Striper Dec 27th

Today we had Pop Pop (Scotts father) and Charlie (Pop Pop’s) brother in law along with Mitch so a boat full but it worked out really well. Again as always caught a bunch of unders but ended the day with 5 keepers. All were about 22″ so a good day but no bigins. Water and weather were perfect a bunch of boats were fishing so it was a hectic day driving.

Weather
Air Temp 29 -> 50
Wind 4 -> 0 from the NW
Sky Clear
Pressure 29.6 rising
Moon Phase waning 85%.

Water
Waves 1-> 0 later in the afternoon
Tide  LT 9:39 HT 15:45
Temp 42.0
Clear

Bait

All tandem rigs with 1 – 6 oz mojos. By far the best were a 1oz white red neck bucktail with a 4 inch white shad and green 2 oz with white on one and chartruse on the other bucktail. The stretch no matter what color has not produced much this year (it did catch the biggest 32in but other than that not much).

Striper Dec 3rd

Today was one of those days you dream about. We had Keates, Jeremy join Scott and I. We left the dock at 13:30 hoping to get a few fish before the gang went with Captain Ryan on Tuesday.  This has become a tradition with Keates. He sponsor a trip for work and comes the day before and we fish as much as we can. Today we knew we only had a few hours so our expectations were not great just going to have a few hours of fun before eating.

We set off for ole reliable 62 but saw a few boats well north of the NN Reef so we did what all great fisherman do we feel right in with the gang. Jeremy told us there were tons of birds and boy was he right. Put in and trolled with our reliable baits and everything we had picked up fish. One nice keeper right after the next. Had about as many keepers as we had throw backs which is extremely rare.

Could not have had a better day for 2 hours of fishing. Cleaned them all up and cut a bunch into chucks so Scott could fry them up. Ate great and had a great time.

Weather
Air Temp 62 -> 50
Wind 9 -> 0 from the NW
Sky Clear
Pressure 29.6 rising
Moon Phase last quarter waning.

Water
Waves 1-> 0 later in the afternoon
Tide  HT 9:00 LT 15:27
Temp 45.0
Clear

Bait
Same as we have been using. Started naming the baits which has been fun and actually helps. We have “Money”, “Colonial Heights”, “Pretty”, and “Green Eyed Lady”. Added a Black and Gold Stretch 25

Striper Dec 1st

Set out with Scott at 6:30, went to 62 and caught 3 very quickly. There was one close to keeper but as normal Scott threw it back before measuring. Virgil another friend gets all frustrated with Scott because in the action Scott gets too excited to go through the whole rigor of measuring.

Finally, it layed down and really nothing was happening so we called our buddy Dave. He was at the cut, told us there were tons of boats and tons of birds. He was correct, it was as we call it a Walmart parking lot. Very difficult to drive the boat so Scott was on his own fishing. Picked up a nice 28″ and a 22″. Both were in one hole.

Overall we caught tons of 18 -19 in but these were our only keepers.

Weather

  • Air Temp 33 – 45
  • Wind 5  – 10 from the Northwest
  • Sky Clear very over cast
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase last quarter waning.

Water

  • Waves  1+  to 2+ later in the afternoon from the north
  • Tide LT  HT 7:00
  • Temp 46.0
  • Clear

Bait

Same as we have been using. Started naming the baits which has been fun and actually helps. We have “Money”, “Colonial Heights”, “Pretty”, and “Green Eyed Lady”.

Striper Nov 21

I went out by myself for the first time ever. I thought it was going to be a bit calmer than it turned out to be, not rough or dangerous just solid 1+ to 2+. I started off at 1GW, wish I had not seen the boats or the birds, there were a few but not in great quantity. I decided to pick up and go to old reliable 62. Set out 3 rods and started trolling towards the NNK Reef. Maybe half way to the reef I started to see tons of birds working and a few boats. As I got closer I started picking up so many dinks I couldn’t keep up and with the boat not going in the direction I needed it to go I moved back to two rods. Eventually, got a nice 26″ then lost another likely 26 at the boat. I thought it was a tandem but as it got closer I knew I was in trouble because I couldn’t get the net. I should have just yanked it over but I fumbled for the net and lost it. Got a bunch more dinks all day and got a couple at 20″ but let them go.

I have heard a ton of arguements about fishing during a full moon. If today was any indication I will be fishing all full moons from now on.

Weather

  • Air Temp 33 – 45
  • Wind 5  – 10 from the Northwest
  • Sky Clear 95%
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase 95%

Water

  • Waves  1+  to 2+ later in the afternoon from the north
  • Tide LT  HT 10:00
  • Temp 52.0
  • Clear

Bait

Best was small 1/2 oz white red stripe bucktails

Various color combos and sizes

We ran tandems on the backs of 8,12,16,20 oz inlines

2.5 oz yellow, 2 oz white/green, 2 oz gold fleck, etc. and gold and black stretch 30

Striper Nov 18th

Scott and I went out at about noon. Stopped just outside of 1GW and just south. Saw a bunch of birds working but not a birdnado. Putting out the first set we caught one before the 3rd rod was out. Had a very consistent catch of 18-19 in. After about 20 min we caught a 22 in on “money” or white bucktail tandem. Maybe an hour we caught a 32 on the gold stretch.

Weather

  • Air Temp 40 – 45
  • Wind 5  – 10 from the Northwest
  • Sky Clear 95%
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase 75%

Water

  • Waves  .5+  to flat later in the afternoon from the north
  • Tide LT  HT 2:40
  • Temp 52.5
  • Clear

Bait

Best was small 1/2 oz white red stripe bucktails

Various color combos and sizes

We ran tandems on the backs of 8,12,16,20 oz inlines

2.5 oz yellow, 2 oz white/green, 2 oz gold fleck, etc. and gold and black stretch 30

Striper Nov 17th

Started out so rough we had to turn back to port. It was orignally going to lay down early but in reality it didn’t until about 1:00 with the tide change. We didn’t catch anything until after 1:00 then the birds started working above NN Reef. The bite just went wild, from about a mile above the reef to about a mile south of 62. Birds were going crazy and the fish were going more so. Most were about 18″ but we were catching them in doubles a ton of the time and it was beyond crazy. So much so Scott trying to get the strecth out hit the rod holder and lost one of my rods.

At the end we ended up with two keepers, 26″ on the white bucktail and 24″ on a yellow head and gold sassy shad.

Weather

  • Air Temp 40 – 45
  • Wind 15  – 20 from the Northwest
  • Sky Clear 95%
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase 50%

Water

  • Waves  3+  to flat later in the afternoon from the north
  • Tide LT  HT 1:40
  • Temp 52.5
  • Clear

Bait

Best was small 1/2 oz white red stripe bucktails

Various color combos and sizes

We ran tandems on the backs of 8,12,16,20 oz inlines

2.5 oz yellow, 2 oz white/green, 2 oz gold fleck, etc. and blue and black stretch 30

First Fishing day of Striper Season Nov 11th

Went out with Scott and Alyssa at about 11:30, finished teaching Sunday School and met them on the my boat. Set out for the Potomac because we had been talking with Shoddy Dog. He caught limit and one of them was 32″. I’m pretty sure he caught all of them on a black and gold stretch. We caught a bunch but they were all under limit size. I guess it was an early morning bite. On the way back we hit a “birdando” at about Green 63. Couldn’t stay long but had a great time.

Weather

  • Air Temp 40 – 45
  • Wind 5  – 10 from the Northwest
  • Sky Clear 95%
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase 95% waxing

Water

  • Waves  1+  from the north
  • Tide LT  HT
  • Temp 55.5
  • Clear

Bait

Various color combos and sizes

We ran tandems on the backs of 8,12,16,20 oz inlines

2.5 oz yellow, 2 oz white/green, 2 oz gold fleck, etc. and blue and black stretch 30

First day of Spanish fishing for 2018

Friday Aug. 24th

Left my dock with Eddie and Scott on Fri 24th at about 7:30. Went directly to 62 and started with 3 num ones and 1 num two planer with a variety of colored spoons. Turned out green and gold number 0 worked the best. This was Eddies first Spanish and that is him in the pic. We ended up catching 14 most were about 20 inches had 2 throw backs and a couple of blues.

Weather

  • Air Temp 73 – 80
  • Wind 5  – 10 from the North
  • Sky Clear 95%
  • Pressure 30.20 steady
  • Moon Phase 95% waxing

Water

  • Waves  1+  from the north
  • Tide LT 7:09 HT 12:59
  • Temp 77.5
  • Clear

Bait

zero Clark spoons

Red, Bubble gum, Gold, Lime Green