Wednesday, May 16, 2018

First Outing in Boat; First Keepers from the Boat; First Big Blue

First big blue of the year for
 us comes from the Bay.
We had several keeper bass
today plugging plastics
on top in shallow water.
It was a day of firsts for us today.  We took the boat out for the first time this year in the Bay where  we found lots of fish.  We found many, many schoolies, some keeper stripers and a lone big blue.
There seemed to be  loads of fish around today just sitting in shallow water in various locations.  I'm talking water less than 8 feet deep. There were areas where we found keeper bass in the shallows and other areas where loads of schoolies were hanging out. And, that big blue....we caught him in about 4 feet of water.
The fish in those shallow areas of the Bay were mighty fussy as they sometimes are at this time of year.  We had loads of whirls and probably landed one fish for every ten hits. The only thing working was twitching a large Finesse Fish on the surface (rigged with just a hook). Even then, we would have many hits, whirls and follows without actual takes.  The fish were numerous but just not aggressive.  We also saw no bait.
So, the Bay is heating up, and we are in a period of spring fishing here in RI in which the fishing is productive along the oceanfront as well as in the Bay. It's a toss-up as to which area is better right now.