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 livewell full of spot and eels. We were ready.
With no live bait we ran outside the inlet and were greeted by flocks of gannets diving on bait being driven to the surface by gamefish. While it was no blitz we worked area to area and managed to pick 9 stripers to 18lbs on diamond jigs before heading back inside.
Friday of the contest had winds blowing southeast around 20kts kicking up a beautiful surf. Excellent conditions for striped bass fishing from the beach by all accounts. Sorry to say it did not end up that way as the fishing was slow the entire day with only a handful of fish taken among the group I was fishing with
The weather report was ominous for later in the day but they did give us a small window in the morning according to the forecast so we dedided to go for it. Arriving at the marina with the wind HOWLING from the South at 20kts
I had the chance to do an early morning trip for a few hours on Labor Day and headed off to the boat with weakfish on my mind. The action for these beautiful fish has been holding up very well this summer considering their relative absence in recent years. 2012 has seen a solid run of these gamesters and anglers can actually plan fishing trips specifically targeting them.
We met at the Seaview Marina on Fire Island and were on our way by 9am. We fished live baits on several locations in the back bay during the last of the incoming current hoping to find a few weakfish.