Today we were well beaten by Chelsea, a club with money from London, in the oldest, most prestigious sporting cup competition in the world. Having dressed the entire family in red for the occasion, I can tell you I was depressed by the defeat (I say without bias that they are a hateful club whose players are fornicators, mercenaries and playacting cheats.) And I knew, as you know, what I needed to do.
The tide was at half out, and stripers were pounding bait [they were not buying bait, but eating it, hungrily] in the outgoing remnants of salt marsh channels but 8" deep. This sight alone was all I needed. It is a spectacle that no trout angler can ever hope to see - fish of the largest trout blowing up in water that doesn't actually cover them. It is the purest magic and much better than anything on television - even soccer.
|This is my Culvert. It has healing powers.|
|He worked his way through deep mud, this day.|
The next fish was bigger, but not huge by striper standards (which is to say it was very large, by trout standards, and if you perceive a bias, it's quite intended). None of them were huge stripers. This is May - we are pounding schoolies; do try to keep up. But the thing is it is also daytime, it is 3pm and quite light. Most of our striper fishing, learned readers will know, is done in darkness. We don't see much. So when, at the final arc of your retrieve, you admire the candor of your fly through the deep under-cut at your feet, you don't expect to soil your waders when a 20" striper slashes out in anger. It's just lovely when a fresh-off-the-tide wild fish does that, you know? You say words that convey the first real enthusiasm you've given off in a week, or maybe longer.
|This is what a fish should look like|
|September Shite, after Brayshaw. It works, even when it isn't September or when the water has any shite in it, that I know of.|
* More than 6 but less than 12.