I spent 2 days on the water this week both trips were short 4 or 5 hour trips. Both days we were targeting Striped Bass by jigging under birds and both days we caught some very nice late summer Rockfish to 25″
My friend Jesse Rossmann just got a new Parker 21SE and had been on some nice Rockfish in the Upper Bay. When he invited Ange Harclerode and I to fish with him Wednesday I could not say no. What a beautiful boat!
Jesse said he wanted to put some fish in the boat and that we did! From about 5 pm until dark we steady caught Rockfish up to 24″ snap jigging BKD’s on skirted jig-heads, paddle tail swim baits and metal jigging spoons. The paddle tail is a 4″ Gotcha Shad in white that I colored with the Spike-it pens
This is a Skirted Jig-Head with a 5″ Bass-Assassin… I also used BKD’s and Zee-Man baits.
The fish were suspended about 15 ft down in a narrow band, with no signs of life beneath them. This was probably an area of low oxygen water. I applied a spinner-bait skirt to the head of the BKD jig, this gives a bigger profile and slows the fall of the lure. As the 3/4 oz.skirted jig-head fell slowly down the water column. I would “count down” to 15… Bam! A fish would hit the lure as soon as I started moving the bait. “You had to be in them to Catch them” the better fish were deeper in the school and the bite held up until after sunset when the current died. Ange had a brand new “Fishbox” that he wanted to break in a bit, we each put a fat keeper in the box, releasing several more. Turns out it was Jesse’s Birthday I’m glad he shared it with us… Great evening on the water!
Thursday, I fished with my good friend Timothy Smith, again in the upper bay a good bit north of Pooles Island. Ange Harclerode and Larry Gorski followed us most the day in the Creek-Boat as we searched the main bay channel edges for breaking Stripers under birds. Several schools of fish were encountered of all different sizes. We kept moving until we found the “right kind” of fish… Just before dark at he height of the current,Rockfish up to 24″ were caught down below the breakers. Very similar to yesterday’s bite… fat fall Rockfish closer to home. Looks like it’s gonna be a great fall!
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Thanks Joe for sharing these outstanding reports.