The striped bass fishing in the Fire Island area during the daytime has been difficult (slow) since the recent early snow during Halloween week. The action has been much better on the night tides and that is where I focused my attention this past weekend.

On Friday 11/4 I sailed with friends catch the outgoing current in some favorite back bay locations. The NOAA forecast called for the high winds we had during the day to lay down to 10-15kts. Well, suffice to say that was WRONG!! We had the winds blowing steady 20-25kts making for some tough conditions.

Great South Bay Striper on Live Eels

Great South Bay Striper on Live Eel.

With the high winds I quickly ruled out some of the more open areas and opted to fish some other slightly sheltered locations further in the bay. As soon as we arrived I was marking fish on the pieces but they were not feeding just yet. Small adjustments in the drifts as the current built finally got us some bites. We had stripers up to 18lbs on the live eels before finally giving in to the relentless wind and headed back across a sloppy Great South Bay.

I was back out on Sunday night for a quicky run  in some MUCH improved conditions. Winds were light and the fish were around once again. Live eels produced fish once again but on this night they were running on the small side. I ended the night with 4 fish but they were probably only around a 10lb average size.

I’m hopeful the mild weather forecast for this coming week gets things back in order in the Fire Island Inlet and Great South Bay. Until then the fish on the night shift have been stretching the lines and that’s never a bad thing 🙂