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Old 05-31-2003, 09:10 PM
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Ninigret Pond, 5/31

I made it to Ninigret for the first time today, hoping to possibly bump into some worm hatch action. I arrived at four with overcast skies and occasional drizzle with an incoming tide. The only thing I caught prior to the worm hatch itself was a crab on a clouser (a first for me ).

The worms came off in two stages, one at about five and another at about seven. Each lasted about forty-five minutes, and the second had more and larger fish. I shared a spot with a handful of other flyfishermen, and there just seemed to be too many worms in the water. I didn't think that there would be so many, but the water was warm despite the cloud cover and it's a new moon.

I landed two stripers and lost a third, all cookie cutter twenty inchers. The larger fish seemed to be just beyond everyone's casting range. The largest fish I saw caught might have gone twenty-two inches.

If anyone goes tomorrow (I know it was in some people's plans), concentrate on areas of the pond with darker bottom. These were the only spots in the areas I searched that had any worm activity, probably attributible to the slightly warmer temps.

Good luck if you go! It was my first worm hatch, and I was impressed by the sheer biomass out there.
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Old 05-31-2003, 09:31 PM
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Great report, I might make the trip tommorow but the weather looks iffy right now - t'storms & big winds but I might still go for it - yakking inside should still be doable and if the temps are right then the hatch will happen.

You're right abut the difficulty of getting a hook-up when the hatch is real dense - I don't think its selectivity as much as there's just so much available the fish don't need to chase anything and the attack hormones get attenuated for a while.
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