6/16 Schools of Flood Tide Striped Bass

We were greeted today with an incoming tide and just the slightest breeze from the east.

We ended finding our first few fish on single point that had a nice flow of water coming through. We then jetted off towards quieter water were we’d happen to find severel schools of bass inside
the basins and the open water just outside.

Some really awesome strikes with many fish following coming all the way to the boatside and going airborne as Brandon retrieved his surface plug.
After working several schools and catching several fish the tide was full and we started working the open water. Many times after the sun gets high the fish will pull of the banks onto the flats were they’ll hide in the grass beds. Once on the flat we saw a plethora of southern sting rays.

It’s a great indication of fish being nearby. Where there’s these rays typically there’s an abundance of life within a vast barren open flat….

The bass were right nearby.. We had a slightly breeze now a chop to the surface and took them on a variety of of surface plugs. Strikes came at an instant

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Multi Trip Striped Bass Report w/pics

All right… awesome

I finally have some time to sit down and write a formal report to tell you what’s been going on on the striped bass front in the backwater.

I’ve been keeping my instagram account ( @danschafer08247) updated as well as my facebook business page so check those out for up to the minute info.

Now on to the content…

The past three or four days have brought with it a slew of differing wind directions, tides, storm fronts, Blue bird and overcast skies.

Every morning and afternoon completely polarized. Differing constantly changing conditions keeping the fish on the move. Schooling them up only to break off again into smaller groups with the wild card larger solitary teritorial fish.

These are our resident summer bass that have just arrived. They’re working high percentage areas of the past as well as new water that I’ve never seen them on before. Historically barren areas and situations that are now producing fish. The landscape of the backwater as it does every year changes and the fish adapt very quickly.

Friday morning offered tight aggressive schools of bass inside leeward basins at one point then the fish moved onto shallow flats and patrolled those areas
along with southern sting rays for crabs in the grass. Top water plugs and plastics alike worked really well. One thing I’ve noticed is that each individaul school on this morning wanted either one or the other. So follow up casts were needed in each area that we stopped just to make sure were weren’t missing something.

Towards the end of the out going tide we found fish working the water just off the open flats. Some nice ones sitting on the out skirts of exposed sand bars waiting for last few prey items of the tide to swim their way. Most of the baitfish (spearing)are just breaching the fry stage and are in large number seemingly every where we go. Larger topwater plugs are drawing explosive strikes from these fish. Some real exciting runs in very very shallow water.

Later in the afternoon brought a stiif southern wind popped up at the beginning of our trip. We set up in a beautiful strech of crystal clear water and started casting an open grass flat were the bass would be staging on the lower water. Fish were found within minutes of our first stop in about a foot of water. We stayed with these fish as the tide rose and given the south eastern flow the water came in clean and flooded the marsh putting the fish on floating bladder grass. We poled and stuck up on the bass with them exploding on our plugs within a rod length of the flats skiff…

Following the same pattern we found the mother load of nice bass tightly packed in three and fours following hooked fish to the skiff.

We rounded out the afternoon hitting minnow creeks pulling schooled fish until dark.

Saturday morning offered us just a couple schools of aggresive bass early. Not as accurate and missing our offerings time and again with a few
break offs mixed in for fish plowing around the boat in all directions once hooked and brought close. Either the bass were half heartedly striking or rushing us in an instant then quickly moving on. Oppurtunties arose very fast and fleed the next moment.

The afternoon trip offered more of the same until the last hour where the fish appeared out of no where and staged up at every minnow creek. Super aggressive with stikes coming the instant they landed. It was as if the fish were going to use every oppurtunity they had into that last hour of light right after the tide switched. Very fast fun fishing until sunset.

Sunday morning brought with it some heavy storm cells and downpours keeping my at the dock until the afternoon.

Once the afternoon rolled around I left the dock with John from Tackle Direct and his wife Jenn. We had a nice south eastern flow
bringing in clean ocean water. We started off working a flat with a fish or two dusting off as we moved polled the skiff along.
Working a flooded island John landed the first fish of the day that exploded on his top water plugs and ran all over flat.
We then set up on some winward shorelines and had more of the same. Nice size real nice bass and great runs.

Every stop seemed more of the same. A great steady flow of hungry fish. Flooded grass islands with schooled up bass partolling the out edges. Strikes were solid and immediate followed by some great runs.

Last edited by insomniac; Today at 10:43 PM.

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6/10 Bass O’ Plenty / Shallow Water Water Flats Fishing Heating Up

Waters have finally warmed and we’ve settled around the 70 degree mark. Crab are on the flats bringing with southern sting rays and a whole load resident fish taking hold.
Especially in open water which the bass dominated in earlier this morning…

We left the dock a little after five an hour or so into the outgoing tide.

We worked a bunch of minnow creeks running all over hitting one after another looking for feeding bass

Most of them were feeding on surface on small spearing as we arrived and took down our topwater plugs with little hesitation.

It was a very visual feed with us running in the skiff looking for any kind of disturbance on the glassy water.

Any swirl , and bait flipping was an indiciation of a bass moving through the shallow water.

After the tide settled and the creeks dropped out we started working open water grass beds.
We alternated casts between plastics and topwater plugs as any one fish may respond to one or
the other.
Sight fishing bass moving on the flat we were able to bang them out with BassKandyDelights.
The second they caught a glimpse it was a sealed deal.

As we moved into even more open territory, away from the banks, the water was extermely still and there were now very large bass
swimming around the skiff taking in bait from the surface. We opted with top water plugs and had some pretty awesome strikes boatside
as well as far out. Their aim today was a little off as the bass had a hard time hooking themselves no matter how determined they were.
We had great visuals of 30 inch bass smashing plugs within hands reach in foot deep crystal clear water.\

We also had a roving school of bluefish that happened to come by. These were nice size fish that at times hooking two at once on the same topwater plug. Not something I see often this time of year a great way to round off the trip.

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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
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