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: BoneClave 2009

01-26-2009, 11:55 AM

I am looking forward to actually getting a group site together for this years Boneclave.

I have been watching the Waquiot Bay group campsite getting filled up...

looks like it makes thing unavailable 6 months out... I haven't figured out when the weekly block gets freed or if is a daily thing...Site 9 gets booked up more than 11.

I was hoping to reserve a group site for the dates 9-4-2009 thru 9-8-2009, all listed as unavailable right now I assume due to the 6mo out reservation window.

I haven't been able to look at the tides yet... Maine harbors no longer hosts Mass tides...Tides charts I found end in june 2009 right now...


01-26-2009, 03:15 PM
Greg- try gives tides out to Dec 2009- go to Mass, then click bubble for "Falmouth Heights", then line to "choose dates". For Sept 4, high is about 11:30 AM and low at 5:45 PM- 1.2 foot drop in tide- max tide is on Sunday the 6th (1.4 ft, with lows at 6:44 AM and 7:04 PM, and high at 12:48 PM). Hope that helps!

01-26-2009, 04:54 PM

PM's sent

Pete Readel

01-26-2009, 05:54 PM
Is Labory Day weekend the best time to try and book a group fishing excursion? Seems like that might be a crazy weekend on the water. I know it is around here and I can only think the vineyard would be worse. Not sure I would want to brave trailering around Cape traffic that weekend.


01-27-2009, 08:16 AM
In 2007 we did it around Sept 23rd or so. There were Albies, Blues & Stripers to be had, and the crowds were pretty much gone. Good time was had by all.

01-27-2009, 09:17 AM
Greg -

Thanks for taking the helm on this. Sean makes a good point, post-labor would be better BUT you should call and talk to the HQ folks for best results (I always do).

I am really looking forward to this, island time is the best time.

01-27-2009, 05:07 PM
I am really looking forward to this, island time is the best time.

But island hangovers can make Sunday morning a bit uncomfortable:hihi:

01-27-2009, 09:17 PM
I'll never forget the year Griz held a 'formal scotch tasting' :Eyecrazy:

01-28-2009, 08:13 AM
I missed the scotch tasting, but fell victim to the bourbon-soaked peach cobbler....guess that makes me a lightweight by comparison:(

01-28-2009, 08:33 AM
Would someone please tell me what the boneclave is?:confused:
I know of a few boneclaves where people are either called boneheads or fish for bonefish.:)

I feel sure that cannot be the case here.:smokin:


01-28-2009, 11:32 AM

The Boneclave is a gathering where people with boats and some without team up to spend a long weekend or so on Washburn Island in Waquoit Bay. We camp on the island and fish vineyard sound hoping to catch some small tuna. Originally Bonito but given their unpredictable nature we have moved the timing later in the year (mid September) to include False Albacore. This also brings into play the beginning of the migration for Stripers and Blues.


02-15-2009, 06:58 PM
depending on the dates of the clave, i may be able to make an encore event, but there may have to be a small charge to offset the whisky.

02-15-2009, 07:03 PM
It couldn't be said better than Sean put it!

There are some pics HERE (

02-16-2009, 01:33 PM
has it been decided to reserve a space at washburn island? if i remember correctly someone posted something indicating that we need to book waaaaaay out in advance because the better camp sites get taken quite early.

while i'm open to any time, the end of september really makes sense for booking, crowds, and lots of fish. has a date been confirmed yet?
if i can be of any help, please let me know.

03-02-2009, 01:37 PM
Yes, booking a site at washburn must be done about 6months in advance and it can be a pain to get a site too. I have had one reserved, But it wouldn't go through till after 9am, then after 9 it was no longer available... :-(

But it is getting closer to the time to book it.

Site 9 is very popular group site, But will give it a go. Still haven't decided what weekend looks best yet as far as tides go.

regards, Greg

03-02-2009, 01:54 PM
Greg -

Are you taking the reins on this one? There's been a lot of inquiries.


03-02-2009, 01:57 PM
Hi Juro,

I am planing to get the site reserved, So yea..
I guess I am taking the reins on this one...
Any preference regarding tides?? I'm thinking earlier in sept than later...


03-02-2009, 02:03 PM
Good question... we'd want to catch the flood and ebb during daylight hours. Two periods of peak flow during accessible times to light up Suconesset (sp) and the jetties.

If you can cash in some chips with the weather gods and give us flat seas I'll buy your fish and chips over on the Vineyard :D

03-03-2009, 12:50 PM

I took a quick look at the tides and I personally am leaning to the weekend of sept 11-13th, otherwise the end of the month 25th thru the 27th as a 2nd choice...

What say those planning on attending this year? What's your preference?

F 11 High 5:22 AM 3.7 6:16 AM Set 1:50 PM 63
11 Low 11:16 AM 0.5 6:56 PM Rise 10:46 PM
11 High 5:37 PM 4.2

Sa 12 Low 12:00 AM 0.2 6:17 AM Set 2:50 PM 52
12 High 6:20 AM 3.6 6:54 PM Rise 11:51 PM
12 Low 12:14 PM 0.5
12 High 6:36 PM 4.2

Su 13 Low 1:01 AM 0.2 6:18 AM Set 3:41 PM 41
13 High 7:23 AM 3.6 6:53 PM
13 Low 1:16 PM 0.5
13 High 7:40 PM 4.2

F 25 High 5:38 AM 3.5 6:31 AM Rise 1:55 PM 37
25 Low 11:24 AM 0.7 6:32 PM Set 10:49 PM
25 High 5:50 PM 3.9

Sa 26 Low 12:08 AM 0.5 6:32 AM Rise 2:39 PM 47
26 High 6:35 AM 3.4 6:30 PM Set 11:47 PM
26 Low 12:19 PM 0.9
26 High 6:47 PM 3.8

Su 27 Low 1:06 AM 0.6 6:33 AM Rise 3:15 PM 56
27 High 7:34 AM 3.3 6:28 PM
27 Low 1:18 PM 0.9
27 High 7:46 PM 3.7

Thanks, Greg

03-03-2009, 01:05 PM
The 11th-13th are an impossibility for me. If it is the 25th-27th, I'll be there with a boat.
That's just my situation, Thanks for taking up the workload.

03-03-2009, 01:44 PM
greg -

make sure the Waquiot Bay Reserve rents that late in the year. They shut it down off season I dont remember what the cut off is. Best thing is to just call and talk to them.

03-03-2009, 02:50 PM
From the Waquoit Bay website...

Primitive campsites are available by reservation only and available mid-May through Columbus Day (mid-October). Reservations must be obtained prior to your arrival on the island.

Please call Reserve America to make all of your camping reservations:
Reserve America

I'll give them a call when we get closer to being able to book the site and reach a concensus on when we are going.


03-03-2009, 04:42 PM
either weekend works for me. i'll bring my 21' center console as well.

03-05-2009, 07:08 AM
never been to one...sounds like alot of fun!
Like to do it whatever the dates.


03-14-2009, 04:53 PM
Well guys, I see I missed the window for the weekend of the 12th-13th, someone already has it partially reserved that weekend, so it looks like it will be the later if I can get my reservations on through on site 9 before someone else takes it.

So it looks like it's tentatively the 25-28th of September at this point. I was thinking 3-4 days on the site, fri-sun or mon...

or should we just shoot for the weekend?


03-14-2009, 08:28 PM
One thought: perhaps while waiting for opinions, we should grab fri-sat-sun. I would assume mon could be added fairly easily.

03-15-2009, 06:49 AM
i agree with vtloon

03-15-2009, 10:52 AM
Good suggestion guys...

We'll shoot for Fri-Sun with a possible for Monday then...

Thanks, Greg

03-23-2009, 08:36 AM
Alright the Boneclave is on...

I have just put down $135 to hold site 9 for 5 nights, I have it a couple more days than I wanted, But I didn't want to lose out on it, so I picked up a couple more weekdays.

So the Boneclave is now officially scheduled for Friday-Sunday night sept 25 - 28th 2009.

I'd appreciate if we could split the cost of the campsite with the attendees this year, being recently unemployed I could use alittle help offsetting this cost.

Thanks, Greg

03-23-2009, 09:12 AM
Greg, good work. Just PM'd you.

Now, someone needs to contact the hardtail community to get their buy-in.

03-23-2009, 09:15 AM
Greg, Thanks for taking the ball on this on behalf of the Forum. If I attend, I will pay my share to you.... would the breakdown on the money help you more if you get it now from all those who are definitly in?:confused:

03-23-2009, 10:42 AM
Hi John,


I can wait on the site re-imbursement this summer..

Thanks, Greg.

03-31-2009, 12:18 PM
For those unfamilar with the Boneclave, here are some Pics from back-in-olden-times (2001!)

04-14-2009, 07:31 AM
well, I'm in if possible no matter the date(unfortunately my wife's birthday is the 24th of Sept. so that can be an issue). but I'll be there part of the time at least.

oh yeah...GRIZ... I'm in for a seperate donation for that wonderful amber liquid! :D

Tom D

07-07-2009, 07:08 PM
What's this?
This past weekend it finally stopped raining and the air dried out. So I opened my basement to dry it out and give the dehumidifier a rest.
There's something about cool, autumn like air blowing through my cellar that get's me itching for Washburn and chasing hardtails. Oh well I got the itch. Hope the schedules line up. Good job Greg.


07-13-2009, 01:03 PM
Hows this plan progressing Greg?

07-14-2009, 09:53 AM
Hey Lefty,

I hope the schedules line up too, it would be great if you can get away to join us.

Juro, I have been working on making sure nothing stop me from getting out there with my boat and truck this year... Lots of repairs needed to safely haul my new boat. I have our site reserved and have the confirmation for our dates in Sept 25th thru the 28th. As far as planning and resources we will work that out as we get closer to the date and the attendee list firms up.

I am really looking forward to it this year... I hope nothing disrupts our plans and the weather is kind to us..

Tight Lines, Greg

07-14-2009, 11:05 AM
Hi Guys

Is this event something for me?


07-15-2009, 09:04 AM
I've done two and found it to be the best gathering for forum members in an isolated location. Great camping spot and loads of story telling after fishing. Just what the doctor ordered for a great, stress free weekend with friends. I'm hoping to hit this one again if I can get the weekend off. If you need a serious break from life's daily grind, this is just the ticket.


07-15-2009, 10:16 PM
I hope I can make it -- it's always a great time :smokin: .

Here's the link to the posts and pics from the last one (2007):


08-04-2009, 05:45 PM
I have never fished for false albacore and haven't a clue about how to go about it-can I get some help figuring it out?

I have a 14' Maritime Skiff it a 50 hp that I could bring down. Is that too small for the waters in that area. This looks like a great time and I would love to join in.

08-04-2009, 07:03 PM
Tom, you can use that boat for plenty of the fishing there. You'll want to watch the weather and, if outside, stick close to the Waquoit jetty; that's what Quentin did last year with an even smaller boat, and he was a "catcher".

09-06-2009, 01:39 PM
So the Boneclave is now officially scheduled for Friday-Sunday night sept 25 - 28th 2009.

09-06-2009, 01:40 PM
Bumped that back up as we are getting close.


09-07-2009, 08:36 PM
Right now I am 150% consumed with a two week sailboat regatta....Lightning Class World Championships...first race tomorrow. I'm still looking forward to Boneclave; it will be my return to sanity.

09-07-2009, 09:07 PM
if anyone is really interested,(if my schedule allows me to) I have 2 kayaks I could drag down . I'd tether them to the back of my boat for the trip over to the island. I won't even consider it if there isn't real interest.

Tom D

09-08-2009, 11:17 AM
I'd like to make it this year but no boat. How does this work? Can the campsite be reached by kayak?


09-11-2009, 12:05 AM
I remember a few years back someone did it in a yak. mostly people just let the boat owners know when they expect to be coming , we try and get you to meet at the same time as others, and we pick you up.

Tom D

still not sure I'm coming(at least for the whole thing)


09-13-2009, 12:32 AM
:D I just got the green light for that weekend, my wife's work schedule got moved up so I'll be coming down Friday late afternoon till Sunday

Tom D

09-14-2009, 06:46 PM
It's looking more and more like I can make it. I need some island time bad as every year seems to get busier.


09-27-2009, 01:33 PM
well, other than the foretasted rain for late Sat., early Sun. I went to move my trailer Friday afternoon and the brakes had seized up... got that resolved and about to go, when I notice my registration expired...GRRRRRRRRR :mad: so I had to rethink everything. Ok, so now I'm thinking "how I load everything in my kayak", by the time I get things ready, it's dark and I said f#@! it so I ended up doing a Sat. day trip down. I did end up with what I called a Waquoit Slam on Saturday though... 1 Albie, 1 Blue, and 1 Scup!!! :hihi:

I ran into a few fellow clavers out on the water.
Man those Albies are finicky.

My thanks go to Neil for the long tow out to the jetties and back

09-28-2009, 08:35 AM
Hey Guys,

Another BoneClave has come and gone, glad to see those that could make it out for the camping or the fishing. Wish I could have made it for the entire time, But we do what we can.

Thank you to those that gave me money for the campsite site fee I have now received alittle over half of the site fee re-imbursement.
The group dinner was spectacular as usual... we seemed to fill in all the holes well..

I was happy to see the albie action was so close that everyone had a shot, I managed to get one too on a silverside imitation.

My fri/Saturday wasn't much better then Tom's, lost phone in the ramp madness. First cast my rod tip went out with the fly line :frown: . Fortunately had a spare and was able to get some shots at the bustin fish. Although no fly rod for my son. Poison Ivy infection doubled, salt water helped dry it out alittle.

Windy out there and quite cold without the windscreen for my console when running, got chilled to the bone. Sports commitments saturday and sunday are getting absurd again.

Sorry to miss Grizz, Juro, Tom, Niel and whomever else I missed seeing for the feast Saturday night... Perhaps next year?

Tight lines, Greg

09-28-2009, 08:39 AM
Greg, how much are you out-of-pocket at this point?

09-28-2009, 09:20 AM
Hi Todd,

I picked up $75 of the $134.25 with tax I put out.. I did reserve a couple extra days to guarantee the site was ours.. I think it was worth it..

I probably could have gotten the rest had I made it down Saturday. But I still had to go home to address the broken gear, poison ivy etc.....

Thanks, Greg

09-28-2009, 07:13 PM
Hi Greg
I fully intended to make the Boneclave but my work and coaching schedule would not allow it. PM me with your address and I will send you a check to cover some of your cost.
aka shadfreak

09-29-2009, 05:06 AM
Greg D - please PM me your address and I will send you a check. I was planning to go, but some things came up with family back in NY and I had to take the five hour drive out that way. I think it's great you took the initiative to secure the site.

Sorry I missed it.

09-29-2009, 07:42 AM
Hi Larry & Fliboy,

Sorry other commitments or issues kept you away, I know as well as any.... all the things that can get in the way of getting to the Island to camp.

Thanks for the offer to help me out with the site re-imbursement, a few more $20's will do it. This unemployment thing isn't helping out much and getting old.

I'll send you a E-mail.

Thanks, Greg

09-29-2009, 09:04 AM
Hi Larry & Fliboy,

Sorry other commitments or issues kept you away, I know as well as any.... all the things that can get in the way of getting to the Island to camp.

Thanks for the offer to help me out with the site re-imbursement, a few more $20's will do it. This unemployment thing isn't helping out much and getting old.

I'll send you a E-mail.

Thanks, Greg

Greg, ditto for me.

09-29-2009, 11:02 PM
Greg, do you have a paypal account I can just send the money to?


10-02-2009, 12:13 PM
My ride fell through so I couldn't make it this year but didn't realize where Washburn Island was. I ended up fishing the mouth of the bay from a blue hobbie kayak on Saturday so in a way I did participate. Had 4 hook ups and landed two albies. It was very challenging but fun from the kayak and a good piece of exercise. The fish seemed to come closer to the yak and stay up longer around it versus the boats but the kayak is also a recipe for Murphy's law. Had the line caught around the rudder twice, lost one fish and was able to free the line the other time and land the fish. Last hook up appeared to be an albie, quick chase up top, long fast run and then nothing. Came back with a sliced leader and lost fly. I'm assuming it was a bluefish but certainly didn't hit or run like one. Had one guy say possible spanish but I've never caught any before. Albies were 6 or 7 pounds. Only thing that worked for me was to cast out with a straight leader and have the fly moving before it hit the water. Next year I plan to join on the island.

10-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Hey Tomd... I sent a PM...

I saw you in the Blue Hobbie yak, nice...

I noticed one of the kayakers seem to get carried away by the current and the wind.

Hopefully he made it back ok, he was out past the red can at one point...