Stripped Bass Ocean Fishing – New Port RI

Ocean Fishing For Striped Bass

Ocean fishing for Striped Bass is much different then fishing for freshwater Striped Bass and once you understand their behaviors and migration it’s not hard to catch fish.

Striped Bass Behaviors

Striped Bass prefer temperatures from 55°F to 68°F and will migrate, staying within this temperature range. Those that migrate are typically the older, stronger, and larger bass while the younger bass hang around the bays and beaches until they are large enough to migrate themselves.

Fishing For The Striped Bass

You can fish from the shoreline or by boat for Striped Bass and by boat is the preferred method. However here we will fish by shoreline only. Our disadvantage is that we are fishing the local or younger fish so it’s much more difficult to catch one of legal size. By using a boat you can fish the migration where you will find it’s very difficult to catch one that is not of legal size.

The Striped Bass Migration

The Migration occurs twice a year, in the Spring and Fall, and this is the best time to fish for them. In the Spring the Bass head North as the water temperatures warm up, staying close to shorelines and shallow water, looking for areas to spawn (bays and rivers). In the Fall when the water temperatures begin to drop the Bass head back South staying out further and hanging around the ocean beaches. The Striped Bass migration will travel from VA & NC to Maine and back by Winter, holding up in the deeper water.

My recommendation is to check where the migration is and plan your fishing trip accordingly, using a boat to get to the large school of older Bass. I would focus on the Fall for both shoreline and boat fishing.

What Baits To Use

There are many different baits you can use, but here are the more common ones. Again it was not hard catching these fish and is a lot of fun, but in these shallow waters your going to catch a lot of small ones.

Needlefish or Darter- This long, narrow lure is deadly especially when big bait-fish are around.

Pencil Popper- An old favorite among surf casters, this teardrop-shaped lure should be fished so that it bobbles and skitters over the surface, with just the tail touching the water.

Swimming Plug- A black swimming plug is a must-have for night fishing in many areas. Pearl,bone, or white often works well during the day. Go with chartreuse or yellow in low-light conditions.

How To Make Fly Fishing Poppers – Quick, Easy, and Cheap

Making Bass & Bluegill Fly Fishing Poppers

When making Fly Fishing Poppers you can purchase all the tools, lacquer paints, feathers, etc.. and make them look like the store poppers, but does it really matter to the Bass and Bluegills. Will I can tell you it does NOT, as I did purchase all the tools and found after years of making flies and poppers you can make them faster, easier, and much cheaper without these tools. Now they will not look like a manufactured popper, but they will catch just as many fish and I can tell you my tools are stored away in a box as these two methods will save you time and money. And they work great!

Making Poppers Out Of Foam

Here I step you through the easiest method I know, making Fly Fishing Poppers out of foam. And there is no thread wrapping or tying involved.

Making Poppers Out Of Dowel Rods

Here I step you through a process that takes a little longer than with foam, but works great and looks good. We will use thread here for the tails, but we do not use feathers as we have a much better material to use that attracts the fish even better. It’s called Flashbou!

Fresh Water Largemouth Bass Or Crossbreed

Largemouth Bass Crossbreed?

If it’s not a Bass what is it, a crossbreed? Well crossbreeds are rare so the odds are it’s not a Bass or a Crossbreed.

Pictures Tell The Truth

A Friend of mine Rodrigo, went fishing this past weekend and caught these two fish. He brought his pictures in (Iphone) to work to show us the Bass he caught and released. He said it was over 8.5 lbs, so it would be no good to eat, but wait the Minnesota Largemouth Bass Record is only 8 lbs 15 oz, so did he toss back a new State Record worth $$?

Once he started to show his Bass pictures on his Iphone not everyone could agree it was a Bass. Some thought a Smallmouth Bass, some a Largemouth Bass and others thought a crossbreed between the two or something else like a Carp.

Well after a few questions on how big the mouth was, for this size you should have been able to fit a softball in there, I asked to see the pictures again and to send them to me via our cell phones. After looking at the head and mouth again I knew right away what he had, A Gray Bass also known as a Fresh Water Drum or Sheepshead. What fun we had then with these guys and their imaginations.

Now Sheepshead can be eaten, but are not typically sought after and have Y-bones more like a Sucker. If I were to eat one I would fillet it with the skin on, soak it in milk for 2 hours, then in brown sugar brine for 24 hours. I would then season it, smoke it, and bring it in to work and let them enjoy it.

How To Fillet A Crappie – Fastest Way With A Knife

The Easiest Way To Fillet Crappies

To fillet a Crappie, Spec, Speckled Bass, or Papermouth is very simple and easy to do. The real secret is in having a good sharp fillet knife. For Crappies I will use a short 6″ fillet knife.

Filleting Crappies

This short video will step you through the process of Filleting a Crappie. It just takes a few fish to get use to using a fillet knife and working around the rib cage and down the bone. Once you have the technique down you should be able to fillet a crappie in under a minute.

How To Cook Crappies

To cook Crappies use the same method as you would for Bluegills. Soak in Buttermilk, roll in seasoned flour, and deep fry.

Easiest Way to Fillet a Largemouth Bass

How To Fillet A Bass

To fillet a Bass or any pan fish is quick and easy. The real secret is in having a good sharp fillet knife. For small Bass I will use my 6″ Fillet Knife and for larger Bass I will use a 9″ Fillet Knife. See how to Fillet A Bluegill.

Filleting Large and Small Mouth Bass

This short video will step you through on how to fillet a Bass. It just takes a few fish to get use to using a fillet knife and following the bones over the rib cage and down to the tail. However before you are done you will want to remove the cartilage in the fillet and I show you how to do that as well.

Cooking Bass

Bass is not as good as a Bluegill or Walleye so how do we prepare this fish for the best taste. Their are two ways I use to cook Bass; Pan Fry and Deep Fry. Deep Fry use the same method as for Bluegills.

Now for Pan Frying; I will take my fillets and soak them in buttermilk for a few minutes, then I will roll them in flour with some lawyer’s seasoning. Once the fillets are cooked they are ready to eat, but hold on here’s a great tip! Take your Bass Fillets and put them on a plate and put them into the refrigerator over night. This will allow the oil to soak out onto the plate as Bass as more oil than Bluegills and Walleyes. Now take the fillet and warm it up in the Microwave and put it between two pieces of bread with tarter sauce. This makes a very good fish sandwich.