Just when I thought the striper season was all but over... I started the F-250 at 0600 AM to warm up. Got out my favorite perch rig. Re-tied everything and put on a new hook. Drove out to the Marina Beach parking lot and saw that the windsock was barey moving. I knew today was the day I would find the 3 lb perch.
As I entered the parking lot, the sun was just starting to make its rays visible. To my surprise, the parking lot was full of cars. There must have been about 15 cars already in the parking lot. That could only mean on thing at 0610 AM on a Sunday morning. Sure enough there were about 20 guys lined up in front of a deep hole just south of the parking lot. I knew that meant the striped bass were in town.
I wanted to avoid the crowd and seaweed so I walked north to my favorite hole. As soon as I get there, i witness a guy reel in a 22" striper. Long story short I didn't catch a striper...I was only set up for perch.
I started the interview process as I passed by guys using anchovies for bait. The stripers have been back in for the last 4 days. Although they are not in big schools stripers are being caught evey morning by guys soaking anchovies, shrimp from Alterson's or sardines.
They are getting there before the sun comes up. One guy told me tide times didn't matter. If it's low just fish the deep holes as you would at high tide.
Not sure how long this will last but if you have the time you should get out there first thing in the morning. There is a lot of seaweed in the water. Just have to find the clear spots. Seemed like everyoneI talked to ont he beach either has hooked up or has caught fish up to 17 lbs. within the last four days. Work schedule is not going to allow me toget out there in the AM so I'll just have to drive by and admire the catch as they come in.
I'll keep you posted. Talk about a late run. Some fish are better that no fish at all.