Saturday, August 22, 2015

Night-time Summer Fishing: By Alexi

At the ready
    There is a man driving around after dark in the summer at the Jersey Shore.   Maybe he's there on vacation with his family, maybe not.  He's wearing a farmer john wetsuit (the kind with the shorts) and he has a canoe strapped to the top of his truck.   From his truck he pulls out a bucket of killies.   Some of them are dead.  He offers them to us.  We graciously decline.  He also sports a headlamp and a hand dipping net.  He's catching needlefish.  They're drawn to the light cast by his headlamp.  He says he'll eat them, maybe alone in a hotel room, maybe with a family.

We fish at night.  These are the ghosts we see.

     For the first hour or so we let the wind push us north across the flat with no action.
no moonlight tonight, just our red headlamps
After a paddle back to the clam shack I began to hear plenty of fish feeding along the banks.  They were picking off baitfish with ease.  With the wind still showing its girth, it was slightly more difficult to land decent casts than when the fish were out on the flat.  But when I did, I was pleasantly rewarded.

     This was an all ears event.  wait for a lull in the wind...stop paddling...listen for the splash of a fish...attempt to cast in total darkness to the source of the sound.  
     Once the tide started dropping I found a spilling pond (the same one Steve wrote about last year)  and had my pick of fish.

And then, at sunrise, a few blues came across the flat.

I had to get home to let the dog out....

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sedges to Saranac By: Steve

      My first kayak was picked out of the trash, I fished the Delaware river with it for a season, it had a leak and eventually was totaled. When we first began to kayak and fish in saltwater, we used the cheap "Malibu Two" tandem Ocean kayak, bought used, with no stock "Angler" styled amenities, I had an old life vest, a cheap paddle, I used the old freshwater equipment I already had, and Alexi used the surf gear he had, this stuff caught fish, and served well until, over time, experience lead us to acquire some different things, some of which are styled as "Kayak Fishing", "Saltwater Flats", or "Back bay" gear, and some not. I could tell you to go out and buy all the stuff we did, but maybe that would be bad advice for you.
      I want to make this point here, especially for those just starting out: people are always telling other people what to buy and what to do, that goes double for people trying to get a buck out of it. There is so much hyper specialized junk you HAVE to have, and we live in an age of dime-a-dozen, so called, internet "experts" that just want to give us all the answers. WOW! THANKS! I would guess it was always this way, even before the world wide web. An innocent now might feel, just as Voltaire's Candide in his seeming "Best of all possible worlds", that of France in the 18th century, blissfully unaware so many come to aid him in his ignorance would only dupe him in their guile. 
      So here it is, more unsolicited internet advice to further confound you poor Candides... Why should you listen to anything I say? I would advise against it, that being my whole point... At first start with what you have, and things you have to buy: do you really need them? really? buy stuff cheap and new, or used and cheaper, until you know something about where and how you like to fish. It's taken us many hours in our boats to get to where we have a real system for everything that works, and we are still learning.

      There you have it, something most, in this day, in America wont tell you, you'll get by just fine with less! You don't need more things! I barely changed my setup at all when I fished the Adirondacks this past week, from what it was in the sedges the week before, I used the old lures I already had, that are my confidence baits, and the stuff caught fish, many pike and bass in the shallow bays of the Saranac chain.

      After All

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don't Fish at Night, By: Steve

You are asleep.

      POP. SPISHH. SPISHH-pshh. POP! pshhhhh-SLAP! POOSH!....... KA-POUUSH! POP! spshhhh.... At night the flats are a noisy place, the crabs, grass shrimp, mullet, and spearing are getting eaten by bluefish and striped bass. You probably wouldn't like it, it's dark....

 ....And there's no one else around. Weird things happen out there at night, it's safer at home, tucked in with a book of popular fishing knots.

People go missing out there, and they're never found again. The dark plays tricks on your mind.

      You really don't want to go fishing at night, you have work to consider, you need your rest, people depend on you.

Bluefish don't bite at night.

When the sun comes up you can head out safely, drift congenially with the fleet, jig the inlet for fluke.

      THE END