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: Working the night shift with a Yardstick

06-07-2007, 01:01 AM
Well I knew I had to hurry up and get my Yardstick fish before the weekend based on all the big fish reports I've been seeing from the Cape.
I've been checking the forum frequently the past several days holding my breath expecting to see the first shore caught yardstick fish. Sure enough a couple of good fish were caught, but not entered in the contest. I still had a chance.
I knew I only had to make it to midweek as the tide was topping out for perfect conditions at my sure fire secret spot. This is one of the very few totally reliable spots that an angler can come upon in a lifetime of fishing. It is only about a two week window AND the tide has to fall totally after dark so there are really only maybe a half dozen really good nights and maybe as many more so so per season.
Tonight [Wednsday night] was the first good tide I could get to. My son Matt and I headed out with great optimism.

Not long after arriving I hooked and landed a "small" 29 incher. They're here!
After about a half hour without a hit I hooked a decent fish. This one felt heavier but never really took off downstream. It was content to play tug o' war in the deep pool directly below where I hooked it. I was to trying play it conservitively because of the contest but eventually just had to choke up my grip on the old Sage and put the pressure on. A few minutes later I slid a 37 inch striper on to the rocks. Success! Not a very impressive size as big fish go, but it was longer than the Yardstick and that's all I was interested in tonight.
The fish hit around 10:30 PM on 6/6/07. It took one of my special De-Z-ver flys which is a large varient of the famous fly created by Lefty Kreh. The location was the upper reaches of an estuary somewhere other than the Cape. My son Matt was witness and we also got some pics which will follow tomorrow.

Next we had to get Matt a good fish. He was using spin gear and and soon hooked a fish he couldn't stop which ran out and around a bridge piling. I was more bummed than he was. On the very next cast after tying on a new plug he hooked another one which ran downstream and thus safe from the piling. Then the fun began. Matt's never hooked a fish this big before and was very excited as well as a bit intimidated. He hung on for dear life while the fish stripped line with ease. We ended up having to chase it downstream and Matt navigated the slippery boulders in the dark without mishap. Once safely below the bridge and out in the open the fish gave Matt a battle that almost wore him out. He wanted to rest his arms but I urged him to keep the pressure on. Eventually I was able to grab the fish which was 36.5 inches long. Yeha!

Then it was turn again. After maybe another half hour I hooked another big fish. This one felt much more solid than the others and quickly got into the main current and started running. It basically ran away on me! Now I'm not one for stories about "The Big One That Got Away" but this fish was about to spool me! I chased it downstream as far as possible but could not turn it. When It started to look like it was really going to hit my arbor knot, I clamped down in an effort to save my flyline. It sure did hurt to feel that fly pull free. At least I got the fly back. To put it in perspective, I've been fishing that spot for 15 years and have landed numerous 38 - 42 ich fish there, but nothing ever came close to pulling like that one.
After that, Matt and I agreed it was time to call it a night. As we packed up our gear, I could see more wakes out there. There was still over an hour of tide left. Neither of us minded walking away from those fish one bit. :biggrin: :biggrin:

06-07-2007, 03:01 AM
Nice report Mike, boy is it frustrating reading about the big 'uns showing and being on the wrong continent.

06-07-2007, 06:17 AM
Congrats and great story!

I'm sure your entry will not be hard to confirm and once this is done category #1 will be advanced from pending to won.

There are four more categories open. Take very good pictures and tie at least one impressive fly to increase your chances:


#1 First of Year Shore - Entry Pending
- 36" migratory striper from shore on fly and fly tackle

#2 First of Year Boat
- 40" migratory striper from any floating device on fly and fly tackle

#3 Best of Year Shore
- No size, judged by FORUM vote in December, all entries in by November 31st

#4 Best of Year Boat
- No size, judged by FORUM vote in December, all entries in by November 31st

#5 Best Flies Submitted
- Must post images and pattern to be eligible for this prize

06-07-2007, 08:15 AM
Real quick; some details I left out last night.
All fish were released unharmed and in spry condition [not just the ones that released themselves;) ]
Matt's 14 years old and a veteren forum claver with aspirations to become a flyfisherman. Last night's fish was his biggest of any kind so far.
No other fishermen or other humans were seen all night.
We left some fish for tonight so we could shoot for that Best Fish prize.:devil:
Pics will be posted tonight after work once I download/upload from camera to web to forum.

06-07-2007, 09:14 AM
Congrats Mike, can't wait to see the pics

06-07-2007, 09:21 AM
Congrats Mike. Likewise can't wait to see the pics.


06-07-2007, 04:17 PM
I hope this is sufficient to confirm the Yardstick requirements.

06-07-2007, 04:19 PM
Matt's fish

06-07-2007, 04:37 PM

The photo did not let me down brutha! nice fish!!!

What a night for father and son.

I didn't catch in your post how you measured it?

06-07-2007, 04:54 PM
Mike Z ....Beautiful:D I was in the Merrimack today & did a long distance release on one just like it!

06-07-2007, 06:00 PM
Measurement was made with an actual yardstick that I carried in anticipation of scoring. Does that make me a geek?:hihi:

06-07-2007, 09:24 PM
Good job guys! Nice fish and great pics.


06-07-2007, 10:30 PM
Measurement was made with an actual yardstick that I carried in anticipation of scoring. Does that make me a geek?:hihi:

Actually that couldn't be more appropriate!

I also noticed how fat that fish is compared to some of the fish we're seeing on the elbow currently. Hope they turn the corner soon.

In anticipation of the other judges votes, I think we have a winner!

06-07-2007, 10:38 PM
MikeZ and son.........:Eyecrazy: :Eyecrazy:

Way to go...........outstanding fish!!!!!!!!!!

:smokin: :smokin: :smokin: :smokin: :smokin:

06-07-2007, 11:14 PM
Nice fishies! We definitely have a winner. I hope my kid sticks with it when he is that age.

Those look like rhody bass...hmmmmm.


06-08-2007, 12:33 AM
Fantastic!!!:) :) :)

06-08-2007, 02:41 AM
Wow - nice job guys!


(I gotta get out and fish!!!)

06-08-2007, 06:46 AM
The look on Matt's face says it all. Great job guys. :D :biggrin: FishHawk

06-08-2007, 12:49 PM
Mike and Son. Quailty time and then some. He'll remember that night forever. Excellent Father Son story. Awesome knowledge on your behalf. Paid off handsomely. Congratulations both of you! How could you have possibily slept after all that excitement? Fishing does teach patience.


06-08-2007, 07:12 PM
Awesome! I agree, we have a winner:smokin:

06-08-2007, 11:04 PM
Great fish boys, keep up the good work and never never ever tell anyone where your spot is.

06-08-2007, 11:08 PM
Great fish boys, keep up the good work and never never ever tell anyone where your spot is.

Most definitely.


06-09-2007, 09:58 AM

06-10-2007, 03:36 PM
Hey Sean, I'm going to get a hold of Fred A this week to see if we can hook up and fish on the 20th. You want to go? I'm making a world wind tour of family members back East and that is the only day I have as it looks now to fish. We leave Seattle for the journey on the 10th of July.
Hope to hear from you.
Steve the OC