River Rebel Report05/17 and 18
The rains for Saturday the rip was re-scheduled so Joe and I decided we would spend the day collecting bait for the upcoming charter trips and try to get the bait pen full of poggies. The heavy rains and north winds made for a slow start. We started in the area that has been very productive all week for both large striped bass up to 30lbs and poggies but on Friday the blues moved in and it showed, As the large schools of bait now seemed to be broken up and scattered and on the move. After some running we ended up in the basin and found the bait so thick the depth sounded was showing 19ft when we knew we were 40 ft of water. As we snagged poggies one other local charter boats made several drifts in the channel but we never seen anything come over the side while we were there. We did hear later that a couple of bass in the 20s were taken. We ended up with 48 live poggies for the pen and a 5 gallon bucket full for the freezer. The report over the radio and cell phones on the most part was that what had been a great week of bass fishing now seemed to slow up. The water temperature had dropped some and the tides are running higher with the moon.
Sundays schedule trip only had one passenger and the boat left at 0500. Capt Joe took the boat over to the area that had been productive all week and within minutes the live poggie was running for his life. Al missed the hook set and Joe hand over the second rod that he just put in the water and this time the hook was set. Al had been on the Rebel for about a half hour and already landed his first 18lb bass. Joe now having high expectations took the boat back around to start a second drift and the bite was over. There were a couple of other local charter captains on the same drift that reported to Joe that the bite was early and short. They searched several different areas before they called it a day but the angler went home happy. Even though the day wasn’t what was expected we believe that if you’re going to report the good days you need to report the days that weren’t that good. Fishing will pick up after this next front comes through. We still have some openings on our spilt shared charters call 401-253-9639.