Hasty prior post. What I mean't was that it is entirely possible I might buy flies. It has happened like twice. If I did buy an albacore popper that would be it.
With a GOTY post like this, I feel like my work here is done. And yes, great job by Nick putting you guys into scoring position when everyone else was struggling to get on the board. At this rate the days of getting weird looks for walking down the dock with a fly rod in hand will soon be history... if not already.I had read all of these tuna posts over the years but I still had no idea how truly awesome it would be. Just an unreal experience top to bottom, these fish and fishery are incredible. Can't put it into words.
With a GOTY post like this, I feel like my work here is done. And yes, great job by Nick putting you guys into scoring position when everyone else was struggling to get on the board. At this rate the days of getting weird looks for walking down the dock with a fly rod in hand will soon be history... if not already.
Well done!!! What were the fish eating?
We're heading back out in two weeks for what we call "Westport: The Sequel".
The fly rod was without a doubt the most consistent producer on the troll. Of those ~dozen times there was a troll bite, I think there was just 1-2 of them when my rod didn't get hit, and a # of the times the only hit came on the fly. I chalk this up to the bugs looking more realistic than the other shit.
On bait stops the gear guys fishing live chovys did pretty well. No question about it that live chovys out fish flies on a stop. I really don't know how to overcome that: predatory fish like to eat shit that is alive. That doesn't mean flies don't work, but simply that when given the option between a live chovy and some feathers, I understand why a tuna would choose the live bait. One gutted fish easily had 30+ bait fish in its stomach. Granted this was a slow/low odds day: we never saw surface activity, and I only saw one single fish swimming around chasing my fly, so it just wasn't a good day for cast and strip....but still, the chovys were getting it done. I'd like to think that if it was a fly-only trip for everyone on the boat, then cast and strip would have been more effective because 1) more flies in the water and 2) less live chovys in the water that fish could hit instead of a fly. The smoke cover also made it hard to see deep into the water, so there could have been more action than I was seeing, but definitely nothing was boiling up on the surface.