My usual crew for the annual View Striped Bass Contest left the dock at 7:30am and headed off across Great South Bay to area west of the Fire Island Inlet looking to repeat on the action with big striped bass I had the past few days down that way.

Took a little while to get on the schools of bunker that the fish are feeding on but once we found them we had schools of the oily baitfish being raided by striped bass, bluefish and whales during most of the day. We fished with snagged baits left to drift in the schools as well as bunker on bottom rigs fished below the schools. Before all was said and done for the day we had striped bass from high teens to just under 30lbs.

At the Captains meeting the night before I had told a couple of buddies that with the way action had been I believed it would take a 30-35lb class fish to grab one of the top 15 spots on the leaderboard. Back at the View for the weigh-in I put a 29.2 lb striper on the scale that was in 7th at the time. As boats continued to stream in to weigh their catches it quickly became evident that my prediction from the night before was going to be pretty close. The final verdict had a 41lb striper take top spot and the last cash spot (15th place) needed 29.4 so we were bumped out of the prize money this year. If my fish had eaten one more bunker before I caught it we would have been good LOL!!!

Another great time with my usual crew, we had some beautiful weather, several whales putting on a show breaching through the bait schools and fish pulling on the string. Always a good time in the View Striper Contest