: Bayside, 6/7 am
06-07-2008, 10:20 AM
Dead on the drop dead on the first hour of the incoming. Seen no fish and the only bait I saw was a 15 inch shad/wanna-be-tarpon I caught at the end of the creek.
So much for great expectations. Those canal fish must be a day or two away. The only good thing is I had the whole place to myself until about 7:30 then a conga line of ffer's formed along the shore by 9:00 am. As long as the flood doesn't turn on in a big way the conga crowd will probaly be lookin for greener pastures.
06-07-2008, 03:23 PM
I estimate that at least fifty 40# fish were caught over the last five days in the canal. This push is over let us see if we have another. We did not last year:mad:
06-07-2008, 05:46 PM
Fred.....it has certainly been a strange start to the season. I fished Harding beach on Thursday and 500 casts produced 3 fish, 2 in the mid 20's and one "stripet"...hardly the size of a fish :)
Saw very little bait...saw a small school on 2 inch sand eels....that's it. Saw only one pod of about 8 stripers flashing...picked one up then. But dead, dead, dead!
So either the season is 3 weeks late (at least) or the bait hasn't arrived or went offshore or the stripers flew Jet Blue to go north and gave up swimming to get there.
Saw at least 15 guys fishing on Thursday and only 6 fish caught.....so I guess I had a relatively good day.......given the cost of gas for the trip, I averaged $16.50 per fish.
06-07-2008, 08:59 PM
Was at cottage in Mashpee from late afternoon, 6/2 thru noon on 6/6 and fished from Waquoit Bay to Poppy Bay. Logs show total of 23hrs in the water and 21 stripers brought to hand plus 5, inadvertant "long line releases". 2 fish 30+", 4 that were +/- 28" and 4 "Stripets" (slightly longer than fly but not by much) Rest were all 15"-22" feisty fish. ALL caught on ebb though I fished into incoming and pretty evenly spaced between morning and evening. 'Sound' side fishing was tough as water was very dirty, even the 'pluggers' were complaining. Fish seem to be in their usual locations but not in the numbers of last couple of years. There is some bait around but did not see usual quantity of cormorants so I can assume that pickings are slim. Has been very slow, so far, this year in my frequented locations. Back to try again over "Fathers Day" weekend.
Fred - I was in the conga line for the flood.
Craig got into an isolated pod of good fish and Neal and I joined him in time for one more keeper-sized fish on my first or second cast. Craig already had 3. That was it and barely saw another schoolie for the next few hours. It was hard leaving perfect conditions.
Where the last time I was there hundreds of birds were on the shore and working blitzes on the flood there where only a desperate tern here or there all day. Read: no bait, no fish especially when they are skinny and trying to recover from their long run.
Went to the south side after lunch for the top of the tide. Bait and birds but all out over big water and the boaters were getting schoolies while the flats were barren.
Many will recall periods of time in previous years when bait and fish stayed out over dark blue water and nothing came up on the flats, well looks like we're having that now. My theory is that the bait has not made any residency in the sand, no one is raking eels and I see nothing popping from the sand as I walk.
People we spoke to fished further east and had plentiful action with smaller fish on foot which tells me they had the bait on shore over there like we had earlier e.g. the clave weekend.
06-08-2008, 08:16 AM
A few miles west of you, and 7 miles offshore there is massive amounts of bait and bluefish.
06-08-2008, 11:30 AM
A birdy told me many in the conga line were remnants from the cancelled rip trip. Saw sean juans' truck in the parking lot, I think, when I left. The same birdy told me that K. Mcfly and company had good fish later in the incoming, after everybody left.
Fished the outgoing this morning, not much going on but there was lot's of bait. Saw a few fish at the bottom and picked up a fiesty 25-26" schoolie. Didn't give thie incoming much time but I saw fish on the walk back.
06-08-2008, 11:47 AM
Sean Juan, we were spotted, I told ya to turn on the cloaking device:hihi:
We did not see much at all there yesterday Fred, Poloreyez was with us & had a fish roll in front of him & that was it. But we did see your truck, you must have snuck out behind us. We were at the far west end of the Conga line avoiding the crowd.
06-08-2008, 04:50 PM
Don't know how I missed Sean. FF'rs all look the same.
Fred, you didn't stay long enough on the coming tide today. Me thinks I'll be on the bayside in the a.m. for both the outgoing/incoming.
06-08-2008, 06:54 PM
Jim, sent you a PM re tomorrow afternoon.
06-08-2008, 09:17 PM
Don't know how I missed Sean. FF'rs all look the same.
That Conga line could be 500 deep - I'd still be the prettiest.
Be interesting to see how the year shapes up last year Spring was absolutely fantastic - summer (daytime) was well below average (night-time) was pretty good - fall was only slightly less action than spring
This year spring either didn't happen or hasn't happened - I wonder if there just simply aren't greener pastures for the stripers off-shore than inshore (the canal is unique.)
I think I simply have to learn how to fish the ditch...
This week I think I may switch to nocturnal mode - not that I think it will help much but at least at night it's easier to pretend that you saw a fish.
Some of those canal fish have made it to Plymouth (off Plymouth). No 40#r's but 30+#r's. Never got a 40lb fish, how long is one of those beasts? I've caught my share of low 30lb fish, they tape out between 42 and 45". I got all the large on live macks, that bait will be gone in a week or so. Nailed a bunch of schoolies up to 27" on the fly, they weren't showing on top but once you found them the action was consistent. If memory serves me shouldn't the big silversides be dumping out of the estuaries now. You'll be in good shape then Fred. I'm hoping to get into those big blues again this year, they usually show up around now and push the macks North.
06-13-2008, 10:47 AM
Fished the bay from Eastham on 6/7 from two different spots.
In the early AM came across a BIG school of Bluefish lazily finning the glass calm surface....donated a handful of flies...well worth the entertainment.
Afternoon was spent mostly playing with kids on the tidal flats, but as the tide filled in I took the kayak out for a planned 30 minutes....third cast yielded a nice 31" (butt to stripping guide) striper....called it a day.
The weekend before there had been cruising schools of mid 20's fish that were awfully competitive. I had given my daughter and nephew new fishing rods for their birthdays this spring (both 7) and they both got to test them. Uncle Mark even got to explain the sound of a fish taking line of the drag of a spinning reel.:D
We'll see what this weekend brings....weather look to be a bit off.