Catch date:9/17/2014 6:47:00 PM

Story date:9/17/2014 9:14:00 PM

Location:Fort Howard MD

Species:Bass, Striped

I went out this evening for a couple of hours fishing the islands. I managed to land about 6 Stripers up to around 16 inches. Even though the wind was calm, a strong outgoing tide made it difficult to work a jig so all of the fish were caught on my cheapo lipless crank.

I had forgotten the downside to the inexpensive lures that I use but tonight refreshed my memory. I had noticed the other week that I was losing a lot of fish because the hooks on my crankbait were bending while fighting larger fish. So the earlier this week I swapped out the hooks with high quality hooks, so I thought I was set.

Tonight while I was fishing a small bay, a fish showed himself by breaking the surface. He was in range so I made a cast at him. My cast was a little off but he hit hard and the fight was on. I knew he was a larger fish so I set the hook well but withing a few seconds he broke the surface and was gone. When I got the lure back to the boat the hook I realized that the hook was gone. The better hook allowed him to pull the eye right out of the lure. I guess the moral of the story is buy good lures.

Jimmy

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About Jimmy
1974 Starcraft Supersport
Brand:
Starcraft
Description:
My fishing boat Litttle Blue is a 1974 Starcraft Supersport. She is well past her prime but here's a photo of one in great shape.
Tarpon 10
Brand:
Wilderness Systems
Description:
My current fishing kayak is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100. I'm thinking about upgrading to a NuCanoe Frontier or Jackson Coosa.
Swimming Mullet
Brand:
Gulp
Color:
White
Description:
Gulp Swimming Mullets are my goto bait for most situations.
Rattletrap
Description:
Heavier Rattletraps are still one of my favorite lures for stripers.
Jitterbug
Color:
Green with Black Spots
Description:
I've been throwing Jitterbugs for Bass since the 1970's and don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Tierra 1500
Brand:
Daiwa
Description:
The Team Daiwa Tierra 1500 reel is one of my favorites, I've got 4 or 5 of them at this point. Too bad they've been discontinued.
Description:
My primary target is Striped Bass in the 20 - 24 inch range. Here's a big one I caught one trophy season on the Chesapeake
Description:
The Daiwa Procyon 1500 with a 6:1 gear ratio is my go to reel for pulling crank baits in fast moving water.
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