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Old 05-06-2007, 07:50 PM
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Coastal CT stripers, 05/05/07

I had Sean Juan down for the weekend to do some double-dipping: stripers on Saturday, and pike on Sunday. The pike report will be posted in the warmwater forum.

We arrived at the mouth of the Housatonic River just as the tide was starting to come in. I generally do much better in this area on an outgoing tide, but I thought it would be a good idea to give Sean a lay of the land. We paddled about and fished some likely looking areas, but didn't get even a whiff of a fish. We didnt' see anyone else doing anything either, but the company was good and we were entertained by a delerious mussel dragger.

At mid afternoon, two minutes after the tide began to ebb, we were into fish. They started small, and we started to bar hop with the kayaks to find larger fish. We never found anything large, but did get a few just short of legal size. Even when throwing large flies with fast sinking lines, the schoolies just ate them up.

A fish that hit one of Sean's huge flies:



As the afternoon wore on and evening approached, the fish started to get a tiny bit bigger. Here's a fish that hit a small squid fly:



The kayaks really helped us be able to follow the fish from bar to bar.



At dark, the fishing stopped very abruptly, probably because it coincided with slack tide. It was a long 12 hour day on the water, but it was very entertaining from both a fishing and comaraderie standpoint.
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:23 PM
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Hi Mark,

Looks like it was a great day on the water in my book.

Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the beginning of another striper season. We'll have to try and get out soon.

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Agreed, Greg. I look forward to it.
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Nice shots.... Mark!

Hungry! Those are some large flies for 'em buggers.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:07 PM
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I saw lots of quality fish being taken yesterday. I was attending a wedding in Battery park on the southern tip of Manhattan. The bait guys were doing very well all evening long. Killed me that I had to be a spectator.

Looks like things are starting to be in full swing
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Excellent report Mark & nice photo's too. Won't be long & we should see some action up this way too

Are those Yaks sit on tops?
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Great report Mark!
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I've accepted the fact that you simply can't tie a fly that is too big.

The fly in the picture is a mix of super hair, unique hair, and yak hair on a 5/0 hook. In fishing shape it would extend to the schoolie's pectoral fin and be about 3/4 as wide as that fish.

More disturbing was that that fish wasn't the smallest one to take the fly, the average cast would be hit every 2-3 seconds until a hook up.

At one point I thought about downsizing and going with a Sedotti Slammer.

Was a great trip and learned a great deal, especially about two-handed casting - I can finally make longer two-handed casts than one handed - I just have to learn a better technique for setting up and delievering a backcast with the sinking line in the fast water. Nothing feels quite as nice as a well loaded rod.

Fishing with Mark always ranks as my favorite trip(s) of the year - right now my face still hurts from laughing too much.
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Are those Yaks sit on tops?
Yes, our kayaks are the two yellow ones and they are sit on tops.

We love 'em.
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