Thank god somebody had the foresight to create the Cape Cod National Seashore. The more I visit, the more I love it.
Well we had quite a crew on the beach this year, 10 of us in total. The The Luppino crew grew with the addition of Joe, we added the Doyle boys, my old Buddy Stew Brown, Paul (Pablo) Frolek, one of the Navbros, our local Fisheries Biologist Dave Erway, and last but not least, my good Buddy Jonathan Russell (JR) another DEC Biologist.
Unlike last year when we had to wait for the fish, they welcomed us as soon as we stepped onto the beach. I don’t believe we ever went out and did not catch a fish. The timing of the tides was such that we got to fish 3 tide changes during daylight hours. Got up early fished the last of the rising, big breakfast, then fish the falling tide. Back to the house for some wild dinners, then fish the rising tide into darkness. As always we added some new spot to our knowledge base, this year we hit Nauset Beach and Ballston Beach. Ballston is a very pretty spot. Of all the places we fished, Race Point was very kind to us as it was last year.
The Sand Eels were plentiful and P-Town Harbor was full of them. Small Clousers were just the ticket to imitate them. Olives and chartreuse with some white did the trick. I am stubborn though and stick with my Ken Abrames patterns. We must have caught well over 200 Stripers in five days. The lads had quite a bit of fun and there were a lot of first, first Striper, first Striper on a Fly rod, first time fly fishing the salt. Even a wish off “the bucket list” for one lad (some of us are getting up there in age). We got pounded by the surf some days but loved every soggy moment of it. I believe at least one hard core saltwater fly fisherman was born (Jeff)!
Well enough with the chatter, enjoy the photos. Photo credits to Dave Erway, and Jeff Doyle and John Luppino. Off to Minnesota for some panfish, more to come!
Pablo,Joe, John, Matt, Pat, Stew, Jonathan, Dave, Jeff, Jim