Rain and wind Monday and Tuesday lowered the Island water temp down to the mid 70’s….last two days heat brought the temp back up a bit but not too much! Water today was around 77-78 degrees and the sun was shining but that didn’t stop some nice Stripers hitting hard in 5′ and less of water. Right now Stripers are moving in to some shallow water haunts but not in huge numbers. Certainly not an easy game right now but really rewarding! Love hunting hard then scoring on keeper Rockfish in shallow, remote waters. Makes for a great fishing trip! Today and yesterday I fished the islands really hard in the wind…..doing great on decent numbers and some really nice Stripers. The scenery alone is worth the price of admission…..catching is a bonus…..well…you know me…..we HAVE to catch!!!!!!!
Fishing the remote “nooks and crannies” requires stealth and some stratagy. Some areas I’m running into are no wider than my boat is long……..some very shallow water but enough….my boat only needs 14″ to float. My power poles have played a key role in success while fishing points, rock piles, wrecks, weed beds and all the “nooks and crannies”. Couldn’t have the success I’m having without them!
Baits of choice have been BKD’s ( www.basskandydelights.com ) loaded on jigheads made by Hardhead Custom Baits ( www.hardheadcustombaits.com ) in 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce. The water was so high yesterday and today I didn’t need to use weedless jigs in the grass beds. The best technique was working quickly over the grass. Fish were bombing baits above the grass. You could usually see the strike near the surface. Great stuff and hopefully much more to come!