It’s been a strange year in the salt so far! Fishing has definitely been hit or miss, some really great tides, some days without a bump. Lately we’ve been having some exceptionally cold water in the low 50’s, and it even dropped to 49 degrees a couple weeks ago. Needless to say that cold water hasn’t provided for great fishing, but if you can find the warmer water there have been some really nice fish around. Top producing flies for me have been the crab pot, simram, and guitar minnow. I’ve actually been doing the best sight casting in very shallow water, in hot sun during the middle of the day. Sight casting crabs in these conditions has been insanely fun. There is nothing like watching big fish cruising the flats with that slight downward angle just looking to pick up an easy meal off the bottom. It is challenging fishing though, and you will generally spook more fish than you hook, long light leaders and delicate casts are a must. This past weekend was very encouraging, we found piles of stripers busting on sand eels for hours with the incoming tide. We waded right out into the mix of them and proceeded to hammer 20-25” fat schoolies on almost every cast, and a few bigger fish mixed in as well.