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: Eastern CT./Western R.I.-Hardtail Clave take note

09-05-2002, 08:39 PM
Took the day off today to go search for tuns in and around eastern CT./Western R.I.. We had a banner day, my friend Al caught the N.E. Grand Slam on the flyrod with 4 Albies, 1 Bonito, countless bluefish and 1 Striped Bass. I fell one species short of the Grand Slam with 4 Albies, 1 Bonito, countless bluefish, and 1 LARGE Porgy, could not get the Striper to complete the slam but when I was stripping in the porgy I see a submarine size fish chasing the Porgy, I don't know what it was but my guess is that it was a very large bass. We witnessed blitzing bluefish the likes of which I have not seen in 25 years, we were 1/8 mi. away from the melee and it sounded like it was right next to us. There are ALOT of Albies in and around the Napatree/Watch Hill area and they are feeding on a smorgasbord of different baits. Butterfish, Baby Squid, Bay Anchovies, Silversides, Peanut Bunker, all of which were puked up all over my boat. It looks like you hardtail clavers are going to be in for an awesome time.

Mike M.

09-05-2002, 08:45 PM
Here's another pic.

09-05-2002, 08:48 PM
One more pic for you all.............

09-05-2002, 11:07 PM
Most excellent!!!
(...Was that first picture of pyranha or blue fish?!)
Let's hope it lasts a few more weeks!...

If I may be so brazen to ask...
Small flys...like little surf candies?...1.5" olive/white with some flash? Sinking/Intermediate?
Any suggestions for the hopeful clavers?

09-06-2002, 12:57 AM
Hey Mike,

Great pics and nice fish. Great way to spend the day off work for sure. You've been locating those hardtails pretty frequently lately. That's great!

I hope to get out friday, to avoid the weekend warriors. We'll see.

Hope your right about the awesome time for the Hardtail Clavers, Mother Nature hasn't been real good to us for the Rhody Claves the past couple of years it seems.

Tight Lines,

09-06-2002, 06:25 AM

Maybe I shouldn't even wait until the Hardtail Clave. Maybe I should head down there now!

Thanks for the report.

I second Pete's question: what flys were you using? I need to tie some up.

Thanks and congrats,


09-06-2002, 08:30 AM
Hey Mike let me know the next time you skip out on your responsibilities to pursue some fun. Have boat will travel. If not just tow me behind yours on a surfboard... either way seems as if you could guide us to the promise land. Looking to take a day next week ??? If you can sneak another day let me know. E-mail me and we could coordinate something.

09-06-2002, 08:32 AM
way to go Mike!! sent you an email...


09-06-2002, 08:37 AM
I use the KISS principle (Keep it simple stupid) because I tend to make everything more difficult than it need be. Clousers and Deceivers. Mostly I have been throwing a small 2" Deceiver Olive over White with Flashabou tied in on top of the bucktail to give it a flashy profile. These are tied pretty sparse and I use molded epoxy eyes that are larger than normal, this gives the fly a bigger head than normal but really makes the eyes standout which I think is important. I use a 300 gr. Orvis Sinking Wonderline which I just got but any sinking line will suffice. I think you fish more water productively with a sinking line and this will increase your chances of hooking up.

Mike M.

09-06-2002, 11:46 AM
...staring at these pics is just killing me. Way to go Mike!

PS - Will clean bunker-puke for fish...:rolleyes:


09-06-2002, 11:55 AM
Man, that's just about a Carolina sized albie dude! Getting hard to focus on work lately with all these reports. :eyecrazy:

09-06-2002, 02:10 PM
PPS 'Will eat bunker-puke for fish!:hehe:

09-06-2002, 05:09 PM
Well I was going to go tomorrow alone but with all of the offers of eating bunker puke for fish:hehe: I am willing to bring one of you along if you want to. Will be launching at Bayberry Ln. ramp at 0500 in the morning to fish all of the local spots in and around Fishers Island Sound and Watch Hill. The first one to contact me will be in. Email me tonight with contact info and I will call you, will check my email at around 9-10 pm. tonight if nobody wants to go and I have not been emailed then your last ditch effort would be to meet me at the ramp in Groton.

Mike M.

09-06-2002, 06:18 PM
...Combined with sleep deprivation and a 2.5 hour drive at O'dark thirty...
Just like the old daze!
I'll toss my hat in the ring...Standing by to stand by!

Win, lose, or draw...
Mike, thanks for the kind offer!

We are quite a family!!!:smokin:

09-06-2002, 06:21 PM
Mike, my email is on the way(I hope).

Regardless of who ends up catching the boat ride, it's great of you to offer it up on the forum.

09-06-2002, 08:40 PM
Mike -

I assume by this time I have the proverbial snowball's chance in hell, but it's never to late to say thanks for extending your generous offer to the "family".

Good luck guys - weather's supposed to be fantastic!

09-07-2002, 03:25 PM
Well, don't leave us hanging here. Who was the lucky angler, and more importantly how was the fishing?

I headed out on my own this morning, see the "Rhody Skunk" thread for more details