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: September on the Cape

07-26-2009, 04:38 AM
Hi Everyone

I am thinking about going back to Chatham for a week or so with a Danish friend in September.

What is the fishing like?
Are the usual spots the places to go?

Any help would be very much appreciated.
Maybe I can catch a real cow as defined by everyone.:)


07-26-2009, 06:11 AM
Pete, usual suspects should be around in September for intel. Last year was hit or miss, but last spring was the same way. This spring, as you know, was very good. Migration begins in September, and if the bait is near shore, it should be good. Sept 18th is a new moon, big tides to get things moving.

07-26-2009, 06:57 AM
Averaging over the years September is typically amazing because of the infusion of bunker, the availability of small inshore tuna family species, the thick bodied summer fat rich stripers and blues, and the cooling trend livening up dead zones.

Each year is different and this year tends to be cooler thus the excellent action we're having now in what is normally the dog days. I don't think that will affect fall fishing.

I get wanderlust for greased line fishing for summer steelhead out in the pacific northwest around that time, but the cape fishing is definitely good in September.

I can tell you it's good now - I haven't caught a schoolie for days, every fish is taking 50-100 yards of backing.

07-26-2009, 01:10 PM
Got one big run from a blind cast striper but landed zero, saw nothing on the flats in two hours of flood tide where there were keepers everywhere earlier in the week. That'll teach me to hook and tell.

Heading out for evening vengeance before calling this weekend over though

07-27-2009, 08:28 AM
September can either be great or one of the toughest months of the season, especially early Sept (depending on the peanut bunker situation). Late Sept would be a safer bet. I would definitely consider visiting Rhode Island for hard tails over Chatham that time of year. Montauk can be excellent too...

07-27-2009, 02:22 PM
Taking a broader year-range average - typically Woods Hole to Hardings has great hardtails in September, I like Rhody better in October for them or August on their way up. Who knows what this year will bring, no sense in guessing best to observe and react.

Chatham means the refuge, outer beaches, Chatham Inlet, 15 minute bayside access and soundside action e.g. the elbow's many sides. I'll definitely report on the situation from a resident's perspective as the fall approaches.

Mike Oliver
07-28-2009, 06:07 AM

I agree Montauk can be excellent in Sept. Last Sept though the media finally got wind on the fishing and just stoked it up behond the pail. The crowds were sureal and it's no fun fishing shoulder to shoulder with a spinning rod let alone the long rod. Last year one Dip stick Fly Boy had actually shouldered his way into the line up and was trying to cast. Normaly this would have resulted in a Sharpie modifying his fly line before the idiot took someones eyes out.
I am back myself with a vengence this Oct for 17 days. In Oct of course it can get very windy and rough dirty seas can result. Tough time fly rodding but still doable on many days if you have the desire to do so.

I want to do the Cape myself in Sept after the big tides but it is too near my Oct trip to swing work wise. I have to make do with a May/June trip next year. I bet it's back to Schoolies then rather than the big fish I hear being caught this spring. But then that is fishing for you.


08-04-2009, 09:45 AM
OK I have now fixed the dates.:)
Arrive on Sep 19 staying until Sep 26.

Will anyone be around then or do I have to brave the Squire on my own.:lildevl:

I will be coming with a friend of mine Dr. Jan Kristensen who is not only a great fisherman but also a great photographer.
I hope we can get some good porn.

08-04-2009, 10:19 AM
I'll be around and look forward to a fall excursion.

08-04-2009, 11:55 AM
Hi Pete,

I hope you have great fishing while your here on your trip, September can be amazing action.

If you tacked a couple more days on your schedule you could make the Boneclave...
Just a thought...

Regards, Greg

08-04-2009, 12:52 PM
My buddy Jan is staying on a couple more days maybe you can persuade him to join in.
Unfortunately I have some family commitments and have to go home.


08-04-2009, 01:46 PM
Hi Pete,

I understand the family commitments, perhaps next year.

Will see if Jan is interested, some camping stuff if he chooses to attend might make it more comfortable, But I'm sure he'll be equipped for the fishing. :wink:

Regards, Greg.

08-04-2009, 03:39 PM
If the peanuts showup near shore this year, it could be epic. I'll be there and we may see a couple of other Poms in that time frame.

08-07-2009, 01:20 PM
'Poms'! One's almost American... well, he does have a US passport at least.

08-07-2009, 03:06 PM
Hey Steve
Will you be around then?

08-08-2009, 02:23 AM
Hey guys,

I'm Pete's buddy. Our trip to the Cape in September will be a first for me since I've never fished for stripers before - can't wait! :smile:

Any tips to prepare for my trip are much appreciated!

If you were to only use three flies in September, what would they be? From what I've read, I'm assuming Juro's Deep Eel would be one of them :smile:

I'm planning on getting a RIO Intermediate Outbound for my 9wt. However, I do 98% of my fishing here in Denmark with intermediate shooting heads (chasing sea-run brown trout in the salt), so I'm inclined to go that route. Do any of you use shooting heads regularly for striper fishing?

Should I bring a fast sinking line as well?

As Pete mentioned I'm into photography, so I'm hoping to shoot a lot of pics when I'm over :cool:


08-08-2009, 09:31 AM
The deep eel covers sand eel and silversides for stripers.

However most hits from bonito and false albacore don't connect with the hook so far up front so a surf-candy style fly or small mushmouth is a must for hardtails.

I'd also have juvi bunker around 3" - my favorite is a custom variation of Page's Bigeye Baitfish. Surprisingly large fish will target a single 3-4" bunker.

I always carry some poppers and sliders since sometimes nothing can be more fun than fish blasting on the surface.

08-08-2009, 12:06 PM
Thanks Juro :smile:

08-08-2009, 02:12 PM
Unfortunately not, Pete, but Silas & Matt might be... I'm not sure on their exact dates.

09-16-2009, 06:20 AM
Well we arrive in Chatham early saturday evening (Sept 19).:)
I trust that there will be a few people around.
It seems like there is very little activity on the board at the moment. I hope it's because everyone is busy catching fish and not the opposite.

We will probably go to the Squire sometime on Saturday evening.
See you there:smokin: :smokin:

09-16-2009, 06:51 AM
Pete! I think you'll liven things up around town - hehe

Fishing's in a bit of a slump right now but we all feel it's about to blow up. There's a lot of bait, big and small, and a good number of blues around but the bigger bass are not in the usual places at the moment. Juvenile menhaden (bunker) are moving in which always gets things going. You might consider chasing some tuna for some excitement while you're here.

Oh and since Labor Day things are much quieter in the watering hole especially with the weather bring so crappy this year overall. Saturday should be fun for you guys. I have commitments in Boston until Sunday AM but Jim Simms and Silas are in town and I am sure John Morin will be back at the CAC.

Second weekend is the boneclave on Washburn Island, you should attend that since you're here.

09-16-2009, 06:59 AM
Second weekend is the boneclave on Washburn Island, you should attend that since you're here.

Unfortunately I must go home on Saturday Sept 26 :frown:
maybe you can persuade Jan to go, he's staying until Tuesday 29th.

09-16-2009, 07:00 AM
I have commitments in Boston until Sunday AM

I know you too well. :lildevl: :lildevl:

09-16-2009, 07:55 AM
I'm in Chatham from tomorrow night so will be helping balance the budget at the Squire on Saturday night :lildevl:

Looking forward to catching up ...

09-19-2009, 11:30 AM
Hey guys,
Save a few for me. I'll be up in mid-Oct to close the house and cast a line.
Talk to you guys soon.