All around the island yesterday and today were large schools of stubborn fish. Stubborn, and tormenting. On Joppa Flats for the past few days there have been hordes of fish schooling, sunning, and spooking. They are pretty much refusing all forms of lures, bait, and flies thrown at them. Of the dozen or so boats on the flats this morning I only saw a few fish boated, even though there were hundreds of fish in each school, and they were sometimes cruising the topwater. Nothing kept their attention for long. They’d pup up feasting on little bait and then disappear just as fast.
Thee were big clouds of sand eel fry in the river. Maybe the bass are all full from gorging the eels and don’t feel the need to chase artificials. At any rate, they are really frustrating the regular flotilla.
The only bright spot for Joppa guys seems to be the steady results from the Tube and Worm. Red tubes with whole worms seem to work the best. Even with the picky fish this method seems to be working.