21 Aug 2017
The majority of summer is behind us! That is the bad news for my teacher friends who are back in school within 10 days or less. Better news is that the August doldrums are coming to an end. With all the warm weather/ warm water the bass have become nocturnal and that does not bode well for my morning charters. We have been catching but not the numbers and better sized fish of June, July and even the first of August. Now I'm seeing some very good days in the mix!! The mackerel are swarming back and yesterday I started catching "tack" mackerel. Tacks are this years (?) spawn which are 3-4"s long and everything loves to munch on them. I've also seen shearwaters and gannets close to shore and they normally are considered "off shore" birds which is another sign of the change of seasons.
I read recently that even the bait fish are going back to school. These fish are dropping out of the rivers and starting their journey south and the bass will be right behind them feeding like crazy! We should see surface feeds in the river again soon on Joppa Flats and below with the turn of the tide. Also quick blitz feeds along the shore line. Last year I started finding good bass off the beach on August 23rd. It lasted for me until October 17th when I had to put my boat away for the season. I'm not saying I found big fish every day but when I landed on them, it was fun! There were enough bass around that September was a fun month again.
I have 7 weeks of fishing left if the big storms stay out to sea. Most folks have less and there are a few diehards who will make it to December by going south to the Cape & Rhode Island. It's time to re-spool the spin rods and lube the reels for the last push.