4 keeper in 2 hours and no one around
Sorry for the misleading Subject header but I want to get everyone's attention not just the regulars.
I have been thinking alot about the attitude different groups have about fly-fishing. With the Politics of the Reel-Time vs. FF forum vs. FF Saltwaters. About all the childish antics in places like Wacky. Or how people hord information and then aren't willing to share it. I am guilt of it too. I have a few spots that I don't want anyone to know about. A few weeks ago I went to a spot that I didn't think anyone know about. It was set up perfect, 24-28" bass in 1ft of water. Awesome sight casting. As I pulled up though I saw a truck with New Jesery plates on it as I walk out I saw two guys standing right on the flat. Doing this at that tide prevented the fish from coming up, basically destroyed my plans. I was pissed. I let them know in every non-verbal way I knew. That evening I went back and ran into the one of the guys. He apologized if he screwed up my plans. A really nice guy all said. I told him he didn't need to apologize, that it was just as much his water as mine. I talked to him about how to fish the place, and we have a great 30-45 minute talk.
In speaking with Juro I found out that this site gets tens of thousands of hits but only about 30 people post on a regular basis. That I don't think is fair. Juro, sorry if I should say these things on the site but I think they need to be said. I post on this site because I have a lot of friends on this board that have helped me and I want to make my knowledge available. I also feel like I owe Juro it. He has done alot for us and one of the best things we can do for him is to help this site.
To all those that take and don't give, well I just want to say that that just sucks, particularly those that are professionals. We understand that this is how you make a living. We can help each other, not just compete.
There must be 20,000 miles of shore line between southern Maine and RI, all the stripers aren't located in a dozen or so places. If we are civil and work together we can develop more location while protecting the fish we love. We should be fighting against the waste of the fish by shameful people who kill fish after fish or keep short fish. By a commercial fishing industry of which 60% or more goes to feed animals in forms like cat food. With conservation there can be thousands of places along the shores of N.England that consistently produce big fish. We need to act more like a community. Sorry for the sermon. If everyone share information it would be a good start. It is hard to pass on the best spots but rather the hitting the same old spots find some new spots. Explore. Give a break to the keeper spots and hit spots that are schooly hang outs. Get a 5wt rod ,3X-4X tippet, #4-#8 flies and hang on. One of my favority is using #4 white gurler this time of year on the bayside. On a 5wt a 19” striper can be a heck of a fight. Anyway ther is my rant for the day. Sorry.