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: 2004 Maiden Voyage 8am 5/8

Rip Ryder
05-07-2004, 04:44 PM
Hi Everyone,

The weather looks good for tomorrow, so we will be starting our services to South Beach and Monomoy at 8 am. Heard a lot of good news this week and as late as this morning from Dave Pearson. Had a school of Sand Eels at the foot of the stairs yesterday at the Refuge. Just call ahead, especially if you need to get out during the week until things pick up.

Just to clear up some confusion. We are only doing away with the BEACH BLANKET BINGO and all the chairs and coolers. You are welcome to bring your spouses and families out with you by all means. We are just focusing our services towards outdoor activities like Fishing, clamming, birding and general wildlife observation. We will not be doing mom and dad and the extended family sunbathing tours. Just got out of control and a lot of abuse of the area and us. Sorry for any confusion the rumors caused. We have changed our schedule, so to provide more shuttle service for those of you who can't make the early trips.

Keep a look out for some fishing reports once we get underway.

Capt Keith

05-08-2004, 09:22 AM
Capt. Keith. Thanks for the heads up and good luck taming those beach blankets! Next weekend will certainly keep you busy. I look forward to our next trip out with you!

Phil Sheffield

05-08-2004, 07:42 PM
Glad you got away from the beach crowd. You'll be rewarded in the long run by loyal repeat customers. Thanks again.

05-09-2004, 09:39 AM

As in years past it was a pleasure to start the season with you yesterday! The first outing was a success and my clients got a solid dose of the sight fishing opportunities that make the Cape's flats the best in the world for stripers.

The cold temps and east wind put a damper on things early, but with patience and perseverance and a strong "vibe" the pods came in waves and the action got intense as we approached the boat for the ride home.

Those sand eels were great indicators as they stayed in the mid-50 degree zones and got some of the fish into a feeding mood. We found temps ranging from high forties to upper 50's in the same general area, which I theorize to be due to interactions of the tub waters, Nantucket Sound flood and the flood pushing in from the Atlantic at the inlet. The complexity of the area that makes it tricky in spring also makes it productive through the year, so much to learn and years of study only seem to scratch the surface.

The majority were migratory pods that were more focused on making ground toward northern hinterlands and with proper position, setup casts and retrieve these fish were bending rods for us. Larger fish, 35-38" class, were in the pods but of course the ones that grabbed our flies were the scrappy smaller ones. Not complaining though!

Despite the chilly water temps and "it's still quite early" reality check before the warm waters pushed over the flats, it was a fantastic day overall with good ambient light and for the phase of the season we are still in (and a late spring as well) to have such good sight fishing was a real blast.

The games have definitely begun, on to the Spring Clave and let's all give Sean Ransom our webmaster a striper country welcome we won't forget!

05-09-2004, 11:57 AM
Excellent and encouraging report!