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Old 02-07-2010, 04:33 PM
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Tell us about your daylight surfcasting experiences. Be brief as we don't want our members knocking off facedown on their keyboards.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:46 PM
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I was visiting my girlfriend out on Nantucket one day this summer and decided to walk the beach on Madaket and cast in hopes of running into some Albies. I made my way to some breakers about a half mile from the access where a seal was diving and continued to catch a blue on every cast. I was using a Deadly Dick with a green flasher. One of my best experiences seeing as I have never caught a a blue from shore. I've caught countless blues from the boat off of Pamet, and trolling from Long Point to Wood End, but never from shore.
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September, Misquamicut about 8 am. A slew of buggies, everyone sitting inside with binos watching for birds. A big rip current sitting right in front of them and nobody fishing it. I dropped an atom 40 across it and hooked up first cast and the bass took me down east. When I got back there was a picket fence of "bird watchers" casting where I hooked up. It wasn't the biggest fish (I never weighed it) but these guys gawked at it like it was a monster. I figured they never fish at night.
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September, Misquamicut about 8 am. A slew of buggies, everyone sitting inside with binos watching for birds. A big rip current sitting right in front of them and nobody fishing it. I dropped an atom 40 across it and hooked up first cast and the bass took me down east. When I got back there was a picket fence of "bird watchers" casting where I hooked up. It wasn't the biggest fish (I never weighed it) but these guys gawked at it like it was a monster. I figured they never fish at night.

But that is one advantage to daytime fishing over night: often, the birds can help you find fish schools.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:33 AM
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I consider a day blitz a real treet. Race Point Bar used to have some duzzies during a strong, all foamy sou'west. You could usually see the dusky forms lunging at your popper through the side of a wave.
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Day Blitz....the only reason fishing during the day is good! I don't like being sun burnt, harassed by tourists ect. Nighttime is the right time!
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Being as I fish mostly during the day due to my work schedule, as Frank said, nothing like a striper or blues blitz Hundreds of fish rolling thru the waves hitting anything that moves. Nothing like two 10 lb blues chasing your plug or popper, and watching which one wins with the hookup! A blitz just before sunrise is also good, but not as visually stimulating...
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I consider a day blitz a real treet. Race Point Bar used to have some duzzies during a strong, all foamy sou'west. You could usually see the dusky forms lunging at your popper through the side of a wave.

Isn't there a nice story about daytime fishing in Eastern Tides at Pochet Hole on Nauset?
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:19 PM
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Nifty says, "Isn't there a nice story about daytime fishing in Eastern Tides at Pochet Hole on Nauset?"

Not sure, it might be in tWenty Years on the Cape (I should look). One reason why that piece, "Slaughter at Pochet Hole" went over so well was that editors knew that surfcasting's strongest suit was night fishing. I even make the point in the article. This blitz went off on a Sunday afternoon in the bright sun, when all the buggies were going home. Dyed in the wool regulars drove right past it -- a motherlode of bluebacks with cows cruising around the outside to keep them corralled.
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I spend a majority of my time fishing during daylight hours or early evening hours. I lack the sleep deprivation skills needed to fish deep into the night on any kind of regular basis. I try to maximize my daytime opportunities - looking for cloudy or rainy days whenever I can. Locking into a bunch of fish at night can be magical when it happens, but I've spent too many nights casting into an empty ocean to believe that night fishing is the only answer.
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I spend a majority of my time fishing during daylight hours or early evening hours. I lack the sleep deprivation skills needed to fish deep into the night on any kind of regular basis. I try to maximize my daytime opportunities - looking for cloudy or rainy days whenever I can. Locking into a bunch of fish at night can be magical when it happens, but I've spent too many nights casting into an empty ocean to believe that night fishing is the only answer.
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With the decline of the bass population surf fishermen will be seeing lonely and quiet nights allot more frequently (sorry to say). Bluefish really cool their jets when the sun goes down.

Turbulent economic times and more stiff competition all trying to get customers approval and lack of sleep does not go hand in hand.
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Of course you can catch bass in the daytime. Thing is, how does the opportunity in day compare to that of night. Even in a boat fishing is better at night. But boat fishers don't have to endure that. Their logic is, "how many do I want to catch?" I have caught bass in the daylight but always by accident or leaving the beach at dawn or going on at sunset. If you spend enough time fishing, you are bound to experience an anti-theses on everything.

One evening, going on, I looked out the buggy window and there was a cow lolling, up and down, with the waves, 30 feet out. I stopped, cast a plug and it pumped once and took the plug -- 35 pounds! Know how many evenings I have gone down a beach?
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Daytime blitzes - the time of the year has a lot to do with it. Spring migration & Fall migration. A few years back in Oct. I checked out Newcomb Hollow on the outer Cape and there were only tourists taking pictures there. A quarter mile down the beach was the biggest blitz of blues and bass busting up the peanut bunker I had ever seen. I had it all to myself for over 2 1/2 hours. I'll never forget it.
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Clam, I've seen a lot of blitzes in August, though we have all learned to expect them more in the fall.
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Choke points where big herring schools come in have always been a good source for spring blitz action.
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