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Fishing Reports > NOW BOOKING WINTER 2012-2013 STRIPER TRIPS

Matador Charters Fishing Report


Monday September 10th 2012 - 15:00 AM EST
Added by: Jake Hiles

I am starting to get emails and calls already about the upcoming 2012-2013 winter striper fishing season. Now is the time to book to get the prime dates for your rockfish trips this year. As usual, the weekend dates are the first to go and they will be booked. The striper fishing will start in october with light tackle jigging trips and wire lining trips available in the bay. These trips are available on 3/4 days for $800 for 7 hours. These fish are mostly 3-8 pounds with some 15-20 pound fish. Expect large numbers of fish though on these trips. In october and november we catch huge numbers of stripers along the bridge and most are caught using light tackle and light tackle jigging. We also do many of these trips late in the afternoon and evening and striper fishing along the bridge in october and november can make for a great evening out with family and friends. In november and december we will shift our efforts to fishing in the bay for the larger, trophy stripers. Around thanksgiving the big cow rockfish will show up from the north and invade the bay. We do daytime drifting trips and night time eeling trips at the high rise. Typically we do not catch huge numbers of stripers during this season, however, the biggest striped bass of the year we catch will be on these trips and the average striper this time of year is over 40 pounds. IF you are after a trophy striper, this is the time to get it.The eeling trips are available only on 3/4 and full days inshore. In mid december through february we will have ocean striper season. This is the most popular season we have and this is when we catch large numbers of the ocean school rockfish by trolling and jigging. We catch lots of fish this time of year and last year we also had bluefin tunas in the area. We caught 8 bluefins last year up to 370# which makes for a nice surprise while striper fishing. These ocean trolling trips are ONLY AVAILABLE ON A FULL DAY INSHORE. The price for an ocean striper trip is $1000, and there is a fuel surcharge if we have to run exceptionally far to find the fish. WE WILL NOT FISH FOR STRIPERS OUTSIDE THE 3NM LINE. IT IS ILLEGAL AND ENFORCED VERY HEAVILY. NO EXCEPTIONS. Either way the ocean season is great fishing and some of the best rockfishing in the world.



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