Saturday, May 23, 2020

First Blue....A Monster!

First blue of the year was a 35 inch monster.
It was caught on a Rebel Jumpin Minnow.
We went out in the boat in the Bay yesterday for the first time this year.  We were looking for stripers, but the first fish from the boat turned out to be a big surprise.  It was a monster blue that hit my bone colored Jumpin Minnow in shallow water. While I did not get a weight on the fish, I did get a length. The fish went a whopping 35 inches. That is my biggest blue of the last two seasons.
It would be the only blue on the day.  We did, however, manage to find some stripers.  They were all generally hefty schoolies that ran 20 to 25 inches.  We also had a lot of swirls and hits.  My best lure on the day for stripers proved to be a 7 1/2 inch white Slug-Go. We found most of the stripers in shallow water that was 3 to 8 feet.
Note that we also went looking far and wide for schools of pogies, hoping to find larger stripers near these schools.  We could not find any pogies.
For all you boaters out there, it seems that most of the RI state owned boat ramps are now open.  Some have limited parking.