Monday and Tuesday

Monday brought Walt up for a couple days of bass fishing. We left early Monday. To make a long story short we fished in eight different spots and caught one bass in each place. We couldn’t manage a second fish. It was an eight hour day and hundreds of casts. We decided to do a four hour trip Tuesday and just fish one tide. Walt hooked up on his second cast and put a 15 lb. fish in the boat. We stayed in the same place and it was one after another for four hours. It was the best day in fifteen years. Apparently the squid moved in overnight and the bass came too.

Catching up.

This past Friday I had the pleasure of fishing with Dr. Jim from New Hampshire. We started early and found some bass right away. We picked up a handful and they moved on and so did we. We hit a bunch of spots and picked away. We ended the last two hours fishing in the rain. We added a few more bass and a scup to the total. Jim did well but for the most part had to work hard for the fish.

Off to a great start

We had our first trip of the season this morning. Bob called and he wanted to bring his daughter and his brother in law out for a morning of fishing. They also wanted to bring some fish home for supper. That’s usually the kiss of death but not today. Allie hooked up on her second cast and we had three fish in the box in just over an hour. Most of the fish today were keeper sized or just under and there were enough to keep us pretty busy with several doubles and a bunch of singles.

They are still here

I took a solo trip this morning to check the outgoing tide. I only fished one spot and it was a different one from last time. The fish were scattered but hungry. I caught a handful up to 10 lbs. and dropped as many. Gail wanted to know what was wrong with my hooks. Angler error.

Good News and Better News

Gail and I just came back from two great days of trout fishing with Cathy and Barry Beck.I have never seen or caught so many large native trout in my life. I didn’t bother to get a photo of the big brown but it was about the size of the rainbow. I also added a native Brookie for the Trout Trifecta. We stayed at the Lodge at Raven Creek which is right across the street from the Beck’s Go to to get info on how you can catch a trout like these.
Now for what you came to see. I have my first trip this coming Tuesday so I wanted to get out and see how things were. My first stop netted a bunch of small but feisty stripers around three to four lbs. The next two stops were empty but the third had good sized fish on top and eating. I only stayed for a half hour or so but landed a half dozen up to ten lbs. They were still there when I left. If you have been waiting, the fish are here and the bigger ones should be arriving any day.

Time to get serious

We are back from our annual trip to Canada. Twenty hours of driving for four hours of casting. The river was still rising and the icebergs were getting bigger. When we started we knew that aour chances for a fish were slim but then it got dangerous. I know very well the feeling you get after waiting a year for a trip and then get shut out. I guess twice in 15 years isn’t too bad. Monday the boat gets uncovered and we should be floating by the end of the week. The stripers are already starting to show up in our area. I’ll keep you posted.

Spring Fever

We made it through the winter in pretty good shape. Trout season opened at my Club and Gail started where she left off in the fall. I’m in pretty good shape fly wise. Found a couple new patterns that seemed interesting. I’m trying some new flylines from Rio that I think will work very well. I’ll let you know how they cast. The water is still pretty cold out front. Hopefully the sun will help us out. I already have trips booked for this Fall so if there are any special days that you want don’t wait too long. We should start getting the boat ready in a few weeks.I’ll keep in touch

Getting itchy

We made it through the Holidays in pretty good shape and our winter vacation was super and now its time to think about spring. Unfortunately I had to raise my rates for six and eight hour trips this year. I hated to do it but for me to keep everything updated and in good shape I didn’t have much choice. On the plus side I came across some awesome new fly tying material that I think the albies and bonito will be happy to eat. I think that I might try some more early season shallow water fishing if the squid don’t co-operate with us. I have already started booking trips for this year so if you want a particular day let me know early.

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.