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Old 09-18-2008, 12:05 AM
Yettie1 Yettie1 is offline
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Hi all,
My name is Dave (AKA: Yettie).
I used to fish this area alot as a kid 25 yrs ago, it's been a long time.
I just bought this little 14' Starcraft Aluminum and started fishing again.
I've been out twice now and haven't hooked anything at all.

I've been lurking around here for a month or so and finally joined.

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

First time out, I just used some trolling lures and a popper.

Today I went out from 3pm-8:30pm and tried out sea worms, clams and herring. Got nothing at all.

Drifted the end of the incoming and the outgoing.

What the heck am I doing wrong?

I'm usually out fishing solo, would be nice to have a fishing partner, but, none of my friends fish or want to fish.
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:36 PM
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The recent floods have prematurly and completly flushed the river of bait, thus the river has been ice cold for weeks now... all action is out on the beachfront.
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:47 PM
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Thanks, I really appreciate the info.
I did see tons of baitfish while drifting from the Yacht club down to the Triangle.

I've been fishing 8 times in the last 2 months (6 freshwater and 2 salt)
and been on 2 deep sea fishing boats and have yet to bring home anything, but, I will not give up until I have one striper to eat this year.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:30 PM
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That's surprising that you didn't pick up anything drifting worms. I was out yesterday with my dad on the river for the last half of the outgoing until around dark and we picked up 18 bass drifting worms. Nothing big but still a lot of fun on light tackle. We fish light tackle (15lb line, #2 or 1/0 bait holder hooks and a half oz rubber core sinker) and the biggest worms we can get. You don't always get big ones this way but rarely get skunked as well.
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Old 09-18-2008, 10:47 PM
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Mike,
Thanks for the info., I'll try that next time.
I drifted worms for a short time, I guess not long enough.

I'm going back out all day Saturday to try again, I'm determined to get some stripers on the boat! lol

If your out there and see my little boat, say hi!
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:09 PM
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Welcome aboard Dave.

I actually think i saw you out in the channel the other night. I was coming in around 8 and remember because a big sportfisher blew by me and knocked me around pretty good and I thought, "if i was the guy in the tin boat i would have been swamped". So be careful out there.

Good luck on Saturday, keep mixing it up you will do fine. If it is a calm day, working the outsides of the jetties with a jig/worm might be worth a try.

Tight lines
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:32 PM
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That must of been me, I remember a couple of them coming by pretty quick and WAKEN me up! lol

Thanks for the tips, really appreciated!

If you see me again, be sure to say hi!
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:30 PM
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Went out again Saturday almost all day.
Drifted worms, had one on and lost it.

Saw one dead striper float by me.

Boat wouldn't start.

Some A****** blows by me while I'm trolling and takes out both reels of line and my rigs. (No extra line on my boat)
I chase him out to the mouth, give him some hell, (wanted to plant my new anchor in the side of his boat, but, just went back in the river instead)

Took the boat out, got more bait, reels filled, boat back in, won't start and sitting at the dock for an hour before it starts, went back outside the mouth in front of plum island, got nothing, almost got sunk coming back in the mouth with the killer swells (scary as HELL)

But, I'm STILL not giving up!
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:55 AM
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You have bigger balls than I do fishing the mouth in your 14' boat! We were out on Sunday early while the wind was still blowing and the mouth was a washing machine. It did settle down later. You probably noticed that often times your best bet is to come in near the North Jetty.

We had some fun Sunday morning catching schoolies on top water on the flats. Just after sunrise they were crashing the surface and the birds were working. I never did see what they were eating but they kept taking a red and white pencil popper. My arms are sore...not from catching fish so much as working that pencil popper.

When the bite shut off we went our front and it was pretty slow. One schoolie on an eel, later some blue fish, and finished the day off with a feisty 11-lb blue on a trolled Bomber.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:55 PM
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Atleast you caught some! lol

That last trip was the LAST time I'll take that boat out there for sure.

I'm not giving up, too much invested and I'm looking forward to posting a pic when I finally get one in the boat!
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:30 PM
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Your determination and tenacity is insane!!! With that kind of attitude you will surely catch some good fish. However, it sounds like there might be a bit to much risk involved in the spot your at and as alot of the guys here will tell you sometimes its better to take it to the surf than ride on a boat....

Im sure a few can give you some good suggestions as to which shore spots to hit up.


Good luck and stay safe!
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:41 PM
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Thanks Jon!

Well today I FINALLY landed a bass on the boat, in fact landed 3 Bass in the boat!
Freshwater Bass that is, after trying a new lake today (Swain's Lake in Barrington, NH) using Watermelon Senko.

Sorry they are not Stripers, but, I'm posting pic's anyways!

Stripers are still on my agenda and this weekend I WILL be posting a pic of them! lol
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:33 PM
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Hey Dave! Decent bass you have there!

Nice to see you here, several years back I was a member of Southern Cruisers and got to hang out with you a bit - name's Jay.

(I hope you're the Dave I'm thinking of... if not, you've got a twin out there ;-) )
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:03 AM
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Hi Jay,
Yes, that's me. I was the the 1st Officer of Great Bay SCRC.

I'm sure I'd recognize you if I saw you. (Met ALOT of people back then)
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:05 PM
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yettie...i will admit u are nutsgoing into the mouth with a 14'er, i have 2 boats a 14' starcraft and a 19.5 bayliner i have had boh on the mack on/off all summer and with the 14'er i wouldnt go past the sand bar before the south jetty. some of those 10' rollers can be scary in my bigger boat!
anyway try anchoring up on a edge of a rip where you see lots of birds(birds=baitfish=bigger fish) and i would try chucked herring , we seem to get the most action on that and sometimes clam. eels are good too , but are generally good at night drifting(not sure i would want to drift the mack at night in a 14'er) good luck.....oh and listen to roccus that guy is bass master or something lol!
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