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A 2010 August saltwater sucksperience.

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Well, I'm back from a week near the ocean, a week filled with salt water fishing excess... There was some surf stuff, there was some estuary stuff, and there was some bay stuff. There was even a paid charter buried in there.

From the surf, I quickly decided I didn't care enough to deal with it, and throwing a spoon with a spinning rod was way easier. Fly rod catch count: Zip! Didn't try at it long enough to even register.

From the estuaries and sod banks, I learned that not only do the banks give way, but after high tide has receded, the areas next to those creeks are essentially quick sand waiting to kill you. Verdict? Buy a kayak, or never see them again, because wandering them at night, in pitch black, is a recipie for death. A very filthy, stinky, and unpleasant one at that. Fly rod catch count: One crab, impaled through the head. I was also propositioned by some swingers, which was interesting. I think it was the dishpan around my gut that did it, who could resist a guy like that?

From the bridge lights over the bay: Man, so many freakin' peanut bunker, I thought I could walk across them, yet even working the proper tide, I just never saw the hordes of snapper blues I'd come to expect there. I'd been there multiple nights, and just never scored big, even when some maurading schoolies decided to work inside the boat launch pier one night. The solace that day is the bait and lure guys failed as bad as I did, and never really seemed much better any other night. Fly rod catch count: Meh. Over the 3 or 4 nights I plied this, I think I brought about 4 blues to hand, well pier, really. They've got teeth, so I'll just let 'em flop til they get off. The spinning guys never did much better, either.

Walking the beach in the bay: I should've done this more often, because it was productive. Fly rod catch count: Couple of sea robins (they count!), a small blue and... an actual fluke! Yow! Still, I didn't btoehr with this game til it was too late and I never got back to try it again.

ANd finally, the charter. Man, I'd waited _all year_ to do this again and.... Well, it was so bad, the captain didn't charge me. Nothing. Zip. Zero. Nada. Dead. No fish to be found, NONE. Worked several great points int he Cape May Point bay and not a single sign of life except one 14" blue he took on a popping plug of some nature. After we went down a few banks without a swirl, he grabbed it to try and see if he could at least raise a swirl and for nearly 4 hours went without. I cast a freakin' 8wt for five and a half hours, and nothing. One fish. Not anything else. He said the water was looking nasty, and suspected an algae bloom, I suspect that he just had an idiot for a client, but he never did see anything swirl on his plug. Fly rod catch count: I got a wicked blister, does that count?

Bah.

At least he complimented me on my ties, said the ones I'd used looked great in the water, that I was putting them in the right places (albeit inefficently, I cast like a small stream trout fisherman, not a bonafide, double-haulin' saltwater guy), and had a few minor corrections of my retrive style.

So, without further ado, some flies I tied:



(go, go flicker slide show)
(i took the time to carefully craft descriptions, and they don't display, damn you, flicker, damn you)

Anyways, despite allt his, I still can't wait for next year.

Posted on: 2010/8/22 14:22


Re: A 2010 August saltwater sucksperience.
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Nevertheless, a nice report. Sometimes we need to be honest and post reports about fishing that sucked as well as the glory days. If nothing else, it "balances" all the glowing reports that clog the internet from guides and big ego types looking to hype the fishing way beyond reality.

I too have had countless saltwater trips that ended like yours. Just spent 3 days in Maine earlier this month and couldn't catch a single striper on spin gear much less the long rod. We get up from a disappointment like this (or the WW mini Jam) and remind ourselves "it's fishin not catchin" and with the unique form of stoic optimism known only to the hearts of fishermen.....look forward to the next trip. Sept is right around the corner and in a few weeks the mullet and peanut bunker will start to boil; the bass and blues will re-appear close to shore with happy feeding; the birds will dive....and all will be right with the ocean.


(And neat fly show BTW)

Posted on: 2010/8/22 15:57

Edited by Fishidiot on 2010/8/23 8:06:56


Re: A 2010 August saltwater sucksperience.

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Photos of said swingers?

Posted on: 2010/8/22 17:09


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No photos of said swingers, but I have the feeling the invite might have had to do with the fact that I found myself checking out her goods openly, more than once.

Or, y'know, the dishpan.

I expected to get whipped doing it solo, I did not expect to get whipped on the charter. The nice thing I forgot to say is he refused payment beyond the deposit, because it wasn't just my inability to raise fish, but the utter lack of life to be seen anywhere. It'll make trying it out, again, next year that much easier.

Anyways, I'm going to work on convincing people to head out to Sandy Hook with me come September.

Posted on: 2010/8/22 17:47
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gfen. August is a really tough time for the salt. Regardless of spin or fly.

Though like others have said, the good stuff is around the corner...hopefully.

Blues on peanuts!!!

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Posted on: 2010/8/22 21:20


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Great photo VC. I'm psyched for autumn.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 8:09


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G- many of my saltwater experiences have been silimar. That's partly what keeps me going back.

Nice pic- hope to see that for myself someday soon.

Posted on: 2010/8/23 12:36
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Gfen,

I feel your pain. I did the keys in August (yes I needed my head examined) and worked my ass off for the fish we caught which were not nearly as many as I was hoping for.

A very wise person once told me that the best time to go fishing is when you can! So I guess we make the best of it when we can.

Good luck and tight lines!

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Re: A 2010 August saltwater sucksperience.

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Gfen,

I have had similar experiences with saltwater fly angling and have just gone back to the spin rod most times in those cases. I will not give up however. I am looking forward to the fall to get back out there, so if you want someone to tag along with you I would be interested in going. Let me know.

Rob

Posted on: 2010/8/24 8:56


Re: A 2010 August saltwater sucksperience.

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VC- thanks for the pic. makes me remember:
strip-strip-strip blue on ! Shoot off, on again, off again another one on, strike, FISH ON !! Looking forward to the season come October.

Posted on: 2010/8/24 18:11
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