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: Spring Clave 05 report

05-22-2005, 09:25 PM
This year the season is behind by 1-2 weeks, and the weather behind by even more! It's been very cold, windy, rainy, raw and miserable.

But there are fish everywhere, most of them small but with some 6-8 pounders in the mix and the bigger fish moving in with each migration wave.

Highlights for me:

Hitting the beach with Sean Ransom again, who maintained air superiority with the Atlantis and the new Airflo striper two-hander line.

Meeting up with the annual patrols from California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY - what a crew at the Sat dinner!

Chillin' at the cottage with Adrian and Big Dave despite the howling wind and sideways rain.

Hanging out with all da' local gang although Striblue was conspicuously missing, as were many folks who signed up due to the nasty weather.

Stopping at the high bluffs with Seuss and finding migrating pods making their annual appearance in the same path and direction as they have for as long as I can remember and long before... and hoping they will thrive long after.

Spring is a wonderful time of renewal ad re-discovery. I think we're about to discover a banner season - reproduction is certainly occurring at a phenomenal rate in the Chesapeake and Hudson nursuries what with all of these micros around!

05-23-2005, 06:17 AM
Terrific week-end despite the weather great to see the old faces and the new.

Found my first keeper of the season on Saturday with another that might have made the grade ( I discovered later that from the butt of the rod I was using to the first stripping guide is 29 inches NOT 28! :smokin: )

Huge amounts of 'micro' sized bass - everywhere - with enough mid 20s schoolies to keep things interesting.

Encountered a big concentration of hickory shad where I'd not seen them before.

Incredible structural changes on the outside this year for some fun in the suds.


05-23-2005, 08:27 AM
Bigger fish on the way! I stopped by Osterville/Cotuit area on the way home yesterday and saw a couple of 35" fish landed from the jetties. Nothing that big for me but it's a sure sign they are on the way....

05-23-2005, 08:59 AM
Wish I could have made it but too much stuff at home ...my mom , at 94, broke her leg and is recuperating fine, not to mention the high school stuff going on. I plan on being down this weekend anyway for a days fishing.

05-23-2005, 09:52 AM
With the seasonal delay waiting is a good choice, however if the conditions were better anyone who did not attend would be cringing reading the reports because the only thing preventing ridiculous success was a howling nor'easter.

Even with that, everyone caught lots of fish albeit the pursuit of larger ones was hampered. For me it was the final end to a miserable winter, and a new striper season begun.

Dave -

The high bluff was about halfway from Chatham to Cotuit, and one schoolie was escorted to my feet by 8-10 large bass of which several were in the low to mid 30's (inches).

The next several weeks are going to be primo.

Special thanks to Chris Delisle who put in a huge effort to arrange the dinner, and despite the troubles with his fuel pump crippling his ride Drew, Ian and he caught a lot of fish and the good news is he will have to return to pick up his vehicle when the dealership completes the repairs next week.... when the place should be wall-to-wall fish :cool:

05-23-2005, 10:56 AM
what a great first outing.

although the weather made it a weekend for die-hards only. and i wouldn't describe the fishing as fun; small fish in 30mph horizontal hail force rain. but it was definately satisfying. enduring the conditions made you feel like you had at least earned every tug. having the sun peek through late sunday to reveal swarms of migrants was a nice treat as well.

as is usually the case on clave weekends, the quality of experience ends up being determined as much by your company as anything else. i was impressed by the scope of attendees, from NJ to FL to CA. lots of new faces. all good company. testament to the reach of the forum and the persons it attracts. missed seeing striblue, penguin (although we did have a couple recon looking flyovers), the doogues, and smcdermott, among others. will hopefully catch up with these folks over the course of the season.

it was a great weekend of learning as well:

- learned i like my new echo rod / nautilus reel setup ('04 xmas gift from the family)

- learned i need a place like juro, adrian, and bigdaves cottage to crash. aside from it being a great place to congregate after a day's worth explorations and eat stinky cheese...i'm convinced a stupid amount of time on the water is the only thing that's ever going to help me improve my rank, from 'weekend warrior' (and a mediocre one at that) to...well...whatever comes next...yellow belt i think.

- spend a couple hours on the water with someone like juro and learn how little you know. humbling. i love it. in the words of Confucius, "To know that you know what you know and to know that you know what you do not know, that is true knowledge."

- in addition to being a superb surf rod, the Atlantis is a superb jetty rod.

- don't misplace your rain gear

- it can be just as much fun to call out pods like a third-base coach from high upon a bluff to your fellow fisherman as it is to be on the water yourself. and perhaps even more educational.

05-23-2005, 12:55 PM
Tough weather for this one but I was pleased to see so many make it. Drew, Ian and I fished Friday afternoon and evening and did well. I caught fish my first 2 casts. Ian caught a dozen or so in the dark.
Boy were there a couple of ugly golfers in the room next to us!! :mad:

We went out again early Saturday with Fishhawk to the tub and like everyone else caught a bunch 12" to 24". Returned to the room dried off and prepared to head back out when on the way back to Chatham my fuel pump went.
I have an excuse to come back in a week and a half.

I didn't realize there was a gathering in the grreat room at the Stone Horse until late by which time I had ordered in a pizza and was in the wind down stage for the day.

Juro and Jeff, Ian caught one tinker down at the beach you dropped him on. Apparently one of the few caught that day.

Bill you're help with getting us around after the breakdown was indispensable and I owe you big. Ian was pretty impressed with the gift of the flies and plans to reciprocate.

Thanks to Matt again for the hospitality. I'm about at the stage where my son is going to come into a bunch of camping gear. I've been spoiled.

See you all on the water.

05-23-2005, 01:36 PM
My pleasure Chris. That's what the Forum is all about . Helping each other when we are in need. Looking forward to my payback up in Maine. :lildevl:
I also did not know of the meal at the Stonehorse.
One thing I have to say is not one person complained about the weather which when you think about it is pretty amazing. So the lesson here is play the hand that you are dealt with and you'll become a better angler.

FishHawk :smokin:

05-23-2005, 02:47 PM
Fishawk -

You are a great example of the brotherhood of the angling community! I predict a huge fish in your future...

05-23-2005, 03:59 PM
Great to see all you guys. My report is pretty much the same. Micros on almost every cast, some bigger fish mixed in, one keeper at 29".

Weather was crazy driving off the Cape on Saturday. Crossing the bridge there were black clouds to the north, south, east and west with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky overhead. Felt like I was in the eye of a hurricane.

Here's to the start of another successful season. Bring on the Big Girls :smokin:


05-23-2005, 06:57 PM
Wish I could have made it but too much stuff at home ...my mom , at 94, broke her leg and is recuperating fine, not to mention the high school stuff going on. I plan on being down this weekend anyway for a days fishing.

John- Hope your mom is doing well. Let me know which day you'll be down so we can hook up at the Rip Ryder. I'm going to try to tie my first "sand eel" this week (or as close a facsimile as my present skills permit) to see if I can at least get some of the hungry "micros" to go for it. See ya then...
Doc Shep

05-23-2005, 08:46 PM
John, other than my own, yours is my favorite mom! I hope her leg is improving. I think she needs a few relaxing evenings at the CAC just like the last time I happened to drop in for a cup of coffee.

Please extend our best wishes.

05-24-2005, 10:24 AM
It was a good time by all in spite of the weather. Sorry I missed this years Spring Clave. But as I said, my kids are only young once. They danced their little tails off. In my opinion, they were the best dancers on the stage. :wink:

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. If there I can help in any way, please let me know.

05-24-2005, 03:31 PM
Thanks Guys...I am planning on being down this coming weekend and will sneak up to the Big Dave /Juro/Adrian cottage for a visit. If Pete is around we should be able to come up with some anti-personel devises to install out side the premises.... for national security, naturally! :lildevl: :smokin:

05-25-2005, 09:51 AM
I would like to thank everyone involved,It was a good time dispite the weather caught alot of fish. Thanks to fish hawk for giveing up his time to run around for us sat. afternoon,Start my vacation in 2 days cant wait to get back to cape. Things are a couple of weeks behind here still cold and rainy(go figure) alwife runs are behind a couple of weeks behind also feels like april here in central me. :mad: Thanks guys!

05-25-2005, 09:25 PM
Only got to see some of the guys on Friday but was unable to get to the dinner on Saturday.Weather was awful but it was nice to get out on the cape and fish a little with Juro and Jeff. Did not get into keepers like last year but catching fish was not a problem. Too easy at times. Next year I will be pushing my annual trip out into June. Leave it to me to hit some of the worst New England May weather in over 100 years :eek:

Nice having the atlantis along for the windy conditions. Really cuts through the wind and the new lines available now for 2 handers rock.


05-26-2005, 07:58 PM
Greetings from down under.

Had fun riding around aimlessly with JF. Caught some schoolies in Bass river, had a few beers and, being old and wise, stayed relatively dry. Dinner was great dispite being forced inside. Felt really bad about Chris's travails.

How's the weather lookin this weekend?

05-26-2005, 08:15 PM
Aimlessly? We did manage to find my favorite sub shoppe :biggrin: Been raining all week but the prospectus for the weekend is improving weather ( it can't get any worse) PC chance of few showers...hoping the wind dies abit..received a solid report of some bigger fish moving through the canal, but being older an wiser I have managed to avoid getting my jigs and flies wet in the rain...good luck on your trip back from down under.....

05-26-2005, 08:16 PM
Fred- Sunday seems to be the day....isolated T-storms on Saturday, and showers on Monday. Look for ya at the 8AM Rip Ryder (maybe sooner at the Light if I can drag my fat tired ass outa bed that early).....
Doc Shep

05-27-2005, 09:29 AM
Thanks Fred,
Yeh, it was quite a fiasco. Got word yesterday that they will be sarting on my truck today or Tuesday. GM is taking care of the whole thing. I just had it replaced- GM part at a GM garage- in January so that at least is a plus. Drew and I will be down Wed or Thues and spending the night to make up for the fishing we missed because of being hamstrung by the truck.

I have been so dissapointed by the two GM's I've owned I think i'm put off for life!!

05-27-2005, 02:21 PM
Now they are saying partly cloudy with high to 64 tomorrow and same with high to 60 on Sunday; showers still for Monday. May shape up to be a decent weekend after all! See ya out there....
Doc Shep