Grand Finale


Gail and I made the last trip of the season this morning. We picked up the trailer and still left the dock as the sun was rising. We made the turn and found ourselves in the middle of a bay full of stripers. We were getting them on almost every cast until the tide started to slow. Then the albies showed up. We picked up a couple of them just to be different. When they quit we moved out to deeper water only to find lots of albies chasing bay anchovies. We had to be back at the dock by 1130 so that there would be enough water to pull the boat. Right on time we doubled up on albies and called it a season. Today was one of the best of the year for both weather and fish. You can’t beat 72 degrees the first week of November.

And so it continues

After yesterday Gail and I left the dock as the sun was rising. The fish were also rising. They hadn’t moved much from yesterday. We started with flies until the wind got too strong and tried to put us on the rocks. We switched to bucktails until we got tired . We must have had at least 40 doubles today. My left thumb looks like I got it caught in a paper shredder. One more week to go for this season.

Friday part two

When Gail made her “Good Luck” call this morning I told her to get the flyrods and meet me at the dock when the first trip ended. We headed out and for the next four hours we had a pretty steady bite. Not as good as earlier but still pretty awesome. We caught bass up to 12 lbs. and blues to about six lbs. It was too windy and rough for flies so we old schooled it with spin gear and bucktails. I even managed to get an adult bunker to eat a jig. We saw blitzes like we used to get in the old days. I finally had to beg for mercy and we called it a great day.

Friday part one


Today Rob came up from Maryland and brought Brian along for a short trip on the Sound. We beat the sun again and found fish right off the bat. It continued until the next to the last cast of the day. The peanut bunker started moving and the bass helped them along. Ive told a lot of you that fall fishing is like eating a doughnut. sometimes you bite the doughnut and sometimes you bite the hole. Today was all doughnut. Bass everywhere and feeding Brian even pulled a fat albie out of a school of bass.A pretty good day to be on the water.

Nice day for a boat ride

We don’t always fish on a fall weekend but the weather was too good to stay home. We left early and found a nice school of bass on the rocks so we stopped for a half hour and landed a dozen or so schoolies. We got a tip that the albie fishing in Montauk was really good. With flat seas we headed across. We found scattered fish right away but they were fussy. Later we found some in a better mood and they wanted to play. When the tide changed they bunched up and the fishing improved. We stayed late before heading home. Bass albies and the dreaded bluefish made it a great Saturday.

Weekly update

We managed a few trips this week and we even managed to catch some fish. Monday Gail and I went out fairly early and did well with albies and schoolie bass. Tuesday Brad came down from Mass. and we started early with schoolies in real shallow water. Brad’s first cast brought him his first fish of the day. I hate those slow starts. We poked around and found some renegade albies and more bass. I did see one swim by in less than two feet of water that was about 48 inches long. She is still swimming. Wednesday brought Curt and Jay all the way from Ledyard, CT. to celebrate Curt’s 80th or 90th birthday. We beat the sun and found lots of bass to start the day with. Around mid morning the albies showed up and both guys managed to put some in the boat. We left to find more albies and picked up another. When that petered out we went back to the bass spot where we could see them swimming by. Thursday Gail and I went back out only to find it blowing considerably more and from a different direction than was predicted. We picked up a few bass and had some shots at albies. The fish have decided to start heading south. There are still a lot of fish to come by. I’ll be in the water for two more weeks so I can keep you posted.

Great day on the Briny

Gary made a spur of the moment decision and came up for a wet Saturday of fishing. The noontime scattered showers started as we left the dock at seven. Gary loosened up on a half dozen stripers right off the bat in shallow water. We left them breaking to search for our friends the albies. We found them and they were fussy to start but a short move found some hungry ones. He put a couple in the boat in quick order. Then it was trying to find the ones that liked my flies. Eventually we found some mixed with bass and had more fun. Near the end we had the mother lode of albies and bass and it was a good finish to a great day.

Weekend update

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We just found out that we can keep the boat in till Nov.2nd so we a little more time to fish this year. The albies are still around and the bass are starting to head south. Unless we get a lot of heavy wind it should be a pretty good fall run. I now have extra days available.

Another first

Tuesday brought Bill all the way back from Delaware for another shot at the elusive albie. Bill has caught bass blues and even a large bonito but not an albie. Well that changed today. We left early and shortly after we arrived at our secrete destination the albies showed and they were hungry. Bill hooked up quickly and soon found out what all the excitement was about. He landed his first one and added a few more to the count before they pulled the old disappearing act. We moved around and found more that ate but did not want to stay hooked. They are here you just have to find them.

And so it continues

I wanted to take today off but the weatherman said no wind and I had a brand new fly rod and reel that I wanted to test. Gail and I left the dock at the crack of 8:00AM and found the albies soon after. She hooked up on her first cast and it took me about five to do it. We spent the day looking and casting. The fish are moving around quite a bit. The rod and reel passed with flying colors. We had our fifth double digit albie day in a row and we added a few bass and blue fish just for a change.