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Sixty-five degrees at the end of November? And catching football stripers to boot? Whodathunkit!
Bob Morgan, Greg & Tyler Folts and I met up with Capt. Dennis Fleming at 0645 at Buzz's Marina. The forecast was great and the fish catching was highly anticipated.
What a sunrise!
When I talked to Dennis a few days back I asked if there was a top water bite and he said we could try it. He was not sure. However, the day before, his crew did get some top water action so we all rigged up for it.
I was throwing my infamous one hook Surface tension plug. I have mastered throwing that goofy lure and it paid off!
Not only did it take the skunk off but I caught the 1st 3 fish! Yep....as you can imagine, a whole lot of trash talking ensued!
Then one of the guys tangled with a gull....
....but Dennis safely released her.
Then Greg got the hot hand and I was struggling to keep up. Tyler was waaaaay behind us and Bob was catching a few. Most were on top water.
Then I brought out my magic lure. The crew laughed at it until I caught a fish!
A tube bait!
We made a move after all of that action (40+) fish and then it broke loose!
Tyler started getting hot as did Bob. Greg and I had to fight to stay in the game.
Some fat fish were caught!
We were supposed to end the trip at 2:30p but by 1:30p we were whipped. We caught fish to 30" (Greg caught a 30 and 28.5 while Bob and Tyler each put 27 inch fish in the boat). Fat fish for sure!
We really don't know how many fish were caught....maybe 125....but it was not as easy as I make it to be. The bite was hard and you really had to work the lures to get a bite. As Dennis said, we lost count of the fish we did not catch!
However, in one of the spots, I managed to catch 6 fish in 7 casts. Yes, there was more trash talking....but I was trying to catch up to the rest of the crew!
Great day out with a great crew!
Way to go! Good eatin' there!
I am sore!
That was a perfect day fishing! Dennis is the best Captain around. Bob, Ernie, and Tyler are always great to fish with. And 70 degrees with virtually no wind and no waves at the end of November is unheard of! PLUS we were on fish all day. There were times it looked like every inch of the Bay had birds feeding on it with Striper boiling all over the place. Ernie is right that the fish were actually pretty finicky at times. With all that food around, it was tough to get them to notice our baits sometimes. Top water worked the best for me (I am not good at jigging). Always great to watch the fish swipe at the lure 3-4 times before committing and getting hooked. Tyler started the day slow, but definitely kicked into high gear and probably caught more fish than any of us. Looking forward to the next outing!
Awesome report! I was in the area with a CCA friend and we found some similar results! Birds everywhere an stripers all through the water column to 29". I heard Dennis was out and I wondered if I knew the crew, I should have checked in with you Ernie! Congrats guys!
Michael....glad you guys got on them too. We should have touched base! It's a small world out there. When we motored up to Pete Dahlberg, I recognized the guy fishing on the bow, Mike Long. He had no clue who I was as I had hat, shades and buff on. Once I told him he then knew.
What a perfect day out there.....
Awesome stuff, well done guys.
sounds like a blast!!!
Thanks how to spend Thanksgiving weekend!
Nice job guys
Around noon yesterday I thought I might recover. Now it's Monday afternoon and I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it. Sure was a fun day with great people and lot's of strong fishies.