: 5/8 Plum Island
05-08-2001, 09:59 AM
Hit the mouth of the Merrimack 4:45-7AM. Met up with Eroach and fished various patterns without a pickup. Spin guys with soft plastics were doing OK. Watched a guy catch and keep a just legal. Had a 3-4' long wrist thick eel swim right up to me in knee deep water. When in shorts it's kind of creepy.
05-08-2001, 11:35 AM
Nothing after you left; couple of more spin guys got some despite the brillant sunshine.
I'm going to guess these non-schooling stripers are not cruising but set up in ambush behind the washboard-like sand structure on the bottom. Careful probing with a heavy fly on a wet fly swing is my plan of attack for tomorrow. Swing and sidestep, swing and sidestep -- bottom bouncing with my whiterabbit sluggo. I might as well try this until Plum Island gets so congested with anglers that I can't move downstream! Inevitable.
05-08-2001, 02:27 PM
If the NWR gate still automatically opens at 5:15AM I'll probably head down the south end and fish the rocks on the beachfront at Sandy Point. If not I'll be back at the river.
05-08-2001, 02:40 PM
I hit the outgoing @ 5pm last night and did very well with a sink tip and small clouser pattern. The water is very murky and had a blast with 3 10-20 inch schoolies.
05-08-2001, 03:56 PM
Congrats' Zinck! That's great news!
Going again this week?
05-08-2001, 04:22 PM
Great to see the stripahz made it to the north shore before mid-May! Things can't be as bad as they seemed afterall. I'll see you guys up there, wear your hat and I'll introduce myself!
05-08-2001, 09:00 PM
Not any time due to work this week.
My buddy Jeff Knott and I are heading down to the Cape on Sun. early a.m. Are you guys working with the boat?
Good luck for the rest of the week in the early a.m. I'll be thinking of you guys while I am pre-oping patients!
05-08-2001, 10:18 PM
Bri-RN (05-08-2001 09:00 p.m.):
I'll be thinking of you guys while I am pre-oping patients!
Not a very comforting thought.
05-09-2001, 09:33 AM
Hit PI point again this morning, zero. Didn't see a fish caught while there. Eric paid the ultimate heavy weight clouser casting penalty. Ran into a couple other fly guys on the way out, nothing for them.
Took a run down the south side of the refuge to take a few casts amongst the rocks but nothing doing there either.
05-09-2001, 10:14 AM
Sounds like scout stripers alright... here today gone tomorrow, sometime gone today! Thanks for the reports they are greatly appreciated
note: 7:35am low on this day, -.8 @ mouth
05-09-2001, 12:13 PM
As Norm said, paid the price for casting (heaving) a 1/0 clouser-bunny (wrapped with 9" of .035 lead) -- slammed approx 3/4 oz into the tip of my ten weight on an errant forward cast, broke the tip at that spot 15 minutes later. I would have loved to have said that I broke it on a fish rather than poor casting. It's funny how dear our equipment is to us; hell, I would have rather have hit the back of my head...maybe.
The bright side: I've convinced myself I need a Sage RPLXi 5 piece ten weight to replace it. Ahh, the games we play when it involves fishing equipment.
Zinck -- No solid plans this weekend with the boat, next weekend we're going out I believe.
I seem to be able to get away with a 325 on my RPLXi 9wt and in the dark currents I fish a fly with small non-toxic eyes when I want to present a sand eel, no additional weighting. I'll often cast it slightly upstream, throw a huge mend and count it down before starting a series of "I am alive" jolts while keeping it down in the column, not drawing much line per jolt. This presentation works well up in the hole near the bottom of the tide, and down in the flat above the bar as well. Occasionally when the fish come in behind the bar, they will jump on the fly there too.
Sometimes it's a fly's profile or materials that keep it away from the bottom, so I will often change the fly design if I want it to penetrate the depths. Also, replacing bucktail with synthetics helps because bucktail is hollow and bouyant.
Skinny profile flies cut into the currents better than wide profiles, obviously. Luckily the striper loves the sand eel. If you ask me, that's the sand eel is the flyfisherman's lucky break!
05-10-2001, 07:36 AM
At least you have that extra rod, which you thought that you would never need Eric. Sorry to hear of the frustrating morning. Roop told me to look into the new XL series of this year by T&T. It is reasonably priced and I Love it's action for my casting style.
Give it some thought and put the money saved into a nice reel to compliment the package.
05-10-2001, 03:34 PM
Too late, picked up the RPLXi yesterday. I Gave my business to Eldredge Brothers in Cape Neddick, ME -- Good group of conservation-minded guys.
Love it, excellent rod. The other St. Croix Legend Ultra I sold to Marc D's Dad.
Had to test it it soooo...I fished the Ogunquit and the Mousam rivers. No stripers but a bunch of Shad. Lots of fun.
Awesome rod! Did you go with the 5pc or the 3pc?
05-10-2001, 05:03 PM
The 5-piece. It looks so funny all broken down! The first piece doesn't even have the stripping guide on it.
I'm still an intermediate caster but this thing seems to want to throw tight loops all by itself. Tough butt section (I nearly back-casted a small shad!)
05-10-2001, 08:40 PM
Glad to hear you treated yourself. Wise choice. Personally couldn't afford it with all that is going on this year (i.e.-wedding,etc.) There's something to be said about being single when it comes to fishing.
On the topic of marriages and 5 pc rods, I am thinking about testing my marriage again this year by purchasing one of those briefcase rods for meeself! The difference between buying gear when you're single and buying it when you're married is in the latter you pay TWICE! ;D