Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Derby continued

There weren't a lot of fish weighed in the last few days, even by the guys fishing with bait. The low pressure jsut shut it down. But all in all, I had a great time and I'm looking forward to getting back next year.

There are plenty of places to stay this time of year at very low prices and you can eat pretty cheaply as well, so it's not like it costs an arm and a leg. Two people in a car or pickup truck is about $175 roung trip on the ferry out of Wood's Hole. Make reservations well in advance to make sure you get the times you want. Check www.mvy.com for places to stay.

Really, this is a lot of fun and you should give it a try.

Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

If you've never been involved in this you really ought to give it a shot. It's not a high-powered fishing tournament. Sure, there are some people who probably take it too seriously, but they're in the minority. Mostly, it's a bunch of great guys who love to fish, talk about fishing, fish, talk about fishing.....you get the idea. All the proceeds go to the Derby Scholarship Fund.

This was the first year we've been involved as a sponsor and we're in for good. The people who organize the event are the nicest bunch of people I've ever met. They're friendly, welcoming, generous and just out and out nice. I spent most of my time with Wilson Kerr and he couldn't have been more accomodating. He fished with me for about 2 solid days, showed me the whole island, hot spots for each of the four species involved, the whole deal. Great guy and fellow fly-rodder.

I know what you're thinking. What about the fishing? It pretty much sucked. Those back-to-back Noreasters that shot through completely screwed u pthe fishing. I got 1 Striper, the first night I was there. Nice fish at about 31 1/2", but just undet the limit to weigh in at the Derby.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cape Cod Bay

Knocked em dead yesterday. I spent a lot of time fishing and not catching anything. I found a lot of fish but just couldn't get them to take anything. Then I decided to hit the Bluefish off of Days Cottages. What I found was hundreds of Stripers and lots of pretty big ones. They were almost daisy-chaining, like Tarpon. Anyway, I caught so many fish I got tired. I wound up with 5 "keepers" and dozens of high-schoolie - all quality fish. After a couple of hours it became mostly Blues and In got a bazillion of them. Totally exhausted by the end of the day. They were hitting just about everything I nthrew at them - Clousers, sand eels, poppers. A total blast.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Outer Cape

Things were a bit slow for the first few days we were here. Believe it or not, we had trouble finding Bluefish. However, we did, and hannered them pretty good. Here's where to look for them - straight off of Days Cottages in P'twon. Just start in about 10 feet of water and head out intil you find them. You'll see a transition area. Head out from there. Lot's of fun. No huge fish bit a lot of 6-8 pounders.

We've found Stripers in a bunch of places - near the #3 can in P'town, but mostly between Long Point and Wood End. They're gourging on sand eels, so use something that maybe at least looks like a sand eel. Start at the beach and drift out over the edge. You'll find them. Once again, lots of Blues but some really big Stripers mixed in. Tan or olive clousers work well, Pamet Specials, things like that and mostly on the ebb.

There are lot of fish out in the rip at Race Point but we couldn't catch them. We had lots of followers but no takes. I tried at least 12 different patterns, had a lot of followers but no hits. Good luck with that.

Friday, July 10, 2009


This is pretty late info but I'm just getting this up and running. I was in the Barnstable area the last week in May and the first in June. The weather was pretty lousy except for Memorial day but we did a lot of fishing anyway. We caught a lot of fish, all on the fly rods, and several keepers. I got a few fish on Deceivers but almost every fish we caught was on some sort of a sand eel pattern. The best fly of the trip was a Clouser tied with huge, heavy eyes so that it was more of a jig. Basically two olive hackles, two striped olive hackles and olive Marabou all tied behing the big eyes. Use red thread and build the head up with epoxy, Hard head or whatever you like. I also fish with a 350 grain line while most of my friends use intermediate sinkers and I always catch more fish. In fact, I used to fish almost exclusively with the intermediate and since I switched to the 350 I catch a lot more fish.
We caught very few fish in the Meat Tunnel and the ones we did get were at the east end. Most of the action for us was at Horseshoe - the north rip on the incoming and the south rip on the outgoing. We also got a bunch sight fishing on the west flat.
We also had one great day at Monomoy on the outgoing. I don't count, but I must have caught two dozen fish, 3 of them over 30 inches, the rest high schoolies. The biggest fish of the trip was caught that day by my winemaker, Stephen Cary. 38 inches. He was on the other side of the bar from me and I could hear him hootin' and hollerin' the whole time he was playing that fish. Good stuff.
I'll be up in Truro the last two weeks in July and I'll try to post everyday.