First Striper of 2018

The tide and weather and scheduling planets aligned last night, so I found myself standing in some very cold water casting a large flatwing and smoking an Alec Bradley Tempus Churchill.

It did not suck. (All of it.) Especially when about 15 minutes in I started to get a few courtesy taps. I couldn’t tell if it was small fish or a subtle cold water take. Covering water, greased line swinging, and then at the end of a drift, a tug, a re-tug, a hook set, and I was into my first striper of 2018.

It felt so good that not even changing a flat tire in a McDonald’s parking lot in the middle of the night in the rain bummed me out.

Twenty inches of striped wonderfulness. The fight was uneventful until I tried to move the fish over a sand bar into some shallows. He wanted none of that, and we had some surface-thrashing bull-in-a-china-shop runs to break the calm of the night.

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8 comments on “First Striper of 2018

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    Mmmmm. Sounds good. I mean the fish and the Alec Bradley! Congrats on no.1 of 2018.

  2. joseph ganun says:

    A few years ago we would be discussing whether it was the first of 2018 or the last of 2017. Nice either way.

  3. Frank says:

    Steve that is awesome…and i never say awesome! What was the water temp?
    Good job!

    Frank

  4. Asier says:

    Congrats my friend… and many cigars πŸ™‚
    I always remember the Ry J Ex3 we smoke together was outstanding .

    For us the winter is being interesting, and difficult, we found them feeding elvers.. πŸ™‚
    itΒ΄s a completely different situation.
    regards.

  5. Asier says:

    Hope I can go there , before you smoke them.
    Much older much better, !!!πŸ˜‰

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