Mount Shasta Paranormal
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fall River & Golden Gate Park
Cape Lookout - A fish on my T&T 1409/5
Cape Lookout, NC
In mid November, the winds finally blew from the southwest and the big lunar tides at Power Squadron Spit on the "hook" of Cape Lookout combined to pack small bait fish called silver sides into Cape Lookout Bight. As the tide began to ebb, this bait was sucked back out right along the beach front and out the small inlet into the ocean. All this occuring in late morning where false albacore and bluefish lay in wait for spearing brunch.
I packed my spey rod, a T&T 1409/5 out on the 8 AM boat morning ferry which deposited me and 4 other fly anglers on this sandy spit about 1000 yds long and 50 yds wide. I put together the 14 footer with a gulfstream loaded with a 510g compact scandi head with intermediate polyleader + tippet and slick shooter running line that Nick Curcione had helped me put together back at the GGACC earlier this year for beach surf casting.
The single handed guys took a look and shook their heads. I warmed up a little with a few snap T's, pokes, snake rolls etc. and then assumed the "wait for the bait". At about 10:30 AM I saw albies breaking the surface about 300 yds down the beach and about 100 yds out. I took off at a sprint. At the same time a boat with fly casters headed for the albies crashing bait on the surface. The boat "pushed" the bait inshore towards me, the albies following and I managed to get off an overhead cast that carried about 120 ft out. As soon as I managed to get the slack out of the line and started to strip the line, the line came tight with my first beach Albacore! The line went out and into my backing in a flash and the fish made another run practically out to where the boats were manuevering to get their own shots at the albies. My new buddies came hustling down and coached me through the fight and it was a collective victory for the beach bums! The guys caught 4 more albies off the beach that day when the fish finally moved in closer to the beach and I broke one off at the polyleader perfection loop (I guess that knot isn't designed for false albacore). Anyway like guys said, one off the beach equals 10 from the boat!
"Let us cross the river and rest under the shade of the trees" T.J. Jackson