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: Summertime behavior

07-03-2010, 03:40 AM
Hit a very good UDL yesterday with my lady friend's visiting dad. Ran into nmbrowncom otherwise known as Neal. Fish were pouring in and other than one lucky bait fisher and two fly-caught shorts in the wind driven surf, the pre-holiday conga-line was skunked despite hundreds of big fish visible. This included those fishing freshly raked sand eels among the tide-energized bass! Crazy!

I felt fortunate to have eeked out four grabs while sight fishing - one solid, the others little electric shocks felt in my wrist with a visibly flashing mouth, even though I never even got a hook set. One lone cow followed my fly to the rod tip, did rodeo circles around the fly but never took it. Zero hooked solidly never mind landed despite all the craziness :Eyecrazy: Must be summer.

Despite growing up on the Cape and having decades of fishing experience aboard various boats this was his first time sight-fishing while wading the flats among the cruising stripers and he had a great time nonetheless.

I actually love when the fish get this finicky - every hookup is a victory in and of itself. The fact that I got a few to eat was a battle won; when/if I get them to eat all the time... the war. Somehow I never feel bad about my own lack of success when even the bait guys are getting skunked beside me.

07-03-2010, 04:15 AM
Been like that all week in my neck of the woods. If they're there they eat on the drop but the turn and flood are go to skool time. Was out there thursday with a couple of flats guys way more skilled than I and they were humbled also so at least some solice for the weekend warrior.

07-03-2010, 01:02 PM
My wife and I came down to the cape on thursday & friday with the idea of combining beach time with a bit of fishing. I took the wife out in the Sea Nymph out of Stage Harbor and anchored up on the sandbars/flats off NM. I was encouraged by birds dive bombing the the water. While my wife walked around the flats enjoying the beautiful environs, I waded the flats, depressions and deeper holes. I saw dozens of stripers but had great difficulty discovering what they were feeding on. There was the presence of clouds of tiny baitfish I couldn't identify. Fortunately I had a few sandeels tied on a size 4 hook. I managed to catch 4 in the mid 20's range all in the span of 20 minutes. After that brief period they had lockjaw. I switched over to an ugly looking popovics shrimp I tied and a couple of crab patterns but nothing doing. Finally, with the tide moving in, we went over to SB so the wife could soak up some rays while I worked the surf. Nothing going on there. All in all a great left me wanting to come back for more!


07-03-2010, 03:41 PM
"when/if I get them to eat all the time... the war"
May I refer you to the story of poor old Mr. Theodore Castwell as recounted by G.E.M. Skues ,most recently published in Nick Lyons' Fisherman's Bounty.
Seriously, I am convinced that your experience of lockjawed fish is simply a matter of the fish being nervous from too many people bothering them on a repeated basis, it makes them into fish that are not happy, but also, not scared just not gonna eat, move to another spot.

alan caolo
07-04-2010, 07:55 PM
What Juro and JonC said. They can become permit-tough . . .