Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fishing the Vineyard Report

It's funny ya know, people are always asking me "hey, old man, what's the story out on that mothership of yours when the summer season begins its transition into autumn?" Generally it's an allegory whose central theme is radness. Lets take a gander...

The greenfish mystery has yet to be fully solved. In the mix, darn tootin'. Consistent, predictable, and close to the dock, not so much. It has however had its moments. Pictured in this spread are Barney from the bay state and Justin from title town. It's hard to believe I caught my first bonito 20 years ago this month. No matter how frustrating, difficult and downright strange they can be they are and will remain an all time fave.

The teeth are robust this year, no doubt about that. Kevin from Demerast alleges that I should save fluffing the toothy fish for the custies. I'm inclined to disagree. I think plus size blues are really great, especially over shallow patch/splotch bottom where we've been finding them lately. Pictured in the photographic conglomerate to the north here are Larry from the Chemung watershed, Miles from the Lonestar state and Bill from OysterWatcha. Nice work boys.

Drew from Gotham graced us with his presence over the weekend. In order to satiate his compulsion to extirpate he hooked up with @theguyfromcoops. Always a canny maneuver.

And then there's our old friend the striped fish who at the moment is proving smallish and periodically arduous to unearth with our chosen methodology. That's quite alright though, and frankly to be expected at this stage of the game. Surely as the diurnal cycles curtail and the thermometers inaugurate their annual trek downhill the brown clown will ride again.

You got that right.

"We're all in this together, and we love to take a bath"


Monday, August 15, 2011

Dog Days

It's funny ya know, people are always asking me "hey, old man, what do Fishing the Vineyard kids do during the dog days, when the climate and the sea are calescent and tepid?" Lets find out...

On the flats and patch reefs the brown clown still reigns supreme. Bass fishing in mid August is different than it is in June of course, but it can still be quite productive for those willing to put their time in. Pictured in this spread are David from the Empire State, Bill from the Garden State, the author and the clown. Decent pick on Bobby Shorts with some handsome slot fish still hanging in the mix has been the word this past week. With the closure of commercial season and the noticeably cooler evenings and mornings I'd think the pursuit of the striped fish will continue to yield positive results in the coming weeks.

Luckily for the kids and the custies, the blues are still big, greasy and mean. Pictured in the above montage are Larry from the Chemung Valley, Carl from the Autobahn and some plus size teeth. Pretty work fellas.

As far as the green fish are concerned it's been an interesting case study this season. They've been in the mix for some time already, but we're still not seeing the numbers one might anticipate by this juncture. Gonna be interesting to see which way this one breaks...

Out in the ocean the target continues to be tunafish. Pictured in this spread are Dave from Fairfield, the author and a fine example of the fact that persistence pays. Dude stuck with it and kept his head in the game 'till hour 11 when finally the shot we'd been waiting for presented it self. Cast landed where it needed to be and he converted. Congratulations Dave, Really Great.

Of course time must be set aside for celebration. Congratulations Jaime and Heather, great day.

Guess it just begs the question...who's next?

Captain W. Brice Contessa

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fishing the Vineyard Report

Usually when the blogspot falls silent for a spell it means things are going Really Good or Really Bad. In this case it's been more the former. Pictured in this spread are Josh from Little Pond, Jimmy from Delray, Harry from ST. Mikes and Arnie the Joke man. The past week has mostly been about striped fish on the flats/patch reefs and tuna in the ocean, both of which have been relatively productive. I can't really decide which I like better, both so fun. Hopefully the current trend continues...

"The effects of sun and sand
Are hard to understand"


Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Recap

Probably the best part about fishing the vineyard in general, this time of year specifically, is the variety of program options that one can enjoy. This weekend was really exemplary of that, lets have a look...

By happy chance there are plenty of nice green bonito in the mix at the current juncture. Pictured in this spread are Mamma Cass from the Village, JhonnyCakes from Titletown, the author Big Joe from Gay Head, little Joe from Kauai and my lawyer. Don't blow the rock kids. Save our Sound.

As far as the Dukes County Sight Casters are concerned it's still going really well. Happy fish crabbing over light bottom has been the main act lately, which is great, probably my favorite way to fish stripes. Pictured in this spread are Ron from north of the bayou, Michael from the sunshine state, the author and the brown clown. Pretty work guys, really great.

Out in the ocean we're finding a mixed bag. When you open the bag and look in, what you see is tuna, marlin and shark. No place in the world I'd rather be, great summer job.

"This is what salvation must be like after a while"

Fishing The Vineyard