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Old 05-20-2007, 10:25 PM
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Spring Clave 2007

Wind, rain, more wind, more rain, birds, more birds, even more birds, loads of fish, good company, awesome feast, more wind and rain, more fish, broken rod tip (highsticking penalty ) more fish, and finally some sunshine. Probably my best trip to the Cape during the past 3 years .

Thank you all for making this another great event. Special thanks to those involved in the planning, preparation and cleanup.
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:53 AM
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Great time as usual. Fished into the teeth of the North East Wind with fish busting all over the place. One of the best times I've had fishing. Great to meet Jamie and Mark . Looking forward to the British Invasion. Good to see the gang.
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Old 05-21-2007, 08:00 AM
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Very nice time. Wrist was sore from hand lining all those schoolies in. My mature, metered, sampling of the wonderful single malts and tequila allowed me to fish the bayside sunday am, unfettered by the apparent malaise others suffered, with basser and his buddy. I got skunked though but basser and his buddy managed half a dozen cookie cutter 10 #er's on top water plugs. Thinkin about goin to the dark side.
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Very nice time. Wrist was sore from hand lining all those schoolies in. My mature, metered, sampling of the wonderful single malts and tequila allowed me to fish the bayside sunday am, unfettered by the apparent malaise others suffered, with basser and his buddy. I got skunked though but basser and his buddy managed half a dozen cookie cutter 10 #er's on top water plugs. Thinkin about goin to the dark side.
Plugs under 2 ounces are not quite the dark side
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:24 AM
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Wind, rain, more wind, more rain, birds, more birds, even more birds, loads of fish, good company, awesome feast, more wind and rain, more fish, broken rod tip (highsticking penalty ) more fish, and finally some sunshine. Probably my best trip to the Cape during the past 3 years
I had pretty much the same experience, right down to breaking the tip on my T3 trying to get a 27-incher in close enough to unhook.

Despite the windy, cold and rainy weather, we had consistent good fishing on reasonably-sized fish with enough keepers mixed in to keep us happy. We also had fun watching the big schools of Menhaden and the terns diving on the sand eels on the Morris Island flats. We watched blackbacks pull some pretty large squid off that flat on the outgoing -- that was a first for me. We spotted Ospreys at Morrris Island and Pleasant Bay and watched a seal pup on the beach on the point off the Chatham Light.

Best of all was the great group of people that gather for the 'clave and the fishing around Chatham each season... it was great to see you all. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.

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Old 05-21-2007, 10:21 AM
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I’d also like to add my thanks for a great weekend. Good fishing, interesting weather and really great people.

In no particular order, thanks to:

Juro for organising it all and the fantastic food. Matt and Missy for drying my clothes & helping me break back in to my room. JimS, FishHawk, Popponsetbay, Adrian and Striblue for the continued great insight on the fishery. My long lost ‘cousin’ Craig, JimS (again), Flydoc and Jamie for the ‘drops’ of single malts that warmed weary bones in the evening as well as the conversation. Nmbrown and Flydoc (again) for the advice on Microbrews. Kennebecfly and the maine guys for the laughs and the chitter chatter. The squire for the sweet rack of ribs, and even sweeter waitresses. Jamie (again) and the Chatham cycle shop for helping fix my waders. Mother nature for her panoramas and living dramas as played out on Morris Island flats, and also for giving us a break on Saturday afternoon & evening. And finally, the fish for turning up – especially the 24” and three 22”s (but where is my elusive 28”? ) and their many many little friends, come back fatter girls.

I had a blast and I’ll see you all in the fall, or sooner if you’re lucky (or unlucky ?) starting with the 2nd Cape Crusade in June, AKA "the British Invasion"

Tightflylines y'all

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Old 05-21-2007, 10:59 AM
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Mark and Jamie- great to finally meeting the two of you, after reading all your posts leading up to the Clave. Looking forward to fishing and knocking back a few with you and the rest of the blokes from the UK next month. Take care...hope Jamie's flight back goes off without a hitch.
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Sounds like there are a few fish around. Glad Jamie managed a few fish to keep Team UK in the picture.

How did you get on Mark?

3 weeks and counting.....

(must tie flies tonight...)
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Do you guys realise that your killing the poor Brits who can't make it over to the Cape this year

Glad everyone had a good time........just wish i could have been there !

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Old 05-21-2007, 02:24 PM
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It did sound like a great Clave and i'm soooo glad I'll be on the Cape in T-minus 23days and counting... Sorry Dave, couldn't resist it!
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:19 PM
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I will try to post some pics after work today.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:18 PM
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A few pics .....

Dave17 hoists a nice spring schoolie ..

and releases another ..

Contemplation or maybe anticipation ..
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:23 PM
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ahh I recall that moment Adrian... the and then the place EXPLODED!!! We almost missed the bus
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:25 PM
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...and a couple more

Later back at the Stonehorse ...

Basser 'holds court' and Doc captures something on camera ..



Juro does sterling stuff on the grill ...



Dave17 looks on and sips a cold one whilst his amazing Tuna sauce comes together on the next grill ....

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More photos from the days surrounding the 'clave....

Jay Frasier with a nice fish (and me getting in on the photo op)



Walt and Dennis



Jay fishing the bar out at the first point from Chatham Light



One of the many large schools of Menhaden that cruised over the flats at Morris Island


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