On a warm night recently, the boys and me decided that it might be cool to give topwater striper fishing on the Delta a go. After all, I’d been getting 12-20 topwater blowups per morning on my guide trips. On a nice calm evening, I reasoned, we could put the serious hurtin’ on the fish…
So, we got down there just a bit before sunset and our juices were really flowing…this was going to be one of those epic, can’t miss trips!
Immediately, we found some roving schools of micro stripers that smacked our lures nearly every cast, but we had bigger fish to fry. The excitement level kicked up a few notches as the sun started to set. Not a wisp of wind…flat calm and perfect!
After a short run, we were on the glory hole, just in time for a serious dose of “Red Sky at Night, Sailor’s Delight…”
But, unfortunately, the awesome sunset was the highlight. I did hook a nice striper in the 12-pound class not long after this photo was taken, but that was it for the topwater. We tried several spots without another touch. It was an amazing night out there, however, and we were totally stoked to be there anyway. About the only sound was the coyotes chasing rabbits in the distance…
On the run back home, we stopped under a bridge that had some lights on it and pitched swimbaits under the overhang and caught about 1/2-dozen smallish keepers before heading home.
An awesome night, but I’m not totally sold on throwing the surface baits after dark….