|This big blue hit a Daiwa|
SP Minnow at dark.
|The schoolies were|
on small stuff like
this jig fished off
It's been an up and down week for me. One day lots of fish, the next day a blank. The last two days were not good for me. Yet, today I found tons of schoolies with fish breaking and birds diving in the white water where I was fishing. This went on all afternoon and my son Jon and I had a ton of fish all to ourselves. The glut of schoolies were feeding on small bay anchovies that were one to two inches long. I was using a small bucktail jig off a float, and Jon was using a small Cocahoe off the float. Both were very effective.
Later, I hit another spot after dark and came away with the biggest blue of the fall for me, a brute of 11-12 lbs. that hit a Daiwa SP Minnow. I also had a good size schoolie after dark.
I must say that there have been lots of schoolies around this fall, but keepers have been in short supply. I've put in a lot of time after dark in October and have landed only a couple of small keepers. Hopefully that will change in the coming weeks.
Today's stripers were feeding on big schools of small bait. Here are two
bay achovies that a striper coughed up.