A Little Help From Our Friends...
Bill Kassakatis, John Keeler and I started fishing at 10:00am on Wednesday, Aug 1, 2007. The location was in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay which was almost flat as we headed to the first structure.
We did become somewhat concerned, on what the day was going to offer, in the way of catching
when we were greeted by a few of our friends...
And as the day went on they were probable on the same slow moving log drifting up the Bay.
Catching was tough, but that only made us fish harder and try different techniques to entice some nice striped bass. All the stripers we caught were larger than 18" and supplied us with some outstanding pullage.
Most Productive Lure:
Storm WideEye Shad, 4" long in Bunker
Most Productive Technique:
Putting the lure in the strike zone:
The lure should be approximately 6" below the rod tip. Put the rod tip on the water and open up the bail. Lift the rod swiftly from 9am until 12pm, drop the rod tip on the water, let the line get tight, and lift the rod swiftly from 9am to 12pm. Do this until the lure is in the strike zone.
EXAMPLE: You read fish suspended from 20 to 30 feet deep over 52 feet of water. You want the lure to be between 18 to 28 feet. With a 6' rod do the above 3 to 4 times.
With the lure in the strike zone, swiftly move the rod tip from 9am to 11:00am and follow the lure back down with a tight line. The fish will take the lure on the drop. And as usual the larger fish will be located near the bottom of the suspended school (or 30' with the above example).
This time of year if you plan to practice catch and release, crush all barbs and do not remove the fish from the water.
Capt. Tom Hughes
Full Time Light Tackle & Fly Fishing Guide