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When will the Stripers be at Assateague Island?

Old 04-09-2018, 07:42 PM
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Okay, its been a long, cold, winter. When are the Stripers going to leave the bay and get in front of the beach at Assateague Island? I'm betting the week starting May 13th only because I could get a reservation then and the water is still holding cold. Any thoughts??
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:08 PM
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But do you think my timing's right? I know they move fast when they come out - are they going to move north before then?
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If I had to guess I would say that would probably be peak time of the migration north along the coast. Water temps in bay are much colder than this time last year so spawning should be a little later this year, and conventional wisdom would indicate the fish should be in the bay a bit longer. If the spawn turns out to be a bit later this year and the fish are in the bay a little longer then mid May should be ideal to be fishing the suds. If there turns out to be a lack of fish in the bay this season then it might be time to look at the health of the spawner class, because they should be there in numbers this trophy season.
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Given how kooky the weather has been and how cold temps are, it is hard to tell. That is also assuming the migration comes inside 3 miles. Given we had a good run with a few insane days last Dec., my gut tells me they may skip us this spring.

For what it is worth on these warm days the birds are working bait in large dramatic fashion in shallow ocean waters. That likely means some of the resident striped bass are getting active.
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Report on Coastal Fisherman today said “report of good size stripers in the surf reported in front of Ocean City”. Sportfishing and Boating Newspaper in Ocean City, Maryland.
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Report on Coastal Fisherman today said “report of good size stripers in the surf reported in front of Ocean City”. Sportfishing and Boating Newspaper in Ocean City, Maryland.
Multiple sources saying good sized fish in the surf. What I have yet to see anywhere is anyone who has actually caught one, which makes me wonder how they know there are good size fish in the surf.
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Multiple sources saying good sized fish in the surf. What I have yet to see anywhere is anyone who has actually caught one, which makes me wonder how they know there are good size fish in the surf.
Yeah, I thought the good sized fish don't migrate until the water temp hits 55 degrees and it looks like it is still only 45 degrees at Ocean City. Or, are a lot of the resident stripers actually considered "good sized"?

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Multiple sources saying good sized fish in the surf. What I have yet to see anywhere is anyone who has actually caught one, which makes me wonder how they know there are good size fish in the surf.
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Yeah, I thought the good sized fish don't migrate until the water temp hits 55 degrees and it looks like it is still only 45 degrees at Ocean City. Or, are a lot of the resident stripers actually considered "good sized"?
We do have good sized resident fish, just not many. keepers on residents are few and far between. You see them caught in the summer at night at IRI.

Right now all I have heard being caught in the surf are rats. Temps are about right for them to collect in shallows and near structure in the bays.
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Date and time please
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Yeah, I thought the good sized fish don't migrate until the water temp hits 55 degrees and it looks like it is still only 45 degrees at Ocean City. Or, are a lot of the resident stripers actually considered "good sized"?
Optimal spawning temps in the rivers are 55-60*. The rivers haven't even reached those temps yet, or are just starting to. Water temp just the other day at the mouth of the Nanticoke was 52*.
Next couple of days near 80 should warm them a bit and the first spawns should be coming soon.
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