The fishing has been sucking. Here’s a chance where we can all actually do something about it. Rather than mince words, I’ll paste them directly from a mailing by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation: In a matter of days, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will meet to discuss the fate of menhaden (AKA the most important fish in the sea). At the end of that meeting, it will adopt an addendum to its menhaden management plan, which will determine new overfishing thresholds and target fishing rates. Now, more than ever, we need your help. In 32 of the past 54 years, we have overfished menhaden, and its population now stands at its lowest point on record—a mere 8 percent of what it once was!…
The striped bass of the Chesapeake, and therefore the Eastern Seaboard, got a dose of good news this week with a big spike in the Young of the Year numbers. I spoke briefly with my friend John Page Williams of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about it, and he said it has everything to do with ideal weather conditions during spawn and early life stage. Of course, the best news for the striped bass in the long run could come out of the ASMFC meeting in Boston in two weeks. Williams and his friends in the CCA and other conservation groups have been working hard to ensure that the result comes down in favor of protecting the bass. “It looks to be a landmark vote,”…
I emailed the forecast late last night to Nick Murray, who responded “Too late to back out now.” OK, then. I’d already bailed on a Montauk trip this week, and got burned by it. Stripers still eat during Small Craft Advisories. You go on days like today, you figure you are owed something. But the fish don’t know shit about Karma or paying dues or risk-reward. They’re either there or not. They were not. But Mr. Murray caught a fluke.
Even a boat guy like me realizes that if you fish in the Northeast, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read Surfcaster’s J0urnal. John Papciak is the magazine’s fly guru, and a proponent of one of the most hardcore ways there is to fish for striped bass: Swimming out to the rocks. He gives a great account of it in the most recent issue called “Confessions of a Wetsuiter.” Intrigued, I decided to email him a few questions, just because it’s so intense and maybe, well, borderline insane? Here’s the interview: Swimming out to the far rocks at night seems like an extreme way to fly fish. What made you decide to try it? There is whole contingent in Montauk (surfcasters) who…
Montauk Rocks Trailer from Richard Siberry on Vimeo. Cool trailer for an upcoming movie about the Montauk surf casting scene, by photographer Richard Siberry.
The Camp-site Sports Shop in Huntington, NY, carries The Blitz. Atlantic Outfitters in Port Washington, NY, carries The Blitz. We support them anyhow but are glad they’re carrying.
I drove by this spot a million times when I ran these waters by boat for 12 years. There are boulders on the outside, known as elephants, that hold fish well enough and in any event don’t take kindly to molded fiberglass. By land, I came across it by accident–on a walk, of all things. You don’t want to go there, it’s all schoolie bass anyhow (in the 16-24 inch class) but for me, it’s worked out just fine for now. There are times when a bent rod is a bent rod.
Just a guess that everything usable has been taken and sold. Once maybe part of a suburban soccer convoy until somebody rolled it into the salt marsh where it stands rusty sentry over early season striper water.
Fly-fishing fishing for bass, however, is the perfection of the sport, and infinitely surpasses in excitement all other methods of killing these noble fish.” –Robert B. Roosevelt, Superior Fishing; or the Striped Bass, Trout, and Black Bass of the Northern States, 1865 (A sportsman’s contemplation well before catch and release.)