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: South Beach report 7-4


Hawkeye
07-04-2000, 07:28 PM
Mike and I made the walk to just south of the Rip Ryder drop off on South beach and made our first casts by 4am. The action was slow with a few taken on a dark clouser until things lightened up and then a few more on sparse olive/white sand eels. The wind had put a good chop on the water and sighting fish at a reasonable distance was a no go. Mike called it quits at about 10 and I decided to tough it out and maybe learn something. I did.

I had thrown everything in my flybox with the exception of a crab fly and had no takers. I figured the crab fly wouldn't work because the current was moving strong enough to keep my fly off the bottom. Then I remembered seeing crabs rolling along helpless in the current earlier in the day and figured what have I got to lose. I tied on the crab and cast across the current and gave it a twitch every now and then. Pure magic! The fishing went from dead to hot and they were nice sized. I got a bunch in the 23" to 27" inch category, 4 or 5 last years keepers, and two this years keepers (30" & 32"). As the tide neared high the fish dispersed and the action died so I decided to try the surf side. I met a couple other flyfishers there who had done nothing and after hearing of my success they decided to try it out even though I told them things had calmed down. I took their spot on the beach and started throwing a chartreuse deep sand eel type thing. Within ten minutes I had hooked and landed a 35 incher and half an hour later a 30 incher. I had to horse the 30 incher in because a seal was checking him out and I didn't want to get caught live lining for seals. http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif All the fish went back for someone else to enjoy and I don't think the seal got the one he had his eyes on.

With the seal presence a problem and the tide still high on the flats I started the one hour walk back to the car. All in all an Idependence Day I wont soon forget. Mike is going to seriously kick himself when he hears this report.

juro
07-05-2000, 08:25 PM
Wow Gregg, those are some great fireworks you're lighting off on South Beach lately. Have you thought about a kayak from the causeway to access some of the spots you're fishing? Tide flow and wind would restrict these antics but it might open some options up as well...

Hawkeye
07-06-2000, 09:52 AM
Yeah we have thought about kayaks and I'm sure it would be a blast but alas we don't have one. Perhaps if we scrape our pennies together for a rental we'll give it a shot. It would certainly be a lot easier on the legs. http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Happy.gif

As a PS Mike was walking back that day and decided he just had to catch a couple more fish before he left and started flinging his fly again at the Rip Ryder drop off while working north. After changing from the sparse olive/white sand eel to a gaudy chartreuse and flashy deep sand eel thing he started hitting fish after fish in the 20" to 30" range. So he really didn't kick himself after hearing my tale.