Striped Bass Caught Today May 23 by Pat Presutto

After doing a lot of work in the yard today, I forced myself to get out for the high tide and fished from 2 pm till 5:20. I hooked up with a small 14” bluefish in 5 minutes and then nothing. I decided to wait two hours after the top of the tide before going home. So, at 5:18 I started getting ready to leave. There were lot of weeds in the water but then the pole bent over, and I was on. A nice striper that measured 36” and 14.84 lbs. But wait, the day wasn’t over yet.
Then other rod bent, and I went to grab it. I had barely measured the fish that I just caught. Of course, it was a seagull, and I was glad it didn’t get tangled in my line.
The other photo is from last Friday. That fish went 36-3/4” and 16.44 lbs. If you remember my black drum report from a few weeks back, I seem to have the knack for catching just when I am about to pack up and leave!

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