: LInes Singin' at Singing Beach
Beau-teee-ful morning at Manchester by the Sea. Woke up w/o alarm at 3am, 4am, 5am, then decided what the heck. Kissed my dear unsuspecting wife as she slept and ran out the door. Had a message from Bill Stanton that he was headed for Magnolia. Made the ride in record time, despite traffic building on 93 south.
Circled around off exit 15 for 20 minutes trying to find the shore road to Magnolia from Manchester until I said "I'm here, I'm just gonna fish!". Third cast >BANG!<
The action was hot and heavy with the intermediate line and a medium sized deep eel. They responded much, MUCH more when I fished the fly on the sand. The action got to an every cast situation for a while as the sun rose. All sub-legal but very few small fish in the bunch and some pushing 26-27". Every single one full of fight - amazing strength and F-A-T.
The bonus was getting my fix of rugged north shore beauty, hard sand beaches, crisp clear water and rocky accents along the rolling waves.
Dead low was not a problem, fish were strafing fast and furious at first light. They had a distinct iodide odor like herring, probably from feasting on bunker. Funny how the bass at Chatham did not have that odor (sand eels and silversides).
One note - at slack slack, they came to the surface and would hit the fly as fast as you could possibly strip several times on the same cast. Slow retrieve was a waste of time then, they were hitting as soon as it landed on the water. Prior to that your odds were many times better fishing it slow on the sand, in fact two guys to my right didn't hook a thing while I was getting thwonked. They were double-hand retrieving. Of course if they did that when the fish came up they'd slay but in the meantime...
Also, they fishing turned (nearly) off right after the surface rush. Seemed like a last hurrah before heading for deep water.
Bailed at 8am, ran into Bill who did well at Black's Beach. My wife left a message on my cell phone "where did you disappear to this morning?" (the question was rhetorical http://220.127.116.11/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif )
Made work a little late, serious hat-head and needing a shave badly. Brought work pants to change into but forgot a shirt - typing this at my desk with a flats shirt on!
Life is good.
10-13-2000, 11:22 AM
best way to hide hat-head is to keep yer hat on...that's what I'm doing...am ignoring the odd looks (course it could be the lack of shaving thing too).
missed you up there today....hoping for a repeat on mon or tues.
Those were the same fish we had the day before. I had a feeling they had followed the bait down the shoreline. I had even pondered the drive to Singing Beach, since the action was slow, and the beach was on my way back to work. Oh well, maybe next week, if there not on the cape by then.
On a side note, How do you make those smiles work?
One more thing, Juro what camera did you use to get those pics? They are awesome! Do you bring a digital camera with you on the water?
Subway series HERE WE COME!
10-13-2000, 11:44 AM
Darnit!!!! I knew Juro and the stripers were somewhere this am! I hit all the Mag. spots. On my way out about 8:30 I stopped at Singing Beach too. Saw lot's of dog walkers and strollers, no fishermen, didn't bother, sun was too high. Did notice birds working mildly at the south end by the mantion. Juro: you must have been gone by then. Sorry I missed you. I'm glad you got into it up there though. You're right the scenery is very striking.
I think it's going to hold on throughout the weekend.
I at least had a couple of schoolies under a full moon, nice. As for work clothes, I changed out of my waders in Lexington, now that's hardcore.
10-13-2000, 11:46 AM
OK, Terry just gave me detailed directions to Black & White, but where's Singing? Is it West of Black & White, closer to Down Town Manchester? I ask because I think I'm going to bag the Cape all together this weekend & try to get some stuff done around the house Before RI. BUT, the PM tides tonight & tomorrow look pretty good!
Jared - I don't think people can tell that I am NOT wearing a hat!
Real sorry that the Yankees will not play another home game this season. Three at Safeco is more than we need!
To do smileys is easy... just type in <semicolon><dash><right parenthesis> or <b><font color="ff0000">;</font><!--color--></b> then <b><font color="ff0000">-</font><!--color--></b> then <b><font color="ff0000">)</font><!--color--></b>
The board automagically converts these characters to an icon. There are a few more... colon instead of semi = smiley with no wink, left parens instead of right parens = sad face, etc. I will see if I can list the whole icon set.
The camera is a digital Olympus, no zoom, model D-340R which costs around 250-300 bucks. It is NOT an outdoor camera but I couldn't resist this morning. These pics were taken at HQ (verses super-HQ) and there's also a low-quality setting. Three settings, max 1.3 megapixels. One thing I do not like about it - when taking closeups of flies using standard light the hue is too red. When you use the flash at close range, the flies are too bright. To do digitals of flies you need auxillary lighting, camera lights like the pros use I guess. No mpeg.
Overall, very satisfied with it - but I limit the use to indoors and occasional outings.
10-13-2000, 12:03 PM
would certainly be nice if the Bombers were to sweep the next 3 in Seattle, but I
don't think it likely...especially with the "Crock-ett" pitching one of 'em -- too bad he's never been able to handle any sort of play-off pressure...
i'm so outta here
10-13-2000, 12:13 PM
Juro - sounds and looks like a perfect morning. Sweet!!
Regarding the close-ups, there is a $25 kit you can buy to eliminate these problems. All it really is is a maginfying glass that clamps onto the existing lens. You take the photo from as far away as 4 feet. This allows you to use ambient lighting, the flash, what have you, without the red saturation or flash glare. I'm not sure about Olympus, but Kodak has this kit for sale right on their web site. We've been using it at work to do catalog pics for our web site.
10-13-2000, 12:21 PM
That's a nice pattern, what material do you use to get the gold color?
10-13-2000, 01:00 PM
The Pics are awesome ! I saw the same thing this morning and took some pics, also through out the bay and rocky beach fronts......I was commenting to my buddy that this time last year, I was fishing in Connecticut with a winter hat and gloves on ! I saw you on the beach and gave a wave as we passed but do not think you saw us...BECAUSE you where landing fish !!
I suspected that might have been you but you're right, my hands were busy (happy) hands. Thanks just the same for the wave. BTW - thanks MUCHO for the hot tip on the action. I think we all should do an honorary imaginary double haul in your general direction... on the count of three...
Al - Nice knob, have you got any knockers? http://18.104.22.168/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
10-13-2000, 02:53 PM
Terry & Juro, LOL
It's OK Al we know you can handle it.
10-13-2000, 03:05 PM
For anyone who did not get to fish the N. Shore this morning (and even for those who did !) I just heard that the beaches you all fished where just stacked with fish at nite ! With the full moon. and incoming tide, the bait got put right on the beaches and the fish followed them right in. Get there tonite as it will not last long !!
Just searched the whole Olympus site, no such accessory for the low-end camera like mine. The high ender's have all kinds of lens options though. If they made it waterproof...
There were tons of Dead pogies on the beach which lead me to believe that the blitzes did occur. Too bad I am heading out of town. Good luck guys.
10-13-2000, 03:29 PM
I'll probably post around midnight.
Have fun at the BGB (big girl bar) & the rip!
i'm so outta here
10-13-2000, 03:30 PM
Guys, you mean I hadn't shown you the fly that caught that cow before this?
Yeah, that's my special US-10 half and half. I chuck it out on the QD line, wait for the line tangle, and let the sling shot effect knock the fish unconscious. Works second only to quarter sticks http://22.214.171.124/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
BTW, that's a B type lever, not a knob.
10-14-2000, 09:52 AM
I went last night, got to Singing about 8:30. Jason was landing his 50th fish, he had been there since 5:30. He then proceed to hook a 33" that put him into backing. So, I got the old "you should havebeen here a few hours ago" D'OH! I never got a hookup when the bite died around 9:15. I guess time of day (transitional light) is more important then tide. Also, I found out that my waders are leaking. Not a great night for me, but congats. Jason!
i'm so outta here
10-14-2000, 09:59 AM
Greg - look at it this way: you're due for a stellar weekend....... Rhody, baby!!!
Anyone else having trouble with the Cabelas Denier nylon stocking foot waders? Mine are leaking as well.
10-14-2000, 11:08 AM
My pal JeffB talked to Jason on our way into Singing Beach too. Jason's excitement got us fired up for a night of decent action. JeffB and I caught maybe 10-12 fish each between 9 PM and midnight. Nothing big...lots of microbass. I caught a 25" fish and Jeff lost what might have been a 26 or 27.
All in all with the moon and the calm waters we had an excellent night. At one point, for over an hourm we were getting strikes on almost every cast. The trick was fishing the fly very, very slowly (thanks Juro!) and bumping it into the sand. The fish were small so some of the hits were tiny. All in all a great night.
I talked to some nice guys as I was leaving. They said that large stripers were all over the beach the night before (2:30 AM). Some stripers were even bouncing off of their legs as the fish eagerly chased fleeing bait.
Awesome. I hung around until 2 AM looking for monster blitzes but alas...no.
These guys also said that Blacks Beach was even hotter on recent high tides. They were locals and they seemed to know what they were talking about.
Good luck out there.
10-14-2000, 12:34 PM
That must have been you two coming as I was leaving. Two guys coming out of a red wagon? It just was not my night, leaving was probably my best move of the evining!
10-14-2000, 12:38 PM
Yep, that was me. Red Subaru wagon...NH plates. If you see the wagon again there tonight then that means that I am back. There is a good chance that I will be there. I will have on dark blue nylon waders (and Teva sandals) and I will be wearing either my headlamp without a hat or my headlamp over a black knit cap. Despite the nice weather it got cold out there last night.
Too bad I did not get to meet you.
10-14-2000, 02:33 PM
see you there, Red Bo-Sox Cap. Will have wife & mother-in-law in tow!
10-14-2000, 04:03 PM
I will there about 6:30 P.M. I unfortunatly will be the guy in shorts.. Waders down at Cape. I will look for you Grego and to meet Mike D. Got skunked at White Beach this AM.
10-14-2000, 07:56 PM
Juro...In my minds eye, I've seen you walk on rice paper without making a tear much less leaving a mark...all while waving a stick in the air and throwing a fly towards unsuspecting eager striped volunteers all lined up to take their turn to stretch your line and enjoy your kind words and gentle release. NICE STUFF!