Well, a bunch of us that were on that trip were chomping at the bit to go again, so we scheduled another trip. They had been slaying them big time during the day, particularly on Derrick’s self-designed and self-produced Trendsetter Jigs. To add to the excitement, the guys had been getting into some pretty big fish.
Our first trip was 8-Midnight but since they had been having luck during the day, we decided to try a 5PM – 9PM trip. We met at the dock at 4:45 and got underway.
Day fishing is a bit different. Seems like you cruise around until you find a school and then the jigs go in, trolling in between spots. Anthony knew where to go and in spite of some chop and a bit of a headwind, soon we had spoons in the water. Action seemed to ebb and flow a bit and by the time we had moved to a second spot it was time to switch to night fishing. To be clear, we were into fish heavy – the fish finders were lit up constantly – they just didn’t seem to be as hungry. Nonetheless we were boating some fish, but throwing some back too. Soon it was dark, we had lights in the water and anchovy chunks baited up. The stripers were hanging all up and down – from 20 feet to 60. A bit unusual was the amount of catfish caught. We probably caught 6 or 7 all together – Anthony commented the most he had seen on a trip like this.
The action was a bit different than the previous outing (translation: other people caught lots, but I didn’t catch as many as last time!) but it was still an amazing time. I’m new to striped bass so I’m learning stuff every minute. My friend Ken and I came home with about 5 or 6 apiece, so my family (who has a new found affinity for fried striper) was really happy.
I can’t stress enough how fun this fishing is, how effective it is and best of all – what a good deal it is. The guys supply everything except a cooler and your fishing license. On weekends they run 1 hour trips all day for $25 and hour or $45 for two hours. They will do 4 hour trips as well. During the week you can make an appointment for when you want, based on their availability.They know the water, and they know the tactics, and they know the tackle. The rest is between you and the fish!
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Finally, learn more about Derrick Frank’s kickass jigs here: Trendsetter Jigs
Thanks again to Anthony for being a great host and guide, and to Derrick for running a class operation!