The fat lady is clearing her throat

Sunday Gail and I took a leisurely trip out just to see what its like fishing in less than three foot seas. We found the bass pretty quickly and caught a bunch. There are more of them around than I’ve seen in a few years. I also picked up a chunky albie for good measure. The water temps are dropping quickly and that means the fish will be on the move. I expect the bait in the salt ponds will start heading out any day now. The biggest problem this time of year are the winds. often blowing too hard to cast a fly but not too hard to throw a spinning rod. If you don’t mind that there could be a lot of fish to catch. I’m going to keep the boat in till the 30th of this month unless its not safe to go out.

Fishing in the rain today

Saturday Carmine and Bob braved the lousy weather to try to catch an albie on a fly. We started out as the clouds were building. Bob started the day with a couple of stripers. Albies were showing but not eating. We waited for a break and made our move. We picked at some bass until Carmine hooked and landed a really nice albie. A few more bass and it was time to head back to the dock. As usual I told the guys that if we found fish we would stop. On the way a pod of albies popped up and Bob laid his fly right on top of them and it was game on. Mission accomplished. The guys got it done on a cold rainy day in October.

Worn out

I had the day off today so I thought it would be a good idea to see if I could still catch a fish or two. Left the dock and headed down to where the fish have been staying for the past week or so. After a bit I found some bass on the rocks and had some fun with flies and spin gear. A few albies showed up and I did the same with them. I noticed good schools of albies all by themselves with no0 boats around to bother them. The consistent theme this year seems to be that they pop up and stay for about 10 seconds and then disappear. Sometimes they come back and sometimes not. I’ve caught more albies fishing blind this year than I have caught breaking fish. More bass showed and after some time my arm said that’s enough so I called it a pretty good day.

What wind

Today Jeff, Sam & Dave wanted to spend the day fishing for albies. The weatherman guessed that we would have a little wind from the NW today. Not great but doable. We left the dock and headed east. The tide was headed West with a strong push from the wind. Watch Hill was unfishable so we started looking for a safer place that might have some fish. After a lot of stops with no luck we pulled up to a favorite spot and the guys started blind casting. Two minutes later we hooked our first albie of the day. This was followed by more of the same. Everyone landed at least one fish under lousy conditions. These were the only fish that we saw hooked all day. I know four people that will sleep well tonight.

Striper Thumb Plus

Today Mark and Steve made the long and dangerous ride up Rt. 95 to try fishing on the north side of the sound. We headed out under heavy skies and a 20 mph wind. They said they could throw a fly and guess what they could. Shortly after we started fishing Mark put the first albie in the boat and that was followed by a few bass between both guys. The short bite died and I decided to take a chance and go looking for fish. The seas were two to three ft. and the wind was still blowing pretty good. After a bit we spotted some working birds and soon after Steve put an albie in the boat. We started blind casting and that was how we caught a handful of albies today. We didn’t get one to eat while they were up but they hung around and so did we. In between albies we had several schools of stripers in the neighborhood and they would eat on top. I lost count of the doubles and have no idea how many fish we landed today. A good time was had by all.

Another triple

Saturday Richard came back for a shot at his first albie. We left early and headed out to join the masses. While no albies showed we picked up a bass and blue pretty quickly. Moving on we finally found some albies that were up down and gone. After a bit we found some and picked up one blind for the trifecta. Many miles later we headed in after seeing scattered fish that weren’t in the mood to play. Some days are like this but Richard got it done .

A double trifecta

Thursday morning our longtime friend and angler Dr. Jim came down for another albie trip. He invited Gail to join us so the three of us headed out bright and early. We found albies and started our quest. Unfortunately they did not want to play. Even with great shots they just weren’t interested. None of the other boats were doing any better. luckily a few schools of bass and blues showed up and they were willing. After a while we left to continue the search and came upon more albies. Gail put the first two in the boat and Jim followed with two of his own. I must add that we caught most of the fish in three top four foot seas with the wind blowing a steady 20. All fish were caught on flies. They got it done.

Striper Thumb

Today Charlie and Fran came down from the wilds of upstate New York. We started out looking for a bass or two to put in the boat. The plan was good but not the fishing. We headed out to start the search and found the bass where I left them on Monday. We had a steady pick of bass and then the albies showed up. We managed to get a few to bite but they were on the fussy side today. The tide quit and we waited out the turn and found more bass and albies. A pretty good day on the briny.


Monday morning brought Ian down for a first time trip with me. We stopped to get a chance at a bass or two on the way out. It took three casts to put the first fish in the boat. after a while we went in search of some albies. We found some but they were too hung-over from the weekend to play.We took a longer ride found some more of the same and more bass. The bass were hungry. After more travels we decided to head back to where we started. Ten minutes later a school of bass popped up in front of us. They were then joined by more bass followed by eight lb. blues. We had them for a couple of hours without another boat in sight. To top things off Ian added black sea bass and sea robins to the mix. Despite the lack of albies we had a pretty fun day on the water.

You never know

Saturday morning Dr. Jeff came up for a morning trip. Its been a while so it was good to catch up and catch fish. The forecast was for winds 25+ but Jeff said it was OK if it was a little sporty. We wanted to put a couple bass in the boat before we started our search. On Jeff’s third cast with a spin rod he hooked a bass back in a rip. Shortly thereafter the bass got off and two cranks later an albie hit. After a long run the albie came off and then another bass hit and after all that we landed the bass. The cool thing was that while Jeff was fighting the albie a pair of Minke Whales cruised by about 200 feet from the boat. We picked up a couple more bass and headed East. The albies were waiting and they started eating. While we were moving on a school a large gray bottle nosed dolphin went cruising by the school. The Whales were dark black so I knew this was something different. We picked up a few more albies on spin and even flies so it was a pretty fun day. Back at it tomorrow.