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Old 04-03-2009, 05:14 PM
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One Month and Counting...

A few years ago, beginning early May, I met and fished with Mike Mayo in Milford Connecticut. The migration was on in the area of the Houstonic River. Lots of fish and some large. As the migration continues, Nantucket Sound on the southside of the cape, gets an infusion of schoolies soon afterward.

It won't be long. I know there are resident fish in some locales on the cape, but it would be of interest to have a post on the first lice-covered fish.

Let's hope that 2009 has a good spawn in the Chesepeake. It hasn't happend since 2002. Our salvation is the Hudson. It continues to have a strong young-of-the-year class that travel to the cape. Every year i observe an increasing number of fish with signs of mycobacteriosis, an as-yet undiagnosed lethal diesease in Chesepeake stripers.

I'm just about finished tying. Bought a couple of new lines, and can't wait until the new moon in May.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:06 PM
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Hope to fish with you and FredA again this season...

Counting the days as you are....
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Any word on an early season get-together in Rhody? I've yet to fish there in the early season, but this year it wouldn't take much to lure me down, given the posts I've seen from Bonefishmon and company
In the meantime, I'll be thrashing the Cape ponds for stocked trout, and doing a little scouting for access points/promising spots along the southern (Sound side) shoreline.
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This by far will be the longest month of the year....I can't wait either.....I have a stronger case of "fishitis' than ever before!!! Will it ever come?????? i have tied enough flies for 2 years worth of fishing...of course if it is like last year...i will only use 2 of them.
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I think the fish could be late again this year, as the chesapeake only hit 55F for the first time yesterday (the 18th) :

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.p...time_label=EDT

if you believe the scientists, the scouts are only just leaving now and their journey will take 30 days following the 55F isotherm. . . .

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Old 04-19-2009, 08:34 PM
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I've been tracking temps in Chesapeake and Hudson as well. There is no one station that can indicate the temperature across the entire natal grounds, I've noticed that some of the buoys have been registering temps well above the spawning temp minimum for days while others in adjacent areas are still indicating below. Males don't spawn the first couple of years and females twice that, which explains the arrival of shorts early. Jacques Cousteau found a population of pacific salmon that spawned in the gravel beneath a glacier where geothermal springs boiled from the earth and melted the ice. A certain distance down current from the scalding water was the right temperature and clean gravel so the salmon spawned in the fragile balance.
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Juro....FYI......I was in Boston yesterday and i saw 3 cherry trees in blossom. I know that is your pet theory indicator)....but somehow I don't think that the heat absorbsion from tall cement structures count, which is were the cherry trees were located. We need an isolated open field cherry tree to count
I do know that the forcynthias in my location are at least a week late and my main local indicator are the blooming of my lilacs which are not even close. My guess is a late start. No reports of fish in southern Connecticut, not even the Hoosy. Someday I would like to know how the stripers at the cape can see my blooming lilacs from 143 miles away

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Ron -

I'd wager those were apple blossoms... and the young cultivated kind which bloom even earlier. Around the area magnolias and dogwoods are starting, which precede the well-established apple then finally the older thick trunked cherry usually around mothers day then you know the game is on
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Back to the tree book Guess I'll stick with lilacs.
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In the more northerly latitudes where I live the cherries are nearly finished and the lilacs
are in full bloom.
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I guess I don't have to worry about the trees anymore. I'll know it's time when the stripers invade my neighborhood
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You mean OUR neighborhood. Howdy neighbor!
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Doc being to the south and west they'll have to run the gauntlet thru you, Paul, the Basser and Penguin (sounds like a Batman episode) before they reach me!!
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Didn't see any signs of life way up in the bassless saturday though I've heard rumors of holdovers being caught. Just started noticing forsythia in bloom this weekend and the PJM out my back door hasn't popped yet, about 2 weeks late.
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A patient of mine with "our addiction", who was out with me and my associate fishing the ponds at Nickerson this past Saturday, told me a buddy of his recently caught a keeper size holdover at one of their "super secret spots". He said he could tell me more, but then he'd have to kill me
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