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Capt. Peter Fallon

Thanks for your comments, all season long, Peter.

Sorry to hear about another slow outing. The second half of August and September has been tough. I've had some good trips when the wind was down and the fish up on the flats. Their attitude really changed once we got into September. When we could find them, they would eat. The fishing upriver in deeper water has been amazingly consistent for weeks now, but most of the time it is not fly fishing friendly.

My wife can tell within 56 seconds after I walk in the door how my trip went. I go days rejoicing at having the best job in the universe and then a six hour trip when the fish just won't cooperate seems like it lasts six days. You are right about needing to be an optimist. Helps to have a short memory too. Thankfully, I've had some really fun outings after the slow ones.

I too am concerned about the long term trend for the striped bass fishery. We caught a lot of fish between 24 and 32 inches this summer, but very few schoolies. The pressure on the fish all along the East Coast is immense and Chesapeake Bay is a mess and the menhaden population is over fished and yet ASMFC is adamant that stripers are not over fished. I guess that we've got work to do...

If you head out for one last outing, give a call or send an email and I'll give you an update. I'm in Massachusetts right now trying to chase albies on days when the winds drop to 15 to 20, but in touch with guys who are still catching on the Kennebec. Hope you winter well.

Capt. Peter Fallon

Peter Driscoll

HI Peter,

I always admire your optimism -- the spirit of one who can be on the water for 12 hours without a strike and think clearly that it is not only a matter of time -- versus the realist who says "you idiot, you have not had a strike in 12 hours". I suspect many diehard fisherman are in the former category.

I gave it one more try 10 days ago -- tough day with strong north wind and incoming tide. I never saw sign of a fish in any way. Mighty discouraging.

I have begun to fear that we may have witnessed a long term decline in the striper fishery that may take the fun out of striper fishing.....I would hate to think that is true. But it was not a lot of fun going out and seeing or catching very few fish -- it must have been even less fun having clients on the boat who expected you to produce...

I am no longer a hunter, so have turned to other projects to finish up before winter. I haven't put the boat away just yet, just in case I get the urge -- maybe try for pike one more time close to home......

Have enjoyed your posts all summer -- sometimes you were my vicarious fishing trip......thanks. Saved me some gas money!

Be well

Peter Driscoll

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