Sunday, December 20, 2009

All I want for Christmas...


Is heaping bushels. And low and behold, we got 'em. Not even December and impending coastal blizzard warnings can stop these kids Kevin. Happy holidays to you and yours from the whole Fishing the Vineyard family. Be sure to get up with us in the 2010, I for one am predicting big things.

Peace on Earth...

Fishing the Vineyard

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More from Ohio!


Justin pribanic of Chargin River Outfitters and Coop's fame.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Ohio Steel 11/16/09

Looking to do some steelhead fishing this winter, give my good friend Dan at Chagrin River Outfitters a call.
Jaime







Sunday, November 15, 2009

Funday Sunday







Every Sunday at this time of year brave, proud warriors strap on their equipment and head out to the grid iron where the winners are culled from the losers, men separated from boys. Today Rob and I pitted our sweet water skill set against a mighty mixed bag of powerful chain pickerel and wily yellow perch. Representatives of both species fell at our hands, victims of their own aggressiveness and lust for small jointed rebels.






I'm not sure what you want me to tell you mother, I live on an island in the middle of the north Atlantic and I write a blog about pickerel fishing. Clearly I wouldn't be holding my breath on the grand kids scenario.

"Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul"

The Old Man

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Harvest Season Recap

People are always asking me, "Old man, what do Fishing the Vineyard kids do after the derby?" The answer that I always gave(which I ripped off from Rob) was "hang upside down in my parents basement 'till the stripers come back". That's funny, and those of you who know us are aware that there's an element of truth to it, but the kids have been known to experiment with some alternative fishing scenarios to pass the vast span of months that our local saltwater environment is void of targetable numbers of fin fish.



Right here you're looking at Patty boy from Edgartown. Pat's a long time friend and contributor to the site and this is some of his finest work to date. When he's not shredding perms Pat enjoys riding rental bikes, drinking frozen daiquiris and teaching his girlfriend how to push the boat around on the flats. What does one even say about such a lifestyle...I cry sweet tears of joy merely thinking about it.



Alright, it's not the biggest trout you've ever seen. Me neither. This photo is however a window into my recent pilgrimage to California. I'll spare you the litany of cliches about the weather and the girls and the liberal attitudes and such, but it's actually all true. California is a groovy place Kevin. I fished around the Lake Tahoe area with a guy named Mikey Wier (http://www.burlproductions.com/BurlProdutions.htm). I'm blessed in that I get to fish with some extremely talented guides and anglers on a year in year out basis, and Mikey is right there with any of them. Thanks Mikey.





When most folks go to Oak Bluffs they usually end up coming back with a slice of pizza or a tattoo or something. This is what happens when Rob goes to Oak Bluffs. This pickerel would be a nice sized saltwater fish, but clearly it is not. Congratulations Rob, you make us proud.





What? It's winter in a summer town kids, booze is obviously gonna be a factor.


Stay Warm...

Brice Contessa

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Fishing the Vineyard Report 10/8/09

Sorry for the lack of post, but it's derby time. Here are few pix from the past week.




Monday, September 28, 2009

The Big 40!




Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's been a.......


little windy lately, but we are still catching the core.





Friday, September 18, 2009

FTV Crew Team



So we started a crew team. So far it's just Tommy and Rob, but Jimmy and myself are definitely maybe considering joining. Any punks who think they can challenge feel free to email Boyle. It's really windy here.

Brice

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fishing the Vineyard Report 09/16/09



This is Zephrin from Brooklyn. My bow is his dojo. Many fell at his hand.

Brice

Thursday, September 10, 2009

trying something new

a little video from yesterday.

video



Fishing the Vineyard 9/9/09

Doubled up on fly.




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Early September Rum Front Report





So the 'fall' gave us all of 2 days before our first big blow of the season. Heavy northeast winds are on the agenda for the next few days at least, and that's a bummer because we've been doing a number on the tunny. I fished this week with Karl, Marie and Roger from New Jersey who are pictured in this spread. The apple picking was fantastic as if often is in southeast Massachusetts at this time of year. I love apples.

"See you on the Radio"

Captain W. Brice Contessa
www.contessaflyfishing.com




Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fishing the Vineyard 9/9/09

even more core!



Fishing the Vineyard 9/8/09


More Core!





Sunday, September 6, 2009

This is Fly Article

Below is a link to an article that I recently penned for an e magazine (techy, I know) called This is Fly. It's about sight fishing for striped bass on the Vineyard and features photos from long time Fishing the Vineyard friend and contributor Dave Skok and myself. If you like the blog, I think you'll love the article. It begins on page 55 and runs to page 68. Use the navigation bar on the bottom to jump between pages or click the corner of the page to go one page at a time. Enjoy...Brice

www.thisisfly.com

Friday, September 4, 2009

First Report for September


Well, here we are. Labor day weekend folks, another summer come and gone on the mother rock. Now, as the the tourists pack their bags and head back to the cities and the kiddies start sharpening their pencils and heading back to class the Fishing the Vineyard boys are gearing up for some of the most fun fishing that we get to do all season. September is probably my favorite fishing month of the year because you have all 4 species in the mix, sometimes with in extremely close proximity to one another. Pictured here is Bryan from NYC. Today there was one species in the mix for us and that species was tunny. We worked our asses off to catch this little fish, and while we weren't quite giddy like a couple of school girls ('cause that's not our style) it's safe to say we were pretty psyched. Derby time is on the way so inevitably reports will be getting fewer and further between. This is a factor of exhaustion and also an attempt to shroud ourselves in a veil of secrecy. Plus you try coming up with this stuff everyday.

For Strength and Honor...


Brice Contessa
www.fishingthevineyard.com

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fishing the Vineyard report 8/31/09




Last report for August.