Threshold Reached

This weekend I fished 3 days, 3 different places.  North Shore, South Shore MA.  SO MUCH BAIT.  Friday night I did a lot of walking w/the spinning rod at low tide doing scouting of various spots.  I saw a few schoolie splashes, but had 0 hits over 5 hours (10pm-3am) of "hunting" for big fish.  So much f-ing bait.  I just can't get over it- 100 yard shoals of small bait.  But, small bait means small fish (generally, especially this time of year).  Saturday night on the South Shore I only fished 2 hours because I was exhausted and wanted to run 25 miles the next day, but found a good tide- just got there to late.  Showed up probably an hour too late, casted for maybe 5 minutes, then had 4 hits in a row on the 10 wt, landed 2 schoolies, and then nothing for the next ~90 minutes before I lost the tide.  Sunday night I was way way to tired to fish.  Monday night I went out again, and found a stiff SW wind.  Made it pretty tough to cast my fly rod, but I had no back-up spinner with me.  It was terrible actually- I was constantly tangled, the wind was over my casting arm so I had to back cast the whole time, I so tired from my run the day before I was damn near shaky, and didn't have the right line for the job (had floating and S/I line, I really needed just I).  But I did manage 5 schoolies, with 4 of them being pretty small, and then 1 around 26".  They were Tarpon Stripers...all jumped a bunch of times.  They seemed a little lethargic after jumping though, and took reviving.  I caught them all on 2/0 chart/white deceivers. The water is HOT for this time of year!  These fish put me over 300 stripers on the season- my "threshold" for a good season already.  I just wish I could find some larger fish- haven't had a fish over 15lbs since June.  Seems like my normal spots the fish are only getting smaller.  The disappearance of peanut bunker recently leaves only the small-small bait and I think there's no incentive for larger fish.  I need to find bigger bait.  I'm going to work on that!

Olde English Fly Shop custom 10wt and 8wt.  The 9/10wt sealed drag reel (on the left) is an incredible value and I'm very happy so far with the performance.  The 8wt reel on the right is extremely light.  Very happy so far.  Will update as I use them more.