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I only started fishing the bay a few years ago and the 1 thing I have noticed that spring in the bay is never as good as the Fall run. The last few years have just been disappointing as far as a spring run. Theres fish to catch but nothing like compared to the storys of the oldtimers spring run.
Strummin??? How many times have we heard that? Well, I can honestly say I have not caught a bass when I was fishing for drum these past few years.
Heres my optimistic theory. The last few years our winters have been very warm. Starting late and ending early. This year has been like no other year and I am thinking that we will have a late run of fish carrying over into drum season.

Heres to a great bass season. See you in the bay first, then up the river. Only a few more weeks. Girls place opens March 27. Anybody know who is going to have clams before then???
 

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the fish are much more concentrated in the spring. and unlike the fall is much more time sensitive. the last three years there has been 3 waves of fish.

earliest fish have shown up shallow in the warm water in mid march through april.

that bite fizzles and the fish are caught between the north end of tussys and the banana peel.

and finally the big fish show as the exit on there way out of the bay. last year was at the stakes east of tussys, the same time drum were being caught near 16 bouy.
 

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I'll be out in 2 - 2-1/2 weeks to blow the dust off and make sure everything is good to go. Just hoping this storm on Wednesday stays south like they are saying or I might have to wait until the last weekend in March. Gotta a couple days off that I had to use before the end of the 1st qtr.
 

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Just trying to be optimistic.

Zar. Did you get into any of those bass in the 2nd and 3rd waves. I didnt...

After trial and error last year. My game plan is to hit the first wave early and hard. Then move up in the river.... Some local fishing... 2nd and 3rd wave are few and far between...

I also post the above thread hoping to get something going around here other than the lame crap happening in the drydock. All those here for fishing please reply.
 

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Jason, In my humble opinion.. the spring run can be good if the weather cooperates.. some years we don't even have a spring going straight from winter to summer in which case the bass leave quickly.. If the water doesn't warm to fast the fish will stick around.. it applies to the fall run in the opposite way.. If the water in the bay doesn't cool too quickly you will have a good fall run.. again.. just my opinion
 

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Hey John. Your humble opinion sounds good to me. After 3 years of not so good. Hoping this year is better.

If you ever come back around? Feel free to hit me up for fishing trip. Trip will be on me.
 

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I'm thinking and hoping this brutal winter will hold them off a few weeks later than last year,my boat gets the bottom wet april 1st,last year the hot bite was just about over by the time mine was put in.:huh:
 

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I fish the del river between 322 bridge and south for the last 7 years....I have had 7-12 of 20-50 in a tide EASY, But I have noticed that with all the cold -road snow, salt melt off, it does effect the spawn. Its one of those things,each year it changes. I can tell you in early may...CLOSED IT GOES ON.
 

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Just trying to be optimistic.

Zar. Did you get into any of those bass in the 2nd and 3rd waves. I didnt...

After trial and error last year. My game plan is to hit the first wave early and hard. Then move up in the river.... Some local fishing... 2nd and 3rd wave are few and far between...

I also post the above thread hoping to get something going around here other than the lame crap happening in the drydock. All those here for fishing please reply.
we had 2 very good days at the stakes east of tussys. in late may, all fish over 40" and none with row.

-zar
 

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It boils down to water temperature,....You would be surprised at the number of bass that are around ( Resident fish ), getting them to bite depends alot on water temps above 45 degrees.....Always best to fish the outgoing tides...I find anything less you gotta put the offering right in their face.



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the spring run is great! I had many limits last year and with 1/2 the boats out there and just as many fish as the fall, in my opinion, it can be AWESOME. However, the problem at least for me, lies with the w!^&. March-May can be brutal with the the NW at 15-25. With only a 21' boat, I cant get out as often as i like. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!
 
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