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This morning was perfect. I saw an osprey fly past my window with a herring in his clutches and took it as a good omen. The tide was ebbing, the air was still, and there was no competition for a good spot to cast. The only things missing were the first scouts of the striper migration. Ninety minutes of casting practice didn't hurt. They are just a few days away and I am ready.

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The lobstermen are stuck in the harbor until the north Atlantic right whales move on following the burst of zooplankton as it pops in the Gulf of Maine. Their boats where lined up seeming to watch me as I cast.

After a winter of isolation, Spring is arriving in a nick of time.
 

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No traps in the water until the whales move on? Those guys must be chafing.
 

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Tom. I'm up in Casco Bay in Southern Maine I'm in the exact same headspace. Can't wait for the Striped Bass to arrive. After a long winter, I'm ready! Post again if you make a connection and I'll do the same.
 

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No traps in the water until the whales move on? Those guys must be chafing.
They are all ready to go. Traps were being loaded on some of the boats. The season was set to open on May 1 but there are lots of whales in Cape Cod Bay so the State delayed the opening for two weeks. It could happen again if the whales don't move on. I'm down to my last two bugs in the freezer and am looking forward to some fresh ones.
 

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Tom. I'm up in Casco Bay in Southern Maine I'm in the exact same headspace. Can't wait for the Striped Bass to arrive. After a long winter, I'm ready! Post again if you make a connection and I'll do the same.
There are credible reports of schoolies all the way up to Cape Ann so you don't have long to wait. People are catching in Boston Harbor particularly up the tidal creeks, I just can't seem to find them in our local creeks yet. I need to think like that osprey and I will find fish were there are herring.
 

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Tom. I'm up in Casco Bay in Southern Maine I'm in the exact same headspace. Can't wait for the Striped Bass to arrive. After a long winter, I'm ready! Post again if you make a connection and I'll do the same.
Hey Al,

There are lots of reports of micros and some slot fish down here. I have been out a bit but haven't been able to consistently connect on my early sites. It may have changed today. I picked up a bunch of micros with sea lice and one that could pull drag. He outfoxed me by doing a good strait away then a 180 nearly to my feet. The moment I had a tight line again, he shook the hook.

I am starting to hear credible reports of some big fish (probably holdovers) feasting on post spawn herring but I can't seem to be in the right place at the right time. More reports of an exceptionally early start to the appearance of pogies and peanut bunker. Schoolies are blitzing in Boston Harbor but I need to get my boat ready to chase them.

The grey seal situation on the ocean side of the Cape and Islands is getting worse and many people think it is driving the larger bass out into federal waters. I say, bring on the white sharks. If it is a big year for sand eels and squid, the bass might spend all summer out there swimming with Charlie. Time will tell on that situation.

The water temp out in the Bay is 58 right now so all hell could break loose any time here. We are all hoping for a good season of course but the vanguard of schoolies is not as big as past years so far. I should have pictures of a couple of slot fish by now. Mother nature can be a *****.
 

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Oh yea, the whales moved on and the lobster fleet set sail a couple of days ago. Fresh bugs for the table very soon.
 

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Hey thanks for following up on this @Tom.B - I have to admit that the following report will have a single hand rod involved, but I figure that's okay. After I dropped my 3 year old at his pre-school I stopped on the way home to check a new-to-me spot in Casco Bay.

I hooked a decent schoolie after about 20 mins but out of the corner of my eye caught some commotion further out. Looked like a larger bass feeding solo. I slowly waded as far as I could without getting stuck in the mud and kept casting toward where I'd seen the fish. A few minutes later I was into a heavy fish and after a nice battle I had it ashore, and released. Just under 30" which is a best for me from shore and a fabulous way to start the season.

Coolest part is that it ate a Ramon Salmon Killer tied by Jay Nicholas a fly he uses for west coast Chinook from his pram. Cool to see it do double duty on the other end of the country.

This week I'll be hitting this spot again, but taking an ACR Sage RPL 8100-3 conversion switch rod with a Beulah 300 grain Serum line. Feels like this 2 hander will be a great stick for covering cruisers with fewer backcasts. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Great story Al. Lots of people think fishing the salt is just cast and strip. Stalking a feeding fish is where it is at. I have 30 incher envy! As to the single hander, you are forgiven this time but don't let it get out of hand.
 

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TomB has been very quiet lately. We need a striper report......My guess is its game on.
 

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TomB has been very quiet lately. We need a striper report......My guess is its game on.
Yes, the game is in full swing. June is a good month here. Our salt pond has played its usual role as a Motel 6 for fish migrating north and is now a residence for the local summer crowd of schoolies and the occasional 30" fish. Great fun to be out there with my spey or switch rods. One of my friends got into a good bite this morning so I will have a whack at it tomorrow morning to see if he left any players.

Right now, the best action has been ginned up by a succession of offshore tropical storms which create a nice swell on our coastal rocks. Timing is everything in that game. Dropping a fly at the top of a wave breaking against the rock and double hand stripping like mad through the turbulence can bring savage grabs. If you are a little late, you can frequently see followers who might knock your fly about some but rarely grab it. All of this rock and roll and pin point casting while trying not to find your boat in a trough surfing toward those very rocks. I got in that situation a few years ago and figured it was better to make longer casts than to try to get too close. I use my ancient T&T single hander with a Commando head and sink tip to get the distance I need.
 
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