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Posted 04 December 2004 - 08:53 PM
My father and I went out early this morning in the boat (that was having problems the last three trips out). We headed around holgate and the ocean was flat calm at first light. Headed up along the beach and found a small pod of birds with fish on top. I took several casts w/a bunker immitaton. after about three casts the ASSHOLE PATROL came along. Several other boats saw the birds and fish and came in jockeying for position and put the fish down. On to another spot without a crowd we found another school of small fishthat only stayed on top for a few quick splashes but they stayed deep around us for about half an hour. big flys werent working so my dad put down the fly rod and pcked up a jig pole and started picking up fish on a dimond jig. I reluctently did the same , and was rewarded with 15-20 fish all small 18-22.75 inches. nothing in the slot for dinner.
before we realized it several other boats slid in again, a few of them started trolling and again spooked our little school to stop bighting. we moved again caught a few more but couldnt find any more fish that didnt have at least one boat harassing them. It was still fun but the top water action was just not happening as the south wind hampered the back casts.
So to make a short story long,,,,,,,,,,,
as we started to move to another spot towards harvey cedars lump, the motor starts to loose power, at full throttle it was only moving lik e it was in idle. MUst have gotten water in the fuel tank , ended up draining the fuel filter and got it to run good enough to limp in.
We decided that enough was enough with motor troubles and we got the boat pulled for the year
Now I am limited to the beach for the remainder of the striper migration. and that just sucks. the wind has been blowing west for a week now and the beach bite is almost nonexistant. all of the fish are 1/4 mile out and not coming in near the surf. hopefully we get a little north east wind to push the bait back in towards the beach for at least one more day
It was a great time catching the fish but I am pissed that my season was cut short because of a piece of crap motor
Posted 04 December 2004 - 10:30 PM
Having your season cut short does suck, there has to be a few bad years mixed in so you can appreciate the good years........I tell myself that all the time, it has yet to make me feel better though
Posted 04 December 2004 - 10:53 PM
Posted 05 December 2004 - 08:24 AM
Posted 05 December 2004 - 11:04 AM
This major dink and a few others I got in the river on Fathers Day were it for me. I could not entice the larger fish I could see in the pool tail wash out with smallmouth flies. I should have brought some beefier flies with me.
Sadly I never got the opportunity to get out fishing in the sound. Today after Christmas shopping (again) Iíll make time to tie up a couple of patterns for FTOTY.
I had NO big fish at all this year but hereís always next season.
Posted 09 December 2004 - 08:21 AM
I am a commercial fisherman,(blood worm harvester).I harvest the worms off of the flats.
One spot where I harvest is only accessible by boat. WE hook up to a bouyie and wait for the tide to drop.You can actually see small stripers by the thowsands under the boat heading for deeper water.
There are larger fish as well,sometimes we see them breaching the water three to four feet in the air,its cool.
Is any one else seeing the same thing,an abundance of, 1 to 2 pound,size fish.
"All it takes is one fool to be standing arround doing something, for a bunch of other fools to join in"......a quote from an old Newfoundlander I met fishing in the pooring rain
Posted 09 December 2004 - 08:46 AM
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Posted 09 December 2004 - 09:21 PM