Archive for August, 2007

Rye Coast NH

August 19, 2007

On the way home from an air show at Pease AFB we tried to avoid the traffic and targeted to drive the Ocean side along the Rye Coast down into Hampton. Hit a couple of spots and gave it a few casts each. On the 1st spot the wife and kids got out and joined for a little bit. My son wanted to throw some rocks into the water (and he did). 2nd spot my wife insisted that I just went alone and that they would wait in the truck. OK, that means hurry up right? So I take full advantage of this and literally ran through the sharp rocks down to the best pool in the area. I have fished it before and at a dropping tide it is a great place to target monsters. After many casts, I was about to leave. Now, people like me say 1 more cast and if you counted how many times we do this…. Well, I won’t go there. I’m sure my wife was counting though as she was watching from the truck.

I got a couple of good hits from a 7.5 inch squid colored sluggo fishing it on the surface. But they were short striking it and I was worried that I was missing even what could be smaller fish. At this point I would like to catch something so I switch off to a smaller sluggo on a jig head. About 10 casts later and no more hits, I switch back to the 7.5 that I got the bites on. Then after 4-5 casts I get another hit. Same short striker though. So I slow it down and WHAM! (batman edit), I get a giant swirl. Cool I thought, I wonder if there is any size. Looking down at my drag it was spinning like it was going down a hill. Then I see the tail swoosh as it boiled the water from it changing direction. I looked back at my wife and smiled. Later I learned that my family were all dicussing whether I had a fish or was stuck.

By the time I fought the fish long enough to bring it in, I realized that I was up above the water about 7-8 feet and would have to be creative with all of the sharp rocks and those that were not sharp were covered in weeds. I pulled the fish into a pocket and on the 7th gust of the tide, it washed the fish literally right up into reaching distance. I picked it up and waved the fish to my wife in hopes she would see it and run out with the camera. I then called her to come take a picture.

While waiting, I took the hook out and measured this fat healthy looking striper. I thought it would be close to keeper size but it was so fat and stocky looking I had my doubts. It was 27 inches on the nose. my guess is that it went over 12 pounds though.

Looking up for my wife I did not see her and did not want to have to work to revive this fish. Saw and good backwash come into a pool behind me and I gentle sent her on her merry way. Then I look up and here comes my wife with the camera. I called her and said it was too late.

No picture but I have the memory. I would like to think that capped it off but on my way out I saw some dude hanging out with two girls. He asked why I did not keep it. I said it was too short. OK, he said but what they don’t know ain’t gonna hurt them. I told him I would know and that was enough. I also informed him that the laws are there to keep it so I can catch more of those.

Some people will never get it. There is more to life than being a selfish prick. God did not put us here to live like thieves so why derivate from what is right when you know what is wrong.

Back to my trip… we hit a seafood play (Rays) not too far from there and had dinner. Not bad. They don’t give you a lot of food but enough to fill your gut. They probably expect you to buy appetizers and pump you full of drinks before the food? Not sure but it was ok food and my wife did not have to cook.

-Brian

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Nashua River, Nashua

August 15, 2007

Hit the Nashua river after work with a couple of guys from work. We were going to to to Potanipo lake but I figured it would of been too much of a drive to get in what daylight we had.

On the water by 6:30ish and headed up to one of my favorite spots. There were some other boats there but not too many. One in the cove I planned on fishing but that is ok. We bumped around for a little while with only a couple of bits.

I then got a couple on a jig+pig. Topwater was not doing anything yet. Justin then got a bass on a senko. He was pumped and wanted to get some more. Mike was working hard to put a fish in the boat too but I think the fish hated him tonight. I think we got a few more bites and Justin another fish further down the same flat near some stumps and weeds. Some fish rising in the middle we shot accross to the other side. I pitched my jig to a fallen tree and watched my line travel out away from it. I set the hook as hard as I could and up came a 4-5 pounder. Head shaking from side to side like a gator with a rope around his snout. Then plunk! It was gone. I fell to my knees with an artificial cry for sorry. That was the pig of the night and I slapped it on the nose. OK, keep working along the weeds and fighting the mosquitoes off.

We hit another spot and this time used jitterbugs. Mike had some good noise on his as did I but the fish were not hooking up at all. Night was warm too. Not like the night at Northwood a couple of weeks ago.

Mike eventually had to go in. Justin and I headed back out for another half hour or so. Enough to finish all of the beers.

Headed home and it was on this night that my jack finally broke on my trailer. So it was stuck on my truck to deal with in the AM. Not cool. Time for a new one I guess.

Was great to get out with these guys and I hope to do it again. maybe on a better night or during the day.

-Brian

Northwood Lake, Northwood

August 4, 2007

Went to Northwood lake with Shawn and Nicky.

They helped me stand a couple of walls on my shed that day and then we headed out fishing for the night. Was a late start due to Nick not being able to find his license but eventually we made it out on the water (10PM).

Started out with a couple of good bites and fish right off on a jitterbug. Then it slowed so we moved to some other spots.

Nothing doing on this night as I think there was only one more bite between 10:30 and 2:30. Not sure what was up with that but we tried hard and threw everything we had. Was a steady west wind and a little chilly but not too bad.

Headed in and hit the sack only to have my son wake me at 6am. It was ok, I was not going to sleep anyways son. 🙂

-Brian