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.

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Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
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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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Capt. Dan Schafer
Year Round Striped Bass
Shallow Water Back Bay
Fly & Light Tackle Fishing
in Stone Harbor NJ.
(609)-780-5124
insomniacguide@live.com
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5/10 Mid Day Striped Bass on Top Water

Me and Matt List left the dock yesterday around 11am to do a quick run and gun trip.

First stop and about 5 minutes later Matt was tied into the first one of the year. A beautiful fish

that just crushed his topwater plug.

They were mostly feeding on schools of spearing that were hugging the waters edge.  The bass were very aggressive making for a great couple of hours on the water.

My Back Bay charters are filling up FAST so if you want to book a trip with me this May ,June, and July message me through this page, email @ insomniacguide@live.com or you can always shoot me a call or text @ 609-780-5124

To keep up to date with fishing reports & everything that’s going daily on you can Like my Facebook page Via the link below, bookmark my website @ www.insomniacguide.com, follow me on instagram @danschafer08247 and subscribe to my youtube channel @https://www.youtube.com/user/insomniacfilmstudio/videos

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Capt. 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, Tackle Direct Pro Staff
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Back Bay Striped Bass ~ Feeding Strategy: Read the Water, Focus In, & Close The Deal

I hope you enjoyed this short series from my 2 hour talk @ TackleDirect.
I’m doing one more live event this year. This Monday 4/27 8pm @ The VFW in Brigantine. This is a FREE seminar for the Absecon Saltwater Sportsman Club. It’s an open house so all are welcome to attend. I look forward to meeting many of you there!

My Back Bay charters are filling up FAST so if you want to book a trip with me this May ,June, and July message me through this page, email @ insomniacguide@live.com or you can always shoot me a call or text @ 609-780-5124

To keep up to date with fishing reports & everything that’s going daily on you can Like my Facebook page Via the link below, bookmark my website @ www.insomniacguide.com, follow me on instagram @danschafer08247 and subscribe to my youtube channel @ https://www.youtube.com/user/insomniacfilmstudio/videos

Thanks for watching!

Insomniac Guide Service LLC
Capt. 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, Tackle Direct Pro Staff
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Video # 2 The Key To Catching Striped Bass During the Day…Open Water

This is a good one. In this 2nd Video I take you onto the flats.. The scenery, the wildlife, fishing opportunities few know exist. Enjoy!





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Insomniac Guide Service LLC
Capt. 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, Tackle Direct Pro Staff
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Video #1 in three part Video Blog Series: Locate Active Fish On ANY GIVEN DAY

I am releasing a 3 part series of Videos from my talks @ Tackle Direct’s headquarters.

This first one is a huge concept. I’ve really only fully implemented it recently in the last year or so and the results have been nothing short of eye opening.
It’s leads to more consistency in your outing and for the enthusiasts it really maximizes your time on the water. Enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed it. I look forward to meeting and talking with many of you next Monday night.

Keep your eyes open tomorrow morning for the next segment!

In the coming weeks and months I think you’re really going enjoy the new format…. The aeronautical cinematography, the DSLR images, the style of not only the reports.. the infield analytic commentary as well.

I’m going literally bring the marsh, the flats, the concepts, the stunning scenery to your front door in cutting edge 4k resolution.
Bookmark my website @ www.insomniacguide.com, join me on facebook, and follow me on instagram @danschafer08247 to keep up to date on everything that’s happening.

Insomniac Guide Service LLC

Capt. 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, Tackle Direct Pro Staff
Join Us On Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Insomniac-Guide-Service-LLC/127841563899334