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Old 08-22-2014, 04:07 PM
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07-26-14
Had the pleasure of sharing the water this morning lobster trapping with DWS and Caden. The catch today included green and red crabs, small cunners, a pancake flounder that I saw DWS filleting with his eyes and another pound + day per trap of lobster.

Boat traffic was non existent. We saw two fisherman and schools of busting bass. An osprey fulfilled our gaze as it dove down with a huge splash then struggled skyward with it talons full of striper.

DWS was the cameraman.

Good to see you Andy and son! Eat well my friend.

Great morning to be OTW.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:09 PM
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08-01-14
Never saw any lightning but watched this storm pass over from Newmarket to Dover last night.









And the Great Bay Kettle was boiling steam last night and I'm not talking lobsters.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:10 PM
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08-02-14
Great Bay tagged striped bass.

My Great Bay fishing buddy Joe caught a tagged striped bass this morning at Fox Point. 30". He kept the fish to show me. He thought the tag information was in its belly because of the amount of algae built up on the outside of the tag. It took a lot of scraping to see the info on the long slender tag outside its belly.

A little internet research said it was tagged by the Hudson River Foundation and the tag said "reward".

http://www.hudsonriver.org/?x=sb/index

No phone number to call you have to download a form and mail it to them with the tag.

Each February they draw names for prizes from $1000 to $100.

Sending Joe our NEHN mojo and hope he is a lucky winner.

That is the first tagged Great Bay striped bass I've ever seen.

Got to enjoy the morning with Sea Hunt. Surprising it is such a small world. We called off a dozen local names and each of us had a story to tell.

I've never caught a lake trout or a salmon. Dick said he could cure that slump.
The August lobster blues are settling into my inland trapping grounds. Ten keepers this check out of fifteen traps.. The water temperature is starting to rise which triggers a mass exodus back to the ocean. It happens every year.

Come Labor Day and after, the bugs will once again crawl back to Great Bay in anticipation of their second shed of the year. I used to trap until November with October being the best month of the year.

But today I'd rather have the traps on dry land by October 1 so I can spend time with my two blondes chasing Ruff and Doodle.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:11 PM
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Thank you for taking me last night Joe. I had a great time.
Next time my fish will be bigger than yours.

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08-09-14
My head touched the pillow at 2AM Sunday morning.

The ride down the river was highlighted by the sound of crushing shells as we enjoyed freshly caught Great Bay lobsters. The Super Moon guided us to pods of monster stripers. The Okuma reel is hoarse from all the singing. The Ugly Stick could not be beaten. My first cast to the curl put a linebacker on the deck.

Double hookups were the theme.

Joe is a good Captain. He put us into Striperpalooza. An event we didn't have to share with any flotilla.

My back and my arms may not feel the same but THANK YOU my friend for once again allowing me the bow of the Warrior Princess.

And yes my prediction came true. This time my bass was bigger than yours.

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There was no daybreak run to the lobster grounds this morning. The low tide of the upcoming Super Moon was -1.3 feet at the trestle. The USS Coalman doesn't plane well on mud.

The first nine traps, eight keepahs. The next six prospect traps set the week before, one keepah.

So the deck was stacked and the traps set back in bugland.

Caught three notched females again. One was berried. I bet every one was the same from last week.

Nine keepah lobsters from Great Bay in August....I'll take that any season.
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No striped bass were hurt fishing with Roccus.

They were all released so that our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren may be able one day to experience the thrill of catching a monster striped bass.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:15 PM
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08-16-14
As a striper fisherman I love the Super Moon. As a lobster trapper I hate them. The Super Moon tides are huge. They flood the marsh and carry Eel Grass, Sea Lettuce, Rock Weed, Algae and mud as they exit the Bays.

After checking the first twelve traps today there were nine keepers in the cooler. I caught the berried calico female again. Her suitors were all shorts. How long before she lays her eggs?

The last three traps were set in 40+ feet of water. I had to wait an hour before low tide before they popped up. There must have been fifty pounds of algae on the line and another fifty pounds of crap in each trap. Sadly the wait was not worth it because those three traps had no bugs.

I took three traps back to my hero or zero spot. The week after the full moons see much more lobster movement.

Today's catch was highlighted with more hard shell than new shell lobsters.

Nothing beats the taste of a fresh Great Bay hard shell lobster.

08-17-14
Did you read the line above??

Mmmmm is all I can say!!
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08-20-14
Skipped out of work a little early to drown some slime. There were a couple boats in the honey hole so I went hunting. No love in those new rips.

When the boats cleared out at dusk I threw a lively eel to my brook trout rips. Four bites, two on, one in the net.

Six miles of WOT back to the dock and not a boat in sight.

Life is good.
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08-23-14
Avoided a real bad smell on today's check of the lobster traps. The first six traps, no keepahs. It was looking like a skunk!

Thank goodness for the Point. The last nine traps and there were eight eaters in the cooler.

The three hero or zero traps scored thirty three percent. One lobster. We'll try again next year.

Highlight of the day was doing a radio podcast on the boat with Dave Kellam and the Fish Nerds.

http://www.fishnerds.com/fish-ne....de-fish

We spoke about my connection to Great Bay and what I saw as its strength and weaknesses. Touched upon the different fish that come and go during a summer season.

And about the striped bass that "do not" live in Great Bay.

Dave took a lot of pictures. The two below are my favorite.

Although not a keeper this lobster shed its old shell while in the trap. The new shell lobster on the right is as soft as you have heard me say before, a "grape".



These are when lobsters are at their greatest threat of predation.

And the Great Bay Gundalow barge was on the water. This type of vessel supported the commerce around Great Bay estuary during the 18th and early 19th century. The ships unloaded onto these barges and with their shallow draft these vessels brought the ocean faring goods to the local town ports.

http://www.gundalow.org/

The Great Bay National Wildlife Reserve to the rear.



08-24-14
Back around 2005 was the last time my dad, due to the escalating effects of Parkinson's disease, and I celebrated his birthday with a fishing trip to Great Bay. His last day on the boat the Bay was alive with boiling striped bass and bluefish schools. I would hook the fish and he would reel them in.

Since that day each August 24th I try to get out on the Bay and fish in his honor.
Back on August 24th 2009 my son Shawn and I hit the jackpot by playing the huge school of Atlantic Menhaden (pogies) that invaded the Bay for bait.
Shawn got his personal best striper that day.



Which he chose to release.



I wasn't far behind.



No, today didn't produce any pogies for bait or for that matter a keepah stripah. I did put two bass in the boat and they swim free like my dad's spirit does today.
Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you. :(
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