That’s a Wrap.


All good things must come to an end . It was time to call it a season. Thanks to all my old anglers and to my new friends. I hope to share some time in the boat next year. The spring run never got started the way it should have. When the squid finally arrived it was a bit late. There were no bluefish to speak of. The bright spot was the arrival of bonito and the fact that they stayed right up to now and will probably be around next week. The albies showed up on time but the three nor’easters blew them out as well as the bait. We did manage a few good albie days so it wasn’t a total loss. The big surprise was the schools of stripers that arrived in August and stayed for the rest of the season. It was the best bass fishing that we have had in 20 years. Hopefully they will have a safe winter and come back next year fat and sassy.

Still catching


Friday morning brought Bob out of the deep woods of Patchaug. we left the dock at dawn and were catching bass for the next three hours or so. We had to do a little traveling but we found them and they were eating flies. A good time with an old friend.
Saturday Gail and I wanted to get in on some action so we headed out on another early start.The bass were there but they are starting to thin out. We started noticing some larger splashes out in deeper water. some years we have had some small Bluefin tuna show up for lunch. I had packed a couple of spin rods just for the heck of it. Mine had a wooden swimmer that I made and I’m in the process of improving. Gail had her old reliable bucktail. The fish came up and we both threw at them and doubled up right away. Mine was the most violent strike on a surface lure that I ever have had. I wasn’t sure what it was till it came alongside. It was a bonito about nine or ten lbs. Gail’s was routine. She cast hooked and landed another bone. We picked up a few more and called it fun.

It Ain’t Over Yet

This morning an old friend brought Hope and Justin all the way from Colorado to catch some stripers. I think that it took Justin two casts to get the first one to the boat. We found quite a few schools of bass that were spread out and eating bay anchovies. This was as close to the old days of the fall runs as its been in some times. We had some doubles and a bunch of singles. A lot of you that have fished with me know about Gail’s phone calls. She called, a school blew up 30 feet away from us and Hope put a perfect cast on them for our final fish of the day. I am only going to have the boat in the water for another week and right now the weather looks pretty good for about five of those days. I’m looking at four hour days starting at sunrise.

The calm after the storm

We waited until yesterday to venture out to see what was left after the three day nor’easter. We found a sailboat on top of one of the Stonington Breakwaters another very large boat on it side up in the marsh and rocks. Along with several that had broken loose and were stranded on different shores. The winds were clocked up to 70 mph on the outer breakwater. We did find some bass and they did eat for us but it took a lot of trying. We saw albies and bonito both days and they looked like they are in a hurry to head somewhere else. There are lots of bass yet to come through as well as the late bonito run. If the bait drops out and we don’t get hit again it could still be a pretty good year.

Short but sweet report

Tuesday morning Gail and I hit our favorite shallow water spot only to find that the bass fro the previous day had left and were replaced by smaller versions. We tried various spots and found better fish in most places. We ended up with a pretty good bunch of fish. We have two more weeks to this season and we will have to wait till this weeks storm passes to see what’s left. I think we will still have shots at albies and larger bonito.

And so it continues

This morning Dr. Jeff took the short but treacherous drive up Rte. 95. We left the dock at dawn and for the rest of the morning he caught fish. Today it was an all bass day with far more hits than misses. We fished from two to twenty feet of water with mostly flies until he switched over to a spin rod just for fun and then back to the fly rod. I think that today saw the most fish landed by a single angler this year. I don’t know about Jeff but I came home and took a nap.

Update

I just received the OK to keep my boat in the water until the end of October. This has been the best striper year that we have had in 15 years, The best bonito year in the last ten years. The albies are starting to become more plentiful. The bluefish are not here in good numbers yet. I have a lot of openings in the next couple weeks and barring a bunch of nor’easters it is looking like a really good fall.

Double slam


Gail and I wanted to get out before this weeks nor’easter hits so we got up early and headed out. We stopped at my favorite shallow water bass spot for a bunch of stripers. The next stop produced more bass, bluefish several bonito and we topped that off with a handful of albies. There were a couple small schools of bass that were working the surf line but we stayed put and caught most of our fish casting blind for them. A fun trip was had by all.

My turn to fish

Gail and I actually got up early today to have some fun on the water. We stopped at my favorite bass spots for some shallow water action. The bass were right where we left them. After a bit we got a call from a friend and we switched to albie mode. They were eating flies today and we had a good pick for the morning. I wanted to try a new reel and it worked just fine. We just might try it again tomorrow.

Deja Wednesday

Wednesday brought Charlie and Sarah back for another go in the briny. The winds were down a little from yesterday but the waves were bigger. We started with bass and then moved on to more bass and then we found a lot of bass. More doubles than singles and no bluefish which I thought was a nice touch. Around 11:00 the wind dropped and we found more bass. We were moving to another school when I spotted some fish ripping through the water and soon after Sarah landed her first bonito. No albies but we had a lot of fun and a lot of fish were landed.It doesn’t get much better than that.