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juro
08-20-2000, 07:47 AM
When the crew started to assemble at ten to five, it was an inspiring sight. Gotta love these impromptu get togethers and the power of <i>small tuna suggestion</i>. Most with little sleep some with no sleep at all, but all pumped and ready to go. There was also a bit of concern whether the sleepy little town of Wianno could handle a convoy the likes of what we had gathered at the rendezvous Saturday morning. The logistics of the shuttle plan were definitely going to be put to the test. As we rolled down the narrow streets, I got a sense of how a Hells Angel feels driving through a Vermont town on a Sunday morning.

A special surprise was Al's presentation of a pair of Red Sox / Mariners tickets as a show of appreciation for my efforts in doin' claves. Al - THANKS! but the credit goes to those who participate in claves. I was just an instigator http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif

JohnM and Tim (nice to finally meet you Tim!) headed to South Cape and stayed in touch via cell phone.

When you think about it, it was truly amazing how smoothly the shuttle procedure went. This is especially due to the generosity of Jim O and Craig, who brought boats to move people quickly across the inlet. Also, thanks to Brian Z who shuttled to/from the parking area. What I thought would be a hard maneuver was really smooth as silk. Can't thank you guys enough!

Next thing you know we are at one of the prime locations for shore bonito with one resident parking spot taken and a dozen guys on the neck. Not bad! The current starts to pick up and the wind out of the north is mild, sound was calm. Anything busting would be seen for hundreds of yards. Jim took us for tours off the beach while the rest of us had our eyes fixed on the water for bonito from shore. Al took the first tour with Jim.

On the beach, Craig kicks it off with a quick schoolie. I follow with a big scup, on a fly but lost it at the rocks. Too bad it would have been a nice addition to the fish fry. Craig then adds a 17 inch fluke to the shore lunch stock. Overall, there was very little happening for the spot, time of day, tide, and BAIT.

There were hordes of peanut bunker running through the area, reminiscent of last year's first pogies. I expect that the next size class will follow soon, we saw one school of 2-3 inchers but all others were 1" class.

John calls in on the cell phone that Tim landed a keeper bass on his first cast at South Cape, John landed a nice blue and lost a big bass in the blitz.

On Jim's boat, Al hooks and lands a bluefish that went to Jim's "grandma" who loves bluefish. Al was impressed with the way the blue fought on the fly rod.

Mike and Mike head down the beach toward Cotuit and Brian Zinc spread out to search for something interesting. They found a blitz of big blues knee deep, and hooked up despite meeting the fate of most fly rodders without wire tippets. Craig and I met the same fate later on Jim's boat.

One of the other highlights was the striper activity at the point on the incoming, when the pogies were running west to east with the tide (vs. against as they often do). As they approached the stripers would ambush all around us. Little silver petals would spray from the water all around us as the bass pushed them around.

Al and Nick Svencer were well positoned just right and hit fish during this activity. It was a great sight, and Nick's camera captured the moment. I'm anxious to see these photos.

Nick, Chris and Craig and the Estey Bros put a nice chunk of fluke and a fat scup into the cooler and we focused on fillets for shore lunch. As the day wore on, most didn't stay to enjoy the spoils of our efforts but those that did had a killer shore lunch at South Cape before the afternoon shift fishing the tide currents to the east of the State Beach.

Recipe for the fillets:

Seasoning: Pruhdomme's Seafood Magic
pat w/ Flour
light olive oil
Saute' medium high till edges crisp / brown

Stirfry sidedish:

Red pepper
snow peas
summer squash
zuchini
onion
sliced mushrooms
same seasoning
olive oil
garnish w/ parmesan cheese

Thanks to everyone who brought ice, drinks, side dishes, etc.

Special thanks to Al D, Jim O, Craig, and we all deserve recognition for the spirit and camaraderie despite the absence of the target species.

Reports indicate that even those with boats found little to no bonito activity yesterday.... even down in the Elizabeths where they had been buzz-sawing bait all week.

Oh well, guess it was just "one of those days"... but I couldn't think of a better way to spend a slow fishing day than with the awesome group of anglers that came to fish. I'll have to get some sleep before the next outing, I always regret afterwards when I think back on the awesome crew we had gathered and me being the walking dead squanders the chance to really visit with y'all as they say down south.

Just ask Jim - by the time I got to south cape, I looked at a piping plover shelter and saw a bed. LIke that cartoon where the hungry cat sees tweety as a roasted cornish game hen in his minds eye. JimO got a kick out of seeing me sleeping on the wire mesh thing, hey thanks for waking me, I'd probably still be there!

best regards to all who attended,
Juro

labrax
08-20-2000, 08:01 PM
<b>John calls in on the cell phone that Tim landed a keeper bass on his first cast at South Cape, John landed a nice blue and lost a big bass in the blitz.</b>

Sounds like a good time. I was over at the Waquoit jetties on Saturday morning, and was wondering if John and Tim were using Kayacks and on the west jetty. There were breaking fish from 6:40 until I left at 8:40. The fish were crashing near the end of the jetties and especially over by two guys who were flyfishing over there. I wish I could have got over there, as the eastern jetty began to fill up with a**holes around 8:00am. One guy caught a 22" fish and was putting it on a stringer. I told him that he had to put it back and he wasn't going to do it. He told me that I didn't know the size and that the fish was 28". I told him I was a biologist and that it was illegal, that the fish had to be 30". They thought I worked for the state, and that paused them a bit. Finally another nice guy came over and told this guy and a few other poachers that there was a $1000 fine for keeping it - apparently that was enough incentive and the fish went back after several long minutes. The other two guys said they were leaving and I didn't want to stay. One of the other guys who was there was shocked that I released a schoolie, he even said that he would need to see some ID, because if he caught one of those stripers he was keeping it. Safety played a part in my decision to depart, plus the newly arrived throng set themselves up right next to me and they had a 8 year old that had a nasty habit of walking right behind me. The mother (who was a dead ringer for a grossly out-of-shape Rosie Perez yelled at her son that the kid should watch out for me, cause I was "flailing that line around, and that he is dangerous", in essence, I should watch out when they crowded on top of me.

I looked at the other guys across on the other jetty with envy as they hooked up a few times on fish right under them. There were only a couple of guys over there and they had that area to themselves. I want a kayack pretty badly now - I've been working on my wife pretty good since my return, and the fact that she isn't totally opposed to the idea is a good sign. BTW - there were tons of peanut bunker going by in the water. And there were some good sized fish crashing the bait in between the two jetties.

Pete

Hawkeye
08-21-2000, 05:29 PM
What a day!! Thanks so much to all the attendies for adding your energy to the outing, Jim O. and Craig for the boats and shuttle service, Brian for the car shuttle (I got in touch with my lab's spirit while hanging out the window. http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle">), and finally Juro as the perpetual organizer and gourmet shore lunch cook! (The rest of you just don't know what you missed.)

I spent far too much time with the spin rod (I'll pay handsomely for the picture one of you got with me holding a spin rod. <img src="http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Happy.gif )looking for lunch in the first half of the day but made up for it at the bluffs with Craig. While at the bluffs I saw two Bonito and that was the extent of my luck unless you count the generosity of Craig who filled my stringer with 3 nice fluke. I did experience one fluke but it was the finding of John's green pliers among the weed and sand after half a tide had washed over them.

To sum up: The comraderie was fantastic, the scenery was awesome, the fishing was great, and the catching left a little to be desired.

I can't wait for Rip Trip II or is it III now - the 26th anyway.

juro
08-21-2000, 05:52 PM
<b>Rip Trip II is Friday 25th; Rip Trip III is Saturday 26th.</b>

Gregg - I'm sure the crew will benefit from your killer rip technique.

Dave - Maybe you could show folks my "inside track" technique, which differs from the up-rip swing but seemed just as effective. Cast into the edge where the rip goes away from the point, let the fly settle deep, then hop it back to the shore in the eddy of the rip (make sure you are in a straight, decent speed current even in the eddy)

Craig - there is a cow out there waiting just for *you*... unless Diane Clancy beats you to it!

I am really looking forward to this trip myself, for those on the Friday trip I'll see you at the causeway!

JohnM
08-23-2000, 03:37 PM
First, Gregg, you are the man for finding my pliers ! Considering all of the green stuff on the highwater mark, that was no small task ! Thanks again !

Pete, we where no where near the jetties when we hit the blitz. We where fishing off of the beach on the first rip that forms when you look to the east from the lifeguard tower. The rips through out that stretch really set-up nice.

Hope to see you all at BoneClave 2000...........

John

labrax
08-23-2000, 07:49 PM
John,

We met at Blue Northern a few weeks back. Were you or your buddy following a light blue saab on the way down to South Cape State Park that morning. It was me in the SAAB, and I overshot the entrance, but parked right across from a guy in a blazer and another guy. I was too busy getting dressed to avoid the mosquitos to see who was in the other cars, and when I made it out to the beach I headed on the long walk to the jetties, as I saw two guys on the point to the left and a couple of other people going that way.

Good to hear you had a decent day, hopefully we will get a chance to meet up and fish.

Have a good night and thanks for the response.

Pete