End of October: A critical Month Part III

50 in one night.  30 in another.  Peanut blitzes.  Adult Shad.  Still: nothing over 20lbs.  That about sums it up!  Unfortunately my computer died, so that's why I'm writing this in December.  The good news is I'll try and put in posts through the new year summing up my fishing into December.  But yeah, it's December 5th, and I'm done!


More later, but yes, there are still fish in MA (and yes, even north of the Cape)

I wanted to post a really quick report that, yes, there are still fish around in MA.  I have had schoolies every trip out for the last week.  They keep getting smaller, but they're there.  I think my last night in cape cod bay will be this weekend, as last night I only ran in to mostly really small fish- like babies only 12" long.

But I've had some keeper fish mixed in to, as this picture shows.  Even a few low teeners.  And, holy shit, if I didn't see a 15-18lb (ish) fish last night RIGHT in the wash!  I ran back to my car (which took about 20 minutes) and came back armed with my fly rod (read between the lines)...and there were tons of fish in the wash...unfortunately not one of them was even 1/3 that big.

But if you're content to catch schoolies, they're still out there.  I've had no less than 10 every night I've gone out, and honestly I haven't really even been putting in my normal effort.  I've been lazy and not even trying to find bigger fish, and I generally only fish for  couple hours.  I'm just so tried from moving and all the life events, I'm ready for the season to be over. I still think there's a very good chance of running into something significant too, given the moon phase, and water temperatures.  That's why I just can't give up.  We'll see.

Anyways, I'll post more details about the end of october and november when I get my computer back up and running.


Middle of October: A Critical Month Part II

As usual, I'm behind in blogging.  I'm on a "break" from being an adult- I decided to wait a bit to look for a job, live on my savings (with the most supportive wife ever), and fish my ass off.  As of writing this (October 26) I have only missed 3 nights in the entire month of October.  It hasn't been great, but I've caught a bunch of schoolies and small keepers.  Read on!


October Full Moon: A Critical Month Part I

Robins first keeper of the night
The beginning of October, and a Full Moon.  Prime time.  For me, it often yields one of the biggest fish of the year.  Last year I had two fish over 30lbs during a single tide, and one I’m calling 40lbs even though I didn’t have a boga.  It was over 45”, likely something like 47".  So what about this year?  I’ll cover the period from October 1 to October 9 in this post, and next week I’ll do another on the middle part of the month.


Before I get in October, let's talk about September!

Without further detail, I'll let this drop: I am currently without a job.  This has been a trying time in my life, and it's lead to both more and less fishing.  More because I have more time, less because I suddenly find my life on it's head and I have had trouble getting myself out of the house at times.  Add in a dying fishery, and motivation has waxed and waned.

That being said, September was boom and bust....


Photography Finalist...and I didn't know it!

Too late to vote, but my photo I submitted to the Orvis September 20 Days competition was chosen out of the hundreds of photos as a top 10 finalist.  How cool is that?  I'm still waiting to see if I placed in the top 3 and if so I win a prize- first place is a really nice Helios fly rod.  Voting closed today, and I just found out I was even selected!  Still going to post because I'm pretty proud.  My photo is the striped bass, and I was the only salt water finalist.



Film Coming Winter 2018

A season in the New England Surf
Full Film Coming Winter 2018


Summer Doldrums x 1000

I haven't been keeping up.  I haven't been fishing much- maybe 15 trips in the last 30 days.  I rolled the dice and used up much of my vacation time, favor time, and away from wife time during the "60 days" in May and June.  So, when July rolled around and HUGE fish pushed through the canal, and likely some of my spots, I just couldn't be out there.  I had family obligations, friend obligations, work obligations, etc.

But worse than that, I've had a lot of personal stuff going on in my life that has prevented me from getting out.  I'm so exhausted, so run down, I can't fish the night tides.  It's been hell.  It's been the worst couple months in a VERY long time.


Personal Best- 5lb small mouth on fly!

I spent the weekend on a lake in Maine with Carly.  We had a fantastic time.  And I slayed the bass on my 6WT fly rod.  I had 4 large mouth over 4lbs, 2 small mouths over 2lbs, and this monster at over 5lbs.  We saw eagles, loons, osprey, otters, and loads of other wildlife.  It was a fantastic trip.


The season so far: "almost"

Let me sum up 2017 for you.  It's the season of "almost".  Let me explain.


From Terrible to OK- Ending on an Up Swing- June New Moon

Four nights of skunk, followed by two nights that were OK.  They could have been amazing, if I hadn't made some mistakes, and had known what I know now.  Read on to find out-