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Author: Subject: NPH Purple Patches 7/22/18

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[*] posted on 23/7/18 at 09:05 Reply With Quote
NPH Purple Patches 7/22/18

Took advantage of the weak tide swing to fish the outgoing tide at the bait barge (not the place to be in a float tube on anything bigger than a 1' swing) on Sunday morning. Got zip on the kick out and no hits at the barge until the tide picked up at around 8.30. I fished my usual rig, a #4 weight forward floating line with a 10' custom welded T material sink tip and a 10' 15 lb fluo leader; flies were a Doug U Ghost minnow on the point and a #2 olive over white Clouser on the dropper fished 3 feet above the point.
The trick out at the barge is to bounce the flies off the side of the bait barge which seems to trigger the bass which are feeding higher up in the water column then count to 2 then watch the Ecko Gheko #4/5 weight go bendo. The top water bite was however inconsistent and went in purple patches of around 15 minutes but boy when it was purple , it was purple. When the top water bite disappeared I let the the flies drop lower in the water, and a standard slow twitch retrieve produced a few hits as the flies dropped.
Calicos, Spotties and Sandies all showed up in singles and doubles but Calicos were the prime movers and shakers mainly in the 10"-12" range although 2 legal looking ones and a couple decent Sandies and Spotties joined in.
A few guys have asked for details about my photos so here's how I do things. Firstly all my flies are barbless so 99.9% of the bass I catch are released without touching the fish so it's a simple matter of moving my hand down the leader and flipping the fish off. The photos are taken on an Iphone 6S and I am still blown away by the some of the photos that modern phones can get. There is no special skill, just keep the fish in the water and go round in circles in the float tube and continuously click the camera. On a good day there might be between 100 and 200 photos and depending on the quality I edit them with Perfectly Clear V3 from Athentech Imaging which I now prefer to Photoshop. The whole idea is to show fish in their natural element with color and contrast rather than showing how big a fish is an is really easy to do in the tube. The surf is a different matterso it's usually in the hand pics until I get a replace the waterproof point and shoot i lost in Baja last year.....
The bite dropped off completely at about 11.30 and the kick back to the CGS produced a single Spottie. Off the water by 1.45. Some pics

Calico pics





Doubles can get splashy especially when the turds start rolling...




Spotty glam pics






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[*] posted on 23/7/18 at 22:13 Reply With Quote

As a paddle-yakker I have the same philosophy about respecting conditions. Setting yourself up for a paddle in against the tide and then having a strong wind come up in the same direction as the tide is a mistake you only make once.

Your pics have always been the best. Love the reports.

...and Peter said, "I am going fishing." John 21:3

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Cheers Andrew.
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