Striped bass numbers..

6 11 2016

Striped bass numbers remain high, with local anglers catching over 100 schoolies a day casting DOA C.A.L. Shad Tails around the sod banks of Tangier Sound. Stripers are averaging 17″-26″, with the occasional over-slot fish possible. Great fun on light tackle or fly. This is my favorite time of the year to fish the shallows, as the water is often clear enough that you can literally see the rockfish dart out from it’s lie to grab your lure. Fish are holding in areas of strong current flow waiting for small blue crabs and baitfish to be swept their way. Another great location to try is shallow grass flats, where roaming schools of stripers are crashing tightly packed pods of cruising peanut bunker. QUIETLY approach this skinny water so as not to spook the actively feeding stripers. Barring a severe downturn in the weather I look for this action to continue into early December. 


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6 11 2016
Neil Parry

Looks like great fishing. Can I reach any viable grounds by kayak?

6 11 2016
Josenhans Fly Fishing

You can launch a kayak at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield, or take a passenger ferry to Smith Island. Plan to spend the night at Smith Island if you want to kayak over there as the ferry doesn’t hang around long before it returns to Crisfield.

6 11 2016
Dave

Congrats KJ My favorite time of year!

David R Frazier Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 6, 2016, at 10:04 AM, Josenhans Fly Fishing Blog wrote > >

6 11 2016
Josenhans Fly Fishing

Thanks Dave. Hope you’re catching!

6 11 2016
Neil Parry

Thank you!

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