What a difference a day makes! Yesterday (Monday) I got the skunk… Today (Tuesday) was off the charts! I had Bob Bruns from Binghamton, New York aboard Fish Head Charters this morning for a fly fishing dawn patrol session. With the ocean striped bass fishing hit or miss, we decided to stay inside. Right off the bat, Bob connected on one of his first casts. A nice feisty gator bluefish gave him the wake up call. From there it was slow. We made moves and looked all around. After trying a number of different spots and striking out, we found some life in an early season spot.
When in search for the warmest water, I usually fish the flats in the early spring. Bass and blues can be found on the rolling bottom, roaming around and chasing bait. It turns out they are stacked in there now. THICK! While most of the fish were small jabbies, Bob did pull a couple better fish (about keeper size.) All on the fly. At times we were doubled up and hooking on consecutive casts. Whole lotta fun! Here’s a short clip of bass breaking on bait in 2-5′ of water while Bob lays a cast out and gets bit almost right away. As this shows it was on!
Here’s some video from the day… Fly Fishing Striped Bass Barnegat Bay With Fish Head Charters
May’s Full Moon Calls All Cows
Congrats to Paul Haertel on his new personal best 54.8 pound striped bass. He got this fish yesterday fishing up the beach a ways. Exact location not provided.
Not Crazy But Bluefish Are Around
Rich Beverly got a gator off the surf this weekend. Not sure… Who has a bigger smile?
Back Bay Fluke Fishing
Today Austin Pounds fished the south end’s bay with some friends and found some really food fishing.
Jake Bowles fluke fished yesterday morning and reported cold 54 degree water, “The chilly water made for a slow bite but we managed to pick through some shorts and finished with three keepers.”
Jeff and Dan aboard the Reel Innovations just arrived home from their first trip to the edge. Dan reported a good trip, “We went 8-10 on bluefin and released one 60″ mako.”