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Schoolie-fest on the sound

Steve Durkee and I launched his boat at the Baldwin Bridge ramp on the Connecticut River at first light this morning, and left the dirty, 42 degree river immediately, looking for clearer and/or warmer conditions out in the sound. We found cleaner and marginally warmer water pretty quickly, and started catching fish as soon as we did.

We caught them through most of the outgoing tide, from water as shallow as a couple feet out to water as deep as 12 to 15 feet. We caught a lot of fish, but never found one even close to keeper size.

Still, fast action is fun, especially when so many of the fish are willing to hit on top. And the action was definitely fast. Anytime one or the other of us wasn’t hooked up, amounted to a lull in the action.

I would hazard a guess that 95% of the nearly 200 schoolies we caught came either on top, or within a foot or so of the surface, regardless of the depth of the water. Steve caught almost all of his on an unweighted soft plastic. I caught maybe 40 that way, but got a lot more on a Sexy Shiner Fin-S Fish rigged on a 1/4 oz jighead, swimming it just under the surface.

The drizzle started a little after 11, and by 11:45 the drizzle had turned to rain and we were on the trailer. No keepers, so no fish porn, unfortunately.

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