Well Folks, based on my logs from previous years, I think we are 2 months or less away from stripers in our local waters around the islands. Last year with the brutal winter my first fish came on April 25th; I think we’ll be closer to the middle/early part of the month this year.
With the warm weather in the 50s (and rain) on Monday, it certainly reminded me of early springtime. Early spring to me means shore fishing back bays, creeks, tidal inlets and the rivers for newly arrived migratory stripers. Warm afternoons and outgoing tides get the bass out of their winter hibernation-like habits, and into feed mode. That combined with the little critters (grass shrimp, crabs, sandworms, silversides) and larger critters (herring) coming out of hiding in the aforementioned areas leads to some killer fishing. Fishing around the first full or new moon in April or May after dark always leads to my first sizeable fish of the year. Time to re-spool, stock up on your flies, plugs and plastics, and get ready for action folks.
More to come.