Reports have moved
So here it is, the final post on the old website. We've decided to move the site to www.fishingthevineyard.blogspot.com/. This new location is going to allow us to add features and content that we haven't been able to in the past, as well as exercise greater creative control over this venture. To all of you who have been following us through out the years, thank you, we are forever indebted. Please come along to with us to the new site and help us keep this Fishing the Vineyard thing alive for many years to come. Signing off for the final time at this location, FISHING THE VINEYARD
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Fishing the Vineyard Report: Late June
Well, the wind has finally stopped blowing for at least a little while. Hopefully the content on the blog here will follow suit. In my last report I said that the team was gonna be out there getting rods bent in the wind and rain. I was wrong. It was worse than we thought it was gonna be, and everybody bagged the beginning of the week. When we pulled out to the digits mid week everybody's thinking the same thing you always think when you get back out after a sustained blow; 'are they still gonna be here?'. The answer is this case was yes. Pictured here are David from DC and Jeff from Buffalo (red jacket). These guys are both talented anglers and made my job the last few days easy.
The fishing on our little isle has been all good for the last 3 days. Same deal as we've been reporting all spring/early summer: gray days, open water, rolling fish, hi-fives and orange gloves. And all this on nice cookie cutter size pajama fish (2 foot average give or take) with some big studs in the mix for those willing to cull. The water temps are still well below where they usually are at this point in the season, and the fish are still covered in bugs, so it seems intuitive that the action we are experiencing currently will sustain into the foreseeable future. That brings me to my next point; we still have prime dates available, especially in July. If the sun ever does come back out I'll be sure post up with a sight fishing report. Whether or not that ever happens is the subject of much great debate as we speak.
Captain W. Brice Contessa
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
This is Wally from NYC. He doesn't even need sun to make them think it's a crab(pink Skok lady in this case). The visibility was just bad enough to make it good over white sand at low tide. Went 6 off 11 and left a stud wearing one. We experienced a lot of tailing fish which is always spectacular. Bass don’t tail as much as some other species of flats fish (bonefish/redfish etc.) but it occurs at certain places during certain phases of the tide and if you know where and when to look it can produce some of the most knee knocking shots you’ll throw all season. Looks like a steaming pile of northeast winds and rain coming our way, but team Fishing the Vineyard is gonna try our best to work through it and bend the poles in the face of dire adversity. As Robby always says "the fish are already wet." Stay tuned...
"Float with the flock"
Captain W. Brice Contessa
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Sun's Out, Crab's Out
This is Dave from Winthrop. Dave has a sight casting problem. Blue bird conditions and mid-day low tides were the recipe for an amazing day of flats fishing yesterday; many stripes fell to various different crab typologies including red crab, green crab and mole crab. It's gray this morning and looks like it will remain so for the next couple of days; Bassachusetts has been a veritable cloud machine this spring. Hopefully the summer season will bring with it more blue skies and hungry fish on the flats. Stay tuned.
Walk in Light...
Capt. W. Brice Contessa
Monday, June 15, 2009
Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/15/09
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/14/09
The fishing out on the rock has remained relatively consistent since my last post. Still lots of bass on sandeels and sometimes squid. Pictured in this spread are Drew and Michael, proud members of the Bronxville High School Alumni Association. I fished these 2 on Friday afternoon and we found a lot of striped fish aggressively pounding squid and eagerly eating artificials and flies. I fished this same bite in the morning with Mitchell and Steve from Delaware, but it rained so hard that I was never able to get the camera out of its case. On Saturday I fished Earl from West Chop. We came out of the box slow with minimal bites in the first couple of hours of the trip. Calm conditions and Saturday crowds were the main factors leading to our lack of productivity. Eventually however we were able to get located on some decent fish and although they were not being terribly aggressive, we were able to hook a few and land the one pictured above. Nice job Earl! I'm holding today for maintenance which frankly I should be attending to instead of blogging. Gotta go...Brice
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Fishing the Vineyard Report 06/11/09
Today I had the pleasure of fishing with Tom from Aspen (pictured in this spread). Tom and I have fished together for the past couple of seasons; he seems to bring cloudy weather and good fishing. Today was no exception. The fishing scenario was basically identical to what we found yesterday; open water, sandeels and a generous helping of hefty healthy striped fish on the long rod. There were some teeth in the mix today as well, but we didn't loose any flies and some of them were of robust size (see pic), so I was actually pleased with their presence. Bluefish are weird. Sometimes they're a nuisance. Sometimes they save the day. Sometimes they bite you and you have to go to the Emergency Room. Either way, I think that they're pretty cool. I've been really pleased with what I've been seeing out there in the past few days and my fingers are crossed that it'll hold up.
"Keep what's important and know who's your friend"...
Captain W. Brice Contessa