May 7, Spotty for Stripers

May 7, Spotty for Stripers

Earlier this week the reports looked like the season was gonna open up and all the fish would come in. But since then it’s been very spotty around the island and on the river. The wind has been just cranking from the Northwest this week, and that has kept most boats off the water. Yesterday the top wind speed was 48 mph coming down the flats and riverfront. This set up 3-5 foot waves in front of the Captain’s Ladies, and your author was a passenger in a 20″ boat that was getting simply hammered.

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Thee has been lots of bird action offshore. Swarms of Cormorants with seagulls hovering overhead. Same sightings off Joppa Flats. No real way to see what bait they were chasing, but likely herring at this point in the season.

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Another good site to check out for reports is run by Captain Skip Montello. It’s North Coast Anglers, and you can check out this weeks report here.

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Come by the shop this weekend. We have a new discount corner stocked full with Rebels and Bombers, regular choices for early-season stripers.

James Waldron
james@simplemics.com

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

14 Comments
  • Jamie
    Posted at 12:06h, 07 May

    No stripers for me for the past two nights. A buddy and I fished the beach after sunset with a bait rod a piece set up with clams , whilst we worked buck tails and rubber shads. There was only one solitary hit on the bait – maybe the seal head we saw pop up a couple of times was giving us bad luck?!

  • TallJeff
    Posted at 12:11h, 07 May

    Uggggg.. Does anyone have a striper call I could borrow?

  • Jamie
    Posted at 12:50h, 07 May

    Yeah Jeff I have a spare one you can borrow – I keep it next to my skyhooks and left-handed screwdriver.

  • TallJeff
    Posted at 11:25h, 08 May

    ANYONE GO OUT TODAY??? (SATURDAY)

  • sam
    Posted at 11:40h, 08 May

    Im gonna try salisbury state res, if no luck ocean front of the island

  • sam
    Posted at 08:44h, 09 May

    Tried the reservation agine no luck,there was alot of guy’s out there for a early season i think the seals are chasing the stripers out, i have never witnessed so many seals.

  • Pemi-Man
    Posted at 19:31h, 09 May

    Any news from the weekend? I’m thinking of heading to the beach on Thursday night with the new moon, but not really sure what this cold front is going to do to the limited action that’s been seen so far…any thoughts?

  • sam
    Posted at 11:45h, 10 May

    Try it out I have been for the past couple nights, yet to catch one, I have been to the island and the ocean front with no luck im stating to think there not here and people are telling stories as soon as i get one i will post were there at…- sam the fish man

  • Pemi-Man
    Posted at 12:11h, 10 May

    Was that you out on Deer Island this morning? I pass over the bridge everyday on my way to work…I should get up earlier and do some fishing before I go in…

  • TallJeff
    Posted at 13:05h, 10 May

    Good god this does not sound reassuring.. anyone out today (monday)? ANY FISH?? heading down tues to fish reservation on high and jetty ( ocean side ) and bar for out going.. will post. I guess that will decide what im doing wed. uggg cmon fish.

  • Tin Squid
    Posted at 17:04h, 10 May

    I was out on Sunday, no fish. Maybe the wind and cooler air is having an effect on their arrival???

  • sam
    Posted at 17:53h, 10 May

    not me, Im at work by 530, same here talljeff

  • shawn
    Posted at 19:02h, 10 May

    fished off the boat on joppa after work….dropping tide followed the birds feeding on sand eels.Caught 8 fish mostly in the 25 inch range. One was a 29.Ice was broken…all uphill from here!! May10 3:00-5:15pm

  • shawn
    Posted at 19:35h, 10 May

    ps…was using a swimmer but caught them all on a teaser 6″ black rubber worm{all i had in the box} Id suggest a more durable eel imatation with a croc spoon or a larger swimmer mostly for weight just in case they turn to the herring. One more thing…once the birds turned off nothing was caught. I had to stay with them…and i mean on top of them!! Hope this helps…good luck!

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