The first week of 2009 turned out to be a very productive week at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT). Fly and light tackle equipment was used to catch large numbers of striped bass each day during the week.
The stripers were very active in water temperatures of 44.6 degrees on both sunny and cloudy days.
Light Tackle Equipment Used: 6', MH, Fast Tip Spinning Rod - 2500 Series Spinning Reel - 30# Fiber Line - 30# Fluorocarbon Leader
Most Productive Lure: Flat Head, 2 ounce, Chartreuse Bucktail with a 5", Chartreuse/Glitter Bass Assassins attached.
Ben Holding a Nice Striper
Most Productive Technique:
After locating the fish, drift across them and cast out. Count the lure down, keeping the rod tip just above the water while moving it from 12 o'clock to 10 o'clock, horizontally, while jigging. You are swimming the lure past the fish rather than jigging above them.
Note: Vertical jigging was not very productive.
Justin (father) and Keith (son) Decker where fly fishing for the 1st time in order to catch striped bass. They both picked up the technique swiftly and were landing stripers within the first hour.
Father & Son Enjoying Quality Time on the Water
Keith with an 18# Striped Bass
Fly Fishing Equipment Used: Orvis, Helios 9 Weight Saltwater Rod - Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor Reel - Orvis, Generation 3, Density Compensating Sinking Fly Line - 20# Fluorocarbon Tippet
Baltimore Boat Show Seminars:
Fri, Jan. 23, 2009 - 2 pm - Locating Striped Bass without Birds
Sat, Jan 24, 2009 - 4 pm - Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass on the Susquehanna Flats
Sun, Jan 25, 2009 - Noon - Maximizing Your GPS/Plotter/Fish Finder