Monday, June 27, 2011

Rick, Rodney, Michael and Jack

Cloudy and Pleasant, Water Temperature 83* and Clear.
Caught bait and picked the guys up at their dock at 5. Rick said as we were leaving the dock to wake him up around 7:30, he had not fished in 35 years. Jack and I both replied to him in unison "It will be over by 7:30". I think we got Rick's curiosity up because he stayed alert and ready to participate if such an event were to take place. We went to an area where I had been seeing schools early in the morning , set out our baits, caught a Striper then another "fisherman" decided he would run his big motor nearby us spooking the school before it ever developed well. He obviously thought the Stripers were under our boat but I didn't want any part of that so I told the guys to get the baits in so we could relocate where there were no boats in sight. I found the place which actually had a school of Stripers working about a 3 acre area so we tried to get our baits out but the Stripers would take our offerings as soon as we put them out. After catching a dozen fish we finally got all of our lines out and proceeded to catch fish after fish. By 7:15 we had 19 keepers in the boat and 2 empty tanks of bait. Although Rick said he was happy with the day after catching his first Striper it didn't slow him down any when every rod in the boat was bowed over. It took us about 15 minutes to locate and catch more bait then for the next 3 hours we looked and fished and finally got on a small pod of fish and limited out. Today it was an early morning bite then the fish turned off.
We caught about 40 fish today and kept 20 Stripers for Rodney to clean. There will be good table fare at Jacks for the next month or so.

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