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Guest ridler72

Jam Bay 5/13- 5 1/14

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Representing this site and New England we packed up and drove to New York. Packed full of gear we sped down the pike for this little place called Jamaica Bay. Not little! A wide area of marsh and deep channels. 3 species of fish, Blues, Bass, Weakfish were on the card for the tournament. Blues ruled the flats, the Bass were in the channels hiding and we could not locate Weaks.

Friday- Thats a big negative for kayak fishing, wind! Lots of it. 7-9 MPH on NOAA, up too 30 mph was the actual. OUCH.....

Saturday- And we are off!......6am launch. Little wind, overcast skies. Blue Fish in the channel right away. And they stayed. Everyone will have there own take and this is how things went for me. I want to say that we have class act people here who would the shirt off their back to help someone in need. And two of our members did, to save a life. Can you ask for better people in this world today?

My day:

I found blues in the channel when crossing to a hot spot. Blues where not on the tourney menu other then a slam fish. Quick pic and continued on. The wind was not bad, maybe around 10mph in the am and pick up later to 15mph. We made it to a channel that I wanted to target. Captain Segulls Maps had this as a hot spot. And it was right. Blues on top, Bass on the bottom in 20 feet. I worked this school with the tube at first and could not get em too hit. Even with leadcore to the bottom no action. Water was very dark and soiled almost coffee color on the incoming. I switched to zoom 4" bubble gum plastics on 1/2 oz lead head and let if fall. One to two twitches and fish on. I started out with fish in the 26" range and the fish finder showed big symbols. I made drift after drift and when you made it below the blues Bass where all grouped up in large pods. The school never showed bigger then 30-31". All the same. Lots of em but could not hook up bigger. When I switched to bigger plastics with heavier lead a big blue would grab it on the way down. I switched to big metal on the bottom and no takers other then a blue. I went thru almost 2 bags of pinks zooms from bass and blues attacking. I worked this area for 3 hours and called it quits as the wind picked up. I made it out to the flats and the big blues where on patrol grabbing everything and anything. One blue had to push over 12lbs, with 5-8lbs average taken. I searched for weaks on spillouts along weed edges but nothing but blues. They owned the flats. I went back to the tube at the change of tide for the last few hours of the tourney and found a small channel with some nice bass up too 33".

Paddled back near the deadline and entered my card. I found out only one person slammed, the largest bass out of 130+ kayak anglers was 35 1/2". Thats right 35 1/2". Many did not catch Bass. Just Blues. I was lucky just to find that school. Maybe placed third in the open division but will find out this week when all pics of fish are developed. The hotspot called "radar" was off limits starting this past week. Maybe thats where all the big fish went.

I had a great time with very given people. I would do it again.

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Nice work representing Mass.3rd out of 130 isn't to shabby :banana:

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Way to Go! Ridler :huh:

What size were those Blues? Sounds like it was worth the trip. :banana:

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Nice work and way to go Ridler.Always interesting reading your reports/posts. Keep em coming..

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Nice Report . . . that really sums it up. I got one Striper on Friday but that was before that wind came up. (That made fore a heck of a paddle back to camp). All the rest were blues, a lot around 18", a few around 24", and one that masured 29" (looked like a Pirahna with a 6" mouth ).

Congratulations to Jeff and also to a couple other "Class Act" folks from this forum who spent much of their fishing time helping another who was in trouble.

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It was an eventful trip.Jeff,Gary and Mark did us proud.Lady Di and I were not so fortunate fish wise.Being in the fly only division we opted for the backwaters as opposed to the big water the rest of the crew fished.Good Thing!!Fishing was tough as we moved from one spot to another we were able to help a fellow yakker who had dumped and was in peril.Hearing cries for help we found "Gus" holding on to his yak unable to self rescue.It took 4 of us to get "Gus" back on his yak and to shore.He appeared to be in shock and was definately in distress as were we.The dilema we faced with getting him back to the launch site.After an hour to regroup Gus felt strong enough to paddle back.With a 3 yak escort we paddled into a 15mph headwind across the bay.A tough paddle coupled with heavy boat traffic.Fine on the flats but not in the Channels.While crossing the last channel a 35ft. Partyboat crossed our stearns going as fast as he could go creating a wake of about 5' high.Di, Dan, and myself were able to turn our yaks into the waves and get over them.Gus was not.Looking behind me I saw him get oever the first wave,the 2nd tossed him and his yak on its side and back into the water.Ever look into a mans eyes and see the fight go out of him.Resignation!We flagged down a power boat for help,but the 2 guys did'nt want to help!!!Now I was scared.No way Gus was getting back on his yak.Dan had a line we attached to the downed yak and Dan towed the yak and Gus to shore with Di riding shotgun and me on point.Finally hitting shore we parted ways as a grateful Gus dragged his yak along the shore to a spot we he could load out.Paddling back to the launch site I had to take a look at my safety plan. It needs work!!Thanks Gus we helped you but you also helped us.I think the thing I'll take most from this trip will be to look at the safety factor more than the fishing.Dan and Di thanks!!Lefty

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Lefty....

I've seen that same look in people's eyes while working Mountain Rescue. All of the gear and all of the training and practice does,'t do a heck of a lot of good at that point. That's where it takes others, like in this case you, Di, and Dan to recognize the severity of the situation and react accordingly. Without those additional minds and hands, things are just going sideways in a hurry.

As far as safety goes . . having the proper clothing and wearing it correctly goes a long way towards stretching the time of reaching that panic point. Knowing how to self rescue (by reading) and practicing are two totally different things. As soon as the water warms up enough, I will be spending some time going back through the drill for sure.

Nice to have met all you folks...see you in June.

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Lefty,

Can you elaborate a little on what you learned about safety and maybe some details about what went wrong in the first place. This is one of my bigest concerns.

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I'll post a safety thread on what I leaned.Lefty

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We had a 128 Kayak anglers today at the 2nd annual Jamaica Bay Tournament. Here are the results. Thanks to all for making it a great event.

Open Division:

First: Chad Hoover, 36" striped bass

Second: Chris Voorhies, 35 1/2" striped bass

Third: Jim Tucciarone, 33 1/2" weakfish

Fly Division:

First: Dan Duleboln, 33" striped bass

Second: Steve Liesman, 29" 1/2 weakfish

Third: Dave Petrosa 28 1/2" striped bass

Slam:

Steve Liesman 29 1/2" weakfish - 23 1/2" striped bass and a bluefish.

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No third place for me. Beaten out by a 1/2". Thats a tight tournament.

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Actually Jeff did finish in a tie for third.with a 33 1/2" striper.Kfs just posted the lastest results.Congrats Jeff :banana: Lefty

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Yes I just saw it. Nice. I have to drive to New Jersey to pick up my prize. LOL.

I dont even know what I won.

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WTG Jeff. :banana:

It was a fun trip, I'd probably do it next year & be better prepared. Jamaica Bay is a big place. There are lots of flats & shallow spots from 1 - 6', with some deep channels.

Fishing wise for me, it would've been nice to get a striper or weaky, but there were those cute & cuddly bluefish. It's a real treat when they act like Flipper & come out of the water to kiss your hand when you try to take the hook out. :huh: I noticed the blues hanging in the shallows. From observing, it seemed like the stripers were deep. Maybe it's a water temp thing, but don't quote me on that. I tried jigging & trolling, but picked up a lot of seaweed, othere guys had better results. I guess that shows my relative newbie status chasing stripes.

I would like to say thanks to the yak casters for a good time. Oh yeah, where do I sign up for the kayak coast guard? WTG for saving "Gus".

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This is what its all about. Don't get me wrong, I love to fish, but fishing with friends in a big event, travel, camping, stories (Ohh was there some stories) really takes it to another level. Travel was a story. No one knew where were going. Thank god for Lady Di, as we latched onto her bumper and followed her to Brooklyn. Camping! You have got to be kidding me! We camped on the runway of an old airport, with the NYPD helipad right behind us, with the wind blowing 20-30 mph. Don't even bring up camp Sebago! 128 kayaks on a giant mud flat with the wind whipping and snapper blue fish everywhere! Game on. My day started with the long paddle with Riddler and Mcarrado over to the other side of the bay, where we found stripers! (Did you really think the guys from Boston wouldn't be into fish?) First fish is a 26 inch striper, I lip the fish and grap the ruler, then I start to reach for the camara. There it is, with one hand holding the fish I attempt to open the zipplock bag and get out the camera, then advance the film. I place the fish under my leg and get ready fo the pix when the fish flips out and goes over board without a photo. I'm pissed! Now I am ready, camera in the PFD and advanced, a couple of small stripers and then a decent one. As I lay the ruler over my legs and go for the photo the fish wigs out and ruler goes over board and sinks like a stone. I can't believe it! Mark helps me out with the photo and a comment about coordination is a prerequisite. It's still early so I head back to the launch for another ruler (30 minute paddle). I grab a bite to eat, demo a few yaks and head out. Fishing solo the rest of the day. I did OK tournament wise, 20 fish, 5 or 6 were stripers the rest were snapper blues. My largest striper was 30", small by our standards, but this was flats fishing, and we were a little out of our element. We had a good group of guys, a lot of laughs and no one got hurt. Special thanks to "uncle Scotty" for all his help. I will always remember sitting on a sandy beach in the lee of the wind on one of the many islands, watching a beautify lady from somewhere in Penn. fly fish. As I admired her "form", the sun on my face, terns working the shore line and the Empire state building and Manhatten skyline in the background, amazing, I will log this one down as another great experience on the water.

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Sounds like a great time guys. Wish I could have joined you. Nice job on 3rd Jeff. Thats quite an accomplishment considering the competition.

Lefty and Lady Di...excellent job. Very proud of you two.

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