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Ive been looking to get out to Monomoy Island one of these days . Mile L's post got me looking at website and the like for Monomoy . Has anyone here ever fished there or has stayed the night . I was thinking of a marathon 24hr trip out there this upcoming year . Get dropped off by water taxi , stay in the lighthouse keepers house ( $200 pp)and just fish from the time we get there till the time we leave . Or maybe if it is allowed just stay and fish all night . Just throwing out a bone for anyone that has this same desire . Anyone have interest . I have some #s and websites im scoping out now . There may be a waiting list so I m only in the dreaming stage right now . if any one shed some light on this great fishing island please let me know .

chris L

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We fish there each year a couple of times. Its nice. The bass are at your feet on the incoming tide. You are not suppose to stay out all night as I hear it but some people do. Just be careful to pick the tides and weather right. On a very high tide and windy night , you may not have any uncovered area to stand on. In addition to the sight fishing on the protected inside , many people walk over the Island to fish the outside.

The big draw inside is sight fishing with fly rods. You'll see whole armies of guys with rented gear and a guide. If you have some websites , I'm sure you've seen some guides names.

We have gone out in our own boat from Stage Harbor and we have done the water taxi scene. the water taxi is much easier and I think well worth the money since he will often tell you where the fish have been being caught at the time you go. I forget the name but I think its the Tiderunner?

Be real careful wading out there. people clam out there and dig long trenches about 2 to 3 feet deep. Very long , like about 40 feet long. Anyway , two years ago I fell in one of the trenches that was just covered by the tide and I twisted my knee. Made for a long day staying in deep water to get the weight off the knee until the boat came back later that afternoon.

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Thanks Saltheart

The name of the water taxi is the Rip Ryder and if I remember right its $16.50 for a ride for the all day trip 8am till 4pm .

But thanks for the info .

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If you get dropped off out there bring more than one rod. I was there last spring and hit my nine weight with a clouser after being on the island for only 20 minutes. Needless to say the rod snapped next cast and that was the only rod I brought. Luckly I only lost a couple inches on the rod and I was still able to cast and still managed to catch a decent amount of fish. We saw some large but they were not interested in what we were offering them. Also if you wade out on the flats watch out for the fog. You can wade out pretty far on those flats and if fog rolls in you can lose your sense of direction pretty fast. The daytime fishing is realy good so I imagine that the night fishing can be amazing.

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Chris, he has a web site or he used to . Capt. Keith Lincoln 508-945-5450

 

I would also like to try that place at night, I know you're not supposed to but it would be great with the right planning. I've stayed overnight on South beach before in july 1998 , fished live eels and got spooled using 20 lb fireline. The line was old and I tightened down before it ran out and snap. 200 bucks sounds like alot per person, cheaper to camp on the beach.

 

[This message has been edited by slipknot (edited 12-19-2000).]

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Slipknot if I went Id like to go at night NO camping at all just fishing If only they allowed getting dropped off at 4pm last run of the day and go back at 8am first trip of the day . Man that would be awesome or if I knew someone with a boat in the water out that way they could do a drop and pickup . As I think its the only way Im going to fish that spot . I went with my wife and kids this past Sept to the Morris Island bird sanctuary my wife was willing until she found out there are absolutely no facilities . Tonite she agreed to let me go without her and the kids in 2001 . Nice wife ! Looks like I have to take her to the casino during Christmas week . Now I just need to find some people wanting to go .

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I too have been thinking about fishing there.

No clue about the place except that I hear from others that the sight fishing is amazing. Is it like a brewster flats deal?

I used to stay in Eastham on the Bay side up at the cape. I would always run to Race Point or one of the back beaches. My wife got me a book from an author of onthewater.

Gene Bourque? Anyways I am reading this book about the cape and it say there is good fishing right out of the deck where we used to stay. It's a big flat, guess I was fishing it wrong when I used to fish there.

All I caught were blues for the most part and always fished it on the outgoing tide, this was always in August on family vacation.

According to this book fishing is good there mid June for a few weeks then back in the fall again. I don't have a clue as to why, I have seen this at low tide and it must have tons of bait, cause there ain't no structure there thats for sure. Chris keep us updated with any more info you find out about M Island fishing.

 

Thanks

JohnS

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There was a show on TV Days of a Sportsman recently Friday I think and they were fishing those flats in June and fishing off Harwich with live herring . Not bad , but it gets the juices flowing.

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I just received an email back from the ripryder water taxi its $10 pp to get to the island . There is NO night fishing allowed at all except at South Beach . I havent finished searching YET . A day trip from 8am till 4pm is easily set up . I will keep trying to get info .

Stay tuned same bat time same bat channel .

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I've never fished it at night, but south beach can be exceptional during the day. My first trip out to monomy this summer there was an orvis school on the flats, so things were pretty crowded. My friend and I went over to the other side and fished south beach all day. It was still sight fishing to small schools cruising up and down the beach, not quite the same as sight casting on the flats, but a blast nonetheless.

 

Here's on of the better fish we got that day:

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most of the fish we took were only slightly smaller than this one. Not LARGE by most standards but still a whole lot of fun on a flyrod.

 

Matt

 

 

[This message has been edited by Mattb (edited 12-20-2000).]

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hey and merry christmas from central mass and barnstable...the overnight on Monomoy is a splendid idea--we did our first with Dad and a few stout rods in 1963...be careful not to plan on (talk about) camping--as you'll draw heavy fire, but catching some zzz,s next to your spiked rod (who knows it's baitless???) will get you by...the motif is low key, no fires, small lamps...one caution...noseeums will sometimes kill you...bring deet and cover up-cause if the wind is down and the usuall landfill-scale hatch is up you will find the night longer than a bad marriage...I have had to restrain (sober) fisherman from trying to swim to shore to get away from the bugs...(or were they thinking of the lounge at the Chatham Bars Inn...)

see ya and the best of the season to you..

luke

p.s. loaded black or purple bombers, live eels, sandeel imm flies...black coffee with Sambucca at sunrise

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