2016 was my best striper year on record in the Housy and Connecticut rivers. Not for sheer numbers -- it fell about 2500 fish total short of 2014. But for size -- I caught a personal best total of 217 "keeper" stripers from those two waters. A keeper is a 28" fish. Mine ranged up to 40" last year. All caught on fresh water bass tackle.
2017 is starting off better for numbers than last year did, but until last week, had been really tough for big fish. Actually, December 2016 only produced a couple keepers as well.
But last week we had a decent snowfall over the weekend and following a couple frigid days, the temps shot up and the rains fell. We finally got a little dirty water in the Housy, and the bigger fish, that have been doing all their feeding at night, turned on during the daytime. The 12th was epic -- but only for about 3 or 4 hours, until the water cleared back up again. Still, it was a great 3 hours or so. My buddy & I caught about 40 fish over 25", including 14 between 28 and 38 in the dingy water. The fat girls like it dirty.
I caught the biggest one of the day on my drop shot rod, spooled with 8" braid and a 10# fluoro leader, fishing a 4" tube bait on a 3/8 oz football head.
Here's the blog entry on the day for those that are interested.