06-17-2000, 06:48 PM
Hit Brewster flats this morning. Somewhat slow. I had 8 fish from 6:00-8:30. One cool thing did happen. I was pulling in I think my last fish of the day. It felt like a 16-18". Then all of a sudden it starts freaking out, even jumps out of the water, then I see it, It looked like a 35-40" fishing. At first I think keeper baby then as it runs in the shallow I see that it is actually a 16" striper with a 30"+ blue chopped onto it's tail. The striper breaks free one or twice, all the time I am working the fish in as fast as I can, then he breaks off. it is a shame for the striper that all his effort was for not, the blue kept at him until he got him.
Guess that answers the question "are the blues on the bayside?".
I observed that stripers also eat snapper blues on numerous occasions. I even had a giant bass sniffing my snapper blue (hooked on a popping fly) all the way in. I actually fed line out to see if I could get the bass to eat the snapper... only live-lining I'd done since w-a-a-a-a-yy back.
Sounds like a real biology lesson Nate!
Great tale. A friend and I were there Saturday also, fishing on the point across from the channel. We picked up 8-10 fish up to 22 inches, still smaller than last fall but alot bigger than 2 weeks ago. We caught all of our fish between 4:30 and 6:30, once the sun got onto the water we could not buy a strike. My friend got his first striper a 20 incher on his 7-weight. He realized they fight a bit harder than trout and cannot wait to visit again.