The weirdness that is this year’s striper spring continues

I remember that Saturday afternoon like it was yesterday. About nine years ago. Bright sunshine, the middle of the afternoon, and we took striper after after striper on the fly. I can still see the gentleman who was fishing above me, how he so gracefully yet purposefully stripped in each bass he’d hooked. He’d recast, strip, and then he was on again. The only reason I left that day was because I promised my wife I’d be home in a few hours to spell her (we had two very young kids at the time). My friends who stuck out  the tide each had a triple-digit day.

Well, that was then. This is now. Same spot. Same tide. Roughly the same kind of day. And I felt fortunate to get three dinks in the last hour of the tide. (These were river fish, as evidenced by their darker above-the-lateral line coloration.)

I’m fine that I haven’t yet experienced the Bass-O-Matic this year. Really, I am. It’s fascinating how every year is different. I know I’m going to have one of those world-of-hurt striper thumbs sooner or later.

So whoever is in charge of these things, if you’d like to make it sooner, I’d be totally cool with that. Or a thirty-pounder. Or a kick ass summer on Block Island. Whatever you think is best.

In the meantime, I’m going trout fishing.

When nature calls, a clamshell makes a fine ash ray for your Aging Room Quattro F55.


7 comments on “The weirdness that is this year’s striper spring continues

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    Ahh, when the sea doesn’t provide, the rich earth of the Dominican Republic brings comfort in spades. All is not lost.

  2. Francis A. Doherty says:

    I was told that the Striper population was really stressed and in precipitious decline.

    • Steve Culton says:

      That is true, but I don’t believe it’s the cause behind the effect. At least not in this case. Every year is different, and this year has its heart set on being contrarian.

  3. Bill Smyrnow says:

    A most excellent post and pic!

  4. Steve Culton says:

    And the cigar was even better.

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