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Old 04-21-2002, 08:49 PM
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Goals for the season

Although a big part of the season has already passed in the pacific northwest, and fall is arriving in the southern hemisphere, most of the angling in the northern hemisphere is still young for the 2002 season.

So I ask... what are your main goals for the year to come? We can revisit them at the end of the season to see how we did.
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Old 04-21-2002, 09:35 PM
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I'd like to spend at least 100 days fishing this year.

Retired and working at a totally flexible part time job while I wait for my wife to pull the plug on her work, you would think that I could get it done. The problem is that it will have to be mostly local since I don't really like to leave Dianne, my partner for 43 years, for any extended period of time and she only has five weeks vacation. Damn, it's terrible to still be in love at my age.

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Old 04-21-2002, 09:56 PM
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1. First and foremost, I've never landed a keeper on a fly rod. That would be my ultimate goal this season.

2. I want to be proficient enough with knots that I can tie all the most useful ones in the dark.

3. Buy a vise and tie some darn flies.

4. Learn the lay of the land on Monomoy.

5. Kayak, kayak, kayak.

6. A Nor' East "slam" within the May - Sept/Oct. season.

7. Clean up my casting stroke.

8. Perfect my backpack/chestpack/hydration system design.

9. Guide my wife to at least one striper so she can feel for herself what drives me to wake up @ 3 A.M. and head for Chatham.

10. Pay back the members of this board for their generosity.
~Mark Doogue
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Old 04-22-2002, 08:09 AM
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Lets see,

1) get back my casting form. Progressively been getting worse the last 2 years.

2) more time in the boat the goal is 1 day per weekend.

3) use some of the piles of material laying around to axctually tie some flies at least 2 days before I decide I need them.

4) hit the lottery and fish 7 days per week.

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Old 04-22-2002, 08:17 AM
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I'm working on keeping my hooks sharp sharp sharp. I also hope to spend more time in the Yak on both Capes. I hear there are some pretty nice fish on Cape Anne, if you can get to them.
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Old 04-22-2002, 09:15 AM
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1. Improve my casting ability so that I can cast without embarassing myself too badly and without being a danger to myself and others.

2. Catch a striper on the fly rod.

3. Hook a fish that takes me into my backing.

4. Catch a 30+" striper on the fly rod.

5. Catch a bonito.

6. Catch a bonito/albie/spanish mack on the fly rod.

7. Learn how to paddle and fish from a kayak. (Maybe even buy one!)

8. Learn how to read the surf to figure out the shoreline structure.

I could easily expand upon number 1 but you probably get the idea! Numbers 2, 5 and 6 are part of my perpetual goal to add species to my "all time" life list and to my new, rapidly growing "flyrod" life list.
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Old 04-22-2002, 09:25 AM
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1. This one is a holdover from last year....to catch a tunoid on a fly. I really see this one happening this year.

2. To get to know some of the ponds and backwaters in my neck of the woods better. This will happen with my recent acquisition of a jon boat.

3. To keep fostering my wife's enjoyment of fishing. It gets better every year.

4. To fish with more people in this forum. I really see this happening this year too.
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Old 04-22-2002, 07:12 PM
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Being new I figure keep things simple:

1. Fish at least once a week

2. Learn to "read the water"

3. work on my knots and rigging

4. Spend as much time learning to cast left handed as I do right handed. Haven't been very good about this one.
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Old 04-22-2002, 07:27 PM
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...Catch more big fish than last year...
...Use more floating lines and BIG flatwings than last year (to catch more BIG fish)...(honest, I promise...Capt Todd!)
...Practice "industrial strength" hospitality.
...Promote/practice SAFE kayaking.

...And not stop fishing Chatham on Sunday mornings because of impending traffic on the Mid-Cape Hwy...
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Old 04-22-2002, 07:52 PM
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Fish before Aug 15th (I've been having one of those recurring dreams where I finally get to fish in mid August - and there are no fish).

Plans/goals as of the end of last season:
Feb/March scout around Buzzards bay for some early season/summer midweek evening spots. By the boards -didn't do

April - Kayak/fish Cape southside estuaries (Bass River, Waqouit). By the boards - didn't do

Wet a line before the end of April - maybe this weekend.

Focused effort on the bayside flats mid May thru June

Chatham after that - with mid-week day's at Monomoy or South Beach.

Continue to try to develop some level of competency at this striper fishing. Specifically:

Sight fishing (seeing fish without hallucinating)

Reading the water (without hallucinating)

Working some different flies (contrarian approach)

Do a little night fishing

And use the kayak....
Fred A.
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Old 04-22-2002, 07:52 PM
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Night fish for stripers

Paddle the magic zone where South Beach, North and South Monomoy Islands converge

Catch a Bluefin Tuna on Fly
When sight fishing, look over your shoulder from time to time, you never know who's behind you
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Old 04-22-2002, 08:01 PM
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I need to KISS. Keep it simple stupid.

Enjoy the time I have on the water. I won't worry about how many or how often. Just to enjoy what I have, when I have it.

To get more involved with this forum. I could live to be 100 years old, and I would still not be able to repay this forum for every thing it has given me.

I'll take everythhing else as it comes.
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Old 04-22-2002, 08:20 PM
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Fish Monomoy flats more and pull more than one all-nighter.
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Old 04-22-2002, 09:12 PM
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Ahhh...just the other day Jeff B and I were talking about kicking off this seasonal thread.

- Catch a 36" + striper on the fly

- Fish/Yak Pleasant Bay in May and Early June

- Go fishing with my wife and see her catch a 25" + striper on a fly that she tied herself

- Go oversand this spring (Jeff - I will make the OldDoogue sandwiches if you take me!)

- Fish the Squantum, MA area since a family member just built a house there and since I can easily steal a few hours of striper fishing in this area while visiting the family (not all trips require 6 hours of driving for me!). Dave Skok was telling me how he loves fishing this area.

- Fish the Plum Island/Ipswich River/Essex River area since I am moving to Manchester, NH and PI is less than an hour away. I already have some yak accessible sandbars scoped out.

- Fish the NH coast more than once this year. MattB (Matt - where are you man?) has this placed dialed in when the Fall run pushes through in September.

- Bonito/False Albacore on the fly. Hooked one last year and I lost it...and I still think about it on a monthly basis.

- Fish the Merrimack here in NH for salmon and for smallmouth. Scoped out the Merrimack yesterday. I can see why Juro said that the spey rod makes fishing this river easier.

- Float tube my secret largemouth pond on a regular basis. This tiny local pond has huge bass in it.

- Hit Monomoy at least twice this summer. I would like to go more but I just bought an old house and I will be very, very busy fixing it up all summer.

- Go to the land where "Every day is Saturday" and enjoy the company of Sir Penguin

- Fish with my Dad and my bro at least 5 times this season

That is all...
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Old 04-22-2002, 09:13 PM
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Fish for Coho along the kelp south of Sitka using my "trawler" for a base camp.
After not going to the Skeena for the last 4 years to make at least one two week trip up there in the Fall for large sea run rainbows.
Avoid fishing with "plastic rods" until winter run time around Thanksgiving.
Make at least one backpacking trip on the OP for wild trout.

And most importantly watch the Mariners win the Seventh game of the "World Series" on the big screen at the "Log Cabin Pub".

The great part of this list is its all do-able, my apolgys to eastern baseball club fanatics but we are on a roll out here in the land of tall trees.
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