View Full Version : Exageration of the Bay thus far!!
04-11-2004, 09:38 AM
Well, I've been reading all the topics so far on the bay and how everyone is beating the fish out of the boats,....well I went yesterday with all the right baits, and with conditions that you couldnt pay for normaly.
Fished Brown shoal on the incoming, with nothing. Went to the Brandywine, didnt mark a fish, then over to bug light where one of my clam baits hooked up. No other run off's.
I'm not asking for numbers to any secret holes, but, I find it hard to believe that the bay is on "fire" as some of you have put it.
I'm not placing blame on anyone, just my own frustrations that I'm venting at this point.
I should have stock to plan A and drifted the rips,...my buddy came in with 3 NICE fish from there while I came in with a stinking A$$ cooler from half rotten herring that a local tackle shop sold as fresh!!! Guess who isnt getting any more business from me!
IF I DONT HAVE A GOOD SAY SOON, I HAVE A NICE 25 SEA PRO FOR SALE SOON WITH ALL THE TACKLE !!!!
04-11-2004, 10:18 AM
Corby, You were alittle off. We fished near the fourteen and got one, Then moved inside of Bug light (pierces point) Got one there then ended up at the horseshoe and had non stop action.
The HILL Boat shares his good fortune. Good luck next time. Sometimes everybody gets the skunk.
The bite was real funny yesterday, No run offs, The stripers would just suck the baits and hang their with them for awhile, Hard to tell if we were hooked or not. One of those days that you had to have your rod in your hand at all times.
04-11-2004, 10:21 AM
It's typical early-season fishing, hit or miss. I was at Longreach yesterday at 1 PM and I didn't see any fish around the dock or cleaning table. Looked like they put around 25 boats in. I did hear radio chatter that guys were catching at the ususal spots, east of the Maull, #1 bouy, EP etc.
My engine is still being rebuilt and I am not in a rush. We can target them cows right through June, and there will be other options come May.
04-11-2004, 02:04 PM
Capt. Corby .. I was one who hit them yesterday but had to go to plan B because Bug Light didn't work out. Funny thing is that had I caught one fish at the Bug I would probably stayed there and missed the bite at the Shoe. You never know and I had my share of skunks over the years.
Two guys at my Marina ran the 12 miles to the rips yesterday and both came up empty for the day.
The bite was not own down there.
I, like many detail their reports with depth of water, hot bait, time of tide, how the fish are hitting and other information to give some hints to where one might find the fish.
I'm sure you'll have your hot day and we'll be reading your report. Sorry, if I was over excited in my report, but frankly it was the best day I ever had on the water and wanted to share it.
04-11-2004, 02:25 PM
Capt Corby,I can see your not new to this game,It early yet,# 1 check your bait when your buying it,not on the water,it happen to me last year,I was 50 miles offshore,bad bait equals no fish no mater were you are,#2 Frustration is a fisherman?s wrests enemy,you won?t do anything right when that sit in,Every one has them days,one thing that help me on them days ,I just sit back,look were IM at,on the water fishing,what I have,my owe boat,Good Health,memory of good time with friends ,and the most Important thing is,Remember it all about Enjoying your self and having FUN, I now you already now all this,but we all need a reminder same time,Cap kick Frustration in the ass,and go get them STRIPER,I hope to be in this week,give me a call out there,Good Luck
04-11-2004, 02:57 PM
I have to agree with Irish wake on that point ,fresh bait is key,be it herring or bunker or clam. The other point is some spots work better on the incoming and others on the outgoing. I'm sure you're not a stranger to this theory. Lastly Spring fishing is a totally different animal than Fall. You'll pick one or two in each spot most of the time. Those rare times when you are bailing stripers in the spring are something you can lean back in your chair and grin about while you're drifting for flounder this year ;) I average two or three runoffs and one fish in the box on a good spring trip to me anyway.Sometimes I do better but it seems the rays always get in the way along with the doggies. I hope to improve my spring average this season. Just got the boat ready and waitin on a decent day now. Good luck it'll get better.
04-11-2004, 02:58 PM
caCapt Corby, no exaggeratoin here check out first trip post you make the call
04-11-2004, 09:59 PM
Hey everyone....calm now! Just needed to get that out! Yes, I am no stranger to this and it usually takes a lot to get to me, however, with all the good reports lately and some from commercial friends of mine who are telling me they can't keep the stripers out of there nets,....well......you can imagine the rest.
It was a nice day with two of my buddies, ..just glad it wasnt a charter with the rotten bait I got from a trusted source!! He already recieved a phone call from me!
But, one fish in the box, 6 hours on the water with two freinds,....a few coldies down the hatch.
So, all in all it was a good day!
AND YES!!!! Don't worry, soon as I get on em, you'll read it in a post.
ps....I monitored and called out for some barn folk yesterday with no replies?!? was anyone on?
04-11-2004, 10:04 PM
Capt Corby, we were out there yesterday west of EP for 3 hours had 2 small run offs then made the move west of one. Caught 5, had fresh herring and fresh bunker, but all fish were caught on fresh clam. Caught 7 last sat. even had live herring all fish took the fresh clam. Rebel
04-11-2004, 11:30 PM
Capt. Corby I feel your pain. I fished Saturday at EP,and looked all around the bay did not mark much, fished clams and bunker. At first I did not even want to look at the Bass Barn because of the same thing you said but after reading your post I felt much better. Now I know that I was not the only skunk and that is the great thing about the Barn. We get to vent sometimes and we get to share our good luck other times.
04-12-2004, 12:12 AM
Do you own a shamrock? And if so do you post on FTC?
04-12-2004, 01:09 AM
ED,no I have a 25ft Proline
04-12-2004, 08:07 AM
Expectations of any experience can be a killer before it starts. I've been there before. :(
Your boat is in the water.
You made it there and back.
You're in one piece.
In my book that's a fair day.
04-12-2004, 10:55 AM
Capt., that's why they call it fishing. This early in the season, it's not unusual for these fish to turn on/off quickly. Regarding reports, whether they be posts on the barn or on other websites, or in print, realize that many anglers tend to only post their good days, and they don't make much mention of the bad ones. So, on the surface it may often seem like the fishing is better than it is...I think "reading between the lines" has become one of the most valuable fishing skills!
The bay right now is indeed loaded with bass, but they won't always be where you are and they won't always be biting. With a few more degrees under our belts, the "biting" part will become less of an issue.
Hang in there!
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