way with the incoming tide.
After working the fish over we ran to a very shallow creek and ending up flushing a 30 inch bass out of 6 inches of water just a millisecond too late to get a shot at it but exciting see.
We hit up some brand new togging spots I found earlier in the week and gave them a work out over the next couple of hours.
We got to try the new Loomis NRX inshore rods that I'll be guiding with this year and they are absolutely amazing. We compared them with the greenwater rods on the boat, side by side, switching rods every other bass or tog we caught, giving each other feedback , seeing where each rod excelled over the other so I have an idea when to apply which rod for different situations.
The NRX has an amazing recovery rate when casting and it just rocketed lures through the air and the slightly faster action gave us a decided advantage when steering the tog off the structure. Not to mention, it's also incredibly light and the most sensitive rod I've ever used. That said it's probably the most advanced inshore spinning rod EVER made. It was a pleasure to be one of the first to use it on the east coast.
We wrapped up the morning finding fish holding on structure just off the banks in 16 foot of water or so.
I'll be giving a back bay fishing seminar @ Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle on Friday May 31st @ 6:30pm as apart of the GLoomis NRX launch for any here who would like to attend. I'll be speaking on a range of topics from striped bass, tog, flounder, triggerfish, and sheepshead.
It's totally free so attend if you can. You do not want to miss this one. I've got a ton of new insights to share and it's going to be an exciting event that I've been really looking forward to.
Insomniac Guide Service LLCCapt. Dan Schafer
Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
G.Loomis, Shimano, Yeti, Lowrance Pro Staff