Catch date:9/10/2014 8:37:00 AM
Story date:9/10/2014 4:24:00 PM
Location:Fort Howard MD
Terrible day of fishing, except for the fishing!
The forecast was for 5-10 mph from the north but as I got out of the truck at the ramp I knew the forecast was wrong. After I cleared the channel, I hit the gas and the motor bogged down. I had a vacuum leak and didn't have the parts necessary to fix it. Then there was the softball sized wind knot on my topwater rig and hooking the duck...
In the end the fishing was great and made up for the mishaps. I hit my usual haunts around structure with my swimming mullets and cheapo lipless crank baits and picked up some dinks here and there. I moved around and thought it would be a good day to hit a particular rock jetty corner that I always knew should be holding fish but could never score. When I got there, the rip looked really promising and it delivered.
In the end I landed around 10 stripers ranging from 6" to 19" in about 1/2 hour on that corner. I easily caught my limit but didn't really need any fish for the table so they all swam away. The Stripers are starting to school up around shallow structure so the best season for shallow water Striper fishing around Hart-Miller Island has begun.