Similar to salmon fisher, my last two outings in the BI area have yielded only two SRCs, all of about 6-8 inches - I'm relatively new to this game but was connecting with larger fish at same time last year.
I started on the Sky today. I was intent on floating it, but the color had come back and I thought tomorrow would be better.
So I headed to Picnic point. I'm so new to the SRC thing. This was my fourth day out, I've caught a grand total of three cutts so far, the largest being 14 inches. But today I threw out my (maybe?) 10th cast and I was thinking, This is just like fishing for stripers on the east coast, except the fish are way smaller. And I swear, right when I thought that, my fly stopped and I set the hook into a silver. Right at my feet! But it didn't run, it just rolled around, tugged a tiny bit. That was a good thing, this was my 5 weight with maybe 100 yards of backing at most, and this was a good 10 pound fish. But it wasn't a good thing that it just kept rolling on me. This went on for about two minutes and I decided to play harder, and he decided to spit it.
Pretty exciting really, but disappointing the same. I fished for another two hours and caught nothing.
Seems like it's starting to pick up both as to numbers and quality of the SeaRuns.
Last couple of times out on different Marine Area 9 beaches treated me pretty well. I hit better tides at better times of day, lot more fish moving and more aggressive. Although I never did see the chum smolt running like last year, the sand lance are filling in pretty well. Slender profile Lime green over white dressing about 4" long, on a size 6 hook was pretty effective. I was loosing quite a few and tied the same pattern on a sz 8 short shank hook (Gammy Octopus) and that appeared to do the trick; that and being conscious of making better hook sets.
Sounds like a possible silver to me. They love to follow right up to the boat or your feet and nab your fly at the last second. Then silvers are also known to roll and roll, twisting the line around themselves often. If he has been able to keep the fish on the line for a bit longer, I bet it would have given him a few good hard runs and probably a few jumps.
More likely a King than a Silver given the size, but I doubt a King would have stayed put and rolled, plus pretty shallow water for a King. Steelhead kelt or even a salt run Dolly maybe? I've seen both on that beach.
Whatever, I bet that shocked the sh*t out of ya wooleybugger74 to have such a big fish hook up at your feet. What a kick. :thumb: What fly were you using?
Jim, the sand lance do seem to be very thick this year. The new book, Tube Flies Two: Evolution by Mark Mandell has a chapter featuring Mike Croft and he ties a marabou tube fly that is an awesome sand lance imitation. I tried it and the movement of the fly in the water is amazing. Captain Tom Wolf is also featured and he has some equally interesting salt water tubes. I really like the ability to use a small, short-shanked hook with these tubes. See you on a beach soon. Steve
Steve, I imagine the ability to place the business end of the short shank hook at the end of the tube would help with short strikes too. Going to have to get a copy of that book. Thanks for the reference.
Chad, these fish are voracious feeders. I have had several resident Coho that exhibited the same behavior. It has been fun watching them slash through schools of sand lance throughout the sound. They attack with vigor.
Sounds from your report like it is time to try some northern beaches. :thumb:
I took my kid (4 years) out on MA 12 for a couple days last week. We only fished a few spots for an hour time right at the "wrong" times to fish....middle of the day, slack tides, etc....but I did relatively well once I abandoned the baitfish patterns. All fish fell to a cone head olive/orange wooly bugger fished slow. Did not get strike one on any of the numerous baitfish patters I threw, nor did I have any action on poppers even though I saw a lot of SRC's chasing bait at the surface. Largest fish was 18 with a couple 14's and several 6 to 8 inchers.