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where's your yak dave?

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Fished Woodmont again this week and found much of the same as last week, huge schools of BIG bunker being harassed by double digit blues. I tried to fish below them with monofilament leader (I was fly fishing) for bass like the big one Dave got, but kept getting bitten off. When I switched to wire leader, nothing.?? Are blues actually leader shy? Maybe after having been harassed so much by us anglers. Did manage to take some bruisers on poppers and then snagged some bunker with a fly and waited 30 seconds before a monster ran me into my backing. Alas, all that came in was a chewed to pieces bunker tail, but it was fun--a new kind of catch and realease: snag with fly, play with blue for 5 minutes (till he eats his fill) then try again. Milford was dead; I have a feeling all the fun is over there. Woodmont is between Milford and Westhaven. Lots of good water, especially with a north wind, and they've got the bait pushed right up to shore. Hardest part about yesterday was staying close enough to the action and not getting a treble snag hook cast into the yak with me. Saw Westhavendave fishing from shore and the seas were dead flat. What's with that?

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You can launch out of Oyster river. I tend to head west on New Haven Rd. Turn off toward sound (can't remember which road), maybe 4 or 5 west of Oyster River area, and you end up on a one way, west to east road that runs along the beach, and eventually a parking area. I unload on sidewalk above beach, then park car and walk yak down beach (it's not too far). I fished Thursday starting at low tide (around 11AM) through till 3 or so. When I left, it looked as if a large pod of fish had moved right into Oyster River area as the tide rose. With SW wind, you could stay inside the bay and probably be fine, though most of the fish seem to be a bit west of the bay along the north shore (at least when I've been there). In any event, there's a heck of a lot of bait, and big blues, and one real monster striper so far that I've heard of. Note: Oyster river area makes a long portage out/in if you're there at low tide, I think.

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asabatelli - That's strange that the blues were leader shy with the fly. If you want to tussle with these blues on the fly rod here's something that will work. I use a sinble barbless 7/0 mustad bluefish rig which is on 6"es of hard wire. To that I clip a 12" 50# wire leader and attach it to my line. I cast this app. 30-40' with a spin rod. I let it sink and snag the bunder and just hang on until I'm sure that a blue has eaten the bunker and is swimming off. All my blues caught this way were hooked in the mouth and none swalled it. You can use this setup with the fly rod and I probably will the next time (if I run into them) I hit the blues. Its not for the purist flyrodder but it would allow you to have some fantastic action with the fly rod.

 

joev - If the wind blows us off for Sunday this might be a good place to hit.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll try to rig something like that next time I tousle with those babies. Hope they stay around for a little while longer and these blankety blank winds ease up some.

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Hey all, Just to let you know the bunker disappeared with Thurs. evenings cold front. I haven't seen or heard of a fish caught here in the last two days, it is not what I expected, thought they would hang around awhile. Arnie, my arms were to tired to paddle after picking up about 20 of those choppers from shore on thurs. morning near aimes point, we had a live-lining festival at low tide. The bunker were behind us in ankle deep water, just snag one toss it out and watch the show for 4 hours straight. By the time I saw you I had been fishing for 7 hours. My buddy hooked into one good bass but it spit the chunk about 15' from shore, otherwise all 10-15# blues. I may try to yak the Thames next week, if things don't improve here. Dave

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Joe a southwest is about the worst wind you can have in that area as it is not protected by the breakwalls. It's when we get the largest swells here. Below 10-15k is managable over that forget it. If you would, pm me some thames info. Thanks Dave

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Dave I dont know if you are thinking about Sun am. But I am there.Will launch from Norwich Town docks at 5 am.I will head up into Shetucket River stay left out of launch it gets narrow then opens up.Will try that out for at least 2 hrs.Then I wll go south on 12A to the old State Hospital(just north of Mohegan Bridge).Go to furtherest back south corner of property(just keep driving on those roads till ya find it)Baseball field will be on left.Follow dirt road to water. Best launch spot is straight ahead after you cross RR tracks.I will try for 2 hrs paddling north to the high rise at casino.From there I will continue south on 12A to bouy 27 spot only land mark is small dirt parking spots on side of road.I will check out flats above and below access point.From there if nothing is happening I will meet Dougiev for breakfast.Check you pm

joev

 

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