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: Seals vs Yaks

04-26-2002, 05:10 AM
After reading about how seals take stripers away from anglers in the May issue of On the Water , I wonder if a large seal could tip over a yak? I was on a Rip Trip and watched a seal steal a nice striper from Juro. A friend of mine has told me that stripers have tail slapped his yak. Just imagine what a seal could do.

04-26-2002, 07:22 AM
If you paddle a Pungo then there is a good chance a bull seal will mistake you for a girl seal and then - well - I leave it to your imagination.

Irrespective of what you paddle, the are other larger beasties of the deep who will make chowda out of you.

So just tell everyone to keep away from Monomoy between May and October by which time the Great Whites and Giant Squid should have migrated back down south.

There are no fish there anyway!:devil:

04-26-2002, 07:35 AM
I would advise against using a stringer to keep a fish alongside the yak :eyecrazy:

Turbo Nantucket Sleighride!

04-26-2002, 07:39 AM
Preferring sit-on-tops, mature bulls have been known to actually board...occassionally successful in their atempts, they soon lose interest due to the fact that they have great difficulty holding the paddle once inside...
Adrians' new dry suit serves not only to keep him dry/warm but also acts as a "full-body-condom" to protect him from the inevitable. Try to avoid the standard black "wetsuit" as it really excites the sexually preditory dominant male!
Safe paddling...

04-26-2002, 11:32 AM
I am picking up my dry suit today! I was worried that with all the nice weather we've been having, that I wouldn't need one. But with this latest snow, and with the reports of amerous sea life, I am glad I am getting one for the Mrs. too. May be too cold to fish, but maybe not too cold to kyak.
Adrian, were you trying to get a mini clave going? Sign me up for that one.

04-26-2002, 12:32 PM
Eddie and fellow Yakers..

I was thinking about having a paddle on the sunday following our Nausset floating line excursion (May 11th). Looking at the calendar, that's Mothers day which many folks will be observing.

I will be out though if anyone else is interested. There's an increasing chance that I'll be changing jobs before the end of May and that will mean spending some prime fishing time back in the U.K. :(

So, I plan to fish every chance I can get in the meantime.

04-26-2002, 02:13 PM
I wouldn't worry about it too much.

I attached some of my old fins to the Penguins yak last year right after the "Mako" sighting by the small boat off Nauset. He obviously survived + it scared the fish away from him & towards me.

When it's your time to go, it's your time to go.

Doc Duprey
04-26-2002, 07:46 PM

That helps explain something I learned a long time ago while I wore a a blue suit for a living.

It seems that Navy helo pilots would get some "bootleg" stick time by flying for the USCG. We issued our aircrews with either orange or khaki flight suits, but our naval bretheren were flying in dark blue. I was informed that that color excited the interest of wildlife, and while a Coast Guard pilot was the product of years of expensive training, "there was always another Navy pilot".

I always wondered about that, but you and Adrian have given me pause to recollect...:devil:

Best regards,


04-27-2002, 12:52 AM
Doc...It's been said that Air Force wings are made of lead...I've been told that Navy wings are made of gold...
C'mon up to fish the Cape and we can compare notes and annoy some fish!

04-27-2002, 07:04 AM
Adrian -

Sounds like you are going to do some crunch time in May... count me in, I am behind on my annual scouting already. Mother's Day is out for sure but if you have any time after that before you fly out I'd be interested in Quivett/Paines excursion sight fishing on the bayside flats in May.

Are you moving or just spending some time in the UK during the striper season?

Originally posted by Adrian
Eddie and fellow Yakers..

I will be out though if anyone else is interested. There's an increasing chance that I'll be changing jobs before the end of May and that will mean spending some prime fishing time back in the U.K. :(

So, I plan to fish every chance I can get in the meantime.

Doc Duprey
04-27-2002, 11:14 AM

If one more person invites me up to the Cape, well I'm just going to HAVE to go. Don't want people to think me rude, after all.

Thanks, and I plan to come up work/family oblligations permitting. Unfortunately, that is looking more and more like mid-August. Just speaking theoretically though, what is the fishing likely to be like the Memorial Day Weekend? There is a small chance that I may be able to head north at that point. Besides, rumor has it that you hae a fleet of yaks and can provide good advice on what, where and how.

Best regards,


04-27-2002, 11:35 AM
Last year, August was great...and with a little positive thinking...Who knows?!
If you find a "slot" in your schedule, just say the word and you will be YAKin'/fishin' and wondering why it took so long and when you can do it again...
Stayintouch and we can make this happen!

04-27-2002, 01:16 PM
Doc -

Memorial Day weekend this year is in the middle of a sequence of mid-day high tides so you won't even need to wake up early. The fish will usually hit all day in May. If you find where they are it's easy fishing from the shore. When that warmed water comes out of the estuaries loaded with goodies the fish will frequently station in the ebb and feed through the afternoon as well.

If you are yakkin' it I'd recommend paddling out at slack low in the morning at Barnstable Harbor or Bass Hole on the bayside and fishing your way back with the flood. Easy paddling when the current's bringing you back toward the launch.

If the wind is blowing north there are a number of great spots on the south side to explore as well. You wouldn't have to come all the way to the Cape, Rhody will be hot then too. There is supposed to be a CT clave as well - who knows you might hit them all on your way :)

Mem. day is a great time of year.

Doc Duprey
04-27-2002, 06:40 PM
All is lost! I have fallen amongst evil (or at least fishy) companions!:hehe:

Wait a minute...were not the twelve apostles fishermen? OK, now that we've settled that...

Gentlemen, the temptation is more than I can resist. I will be there ASAP, and Pete I will take you up on your offer. I can always explain this trip away as "research", prior to puirchasing a yak of my own ("Honey, it's way cheaper than a flats boat!"). Besides, I think my wife'c casting arm is back "in battery" so maybe she'll come along to fish, as well. (Man, I am a lucky pup. She got me started in the game!). Soon as I get a plan in place to stash the kids...we're there.:)

Seriously, Pere, Juro, Adrian and all...thanks for being so generous to a newbie! It is appreciated.

Best regards,


04-27-2002, 08:29 PM
Gimme' a little heads-up and we'll put together a proper plan that you and the fish won't soon forget...The only time sensitive period would be the first week and a half of July...(cementing international relations with neighbors to the North...)

04-27-2002, 08:54 PM

You are ON!!

I will only be back in the UK for a short (but currently indeterminate) time to fill in for someone prior to coming back to New York to set up a similar operation. It may be just one month but could be three or more - time will tell.

Sight fishing the bayside it is! Or, wherever else they may be trying to hide.

I fished the Esopus flats today on the mid Hudson and it was spectacular. Sadly the fish were not cooperating. Even the bait guys on shore only managed one fish between them. They are there for sure. Many boats are marking large numbers of fish in 20 - 30 feet of water. Still, I gave the Yak another good work-out and had my first experience with other boat traffic - from small outboards to very large barges. :eyecrazy:

Pleased to report the Tarpon performed brilliantly and I managed to stay dry.

Looks like my plan of not fishing from the Yak has gone by the wayside for now. I need a driftsock!

Hitting the Housie tommorow - tides are perfect and there are reports of large fish chasing herring ...hmmmmmmm:smokin: