I had Dennis, John and Matt aboard for a day of late season striped bass fishing. Plan A involved running outside the inlet in search bait schools with fish on them which would be susceptible to diamond jigging. Plan B was a live-well full of spot and eels. We were ready.

We broke Fire Island Inlet approximately 9am Saturday morning and were immediately greeted with BIG East winds of 20kts and fairly large 3-4 swell. Add the windchop to the mix and it was not very much fun to run into in 39 degree temperatures!! 🙂 Despite the conditions we ran several miles down the beach without finding any signs of life on the recorder. The sea birds were all flying around wondering where the fish were as well. We bagged Plan A and fell back to Plan B.

Fire Island Live Bait Striped Bass Fishing aboard Maybe Tonight Charters

John's keeper striper

We got back inside the inlet for the last half of the flood current. We dropped down the live baits and Dennis and John picked two smaller fish of 28 and 31 inches respectively. Dennis’ was released, John’s came home for the table.

As the current was slacking we made a move away from the inlet and into the back bay areas. Working several pieces over back there we found 3 more fish from 30-31 inches. I released mine a boatside, Dennis had dinner invitations for his.

Fire Island Live Bait Striped Bass Fishing aboard Maybe Tonight Charters

Dennis with the evening's dinner menu

We kept making some “last drifts” trying to find Matt a fish but unfortunately it was not to be today. A tale of two days today with the BIG cold wind of the morning giving way to dead still conditions after lunchtime. We knocked off at sundown and ran back across a flat calm Great South Bay. Fun day on the water today 🙂