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Old 12-08-2006, 07:31 PM
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Default December Stripers come hard

I've always wanted to take a Striper in December.

With that thought in mind, Red Clark and I set off yesterday to do it. The data buoy temps in CC Bay have held no lower than 50 degrees for over a week now. Yesterday, the air temperature was 52 degrees. What better time to go.

We started at the Horizons parking lot at the east end of the CC Canal but after glassing the guys on the ends of the jetty's and seeing no action whatsoever, we headed out east to try those north-facing streams.

First on tap was Old Harbor. The hike out to the entrance to catch the first of the outgoing was un eventual except for a few Terns that should have left long ago for southern climes. The fishing there was uneventful too.

Next was Scorton Creek. Again, we walked out to the jetties on the beach. Other than a lone Harbor Seal and a flock of Eiders, there was nothing there either.

We motored up to Chase Garden Creek, behind Bass Hole. This had to be the spot and Red's first cast and drift tightened into a throbbing line and a pollock... Hey, it was a fish even if only about 11 inches long. But it slammed a slowly twitched Chartreuse/White Clouser.

I was ready to quit, because the next creek was Quivet in E. Dennis and a mile-long bone jarring, gully bumper road in. But, Red has a new Toyota 4Runner and wanted to demonstrate it's ability. So, we bumped in and out of huge potholes and finally made it to the paring area. Not having a beach pass, we left the car and hiked out to the creek mouth, another half mile.

Red fished Clousers while I cast decievers into the swiftly outflowing waters. Beautiful day and a perfect setting for Stripers.

I've always wanted to take a Striper in December.

The weather forecast is for three days of above 50's temperatures next week. Hopefully......................

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Old 12-08-2006, 09:23 PM
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Default Re: December Stripers come hard

Good luck Bill.
Hey, you could always make the trip down to Jersey
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Old 12-12-2006, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: Got them !

Went fishing today and got my first ever December Stripers !!! Two of them on a clouser fished deep in one of those little salt ponds only a couple long casts from Nauset.

Joe, I've thought of NJ and would do it if I could just talk a friend into making the trip with me. I used to drive down every year and fish IBSP with my friend Don Harris. But Don died five years ago and all my other friends have quit fishing for the year.
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Old 12-12-2006, 02:42 PM
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Bravo Bill!
We could rent a bus and all make the trip.
Wouldn't Jersey be glad to see us all come in and take their fish ?

I thought you were going to Fla?
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Default Re: December Stripers come hard

You would have to learn to fish clams, instead of using them for chowda...
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:28 PM
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You would have to learn to fish clams, instead of using them for chowda...
I don't know about that. Bill has some unbelievable clam recipies.
BTW Bill got one for clams casino?
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Old 12-12-2006, 05:32 PM
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Default Clams Casino

Here's my friend BobG's recipe for Clams Casino - best I've found.

Open littlenecks as if preparing to be eaten on the half shell.

In a mixing bowl place a stick of warmed, softened butter
Add 1 large shallot, finley diced and 2 tbs finlely chopped parsley
Add grated zest of one lemon and juice of same.
Add Tbs. breadcrumbs, salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
Add a quick shot of Worcestershire and a shot or two or three of Tabasco
or Loosiana Hot Sauce.
Mix thouroughly and place 1/4 or 1/2 Tsp. of mix onto each quahog, top with a small piece of bacon and place directly under broiler until bacon crisps. You can role the butter mix in plastic wrap and freeze it for later use or, use it on top of flounder or cod fillets.

Enjoy with favorite beverage
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Sounds good! Thanks Bill!
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Default Re: December Stripers come hard

LE PAGES has the best clams in MASS...... with the saffron broth and the garlic,,,,,,lottttss and lotttsss of garlic,,,,,,,after the clams you dip your bread in the broth while over looking lake whatever you call it
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