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Old 06-10-2008, 09:12 AM
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Cape & MV - week of 6/1 - 6/7

Well, all I can say is I'm glad I picked up another Clamming license

Actually it wasn't that bad but the pattern around the elbow certainly seems to be taking a while to settle down. Maybe we have been spoiled in recent years? There were some highpoints during the week.

One of the local saltponds provided consistent surface action to some nice fish up to keeper size at dusk and into dark. Dropping a small GP into the barely visible surface boils was usually rewarded with a good sold tug. Lots of fun in the yak. As the week progressed water temps rose, rising fish became a bit less visible and recreational boat traffic more visible.

Paddling back from NM after a successfull clamming trip, the outgoing tide and 20-25+ South Westerly were making the trip interesting. Then up ahead about 300ft I saw an explosion on the surface. At first with all the other whitecaps I wasn't too sure but then it happened again and a couple of Blackback Guls swooped down and stared doing osprey immitations. They didn't seem to get the fact that webbed feet just don't measure up to real talons when it comes to plucking adult bunker from the wavetops. I set to some serious paddling, fortrunately wind assisted and managed to connect with two nice bass. The first came unstuck quickly, but the second stayed stuck until I got her alongside. By now I was beached and looking back saw one more explosion but the wind was really honking by now and I got about halfway back out and decided to call it a day or risk a wet exit and a lost bucket of clams.

I met up with JimS and Craig one morning and enjoyed my first sight caught bass of the year. But the clouds rolled in and we called it a day to check out other spots.

Wednesday I went across to MV hoping to get some sight fishing in and figure out where the fish were in advance of the Catch & Release Tournament on Saturday. I didn't actually see the sun until Sunday, so sight fishing was out. Of course I get a call just after landing at Vineyard Haven telling me the bite at the Canal is the best most folks can rememeber for about 20 years! Last week would have been the time to connect with a 30lb+ striper on fly - they were cruising by people's feet!

The pattern on MV was a repeat of the Cape with "fish on one tide, gone the next". Over at Lobsterville which is usually a dead cert this time of year, the bite would turn on for about 40 minutes after high slack and then die completely. The one common theme was cold water, even in the ponds.

Despite the fishing it was good to see a bunch of familiar faces including Joe Cordierro, John Kellet (TFO), Tom Fay (Stripers Forever), Scott from Bear's Den.

On Sunday, the sun shone from cloudless skies as I pulled into the ferry terminal. Looking down from the pier there were big stripers cruising the dock pilings. Of course there were "No Fishing from this dock at ANY Time" signs everywhere.

I did notice, occaisionally, the big fish made it to within casting range of the beach so, next year .........
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:25 PM
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Wednesday I went across to MV hoping to get some sight fishing in and figure out where the fish were in advance of the Catch & Release Tournament on Saturday. I didn't actually see the sun until Sunday, so sight fishing was out. Of course I get a call just after landing at Vineyard Haven telling me the bite at the Canal is the best most folks can rememeber for about 20 years! Last week would have been the time to connect with a 30lb+ striper on fly - they were cruising by people's feet!

Last week Adrian the large had tinker mackeral trapped in the seams at low tide, it was just a matter of swinging the fly out 15 '-20' feet out into the current seam. "CAN I GET A AMEN PLEASE"
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:08 PM
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Well, all I can say is I'm glad I picked up another Clamming license :hi


Wednesday I went across to MV hoping to get some sight fishing in and figure out where the fish were in advance of the Catch & Release Tournament on Saturday. I didn't actually see the sun until Sunday, so sight fishing was out. Of course I get a call just after landing at Vineyard Haven telling me the bite at the Canal is the best most folks can rememeber for about 20 years! Last week would have been the time to connect with a 30lb+ striper on fly - they were cruising by people's feet
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It certainly was epic at the canal, but if I were back in commission I would have been at the Vineyard with you

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Old 06-10-2008, 01:54 PM
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Sounds like a great adventure and it must have been nice to go off the grid for a while. But you forgot to mention the best part: casinos, fried fresh bellies and gin beverages!

I love the cape.
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