Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip

Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip

Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing.

Last Friday 10/26 I got off the dock for a Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip. It was the first weather break we have had since the water temperature has dropped. Every day to this point either the wind has been blowing or it has been raining more that just a drizzle. There was a Nor Easter on its way for that evening into Sunday with considerable wind, rain and flooding. The storm hit us as foretasted. Winds came calling at 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45. The rain was heavy and falling sideways at times. The flooding was considerable.

Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing.

With a small window of opportunity we pushed off the dock Friday morning between 8 and 8:30 for our Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Trip. The tide was to be high in the Back Bay about 10am. We were going to fish about 2 hours before the high tide and about 2 hours after high tide. We made a few stops, made a few casts with no action. Headed back farther in the Bay and cast our artificial baits and hooked up with a Striped Bass. It was a small fish at 18″. We kept moving along and casting our baits without a bite. Made a move across the Bay and started casting around a few points that had streams coming out from the marshes. First cast in the new spot we hooked up. In this location we caught 4 Striped Bass before the tide changed. Once the tide changed and started running out we had the breeze against the tide which screwed us up. Kept casting to see if the Bass were interested on the out going tide and did not get a bite. Made another move and unfortunately with the direction of the breeze and the tide being opposite casting and trying to drift along the marsh banks was not working. We decided to troll Bucktails for a while yet the Bass were not interested. 5 Striped Bass were caught in all, did not catch any that were legal size to keep. The Bass were very fat healthy fish that gave a hard fight and was a blast on the lighter tackle that we use. The Bass we caught were one 18″, one 21″ a 22″ and 2 Bass that were 23.5″.

Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip.

Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip. The State Of New Jersey’s regulations for Ocean or Bay Striped Bass are as follows: You are aloud to keep (1) Striped Bass at least 28″ or greater yet less that 43″. You can also keep (1) Striped Bass at least 43″ or greater, equaling 2 Striped Bass. This is the regular daily per person per day regulations. Also you can keep (IF YOU HAVE A STRIPED BASS BONUS TAG) The Striped Bass Bonus Tags are from the NJ Fish & Wildlife Commission which you would have had to submit a written request to get. Some Charter Captains like myself have requested the Bonus Tags that the State will give me for my clients. If you are using your own tag or using a Charter Captains tag you can keep only (1) additional Striped Bass per person per day. The Tagged Bass needs to be at least 24″ or greater yet less than 28″. This is called a SLOT FISH. REMEMBER To be aloud to keep this SLOT FISH STRIPED BASS you do need the Bonus Tag from the NJ Fish & Wildlife Commission. Once you have caught the slot fish the tag must be secured to the fish.

When fishing for Striped Bass in the Ocean you must stay in STATE waters. It is Federal Law that you can not even fish for Striped Bass or keep Striped Bass of any size past the 3 mile line. When you have crossed over the 3 mile line you are now in FEDERAL WATERS. Striped Bass are protected in these waters.

Fish Tale Charters Fall Bay Striped Bass Fishing Trip.

When you are fishing in the Back Bay in the Spring and Fall for Striped Bass the fish you may catch are usually from about 18″ up to about 29 or 30 inches. It’s not impossible to catch much bigger Striped Bass yet it is not as likely. I know of guys that have caught Bass in the 36″ and bigger range yet that is a once in a while occurrence. I have been fishing the Back Bay for Striped Bass for years and the biggest I have hooked is a 30″ Bass. Frankly I am of the opinion that this size fish is better eating anyway. When we find the Back Bay Bass and if they cooperate and bite our baits this style of fishing is a blast. It is very addictive. It’s got me hooked. I rather fish the Bay for Bass in the fall than out in the ocean. Just saying.

Capt. Craig Peters
Phone 609-391-8230