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juro 11-05-2004 08:26 PM

It's about that time...
for New Englanders to reminisce about the season that just passed, or at least is about to pass...

So what were the most important lessons you learned this year?

Paxton 11-05-2004 09:47 PM

When you get a chance to go....go! When you go, the tides might not be perfect, but getting to fish is.

Slinger 11-06-2004 09:15 AM

After a lifetime of fishing the beaches fishing from a boat is a whole new game. Getting down to the fish is my biggest problem. I don`t have the patience to wait for a line to sink to 25 or 30 ft. Also learned FA`s go farther north than I thought! Also Ct. has some very nice spots that I`d never seen before.

jfbasser 11-06-2004 09:22 AM

Used a upsized floating line for the first time this past year boat fishing for Bonita and small bluefin tuna. Found out that the ability to lift and recast a long line back into the fast movers provided for extra hookups. Also discovered that Slinger will travel a bit further North to the Middleside for FAs :chuckle:

jimS 11-06-2004 06:11 PM

Love of my life: she likes the Cape
This is my fifth year on the cape. Two years ago, my wife, decided to see first-hand what prompted me to return. She now sees what the lure is for me.

As a result, she will be with me from Memorial Day thru the end of June. I'll be a bit longer, September thru early October. She is a teacher and will retire next year.

In a conversation a couple of nights ago over a bottle of cab, she said," how about spending May, June, Sept & Oct on the Cape?: Duh, what do you say?

That was the highlight of my season. The other notables of the season include getting my sons into keeper bass, my first albie, and helping other forum members to have a memorable experience on the Cape.

The forum is a real slice of life. I have met some great people on the Cape, thanks to the forum, e.g. Striblue, Double Haul, Fishhawk, CSJ60, Juro, Rooster, Paxton, Rip Ryder, Striper, Penguin, etc.

The Pommies, or the Brits, have found the Cape. I have enjoyed their compassion for the resource, and their sense of humor this season. I suspect we will see more of them next year.

Thank you Cape for a memorable year.


FishHawk 11-07-2004 08:51 AM

The Rip Trips were great and it was good to fish with the gang. 05 should be another great year. FishHawk. :D

porkslice 11-07-2004 10:03 AM

I have learned that I don't know enough :lildevl: So I will be back!!!

FlyFishMich 11-07-2004 07:01 PM

Two lessons, actually...

#1) You do NOT have to necessarily cast very far to hook Albies in Rhode Island and it pays to keep your fly in the water. :D

#2)I would move the South County RI if:
(A) I could find decent work there
(B) I could find affordable housing
Then again, maybe one of you would say the same thing about MI after a week of steelhead fishing here? :)

rooster 11-07-2004 08:41 PM

What I learned from this year;
1) Two handed rods rock into head winds.
2) If you want a unbelievable salad at an improptu bbq, invite Jim Simms!
3) John Morin will MAKE you wear the fez, if you show up at CAC.
4) Springclave is the perfect event to start the season.
5) If Keith asks you is you "want a late pickup from SB?", no one will catch fish between the time he showed up the first time and when he finally returns.
6) When all else fails, revert to the chartruse and white clouser.
7) Avoid the neighbor that offered to sell you his beach house in 1996 for 1/3 the cost of today's value!
8) Slinger is a fly tying dude.
9) Pete G. can jog further down a beach :) with a fly rod than anyone else in New England.
10) Freinds, memories, and the smell of salt water last forever. Everything else is temporary.
Have an awesome winter, see you next Spring.

striblue 11-07-2004 10:58 PM

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Learning that I still have more to learn and fishing with all the guys here and getting to know them has been fun and rewarding. Here is a shot I took this past friday afternoon....

juro 11-08-2004 05:19 AM

John -

Is there a shot with the segment a little to the right? The movement of the mecca shoal is astounding even since October!

I learned a lot about fish highways in 2004. I always knew about them, and benefited from studying them, but put much more time into documenting them in my journals this year and the dividends were high.

In fact, I believe the notion of "hot spots" is founded on fish highways in striper country.

FredA 11-08-2004 06:42 AM

1. Every year I find I know less than I thought I knew the year before.
2. It's nice to fool around with different flies but if I need a tug nothin beats jig fly in olive, chartruse over white.

I was at the spot in striblues pic yesterday. Like an early September morning. I walked down South beach a mile or two. No fish though the word was a lot of small fish are around. Had birds in a tizzy about a third of a mile from where I was about to turn around, but by the time I got there they were gone. Nice piece of structure though, in front of the lobster bouy memorial (know the spot John?).

Dble Haul 11-08-2004 08:15 AM

Three things:

1. Fish don't care what brand of gear you're using.

2. Fishing with the people from this site guarantees a good time.

3. When fishing a beach and someone who really knows saltwater FF is up for a chat or lending a bit of advice, LISTEN. :wink:

striblue 11-08-2004 10:02 AM

Juro... I will post that picture this evening... a bit more to the right, into the crimp of the beach. Fred, I know exactly what you mean. So , it is still there I see..... and Mark... Fish DO care about the type of gear you have. :lildevl: :wink:

Stevo 11-08-2004 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by jimS
The Pommies, or the Brits, have found the Cape. I have enjoyed their compassion for the resource, and their sense of humor this season. I suspect we will see more of them next year.

You can count on that! :D

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