Somebody talked

Friday was a day off so we decided to head out after such a good day yesterday. We left early and made the run only to find lots of mackerel and shad where we left the bass the day before. They were fun for about three minutes so we kept on going. Eventually we found the bass along with 20 other boats. It was pretty ugly with everyone trying to get on top of the fish. We stay as long as we could stand it and wound up with a nice bunch of fish. On the way home we found two more schools of fish each with 15 boats surrounding them.

What a difference a day makes.

Thursday brought Gary back out to start his Fall season. There was no wind and flat seas when we left the dock. The first stop brought a handful of bass to his fly. Moving around we found an acre of bass all to ourselves. To make a long story shorter we had fish all morning and into the afternoon. Mostly good sized schoolies with a few bigger ones mixed in.A pretty fun day.

What wind

Wednesday Richard came out again for a chance to wet his line. It was a bit breezy when we left the dock and when we got to where we needed to be it was windy. I keep forgetting that when the weatherman says 10 to 15 he means 10 plus 15. Rich hung in there and he managed a bass and a blue on a fly before we gave in.

Another first

Today Jay brought Ron out for his first salt water boat trip. We left the dock early and it wasn’t too long before we found fish. The guys doubled with bass on their first cast. We picked a couple more and then headed out on our adventure. It was a bit on the breezy side and the waves breaking over the reefs and on the beach were about eight feet thanks to our friendly hurricane. We found more fish that were right in the suds and too close to shore to get good shots at them. we did pick up a blue that was passing through. we left to try and find quieter waters and came upon a big bunch of small breaks on the surface. Jay pulled out an atlantic mackerel out and we continued on. We found a big pile of fish in the wash of the rocks and trying to fight the wind and the tide proved futile. We kept moving and Jay hooked up and landed a Spanish mackerel for his fourth species and a Grand Slam the mackerel way. This was the first Spanish that I’ve landed so that was pretty cool. It was a fun day despite some very challenging conditions.

And it begins

Gail and I actually got up early today to try and beat the latest weather front. We had albies, bass and even a chub mackerel all on the fly with some action also on Albi Snax. Fishing was good until the wind switched to the east in late morning and then it became a challenge. All in all it was good to get our fly lines stretched the right way.

The firsts continue

Today Brian brought his son Brian and his two grandsons Tyler and Aiden out for an afternoon trip. We headed out and it took a while to get to where I thought that we could pick up a few Hickory Shad. Shortly Aiden hooks a shad and after a short fight the hook pulled. Soon after that he hooks up again with something that didn’t want to come in. After some good rod pumping we landed a Blackfish on an epoxy lure. Aiden’s first and the first time that I’ve ever seen a blackfish hit a lure. We left in pursuit of some stripers. We joined the fleet and then moved off to our own fish. Today these guys just weren’t that interested in eating. However Tyler did manage to convince a striper that his lure was the real deal. Brian sr. picked up a rod. made one cast and landed a nice sized Hickory. Then he put the rod down and said ” that’s how you do it boys ” and let them try to catch up. Brian Jr. kept a blue on right up to the boat until it decided to part company. He did manage to land a nice sized gull that was released unharmed.Two days in a row we caught fish and fowl without any duplicates. Still had a fun day with some good people.

Another first

Today I had an afternoon trip with John and Jeanine. We headed out on a nice day with no wind. Watch Hill was a traffic jam of boats so we kept going. We found some bonito and Jeanine managed to pull a sea robin out of the school of bones. To be fair they are still running around pretty good and its not easy getting one to eat. We kept going and found bass and blues that weren’t hungry. However Jeanine managed to pull a fluke out of the school of bass. Now that isn’t an easy thing to do. The tide started to run and the wind came with it so we started back to find some cover. We found a school of blues and Jeanine actually caught what was intended. A nice blue about six lbs. Meanwhile John was still waiting for a hit. With 20 minutes to go we decided to give the albies one more shot. John’s first cast brought an albie up to play. Ten minutes later John had his first ever albie and our first of the season. A challenging day to say the least but still lots of fun.

Good news and better news

Friday Gail and I decided to do an afternoon trip for a change. We found bass and blues to start. Shortly after that we saw the tell tale slicing and dicing as the bonito made an appearance. When they first arrive they are hard to catch unless they pop up within casting range. We kept going and saw another pod of bones that were in a hurry to be somewhere else. Next up were the big schools of bass and blues that we have been on for the past few weeks. We saw some really big schools of bay anchovies and you know what that means. we played with the bass for awhile without getting involved with the fleet. Later in the afternoon we saw the line rushed of our old friends Mr. Albie. When they line up shoulder to shoulder and rip through the anchovies its pretty cool. They like their cousins are fired up and are running pretty hard. Maybe by next week they will be settled in and are closer to home.

Take you pick

Friday I actually set the alarm when I didn’t have a trip. Gail and I left shortly after sunrise and started our adventure. First up was some small blues that we quickly left alone. next we found swarming bass in close. We stayed and played till the fleet showed up. Next it was more bass and fewer boats. Mixed in were some Atlantic Mackeral. We picked up a few just for fun. Along with them were very good numbers of hickory shad. They do like to jump. When the tide slowed the blues showed and we had them up to six lbs. When the tide changed the bass came back and the fun continued. The bones and albies are getting closer. If you want to get out and just catch some fish, now is the time. We fished for seven hours and didn’t really have a slow time. Like our last trip we had know idea how many fish we landed. When our arms got tired from throwing flies we switched to spin gear and they liked that too.

A nice day for a boat ride

This morning brought Tom and Dawn down for a shot at whatever we can find out there. We started early on one of the reefs and Dawn put three bass in the boat right away. Soon after that Tom had tied it up at three apiece and that was when I lost track of the numbers. For the next five hours it was pretty close to one after another. Mostly bass and some nice blues mixed in with a couple of sea robins just because we could. It was overcast and flat calm with a little fog and when that burned off the heat came up and it was toasty. Most of the fish were about five miles from where Gail and I had them yesterday so they are moving around. Gail caught five different species including a bunch of shad. There have been a couple of hardtails caught in the past few days and they are the scouts. It should get real interesting by next week.