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Posted on October 28, 2013 | Permalink

Slow Start But Nice Finish

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Near Annapolis

My father-in-law Eric and I were back out fishing again on Saturday near Annapolis. We started out around 7:30 and were off to a slow start despite marking plenty of fish on the sonar. I finally caught a 25.5” Striped Bass around 8:15. We fished until 10:30 and didn’t get a single bite after catching the first fish. We went back out around 1:00 and were off to a very slow start again. We had no bites at all until 3:00 when it was like someone flipped a switch and the fish started biting. Eric caught a 19” and a 20” back-to-back, and then I caught a 22” right after that. We caught those 3 fish all within about 20 minutes. The two that I cleaned had completely empty stomachs, which isn’t surprising considering their reluctance to take a bait. Does anyone know what is slowing down their feeding now – is it the lower water temperature?

DNR Response: Current bay water temperatures are near optimal for Striped Bass at the moment. Most often tidal currents have a direct effect on the feeding habits of Striped Bass on a daily basis. Other contributing factors can be barometric pressure, water temperature, bait availability and sunlight intensity.

Tags: Striped Bass