Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Very Good Week

A big bucktail jig spiced with pork
rind scored this keeper.
I said a couple of posts back that this dismal fall season could do a turn around.  Well, hopefully, this has been the week of the turn around.  It has been a very good week that saw lots of stripers of all sizes hit the shore.  There were loads of schoolies as expected since those have been around since the summer.  This has also been the best week for keeper bass from shore that I have seen all year along the oceanfront.  I have been getting anywhere from one to several keepers an evening along with lots of schoolies.  My kids are doing the same.
There are several games being played out this week.  Here's the rundown:
This keeper landed tonight
hit a Hogy right at dark.
1. All Out Daytime Blitzes-  Every day this week I have seen the fish somewhere along 'Gansett.  They have been way out for the most part.  But, every once in a while, they hit the shore in a big way.  Most of these are fussy schoolies on bay anchovies, but there are keepers in the mix.  You just have to be at the right spot at the right time. Cocahoes, Kastmaster XLs, and small bucktail jigs are all working when the bay anchovies are around.
2.  Fish in the White Water-  Today I landed 7 fish (3 keepers) with nothing showing in a charged up white water surf.  Yes, there are fish around even in the absence of birds and bait.  You just have to put in your time and work for them. Jigs off the float, Hogys, Slug Goes and needlefish plugs are working well in the white water for fish of all sizes.
3. The Nighttime Game- Try to get into moving water.  Yes, the breachways have been running hot.  I like big bucktail jigs and Daiwa SP minnows.  I also like to add a black Deceiver teaser ahead  my swimmer.  Sharpies using eels are also scoring.
With a big storm hitting the shore tonight, it is sure to change things.  Hopefully, it will get out of here quickly and we can continue on this roll.