Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dukes County Sight Casters Report 06/30/2010

Waited on the wind to come down 'till 1 PM today...never did. Ended up getting out for a quick afternoon push with Backwater Trading Co's own Patty-Boy, who promptly demonstrated why those qualified to fish above it all will be rewarded with great visual stimulation and slamming. We only saw a couple of other fish...conditions were complete shit despite the sun, and we called it early because we were freezing our tuckus' off.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Monday, June 28, 2010

This comes to us from long time Fishing the Vineyard friend and contributor Johnny from Philly. Real windy today.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/26/2010

This morning's agenda included a mix of open water jerk bait fishing for rolling striped fish and blind fishing with in tight over patch bottom. Neither were a home run...while we're not talking complete famine, the open water potato patches are certainly a wee bit less dense than they have been in recent weeks. This, compounded with heavy weekend boat traffic made the conditions for getting bites on light tackle difficult at best. We ground through it though, and wound up with a decent sized hand-full of slot fish. Once said action dispersed we tucked back into to the beach. While the patch reefs aren't holding to many striped fish at this point they were holding the plus sized yellow eye that you see pictured at the top of this spread. Fun morning with a great father son team...

"Make every song you sing, your favorite tune"

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/22/2010

Pictured in this spread is team Flanders. These dudes bring the heat boys and girls. Yes Kevin, I'm aware that the blog has become the definitive experiment in the ineptitude of iPhone photography. For this I apologize. Also, check out the link below to a youtube vid shot on the bow of the super skiff the other day. It features Giff from Bozeman displaying an exemplary crab feed over some light bottom. Pretty work Giff.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dukes County Sight Casters Report 06/19/2010

Pictured in this spread is Ned from Philly. During the course of our trip yesterday Ned learned to think like a crab. Dukes County sight casting remains strong at the current juncture. It's been a bit tougher the past couple of days with weekend crowds and intermittent clouds, but when the sun is shining and there's not some dope yelling at you for fishing in front of their cute little private beach all is right with the world.

Keep it between the buoys...

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dukes County Sight Casters Report 06/18/2010

Pictured in this spread are Wally from Gotham and Ian from Hot-Lanta. These bros pack a skills that have been honed all over planet earth. They also pack an extra lunch for their fishing guide, which is always appreciated. The flats fishing on the pebble is about as good as it gets right now. Bluebird skies, mid day lows and snatchy striped fish have made our last few sessions truly memorable.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/16/2010

Pictured in this spread is Pam from Orlando. Her true passions in life are snapper and grouper on the Florida coast, but I have a feeling she'll be amending that to include stripes on the Vine after this morning's fish. We spent the beginning of the day farming the open water potato patches under the aviary, yielding a good harvest of slot fish on jerk baits. After we'd had our fill there, we slid up on the flat and poked this nice fatty on ultra light over a shallow patch reef. Pam can slam kids; hope to get her back out real soon.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dukes County Sight Casters Report 06/15/2010

Today's meeting of the Dukes County Sightcasters was greeted with bluebird skies and stiff northerly winds. Pictured in this spread is Highly Migratory Guide Services own Captain Mud-rat-detector. When he's not reading case law or hunting giants Tommy can be found up on the flats with his white gloves on, doing it with style. Around the middle of the day the scup whisperer even showed up and made his way down to the pointy end for a spirited sparring session with the striped fish. Fishing was good today; copious shots at nice sized targets that were looking to shanghai most anything we tied on. The water is a bit warmer now and the fishing seems to be taking a turn for the better. The next couple of weeks is about my favorite sightcasting stretch of the entire season; no where in the world I'd rather be.

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dukes County Sight Casters Report 06/11/2010

Pictured here is Jason from outside lil' Compton. Today marked 8 June's that this cat and I have fished together. That means a couple of things. First, we're getting old. Second, we always have fun. The goatee is new, but the skill set is the same; solid. The life on the flats was a bit thinner today and the stripes were somewhat less aggressive then they have been over the course of the past week, but we still managed to go 4 off 5 and tossed at a load. Fish were on a wide variety of bottom and fly selection was less important than good presentation (no shit).

Brice Contessa

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/09/2010

Good open water fishing this morning with West Chop's own Chip and Earl. The bass fishing was at it's strongest early, and we capped off the morning with a nice mix of bluefish and brownfish eating small bait in deep water. We tried to get on the flats after the action subsided, but by then the clouds were a major factor and we ended up seeing only a few which were not receptive to our advances. All and all a fun morning with a great father son team.

Brice Contessa
Fishing The Vineyard


This is a CRABWOLF. It's a close relative of the squid hound. Dukes County sight casting has been really strong so far this season. Nothing huge over the rail yet, but we pricked one yesterday with Davey up on the bow that was a good bit north of 3 feet long swimming in like 6 inches of water. Clearly one of the more rad things I've seen this year.

One Love,

Capt. W. Brice Contessa

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A little addition to Brice's Report

Made it back to the dock with a few minutes to spare.... thanks to Sirius weather!

Waiting it out in the parking lot.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/05/2010

Pictured in this spread are Bryan, Dave, John and Matt. Even a little cameo from Admiral Old in there if you look close. These cats are east coast hardcore. Predominantly overcast skies the last couple of days made the sight casting difficult, but fortunately we were able to dial in on some good open water fishing that included a mix of mid range bass and blues. When we did get the sun on Friday afternoon the flats were loaded and we went 2 off 4 on Ray's Flies and green Merkins. Pretty fun fishing on the pebble at the say there's a lot of life in the water right now would surely be an understatement. At minimum it's a good way to pass the time before we're surrounded 360 by windmills.

Thanks and Praises...

Captain W. Brice Contessa