I just went on an exploratory striper mission with my friend Joe Z. The plan was to put his inflatable in and run around the typical spots to see how the sand bars may have changed. The engine fired up on the second pull which we took as a good sign. Water clarity was excellent and the flats looked to be in very good condition. I noticed an occasional surface disturbance but minimal signs of aquatic life, other than a few crabs. We motored our way up to a spot deep on the inside due to a steady onshore and tossed our patterns into the outgoing flow. I managed to catch a striper with my Coyote Crab but that would be the only one on the books for the short session. We snaked our way back through the low tide and considered ourselves successful. Our season is underway.
Photos by Steve Stracqualursi