The stripers have arrived in large numbers and I finally found some of very large size fish this past weekend! In fact the evening action that I got into at the end of last week and through the weekend was incredible. There was a large school of bass with most of them appearing to be between 30 and 40 inches, with a whole pile of schoolies and even some dink and micro sized bass mixed in as well. They had thousands of juvy herring packed tight into the rocks and were feeding on the surface like it was their last meal. There were plenty of terns working the bait, as well as mackerel. It was the kind of scene that really reminds me of the amazing fishing that we had in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. There’s nothing like seeing BIG stripers boiling a foot or two off the rocks. I caught my biggest of the season at a fat 30 inches, and lost another fish that seemed a bit bigger. The guy next to me landed a real pig that was close to 40” on a tiny little fly with floating line. The hot flies were little surf candies, guitar minnow, gummy minnow, little mule, and the game changer. Definitely seems like the fish have moved out of the rivers, so go check your favorite beach or do some rock hopping out front. Fishing the salt should be very good for the next couple of weeks until the temps start to rise and we get into that steady summer pattern. I haven’t had the chance to do any freshwater fishing, but we’ve had some good reports from anglers coming through the shop. Most reports say that the trout fishing up north has been pretty good with hatches of Hendrickson’s, bwo’s, caddis and some stoneflies coming off in good numbers. The warm water species have been a lot of fun in our ponds down south.