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Old 05-04-2009, 01:19 PM
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First big pod spotted today

I took a walk on the beach at lunch today and spotted a good pod of sizeable stripers (not schoolies) near low tide at a location that does not rule out holdovers, but if so they had descended to within sight of the open sea. They were cruising around in a pattern, backs sometimes slicing the surface over the shallow sand humps. There is a herring run above this location. Birds were raucously feeding on something small nearby from a sand bar, unrelated.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:35 PM
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Sounds GREAT Juro
Keep the reports comeing! The Maine crew is getting pumped for the end of the month!
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And here am I, stuck in Toronto for another three weeks -

Nice report!!!
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:12 AM
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I'm most excited about the transformation of the lower Pleasant Bay by the new break in other words North Island. The area is in constant flux and creating amazing habitat for the shoreline angler. To coin a few names from the past, there are 'meccas' and 'honey holes' from 'big girl' to Pochet - in plain english the special formations of the past seem to be everywhere.

I'm looking into resident skiff rights on the shore, apparently I will be able to have a small craft tied up on the beach at the town landings. If not a kayak will do just fine.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:44 AM
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I was down there scouting around a couple of weeks ago and thinking wow, if it weren't for the exploding seal herd... We are in dire need of a seal flu pandemic.

By the way...
A first for me was Sunday morning while swinging a fly at the inlet to Follins pond what do you think comes out of Follins, a big grey seal. I know you get a lot of harbor seals in the Bass river through the winter but I've never seen a grey.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:49 AM
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Should be a schooliefest on the sound side by the weekend.
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North Beach

I made numerous trips to North Beach last year. Forget fishing the southern half, hundreds of seals. There was lots of structure but, like everywhere else, no fish...

Also, the ferry to get out there doesn't open until 10 (usually closer to 10:30.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:37 AM
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Garry -

I suspect you mean North Island? I wasn't aware that there was a ferry, tell me more.

I fished North Beach a lot last year (Nauset oversand) and the fishing was great albeit lots of seals. I'll miss that this year now that the 4x4 truck was traded in for a mileage car.
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http://www.sealwatch.com/

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Garry -

I suspect you mean North Island? I wasn't aware that there was a ferry, tell me more.

I fished North Beach a lot last year (Nauset oversand) and the fishing was great albeit lots of seals. I'll miss that this year now that the 4x4 truck was traded in for a mileage car.
The toyotas gone How many miles did you put on that work horse?
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Yes sadly... due to circumstances I bought a car 1/2 the price (10 years later) that gets twice the MPG.

Stats on the Tundra:

- 228,000 trouble free miles, still ran perfectly when I traded it in
- never replaced a tailpipe, muffler or any exhaust component in 10 yrs 228k despite heavy saltwater exposure (factory stainless)
- no major work, serpentine belt on schedule and new tires (replacement michelin x's lasted ~100k and still passed inspection)
- first model year

After it broke 200,000 I ran it up to 110 mph one late night / early morning at an undisclosed location. Although it felt a little "lighter" there was not even the slightest sense of strain, vibration or concern.

An amazing piece of machinery, and my good friend and chariot for a decade.
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Fred -

I know these guys don't start until June, but I wonder if they take people to the island or the beach?

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He runs to the island from Chatham town pier. Every time I went I was the only fisherman on board. He caters to the bathers. He's a nice guy but, doesn't leave the pier until 10:00 ish....Parking at the town pier is really bad in season. Make sure you park in the upper lot or on the street. The lower lot requires a permit and it gets checked all the time.
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Thanks Garry. I am looking at other more flexible means of reaching the island at the moment, if 10am worked it would be more of a coincidence than plan for me plus they don't start until June.

I am very optimistic that the area will be among the big producers this year for me and will explore it's intricacies throughout this season. Even if there was a biomass in bluewater somewhere with ten times the action per hour I am fascinated by the sculpting that occurs with every tide change and convinced it's just a matter of deciphering the code.

From what I've seen in the past, during the time between the spring migration and fall bait infusion the key will be whether the big (ocean) sand eels take residency in the young sand structures (or not). They did in the heyday years when several 40" plus fish could be hooked in a single morning from shore before the 9am parking lot curfew. One can only hope this is one of those years.

There's no way to predict but if they do, it's not going to be lost on me. Perhaps we could collaborate since you've certainly put your share of footsteps out there.
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