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07-06-2000 09:36 AM
grego
RE:Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

Bob,
Tahnks for the info. I have a bunch of vacations days that I need to take & I want to use them before the dog-days kick in. I also have a few home projects going on, but I really want to get out there. So, if you or anyone else (Juro, Terry, Sully, etc.?) wants to make a weekday venture, just let me know. Oh, but not in the next few days, because my truck is in the shop (1999 F150 5.4L, second blown coil in six weeks !!?? Buy American ??)
GregO.
07-05-2000 07:57 PM
juro
RE:Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

Bob -

I can't thank you enough for the great day on the water aboard Double Happiness. Your boat's ideal design for angling combined with the captain's skills help intensify my own desire to get back into a "hole in the water" soon. Next time I'll get more than a few winks in the parking lot so I won't miss so much (lights on nobody home).

I think you have a real winner with that spot out on Billingsgate... it seemed each time you dialed us into the GPS location, we would meet another husky mid-sized bass. As I recall, that one you held up to the rod went 27-ish by your mark and we were lucky to have consistent action with more like it including the blonde you landed on the inside flat once we came in to Paine's. I never complain when fish that size come willingly and complain even less when they fight with such incredible strength... there was definitely something wild about the way those flats fish were fighting.

Also I got to share some info about a spot I know well but seldom see from the "outside in". Gotta say I sure like the view. Especially when the shadows are shifting around on a shallow sunlit flat! It was cool to discover the depth of the 'hole' was 36 feet using your electronics. It's shape changed over the winter and the flow distribution shifted to the east lobe, and the fishing over there has taken a big turn for the better.

Hope we can hook up again soon and thanks for keeping the throttle down while I was nodding off in the afternoon sun

Awesome photos being developed... stay tuned...
07-05-2000 05:38 PM
Bob Pink
RE:Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

grego,
There are now two ramps at Sesuit Harbor, both (I belive) managed by the town of Dennis. One's on the east side the other on the west both very easy to get to off 6A.
The harbor is very tidal (like all bay side locations) and the ramp to the east is off limits at normal mean low water depths due to a lack of water. The west ramp I used for the first time last week and it was great right thru a minus tide. The channel leading out of the harbor shoals up about 100 yds from the entrance but I think with your draft you'd be fine.
The area surrounding Sesuit fishes well, sometimes you'll see fish busting just 1/2 mile to the east of the ramp and I feel it gives you the best access to Billingsgate (even better than Wellfleet since it cuts out another 35 minutes of driving) Both ramps are open (to the best of my knowledge) 24 hrs and if you launch before the attendant arrives you'll find a note on the windshield.
No need to be critical of the ramp skills, I know you take great care of your boat. There's a lot to think about when launching and loading. I'm still learning every time I get it wet....
Call or e.mail me me anytime if you want more details for that or other locations.
07-05-2000 04:28 PM
grego
RE:Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

Bob,

A few questions about launching out of Sesuit. Is it tidal? Is it public/pay/permit? Is it easy to get to? What is the ramp like? (you know I'm not the most skilled guy at the ramp!).

I'd really like to fish that area. A few weeks ago Al_D & I took the families to the point of Sandy Neck. We launched out of Sandwich Basin. In the glassy calm early morning it only took about 30 minutes to get there, but in the afternoon when the chop picked up it took about 50 minutes to get back. Also, the Basin Launch is great in the early AM, but after 2:00 PM it's a real ZOO with people pulling out.

It was my first time out that way & I concure with Bill that it looks incredibly fishy. Huge mile long san bars that drop 10' in two paces. Schools of bait fish that look like beige clouds. Even on our family outing we managed a few twinkies right off the spit.
07-04-2000 08:58 AM
bdowning
RE:Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

Note to waders without 'yaks:

Take Brewster Flats, double the potential for wading trouble, and you have Barnstable Harbor. These are great, productive spots and it's awfully tempting to stay out way beyond the recommended time and make the umpteenth cast to those 36 inch + tailing bass. Play it safe and head for dry ground when you still can. Better yet, drag that cartop out there and extend the safe fishing time.

-bd
07-04-2000 05:27 AM
Bob Pink
Brewster Flats/Billingsgate 7/3

Had the opportunity to take a road trip with the boat since I pulled it from the slip for maintenance this weekend. Called Juro and he accepted an invitation to meet me in Sesuit Harbor.
We started by heading over to Paines Creek about an hour before low slack to see a massive flat exposed by the minus tides. We explored some of the outer structure and decided out best bet would be to come back when there was a bit more water and the sun was higher to sight fish.
A quick trip over to Billingsgate to fish the northern edge at a spot I've worked previously was rewarded with some very strong-willed mid 20" fish on virtually every drift. Start in 14 - 15' and let the wind carry us to the 10' shelf, get the fly down as deep as possible and shock-stop or twitch it and the pickups were hard and running. Couldn't find a Billingsgate 40"er to come to the fly but there were fine fish and it was great to adapt flyrodding techniques to an area that has a history of trolling and dragging serious hardware. Next trip I'll try the shallow waters closer to the islands.
Watched to clock and at about 9:00 we slipped back to paines to find about half of the flats flooded, the holes and trenches showing great promise and a fair number of shore fishermen planning on using thier 'yaks or canoes to safely get them off the flats. (BTW: Can't overstate the issue of safety out here. It was easy to see how people get trapped on the rising tide given the height of the rise 10-11' and the distance needed to travel. Imagine Monomoy's west flats witha 10' tide...)
We floated over a skinney bar to be greeted immediatly by cruising shadows scattering at that magic 20' distance from the boat. Proceeded to do these long drifts 1/4 - 1/2 mile over sholes, bars and holes where you'd cast to spots that looked likely and then twitch the fly as slowly as possible as it swung behind the boat with the drift.
Lot's of fish cruising through these massive pods of sand eels often so thick that they'd shadow the water. A very enjoyable way to flats fish. Juro had a cow come cruising to the surface, 25' off the transom with a whale-like mouthful of sand eels but most of the fish seen and/or caught were in the low 20" size but we were hearing the song of the drag more often than not as these fish showed all the spunk of their larger cousins.
About an hour before high the action dropped off noticably, and we spent the next two hours cruising as far west as barnstable looking for some moving water and active fish.
The fly of the day was Juro's deep sand eel. Very effective in both locations.
A fine Bayside morning to be sure. Always a pleasure to fish with you Juro, you have the passion that treats every fish with respect.
"Double Happiness" signing off....

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