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  1. OK now. I fish 3-4 times per week from Late April into late November. Most of my fishing is afloat on a flat or inshore, casting for Stripers. Until last year, my goto fly for windy days was a sparsly tied Deceiver. Last year, I chucked a lot of Skok mushy-type flies made of angel hair, mega mushy stuf, etc. Where the biggest deceiver that I found comfortable to cast on windy days was probably a full 6 or 7 inches, the Skok type flies add and inch or two to that. I want a big fly that can imitate a Pogy or Herring. What do you use for big flies on days when the wind gusts up to 25 MPH ? Pix shows some of my mushy flies.
  2. Here's a few Pogies and Herring from Dave Skok's designs, and a school of Deceivers; just waiting for Spring
  3. Thanks, John, especially for the pictures. Looking forward to doing it next year. Bill
  4. Hi, John. How about a report on your overnight at Monomoy. I was envious when I heard about it from Pete today. Bill
  5. I find the most useful line for fishing surf conditions is an intermediate. While it rides just under the surface, it is not so easily affected by waves as a floater and it does get down the the fish better. I use one of the saltwater tapered clear lines by Orvis, Cortland of Sci-Angler. On all my saltwater rigging, I splice or tie(with fly tying thread) a small loop to the end of each fly line. Then, with a loop on the butt section of my leader, go loop to loop connection. In over 25 years fishing the salt, I've never had a break there. On the subject of leaders; you will not need long leaders in surf fishing conditions. In fact, my average leader for such is about six feet and is simply a butt section of about 3 ft. of 30# or 40# test, loop-to-loop to a tippet of 15 lb. test. If Bluefish are prevalent, I loop on a short (6")section of wire. American Leader and Cortland both make a very servicable tieable leader material around 15# test that does the trick. In surf conditions, Stripers are not leader-shy. You're going to have wind on the ocean - sometimes horrendous wind. Best to practice shooting your fly line as opposed to false-casting. False casts in wind will just get you into trouble. Here is where the heavy weight-forward saltwater tapered lines earn their keep. Lots of luck. Keep it simple as you can and you should be ok.
  6. Nice report. Thanks for posting it.
  7. http://www.ecnnews.com/cgi-bin/O5/ntstory....-News+nfishbust Striper poachers busted There's a second article in the print edition today that indicates another bust was made on a boat with three guys from Haverhill with about 2 dozen under-sized bass. Can't seem to find that one on-line By James J. Allen Staff Writer SALISBURY — As they emerged from the tall grass onto a fishing spot on Ring's Island, environmental police officers Kevin LaPlante and Scott Maher saw dead and half-dead fish everywhere. Dozens of undersized striped bass were strewn through the weeds, lying across rocks, floating in the water, filling buckets and bags. "Pretty much wherever I looked, I could see undersized striped bass," said LaPlante. "The number of fish that they took showed total disregard for any sportsmanship." The two officers discovered the illegal fishing operation at about 11 p.m. Saturday. Aided by Salisbury and state police, Maher and LaPlante charged 15 Lowell fishermen with 60 fishing and related violations carrying $5,250 in fines. Some of the fish the group took were as small as 12 inches, less than half the 28-inch legal length. Fishermen are allowed to take only two fish per day. The men charged had not been caught before, but environmental police say the incident is likely part of a growing trend of black-market fishing gangs expanding into the lower Merrimack Valley towns. Poachers, often from Lowell and Lawrence, are believed to be selling the fish at lucrative prices to distributors. With crackdowns stepped up around Lawrence in recent years, police say, poachers have lately turned to smaller riverside communities, including Merrimac, West Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury. "As these violators are getting caught, they're pushing their activities into where they believe it's going to be much quieter for them," said Maher, who has been patrolling in the Lawrence area for the past seven years. "We're now seeing them push down as far as the mouth of the river, in Salisbury, in Newburyport and that area." The poachers work in organized teams and often conduct counter-surveillance of police patrols by staying in radio contact, Maher said. "There absolutely is a black market," said Maher. But the groups are difficult to infiltrate. Locally, they've trespassed, parked illegally and trashed fishing spots in small neighborhoods, angering residents and prompting a local police response. But foremost, they appear to have little or no respect for fishing rules and regulations, police say. Of the 38 fish police counted at Saturday night's bust, for example, one was of legal length, police said. "There's no sport involved in these violations," said Maher. During this year's striped bass fishing season, which runs through parts of May and June, environmental police have noted Plum Island and Deer Island as popular local fishing spots where most of the violations occurred. When fishermen congregate in large groups, such as at the Merrimack's mouth, environmental police can depend on anglers policing themselves. Such appears to be the case with Saturday night's bust, which was initiated on a tip from a local fisherman who complained of excessive violations off Sweet Apple Tree Lane, which winds toward the river from Ferry Road. "The violations were such that he didn't even want to be in the area," said LaPlante. Maher said he had regularly visited the spot, but hadn't witnessed violations there through last week. On this trip, the officers found several cars in a nearby field. They boxed them in with their truck and followed the mens' tracks down to the river. They watched them work for about 15 minutes before moving in, said Maher. The officers split into two groups, with LaPlante going upriver to a group of five fishermen, and Maher approaching the other 10. The men would not show police their fish, would not say who caught which fish and were kicking some of the bass back into the water, LaPlante said. Some of the fish were still half-alive. "We had some of the violators get back into the water and try to revive the fish as best they could," said LaPlante. The men, all of Lowell, ranged in age. Most were well-dressed and "clean-cut," said LaPlante. None of the men was known to police through their records, so none was identified as black market fishermen. Had they been identified as past poachers, Maher said, the men could have faced court appearances. The officers, later assisted by Salisbury and state police, cited each man with four violations, including possession of undersized stripped bass, exceeding the limit of two fish per person, failing to display fish when asked and violating wildlife management area regulations. Because the men were in an identified wildlife area, they were not supposed to be fishing after sunset. The fishermen had also thrown beer bottles and trash around the fishing spot, said police. "We had them clean up the entire area," said LaPlante. Police seized all of the group's fishing tackle, including rods, reels, lures, tackle boxes and storage coolers. Maher, noting prior experience, said the equipment is easily replaced. "It's obviously a lucrative enough market where they can afford taking these risks and getting caught," he said.
  8. Encompassing the input of recently held scoping meetings; an update to the Monomoy & Nomans Land Island National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan is now available to the public. To read and/or print a copy of the update; go to the refuge website at http://monomoy.fws.gov/plan.html. You may also join the CCP mailing list for future information on the CCP at that site
  9. Sounds like my kind of group. Only reason I haven't been there yet, is I never heard of it. Send me an email and explain, please, John. Unless working part-time disqualifies me.
  10. Notes from the public hearings held on the Monomoy Island Comprehensive Conservation Plan scoping meeting are available on line at: http://monomoy.fws.gov/news.htm
  11. Terrific report. Thanks for posting it. Sorry I didn't see it sooner, but I"ve been hanging out on the Fly Fishing - Atlantic Coast pages.
  12. I thought that all posts not related to fly fishin in the Atlantic states were to be posted on the new Atlantic Coast forum. Apparently not. I would much rather post here as it's much more user friendly. I will unless someone advises me not to.
  13. John, Just re-read your post and guess I won't be with you next weekend as I work Sundays at The Hook-Up. Maybe later in the season.
  14. Heard all about it at work this morning at The Hook-Up in Orleans. Must have been you guys.
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