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: so what's the word from the Boneclavers?

08-20-2001, 12:44 PM
Stuck in the office sunday and monday--waiting to hear some boneclave reports. SUnday day trippers? Fancy palm pilot with sattelite relay from Washburn? Anyone? Bueller?

08-20-2001, 02:36 PM
I am sooooo bumming right now. Why didn't I plan on taking today off? Tell me what I'm missing...c'mon! Kill me! Kill me now!

08-20-2001, 03:09 PM
I'm planning on having fir splinters in my hands tonight, if it makes you feel any better. I don't think those guys really care about any of us that aren't there, so I'll just go fix this floor and forget about it - NOT ! :(

08-20-2001, 03:11 PM
Who wants to be a **claver** anyway??? I didn't even want to go. Stupid clavers...doh!

08-20-2001, 04:20 PM
Quick report. Sunday no rain and nice weather. First cast for me had 3 swipes by bones but no connections. After that, I hooked a blue and lost it at the boat. Proceeded to tour Nantucket Sound (from the Bonito Bar to Woods Hole) with Bob Parsons. Found tons of blues but left in search of more bonito which never showed for us. Thanks Bob for the awesome tour, I now know where everything is out there. Greg Estey had a bone on Sunday (maybe two?) as well as someone else. Dinner was the usual feast. Awesome food all around. Rain moved in during the evening and drowned the campsite. I left at 7am with Craig to get some time in at work cause the weather didn't look so hot for fishing (thunder and wind, not the rain ;-) ) As I was leaving, the weather seemed to be clearing, so there may be some stellar reports coming in.


08-20-2001, 06:40 PM
I've been squirming, waiting for a report, as well. Though I must admit that as I was driving to work this morning, in the rain.....I was thinking..."I'm glad that I am not in a tent right now!"
Yeah...I know....another "light weight". These days I consider a night at the Marriott to be "camping". :)

08-20-2001, 08:03 PM
You're breaking my heart----NOT!!
I'd take any weather + fishing over
"Just fix this thing" anytime. Forget the hotel and huddle under the tarp like a fisherman. Give 'em hell, boys.

08-20-2001, 08:44 PM
Here's 3,000 Words!

08-20-2001, 11:57 PM
Great shots gregO!! Can't wait to get my images from this trip.

Day #1 - flat seas and bright skies, blues all over the place on the flood. My ride was delayed so I jumped on with Capt.Art Sawayer on the 22' Sea Hunt fishin' machine. No chance of boredom wherever there was current and bait, plenty of topwater action that was hard to call.. bonito or blue? Mostly blues, but certainly not automatic - the blues were actually finicky, but that made it fun in it's own way (flies lasted a little longer). Schoolies hanging around the jetties as usual, and suspicious busting patterns with excited birds over them providing the promise of bones at any moment with several of the clavers getting shots and some even connecting...

I know I'll probably miss someone doing this from memory but the arsenal of fishing machines included Capt. Art Sawayer, the Esteys, Bigcat, GregO, Bob Parsons, Brian Casey, Mike Schott, Greg Devereaux, Brian Copley, Terry Weir, Craig Miller, and "Reno" Bob Renauld joined in on day #2... what an awesome group of hosts! We riders extend our deepest appreciation and hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did, you really make Boneclave possible.

When day #1 was said and done, Gregg Estey and Mike Schott brought home the bacon - a beautiful bonito each, relished as sashimi served by Mike Mahler in grand style, and also grilled by Gregg and Mike Estey with a great mix of spices.

This marked the first time we actually got bonito at the bonito conclave! Past outings produced great success w/ albies, plentiful spanish macs, a few king macs, bass, blues, scup, fluke, etc - but we finally broke the bonito barrier! Congrats to all attendees past, present and future.

My guess that the earlier date would put the bonito in to the boneclave wasn't a bad one, although I suspect waiting a little longer would have put more overall exotics action into the outing - more spanish, albies, along with(?)

Succonesset had blues, pretty thick at times, and a few scarce pods of hardtails. L'Hommedieu (sp?) produced a bone for Mike S., Sully and Mike M. Gregg Estey got one on a bonito bunny out at the fence. Many spots covered, many tales to tell - I'll let them tell their own stories, I have only one perspective to offer.

Like Nick says, the feast did the tradition proud, starting with Terry's homemade salsa and chips (can't get it like this in jars, folks), shrimp cocktail, Bob Parsons' INCREDIBLE cherrystones and homemade chowder (the clam bar was as good as ever) and the new addition - the sashimi bar!

08-20-2001, 11:58 PM
Then came GregO's marinated steak tips, awesome fresh romaine hearts / caesar salad by Nick Svenson, grilled bonito by the fabulous Estey Bros, more chowder, and fresh butter and sugar native corn by Larry P, etc.... I know I am missing something in this smorgasbord but that's about when I cracked open the Knob Creek and was given a wonderful gift of 100% virgin cold-pressed pogie oil by Roop which we all used to wash down the best brownies I've ever had brought by Brian Casey and numerous other treats as we wound down to a full blown fishermans' BS session of epic proportions until the thought of morning angling got us into tents to charge up for the coming day on the water. Funny, that pogie oil tasted exactly like Tennessee whiskey that comes in a square sided bottle from Lynchburg! (thanks Jeff, you da' man)

Despite the consumption of finely distilled sleeping aids, the lightning and downpour did keep me from sleeping well from 4am to daybreak, but the sun shone nicely from 8am and we had some really hot spells amidst the threatening skies on day #2.

And then came Boneclave camp breakfast... prepared by Sully with help from Terry, Mike Estey and others. Sully's camp breakfast is nothing short of amazing. The griddle-browned potato / onion hashbrowns, sausages, eggs with Terry's fresh salsa, fresh coffee, etc - you couldn't find a breakfast joint on the mainland that could compare to that, complete with open-air waterfront seating for all guests and a place to park the boat.

And then there was fishing, and lots of it.

08-21-2001, 12:14 AM
One fishing highlight that stood out from the many for me was when I hooked a bonito from a busting pod from Bigcat's boat with Jeff Roop. I spotted them busting just as we were heading out for the shoals and we went to investigate. Sure enough, they were busting bonito and we had some quality shots at them. A pod began to make their frenzied pattern right off the starboard bow and for once I didn't step on line, short-shank the cast, or tangle the shooting line on anything. The fly landed between a couple busts before the busts were all done and I began an agressive strip retrieve when >WHAM< I was on! It started to zip around and I lost the fish coming at the boat, but everything about that moment was the real thing as far as the concept of the boneclave goes. But it was all really awesome, every bit. I guess what I mean is, this was my bonito at a boneclave, or as close as I could get. It wasn't an albie, spanish mac, striper, blue, etc - it was the toothy grinned McCoy. I've caught them on the fly rod before, mostly by accident at south sound river mouths when the ebb flushes bait into passing pods fancies; but this would've been different.
I will prepare a better report when I am not so exhausted but with one more mention - Greg's young son Brandon. He has more true love of fishing and enthusiasm than ten grown-up weekend warrior anglers and there was never a moment when he wasn't trying to catch a silverside, investigating a crab, begging dad to go back for more fish, or talking about fishing. If the farm-team of future anglers is made of that kind of talent, there is definitely hope for the human race. Thanks Brandon for teaching me again why I grew up to be a flyfisher.

My biggest lesson learned was that in the incoming current the shoals were producing well, but at slack high and on afternoon ebb currents there was a surprising amount of action in-tight to shoreline structures where dark clouds of peabunker were filter-feeding against the current along shore. Each jetty was a striper hazard, each cove a bluefish ambush, and each rip a chow line for any of the gamefish species to pounce on the juvies including the bonito. Perhaps matching the hatch would have produced more hookups out of the shots we had, but my past experiences are that placement of the fly and retrieve can overcome imitation accuracy - I hooked a bonito on a real eel fly with pretty heavy wire meant for blues. The white bonito bunny is a good trigger action, high vis fly but really doesn't imitate a pea bunker very closely, or more importantly a cloud of pea bunker which is what the bonito are attacking. Presentation of any fly that 'looks good enough to eat' into the upwelling burst of a pod of hardtails before the last of the pod gets his chomp in is the key.

More to come, including three rolls of film from my camera!

08-21-2001, 04:28 AM
Great reports keep them coming. Wish I had gone. Next year for sure!!!

08-21-2001, 08:55 AM
OK... OK... no more... I can't stand it... I would not have been able to make it on day two anyway, but I will make sure to schedule my vacation time next year around this. Great Report Juro and what a feed bag...sounds like the waters are really hopping. Look forward to more reports...

08-21-2001, 09:45 AM
The Launch...

The Tarps...

The Island...

The Crew...

The Bone!

08-21-2001, 10:44 AM
I think I caught a Cold from our Early Monday Morning Adventure with Mother Nature. I just slept fow 11 hours & I still don't have the Brain Power to put down words, so here's another image (BTW: I am now wasting a V-Day Sick!)

08-21-2001, 12:14 PM
Am I the only person who can't see your pics?

08-21-2001, 01:09 PM
Pictures should work fine now.

08-21-2001, 01:29 PM

08-21-2001, 02:02 PM
Just wanted to thank some people:

Brian Casey for the lift home in pea soup!!! Scarey, but pulled off by an excellent captain (and I mean PULLED OFF, as in sand bar!). Brews are on me next time Brian!

Mike Schott for the boat ride (and the fish head)!
SSully for setting me up with Mike!

Juro, Terry, Mike&Gregg, (which is which?), Grego, BobP, dude with the corn, dude with the salad in the bag (reminded me of Cup-O-Pizza), whoever brought the pickled ginger, etc...(sorry, I'm awful with names) for all the chow, drink and prep work!

Was only there for Sunday, but made me realize I should have taken the extra days off. Next year!

Never bribed a "cop" with sashimi before...

08-21-2001, 02:10 PM
Those thrusters on Art's boat are amazing. GreggO and I were drifting near the jetty blowing by the breaking fish with the engine cut. There's Art right in the action engine cut but staying in place without an anchor. Pretty cool setup.

Tod D
08-21-2001, 02:35 PM
Blues, blues, blues.. oohh, there go some bones!...blues...

rain, lots of rain...

Fantastic food and copious amounts of it...

Great people & camraderie...

Absolutely beautiful locale...

Thanks to everyone for coordinating & participating in such a great time. Nice to meet so many new faces (to me at least) and learn a lot in the process. Too many thanks, but special thanks to Art S for sharing his Sea Hunt and his fishing prowess; learned more in 6 hours than I've learned in the course of a season. To GregD & his son Brandon for sharing their boat - at 6.5 yrs old, that little guy is going to be a flyfishing dynamo! - Terry for a wonderful dinner, Sully & co for breakfast amidst the raindrops, and the Esteys and Mike for sharing the bonito & wasabi. Sinuses have never felt better.

I hear bones, albies & dorado (!) are making an appearance in Rhody. When is Rhodyfest???

08-21-2001, 03:22 PM
Chris (08-20-2001 09:09 p.m.):
You're breaking my heart----NOT!!
I'd take any weather + fishing over
"Just fix this thing" anytime. Forget the hotel and huddle under the tarp like a fisherman. Give 'em hell, boys.

Hey Chris,
Why don't you....oh nevermind....I'll be nice!

Bob Pink
08-21-2001, 06:24 PM
Great reports and photos guys. Glad to see the B-Clave finally live up to it's name ( although it's never lacked for either effort or comraderie )
BoneClave lives!

08-21-2001, 07:03 PM
I'm trying to get my butt back down the Cape but need to quickly express my thanks to all, it was a great time. Special thanks to Reno for putting up with with the bonehead skewering of my finger and his patience at the ER. It was a pleasure looking for fish with you - too bad we didn't get into any. Thanks to Grego for the Sunday PM tour. The food was great - thanks to Estey's, Sully, Terry, Grego, Bob P, etc.

And thanks to Terry, Juro and others for the work in organizing a great time.

Fred A.

08-22-2001, 08:17 AM
Happy to hear the Millenium Falcon didn't do a dump and roll on the target run, that Han Solo and Chewy are safe and back on Mother Earth, that everybody had a great time and thanks for the pics and descriptions - now I can enjoy vicariously and potentially look forward to a Rhody jaunt this year or next year on the Cape. Thanks again.

steve moore
08-22-2001, 02:36 PM
Glad to hear you guys had some fun. Am I reading correctly that no one got any bones after the first day (sunday)? That east wind must have made them sulk, but it sure turned-on the bluefish! We were out and about on Sunday and found the bones off Poppy early in the a.m. and off Succonnessett in the mid-morning. I even think we had a Juro sighting as he was being chaffeured out the Waquoit jetties around 2 p.m., followed by the teal tinboat I saw in the pictures above.

Also, where was everyone when that fog rolled-in around noon yesterday? Hope no one got lost in it. That was some thick stuff.

08-22-2001, 04:13 PM
I thought that was you in the parker, also waved at Chris Mountain. Noticed he has a poling platform on his boat now, cool.

The way it played out was people got bones into the boat on day #1, but most did not get shots at them. On day #2, more folks got great shots at pods than on day #1 and some had hook ups but lost them before they got to the boat (count me in that group).

The jury's still out on day #3, I decided I had to keep my day job.

Steve -

Our adjustment to the earlier date did indeed put the bonito into our sights, but the spanish macs that were plentiful last September were noticably sparse and the albies non-existent. The blues were thick in the rips on the flood current as well.

Do you normally see a transition period when you can target all three species - bonito, albies and spanish macs reliably?

thanks in advance,

steve moore
08-23-2001, 01:11 PM
Juro: Typically I think of albies and bonito as oil & water. When the albies move into the sound, they seem to push out any bonito that are around. Most of the bonito seem to head east to places like the Monomoy area or the stretch of southside beaches from Hyannis to Chatham. The sp. and king mackerel don't seem to have any problems mixing with any other fish. This year the mackerel seem to be a lot more spread out than previous seasons, however. All this may change if we start getting some crisp, cool nights and the water temps start to come down. While fishing this week and seeing all the blues going wild in huge surface feeding schools gave me the feeling they were trying their hardest to load-up on food before something else shows up to compete with them. Only time will tell, but it seemed to me I was seeing some action I'd only expect to see in late September and October.

08-27-2001, 08:17 PM
My wife fixed the problem with our webSite, So here's a link to the rest of the pics!