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PI Sound – ips bay

Postby ipsfish » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:40 pm

After good reports from friends on Friday –39, and 40" fish in the sound — was hoping for more than we found this morning. No bumps on sunrise dead tide drifts with soft baits, so splashed our way out to halibut via Laneville. Had to tack to tame the strong south breeze. Found GIANT macs at the 90′ drop right at halibut.
Worked Emersons and the outer bar with no action, tho birds were working over small pods of fish here and there.
Headed inside to the obvious ledges with very little action – 2-3 take and misses — most likely because the 18" macs were too big for the bass in residence.
Wierdest of all was the lack of fish marked on the sounder. Steep hill, bass rocks, the channel, etc we didn’t have more than 2 decent marks all day.
Fun to be out there though!
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby Delrake » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:46 pm

Seems like a lot less fish the past week and half for the times i’ve been out. I mostly fish soft plastic near the surface so maybe people are having better luck in deeper water. I’m having real trouble getting fish to bite even when i can see them when i throw every soft plastic i have and also tried a Smack It. This happened during low tide when they were mostly idle in the shallows. Anyone have any luck getting a bite in these situations? My normal reliable setup is 6" Storm Pearl Sand eel which is really only producing hits when the tide is strong or the random micro schoolie.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby johnb » Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:10 pm

Delrake – I share your pain. I have been seeing big fish in the Sound shallows for like the last 2 weeks. Almost impossible to provoke a strike. I use all artificials. SMAK-ITs are my favorite. BIG fish too. I have two thoughts …. every fish I have caught this year from 22-34" has been really FAT. Perhaps too well fed (at times) to chase an artificial?? and almost every fish I have caught in the same size range has been covered in sea lice, except for the last week or so. A constant supply of fresh fish from the sea may mean that many aren’t staying around long?? The fish often laze in the shallows for a couple/few days after arriving. They don’t eat. Bait seemed to be in short supply in the latter part of June. If no bait when ready to eat, maybe they leave, creating constant turnover. But I did fish those same areas yesterday morn, with much better activity. The fish weren’t big … 30" biggest caught … but aggressive strikes. I think maybe the new moon tides shook things up a bit. I know it brought in a lot of cooler water. So maybe we are in for a change. Fishing tomorrow morn. Will report. Many of the fish I caught yesterday also showed signs of grubbing around in the sand (pink lips). I went to the beach on Monday (Sandy Point), and was really amazed by the number of crabs around, both dead and very much alive. Perhaps the fish have been keyed in on these. Have not seen much other bait around in the last week or so.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby DaleH » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:59 pm

Delrake wrote:Anyone have any luck getting a bite in these situations? My normal reliable setup is 6" Storm Pearl Sand eel which is really only producing hits when the tide is strong or the random micro schoolie.

To me, the fish are LAZY when like that … I go to smaller lures and/or with a teaser … to promote a strike if out of nothing else but jealously …
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby DaleH » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:00 pm

johnb wrote:A constant supply of fresh fish from the sea may mean that many aren’t staying around long?

FYI, all the bass we caught by Cranes on SAT morning were purple in color and loaded with sea lice … another slug of bass 23 to 27", but no bigger … no smaller
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby johnb » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:08 pm

Fished bottom half of outgoing and an hour of incoming this morn. Had decided to just focus on two favorite outgoing/slack spots in the Sound, where I had very good luck on Tuesday. Not today. Managed a few small fish (under 25"). The fish were definitely there in one spot, moving up into the shallows as tide neared slack. Had a brief (20 min) flurry of action just before slack. Lots of follows too with rejection as the lure neared the boat. Fish not as big as last week. Nothing in that first hour of incoming. Fog was thick, NE was blowing pretty fierce, and I had gloves on for much of the morning. Go figure.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby elu » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:34 pm

we went out this morning 6:30 -9 bottom half of outgoing. Ran into a school of the same class fish Dale H was describing in the mouth of PI sound. Looks like the action was good off the beach on the inside of Sandy Point. Saw more surf guys than usual and they were getting tight.

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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby Delrake » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:28 am

Fished yesterday evening on the outgoing and got some of the same mid 20’s with a lot of micro schoolies mixed in. Was quite a bit of bird activity throughout the flats and all the larger fish looked well fed.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby johnb » Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:53 pm

These are good signs … can’t wait to get back out … thanks for the reports!
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby Delrake » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:12 pm

Still a lot of mid to upper 20’s fish between sandy point and cranes tonight. Had quite a bit of sporadic surface action for about 60minutes once tide started going out this evening. Lots of birds and bait still.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby johnb » Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:59 am

Fished yesterday top of the morning high down to beginning of next incoming. Rain bait and a few small fish up in the PI River across from the sheds at top of the high. Had some fun with 20-24" schoolies at around half low tide over the Sandy Point bars until shallow water chased me out. Pretty good NE swell going out beyond the bars. Lots of bait clouds over the bars. Pretty quiet out there otherwise. Came back into the Sound for the bottom of the tide. Hit my favorite spot and once again, lots of fish lazing in the shallows, tough to get a good bite. Did manage a few mid-20’s fish. These lazy fish were not nearly as big as those I saw a week or so ago, but did see a lot of good size wakes. I’ve been using a bigger (than a Smak-it) 1 oz. plug which seems to produce better results when the fish are lazy. Still jonesing for that high 30’s fish though. They are in there.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby ipsfish » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:32 am

Late report: was out Sunday am 5:30 to 10:30 (low tide) in a friend’s sweet restored ’83 mako 17. We didn’t want to brave the swells to chase macks, so jigged soft baits while drifting the usual ledges. Lots of fish in two class’s: 12-14" and 24- 27 3/4". Caught 4 bass within a 1/2" of legal! Hope they come back next year!
While we were culling through the schoolies, we watched a well known figure on this forum work the same ledge with live macks and put a kid and his dad on a couple 40" ers! Not only that, they even offered to share their macks!
Good people, and great fishing!
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby johnb » Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:46 am

Late report. Fished yesterday morn, 0600-1100. Sound was dead. Water very warm. Hit a number of high tide spots. Reached Sandy Point around 0830. Tons of smaller bait (1") right tight to the point over the bar. Few if any stripers. Terns having a field day. Had a few follows from decent sized fish at Emersons but no strikes. Trolled around in the deeper water between Emersons and red bell buoy hoping to find a hungry bluefish … nada. came in over the bar further down Crane’s and clouds of bigger bait (3"). No stripers caught, seen, or heard. Came in and hit a few outgoing spots. Nada. No fish lazing in the shallows as in the last couple of weeks, but I did leave the water about 2 hours before dead low. Greenheads numerous and hungry. Summer doldrums??? Maybe.
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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby joppahoppa » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:24 pm

struck out on the flats the other night, water mid 70’s. Found some cooler water and some hungry fish in the 25-28" range. fished hard in the usual big fish spots but did not hook any of the big fish i hoped would be there. havent been out eelin all season so i was throwing darts at the wall seeing what would stick.

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Re: PI Sound – ips bay

Postby ipsfish » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Wednesday headed out of ips at 9am. Tried sargents for macks or bottom fish, few marks, but nothing but a cunner and sea robin over 20 minutes.
Shot over to halibut; trolled for macks and nothing after a few minutes so headed around the corner just before pigeon cove and loaded two dozen on 5 drops of the sabiki – nice mix of horses and tinks. 70-40′ deep.
Worked the rocks inside Staitsmouth and picked up 2 25" bass, then headed deeper — to the drop just NE of thatchers 95-110′ — and dropped an 8oz butterfly jig tipped with clam and a teaser fly above. Got hit on every drop: cod from 16-23", a 30" cusk, and a couple of giant mackerel (which hit the teaser on the way up).
Moved over NE of the Salveges – 140′, caught another cod on one drop, but wanted haddock, so moved out to 180′, saw marks and caught whiting and a short haddock on only a couple of drops.
Then trolled the 160-190′ line with one weighted one one unweighted live Mack with no love.
Headed in to the PI Sound ledges and macked-up a handful of 25 and 26" bass.
Man, I needed a day like that.
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