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: Your off season trip plans...

08-20-2006, 03:02 PM
Now that it's time to start thinking about what's past the fall fishing, what are some of you planning to do this winter?

I am in a financial burden period with two in college and residuals from the first still heavy. But I still have a pulse :lildevl:

Unfortunately I am going to abandon my coho saltchuck trip (low numbers again :frown: ) and skip our media coverage of the Tackle and Trade show this year (we'll go back next year). Spring steelhead will be contingent on frequent flyer miles and state of affairs in late winter.

So it looks like I will finish my fall with local claves (Maine, Rhody,Boneclave) which I can drive to and crash in the truck if need be, but typically pitching a tent or splitting a room - budget angling at it's best.

Then this first annual virgin poon exploratory using my frequent flyer miles and a sparse dispensation of american dollars in this US territory rich with familiar amenities. Incredible bang for the buck.

From there I will have to buckle down until Acklins, my annual Xmas / birthday present which will get me through the winter until the spring clave of 2007 (with a tan :) )

What are folks planning this fourth fishing season?

08-20-2006, 03:34 PM
Jigging for Grouper with some old Canal friends in December on the East Coast of Florida after I catch my December Striper

One day pooning in San Juan prior to a cruise in January

Waiting for some phone calls from some fishing acquaintances in Islamorada and Key West.

Jamey McLeod
08-20-2006, 04:12 PM
Suffering from some financial constraints myself, we (GF and I) plan to mooch some lodging in my parents condo on Duck Key and fish for whatever will chase a fly. May hook up with a couple we met on a booze cruise this summer and head out for some bluewater fishing out of Key West.

Or I may just freeze my ass off fishing winter steelhead and remodel my kitchen this winter.:frown: :frown: :frown:

Reality can suck, but atleast there are fish to be caught.

08-20-2006, 05:32 PM
heading for the amazon in mid december for peacock bass.

08-21-2006, 05:48 AM
Fishing the Deerfield every chance I get from now until.......well I move to North Carolina in February. Heading to The Olympic Penn for my annual Steel hunt in February with Steve Buckner and My good friend James Mello. And well, maybe spending a little time with the wife too. :smokin:

08-21-2006, 06:08 AM
Acklins Feb, Argentina March (perhaps) Abacos with wife April (confirmed)

08-21-2006, 07:19 AM
Local cape holes through the fall. Joining basser on the cruise but I'm going to pass on the poon experience. Got to reserve the vacation day for the Acklins travel day, plus cash flow is currently strapped (note to Juro, the kids exit from college isn't the end of it, plan accordingly).

08-21-2006, 07:28 AM
(note to Juro, the kids exit from college isn't the end of it, plan accordingly).

Fred -

Good to hear you are a definite for Acklins, I enjoyed discovering the southernmost creek with you that day; we earned it.

As far as the comment above, I just realized we don't have a "cry" smiley...

08-21-2006, 08:20 AM
Alternating between north shore/south shore/cape and brook trout and salmon trips locally until end of October. Harker's Island for a week in November, Eleuthera again sometime in the winter. Fortunately for me, the trout and salmon are an easy drive from here. Friends with houses and boats for the striper/tuna trips and my brother lives on Harker's. So really the only one involving any serious expense is Eleuthera.:cool:

08-21-2006, 07:45 PM
Three words...QUACK....HONK....BOOM!!! Hopefully a guided outing or two with Chris Simms for sea ducks on the Cape late Oct/early Nov.
As for fishing- usual 1 week DIY while visiting the folks at their time share on Longboat Key in FL in March.

08-21-2006, 10:24 PM
to my new wifes chagrin, it all steel all the time.

08-22-2006, 08:26 AM
FlyDoc- I spend a week on Siesta Key every April and fish quite a bit down there- have spent the last few years really targeting (with some success) big jacks- Like 20 lbs and up from the beach. Do you see them that on Longboat?

08-22-2006, 08:21 PM
TG- fish mainly the bayside flats (wading) on the east side and the bridge channel at the north end of Longboat- not much luck so far- the occasional seatrout. May have to try targetting jacks in the surf like you mentioned- if I could only fit my Atlantis 11/12 weight surftamer into my beat up old suitcase....
Tie-Dye- by steel, do you mean steel shot, or stainless steel hooks (tying)?

08-22-2006, 08:53 PM
20# jacks in the surf? Flydoc, I probably have a metal tube that fits in if you want to ship it to the folks deliv. confirmation / insured. I just want to hear the story and see the pics when you get back. Tie some 1" diam foamhead poppers with some prism tape and big eyes under a coat of epoxy, some trailing flashy hair and stuff and hang on.

08-22-2006, 09:01 PM
in my life there are two kinds of steel. stainless #10 blade for celiotomy and holy chrome steelhead of great lakes and BC. i was referring to the latter euphamism. the former just pays for the latter. Classic homonym of what im passionate about.

08-22-2006, 09:21 PM
Juro- got a reasonably tough 4 ft cordura TFO rod tube Smitty gave me FOC with the purchase of the rod and the reel/extra spool...should work fine for shipping the rod back/forth....just hope it don't get lost in transit, and that the folks ship it back this way before the Spring Clave...they usually don't come back north until mid-May. Have some poopers that resemble your description, although not quite as large (maybe half as wide). Would assume floating/intermediate line with 16-20 lb leader....never caught a jack, but I don't recall reading anything about needing with ya more about this at the Boneclave if not sooner...
Tie-Dye- oh- THAT steel- as they say up north- beauty, eh???

08-23-2006, 08:08 PM
While I'm laid up, healing from an ankle surgery, I dream of two things. Making it up to the Cape for some October Stripers and dropping some honkers and quackers from the sky with flydoc. Personally, that steel works alright, but I'm a big fan of the Hevi-Shot, more dense and thus more stopping power than even lead. As far as hooks, whatever I can find around JimS fly tying chair works for me. I also hope that I can get up to the Lake Erie tribs for some steelhead action. We get a pretty good run here, but there are normally more people than fish. Not to mention all the landowners are now posting their property because of some of the fishermen who think that the creek banks are the best place to drop their garbage.


08-25-2006, 07:48 AM
No faraway trips until the Fall steelhead season has ended in Western New York. Then to Grey's Point Lodge on Acklins Island in February, the follwowing week to Crooked Island to fish with the Scavellas, then a DIY on Acklins in mid-March, two weeks on Eleuthera in April, then to Campeche, Mexico for baby tarpon in May, followed by a week at Costa de Cocos in Xcalak for grand slam species.

08-25-2006, 07:54 AM
Vince -

I look forward to my fall trip to the Catt every year. As a guide on the river, are we expecting a big run this year?

08-25-2006, 08:15 AM
We should all have your life Vince.:razz:

08-25-2006, 04:04 PM
Juro, when are you coming down? I'd love to have a beer with you, or fish together if I'm not guiding that day. You're more than welcome to stay in my cabin on the creek if it is not booked. Let me know your dates.
I'm sure the runs will be good again this year, though you can never tell on the Lake Erie tribs until they are actually here. There is not much of an open lake fishery for steelhead on Lake Erie (a good thing), so we don't get reports on how hot the lake fishing is. I'm certain there will be plenty of fish around to keep you happy. The key on the Catt is not getting blown out by a lot of rain.

08-25-2006, 04:12 PM
Titleguy, yes, I am fortunate to be able to take many great trips. I count my blessings often.
Most of them are hosted trips that do involve some work. I assist in all of the pre-trip planning, everything from booking flights and hotels in Nassau for an overnight there, to packing lists and advice on what to bring. Once we arrive at the lodge or hotel, I help with everything from casting lessons and knot tying, to making sure everyones room is ok and that they all have the lunches/drinks they requested in their respective boat coolers. I have even been known to do some manual labor at the lodges just so things look/operate better for everyone! I love doing this--all aspects of planning & organization that go into these trips, and whatever it takes once we are there to make everyone's trip enjoyable.

08-25-2006, 04:24 PM
Not sure but I typically hold a Spey class in October on the Catt. It would be great to stay and fish a couple of extra days with Charlie, Brian S, Rick Kustich, and all you hardcores.

Thanks for the invite, I hope we can hook up.