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September Striper Fishing and a North Wind

What It's All About

The forecast for Saturday looked to be fishy, with the first cloudy morning that we've had in a while. My anglers were called to work so I headed out with the hopes of scouting some flats that I haven't explored in a while. The wind was up early, straight out of the north, making the surface of the water very tough to read. After poling around for an hour and only bumping two small groups of fish I ran to find some moving water.

There were a few stripers holding in the current lines right tight to shore and willing to eat on the surface. I then went to check on a number of places that had been so productive earlier in the week. First drift I hooked (and promptly lost) a fish, but that wasn't a repeatable event. A couple more drifts produced nothing.

My good friend Capt. Dan Wolotsky of Sweet Action Charters was alone in his boat, doing the same thing, getting his fix and finding fish for his Sunday clients. We were sharing findings when we decided that we should fish together. I put the Maverick on a mooring and hopped into Dan's boat. We fished six places that all held good numbers of bass recently but only hooked one fish.

We decided to run upriver and check a couple of ledges that had good current flow over them and started at a spot that both of us knew but hadn't fished well for either of us. We spent the next hour there catching fish on almost every drift. So much for our exploring mission. We got caught up in the fun of fishing and had a blast.

After a busy summer for both of us, Dan and I had plenty of stories to share. What I took away from our conversation was the importance of the "fun" element of a fishing charter. Nobody works harder for his clients than Dan. He's really good at putting his guests on fish and he's driven to find success but he always remembers that it's not just about the catching. Good fishing day or tough fishing day, Dan's always committed to making sure that everyone on his boat has a blast, and that's a gift.

Check out Dan's Blog and you'll see what I mean.

Capt. Peter Fallon


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Fritz Folts

Both Dan and Peter are class acts, totally professional fishing guides in the best sense. They also are adept at making their trips fun for their clients regardless of how good or frustrating the fishing may be on that day. I have fished with Peter F. for over 5 years now and we often happen upon Dan in his boat with clients when we are out and about on the water. These two guys work very, very hard and somewhat surprisingly actually help one another locate fish and by doing so they both improve their chances of finding fish for their clients. This is one of the major reasons that they are both successful in a tough, what have you done for me lately, business.

Peter Driscoll

Hi Peter,

Your posts about more aggressive earlier in the week had me pretty pumped for Saturday -- but my morning was not very productive -- saw very few fish, had a few chances, did not land anything.
At the take out somebody told me that they had found breaking fish on the east shore above the put in -- might have been some of the same fish that you ran into somewhere along the line.

Pretty frustrating fishing all in all -- and the opportunities dwindle -- but hope and optimism is core of the fishing addiction I think..........

Peter D

Tom & Bess

Pete - You are right-on about Dan. We know how hard he works to make sure everyone has a good time - even his inlaws. :)
Dan takes us out at least once every year and we have a blast - rain or shine. Tom & Bess


Thanks Pete. You made my day. Hope you are getting them this week. See you out there Friday if you are not chasing Tuna South of here.

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