been years since I posted a report on your BB, so thought I'd pin a bay report up for the hell of it. I'm a believer that "loose lips sink ships," but then again, there is no reason not to give back when you can, or feel so inclined.
This spring has been an busy one with me -- between business priorities, travel, some house remodel work, aging (busy) children (ages 6 & 10) and persistent NW winds, I haven't been out with the regularity that I'd like. In fact, I felt a little disconnected with the Bay striper fishery for the first time in over 20 years. This is not a complaint, just the fact that priorities change as you age and that you need to stay flexible in all regards.
On top of this, my 21' whaler has been out of the water for 2 months now (12 year old Lenco's finally died) and I have been fishing out my 17 Montauk that I restored about 4 years ago. Let's just say there is big difference in fishing the Bay in the 2 boats. The bigger boat can handle just about anything the Bay can dish out, and the smaller one requires you to pick your days.
Anyways, was out both days over last weekend in some lousy wind and found plenty of bait and bass in the bay. Mostly long, thin post spawn fish averaging 6 to 7 lbs that will come back in the fall closer to a legitimate 10 lbs. I enjoyed working over some fish both Saturday and Sunday night that were pushing bait up on a reef. I was fishing a 6 wt. with T8 which made this extremely challenging once these fish decided to "flush" you in the current. Definitely a fun and gratifying return to the bay after being MIA for the last 5 weeks.
These fish should be on the beaches soon and the summer doldrums (inside the Bay) will be here by the 4th of July.
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