Nov 16th - Bay Striped Bass - Opportunity was there, but missed.

I had Demetrios Kydonieus (Princeton, NJ) and his buddy Chris LaBelle (Jackson, NJ) out on a 5hr Bay and Inlet Striped Bass charter.  We started off throwing artificials and only had one bump, and with the outgoing bay temps hovering between 46-48F it was a serious case of lockjaw for the bay striped bass (in comparison incoming temps ranged to 52-54F).  Unfortunately, we only had the outgoing tide for the duration of the trip and with a better shot at fish in the ocean;  Demetrios and Chris opted to make it an ocean trip and our only option was live-lining bunker or fishing with spot.  We found an active pod of bunker with some fish on them and many more boats;  the guys had about an hour of activity before the bass shut down.  Unfortunately after the 4th run-off, the bass bite dwindled and we ran as far as Seaside looking for bass on pods - but only finding happy bunker.  Sometimes you only get a narrow window and have to make the most of it, but that is fishing.  We will be back at them.  I took a picture of one of the pods "finning" - clearly no bass or blues on this school.