Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jay, Phil, Chance and Cooper

Sunny and Pleasant, Water Temperature 89* and Clear.
I had an opportunity to take 2 great kids fishing today. Phil their Dad had given them the trip as a birthday present. They had also received new rods and reels and brand new Remington 870 youth shotguns yesterday as presents [Lucky Guys]. I had spoke with Phil the day before and had told him fishing had turned sour this week and that we were averaging catching less than 10 keepers a day, would he like to reschedule the trip to a more productive time of the month. He said no way, the kids had been waiting for this trip and they were ready to go. I caught bait and picked the guys up at the marina just before daylight. He was right, they were ready to get on board and excited about catching their first Stripers. We looked for a few minutes for schools and located some fish to set up on. I had briefed Jay and Phil on deploying the baits so we tried to set up on the fish. The first set up is usually awkward for new clients and today was no exception. We had gotten only a couple baits in the water before we started taking hits. Chance grabbed the first fish and did a great job of wrestling the Striper to the boat. By the time we got all of our lines out the school had moved on. We found the school again, put the baits out and Cooper had his chance to reel in a Striper. We lost and relocated the school for about an hour and a half before the school dissipated around 8 o'clock. We looked and looked for fish the rest of the morning but never got back on any other keeper Stripers. For the last 8 or 10 days there has been a good morning bite then the fish completely turn off after a couple hours. The lack of action did not hamper the kids excitement, they enjoyed the day on the water and are looking forward to coming back when the fishing improves.

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