July 15, Striper cocktail party

July 15, Striper cocktail party

Last night was fogged in around the river and beach. Of course it only gets foggy 20 minutes after you leave the dock. But foolishly relying on the GPS can navigate you to Joppa Flats in most any weather. So we did. And only three times found ourselves driving in circles. But no matter, the fish watching was great.

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Yes, fish-watching. Joppa Flats, and the north side of the river, were simply packed with bass and a few bluefish. Just like a busy cocktail party. Almost anywhere you went there were spooked fish, lots and lots of them. Loud ones, quiet ones, ones that sounded like buckets being dropped from the sky. There was lots of bioluminescence in the water, so you could see the fish moving in the black water. The glowing trails of the fish criss-crossed the water around our boat. It was quite spectacular.

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We were out from 11-4am when the tide started to move out a little (high was at 2). On the North side the fish turned on a little and we were able to finally bring in a couple of bass, one 40″ and one 30″, oh, and a 9″ monster bluefish. It’s likely that the flats turned on as well, but our boat landing runs out of water three hours beyond high tide. Anyone out there stay longer?

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Hayden and his 30″ fish for the grill.

James Waldron
james@simplemics.com

Stickman is the resident web design guy at Surfland. We pay him in eels.

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