Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Nick Clayton, Aug 22, 2012.
I'll be back out this evening.
Just missed you this morning, Nick. Got there close to 6:30. Action right at the Point about 7:30. Saw 5 fish on the beach for four guys. The fisherman introducing me to the beach & I both got solid takes a little later but did not get the fish to shore. Beautiful morning.
I didn't make it out today but I'll be there early tomorrow for sure. Don't have to be into work till 10:00.
Rough conditions tonight. Wind just wouldn't give up. Only saw two fish to the beach. I stuck it out, but other than one tug there wasn't much to show for it. Plenty of people out and about, my fiance and son enjoyed beach combing when he lost patience with the fishing. Like everyone, I am not a big fan of crowds, but for the most part I never have any trouble fishing with others. I'm friendly enough, and try to show decent etiquette. I never really get too upset when someone crowds me, I just move along or start up a conversation. That said, I'll never understand what goes on in people's minds while in such a situation. One rather large gentleman, who was super friendly, came up behind me and asked if I was using a buzz bomb, then proceeded to bombard casts all around me, twice hooking my line, once so badly I had to cut my fly off. I maintained my cool, but christ was I steaming inside. Then he proceeded to let his young, and by young I'm guessing 4-5 ish, kids roam all over the place while he fished, and then loved nothing more than standing just behind my right shoulder while lobbing rocks into the water and splashing wildly. Ugh. Oh well, just part of the spectacle. If I can drag my ass out of bed again I'll hit it early, otherwise I'll be back out after work.
Nice job Nick!
Nothing more satisfying than watching a young angler after you share some tips or flies you tied, hooking up (even for a brief moment :^) ) and watch them experience the same thrill.....
Nick I know what you mean as far as some of the people up there. Sometimes I just don't understand what they're thinking...it seems so obvious to us that since we are slinging 40ft of line behind us at high speed, people should stay clear. Apparently it's not obvious to most folks! I do like the morning better because at least then there are less people just cruising the beach. One day I was up there and there was only me and one other fisherman. Well some big group of 10+ vacationers comes walking down the beach as I'm fishing and the whole group stops right behind me! I keep my cool and just stand there for a couple minutes figuring they'll move on, but they never do. Finally I just asked if they could move one way or the other so that I could continue to fish, explaining that I need space behind me to cast. They just stood there dumbfounded with confused looks on their faces. Apparently my expanation didn't sink in so I said somelike like "look, there's lots of beach here for you to stand....please do not stand behind me if you don't want a hook stuck in your face." That seemed to get the point across and they continued on down the beach! haha
Yeah, I hear ya. I totally understand that it's a popular place, and I certainly don't go there for solitude. For the most part I have a good time fishing with and meeting other folks, and I try to just let it add to the experience instead of ruining it. But it does get frustrating when the most simple concept isn't understood. These idiots will watch me casting for 5 minutes as they approach, so it's not like they are unaware of the fact that there is line being flung behind me. My son was with me last night, and after losing interest in fishing, was just beach combing and chasing crabs. I made sure to impart in him how important it is to be mindful of the fishermen, and stear clear of where they are fishing. Never will you see my son throw ANYTHING into the water near where someone is fishing. When I see parents allow that to happen and don't say a thing, it really irks me.
Unfortunately I'm working 12 hour shifts all weekend, so I won't be there to deal with the heavy crowds. (Or maybe that is a fortunate thing..) I'll be back this evening, and for a short while in the morning.
Some of the gear folks there are great folks and anglers. I've become friends with them over the years and they are more then willing to share info about hot bit times from the previous day etc. If you fish there enough, you'll start to recognize the regulars that are there on a daily basis. They won't ever crowd you out or walk behind you.
I had a nice silver on a few years ago and a guy tossed his buzzbomb over my line while I was playing the fish.
One of the regulars walked up, cut the guys line and kind of read him the rules beach etiquette when someone has a fish on.
I do agree, there are some anglers and beach walkers there that just have no clue.
Oh I would have loved to have witnessed that event with with my cell phone running...
Oh by no means am I down on the gear guys. I know many of the regulars out there, and most of them are great folks who are super encouraging of me when I'm fly fishing, and always excited when I hook up. I thoroughly enjoy that social aspect of the fishing... When you show up to the parking lot and start reocognizing trucks... "Oh, I see Jim is here already, and old Bob is out... " etc. Good times. Sadly, as with all aspects of life, its the few bad apples that mess it up. I won't let them ruin my experience.
Fishing was pretty hot this morning. Probably saw 15 fish to the beach between 545 and 715. I brought home a few today
+ 1 ...couldn't agree more.
Nice work Josh!
hey nice ! one way to discourage the crowding issue that i came up with by accident was by noticing an "open carry" bozo on the p.t. coupeville ferry this past june strutting around the upper deck on a sunday afternoon.........just about anyone noticing this guy grabbed there kids and went elsewhere. this could work for any number of combat like fisheries that we all participate in......
I know of at least one regular gear guy that is quite open about the fact that he has a piece amongst the rest of his gear on the beach. I tend to steer clear of this individual.
Nicely done, Josh