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05-13-2003 11:50 AM
Chatham Aestetics

There seems to be precious few places in the Northeast left where you can see nothing but sand, dune grass and water while searching out the quarry of your dreams. Large striped bass and the shadows they cast beneath them in the sand are mesmerizing beyond definition, for me. Lots of people ask me why I drive so far to catch only a few large fish. Only a few because I often forget to cast thinking all of this is merely dream and if I cast I might wake up and the dream will end. On several occasions, so awe struck that a large fish would swim so close to me in two feet of water, I have remained still, frozen, as not to frighten them. One 40" plus fish swam between my legs. Only happens once in a lifetime. Would never have happened had I attempted a cast. Yup, I can catch lots of fish here in Mystic but when I dream I see lots of sand, dune grass and dark moving shadows.

05-13-2003 09:58 AM
juro Frankly it's still early season in Chatham and the southside beaches and river mouths are probably a better bet until we get some SW winds and warmer currents pushing into the corner; particularly with the herring in thick in rivers further west. The fishing this weekend will be good along the Nantucket Sound shoreline with a mid-day flood making it worth sticking with it thru the whole day. I am sure the migration is still very much alive and well and if you intercept a wave of bass somewhere along the sound's shoreline you will be in for a big payoff.

Despite cool weather, the Stony Brook run is full of herring so the bayside flats will be hosting some of the years biggest bass - if not now, then in a matter of days.

Even still, some of us are addicted to the aesthetic of Chatham - those who think it's about the fish have it all wrong.

The recent observation that fish are staying off the flats an in the trenches and vegetation indicates that it's still early. There are schoolies everywhere, but the key to finding the big fish is to think migration, and how to interact / intercept these movements from shore. Not an easy puzzle to solve, but definitely worth some study.

We have some very exciting days just ahead!
05-13-2003 08:37 AM
Mark F Juro,

Great report!!! We plan on arriving up there on 22 May for five days of nonstop striper fishing and we can't wai!!!!

Great post, great fish, great photo!!!

05-13-2003 07:11 AM
juro Ron -

If you are going to be there Wed - Fri, we should talk. Rip Ryder doesn't start running every week day until there is enough business, probably Memorial Day. Until then they run weekends in the early season unless there is enough interest mid-week so we should combine our interest in making the run to ensure the trip will go.

Wednesday they need the boat in the water for a 9am CG inspection so all early runs out must be before that time.

Thurs it will be up to us to make enough of a headcount occur.

Anyone planning on going out during the week please call Capt.Keith or PM me please.

05-13-2003 07:10 AM
Tod D I'm planning on this Friday, starting before the am low if anyone wants to connect. Drop me an email or PM.
05-13-2003 06:58 AM
Paxton Great report Juro, the heck with finishing staining the house, I'm heading to Chatham tomorrow early a.m. till probably Friday.
If I'm 1/4th as successful as you , I will be happy! Anyone planning on being there Wed/Friday?
Does anyone know if Rip Rider or Outermost is operating during the week?
If not, will fish the tub, and then work my way up to South Beach if my left hip doesn't seize
PS: Will report on success if it's not embarrasing when I return.
05-12-2003 10:21 PM
juro Silverside pattern I was using was limited by the length of polar bear, about 4-5" and this is a rare length, very hard to find. I think I got it from a certain visitor from steelhead country. Nothing but the best for the "purist" fly.

The reality is that there is not much in the way of selectivity right now in the smaller and abundant schoolies, and the larger fish are mostly schooled up and migrating and any tasty morsel presented properly will do the trick.

No need to match the hatch this time of year!
05-12-2003 10:15 PM
flyfreak Juro, how long were the silversides you were throwing ?
you mentioned tink macks and herring ....did you have any luck throwing those specific imitations ?
05-12-2003 03:33 PM
Bill Have not spent much time thinking about flyrodding in recent months, in fact, family stuff, coaching youth sports, work, etc have all somehow conspired (in a nice way) to keep me away from stripers since the beginning of August!

But, Juro, that photo was like a refreshing blast of cold water. Great shot!

Sorry I've been preoccupied with other things, but you jump started my battery for '03. Can't do any weekend trips to the Cape just yet, but, weather permitting, I think I'll take a vaca day Friday and spend the day in search of the outer beach spring migration. If anyone else plans to be there Friday, let me know, otherwise I'll provide a scouting report for the weekend.

05-12-2003 02:58 PM
OC Juro,
Once again you have proved yourself the man. Nice fishing indeed. Your knowledge of almost the entire movement, fish, tides ,moon and all the other little things is truely excellent. For someone who is not a local Cape Codda you have learned a lot in a short time fishing the Stripa. Not saying you have but your notice of how things work is somewhat like how Tim Leary and the rest of those boys would explain how LSD could open up doors one can not open under normal situations. You on your own have not only opened the door but walked through it. Fishing is good on the other side but understanding much of what goes on is even better than the actual fishing itself.
Keep Learning, keep observing, keep fishing!
Don Juan
PS. For those who are learning the trade Juro has a lot of answers so observe.
05-12-2003 06:04 AM
FishHawk John, off to the Delaware but will be back on Thurs. Will see you this Sat. for death march. FishHawk
05-11-2003 07:42 PM
Doc Duprey
Chatham South Beach


Thanks for the picture and info. Mrs. Doc (Margie) says that they were a great Mother's Day gift in her book!

Best regards (and hope to see you again soon),

05-11-2003 05:56 PM
kush Juro :eyecrazy: 0

Now I have some inkling of what you must go through when you have to endure all us out here in the PNW chasing steelies in some of your favourite spots! The summer of 2004 can't come too quickly!

Enjoy your crazy fishing time
05-11-2003 12:28 PM
Thanks Striblue!

I'll be watching the weather reports for Saturday. If it's sunny, even partly, it's a plan.

05-11-2003 10:26 AM
striblue Phil... let me know if you are down on Saturday or even Friday night this coming weekend and we can maybe meet and then head out. Anybody else ?
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