I’ve all the time appreciated the euphemism “7 stripes” for striped bass. Nevertheless it happens to me as we speak, that it needs to be 14stripes, as a result of they’ve received seven in all sides.
Day 1 of two
Stripe counting nonsense apart, we’re into the month of December, and I’m attempting to fish at any time when the climate’s not too awfully chilly, so long as it doesn’t battle with another obligation. The primary of the month was an excellent day to fish. Mild breezes, and temps which will have began chilly, however warmed fairly rapidly into the low forties. Acquired to fish a lot of the day with out gloves on, which is a little bit of a rarity today.
Steve and Zig joined me, and based mostly on what they’d discovered the day earlier than, we selected to launch in Shelton and fish up river quite than out close to the mouth of the river in Milford. However we didn’t discover anyplace close to the variety of fish or the massive faculties that they’d run into yesterday, so earlier than too lengthy, we have been headed down river. And the fist place we stopped, we caught extra fish in a half hour than we’d caught in an hour and a half main as much as that. However the chunk died fairly rapidly and we discovered nothing however small pods of fish that have been largely tired of biting after that preliminary run.
So, finally, we ended up again up river. And spots that had been barren earlier have been stacked with biters now. We ended up with a pair hundred fish among the many 3 of us, and have been off the water by 2:30.
Day 2 of two
The climate forecast for the 2nd appeared promising. After some gentle, in a single day and dawn rain, it promised to be a comparatively heat and cloudy, if considerably windy, day. Earlier than leaving the river on Wednesday, Zig and I made tentative plans to fish once more on Thursday. The one factor not settled was what time to start out. After updating the climate forecast at dwelling, I resolve on an 8AM begin.
I used to be on the ramp with the boat prepped and loaded when the rain stopped at 7:30 Thursday morning.
Based mostly on Wednesday’s outcomes and a forecast for a powerful South wind, I had zero intention of going at the same time as far south as Wooster Island.
Though we felt like we have been the one boat on the river till virtually 10AM, by early afternoon we have been fishing in a crowd. Fairly positive that everybody had fun, because the fish have been stacked up, and appeared to largely be within the temper to chew.
I believe the strangest factor in regards to the day was that it was a really extensive (9 foot plus!) tidal swing, but it by no means actually felt just like the tide or the present was shifting all that quick. We have been anticipating to fish present that was ripping out, nevertheless it was a sluggish, light outgoing from 10AM or so till we pulled the boat out at 2:45 or thereabouts. Low wouldn’t come till almost 5pm.
I caught most of my fish operating a small bait excessive within the water column, on a sluggish retrieve with occasional brief pauses. Zig caught most of his on a small bait as properly, however he was fishing it a lot nearer to backside and with an excellent bit extra “motion” utilized from his rod tip.
I watched the sequence beneath, time and again on the depth sounder. Didn’t appear to matter what depth we have been in. It occurred in 14 toes, and it occurred in 40+ toes. The primary picture exhibits the thick college beneath us, whereas I’m combating a fish close to the floor. The varsity doesn’t seem like disturbed in any respect. The second picture is a second after unhooking and releasing the fish. The fish dives straight to backside, and the portion of the college of fish beneath the boat straight below me seems to disperse horizontally and compress vertically. Avoiding the launched fish?
As cool because it was to look at the conduct of the lots of fish on the 12″ Factor display screen, the excessive level/low level of the day was a lone large fish that didn’t fairly make it to my aspect of the gunwale.