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North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« on: July 26, 2017, 12:45:44 PM »

I have not experienced the beach overnight fishing experience so I ventured to a north shore spot to fish a strong outgoing from midnight to sunrise last weekend. I left my house at 11 PM and was throwing my first casts at 12:30 AM. I've fished this spot plenty during the day so I felt comfortable venturing on to the dark beach under a new moon, although being the only one there had me looking over my shoulder constantly. The winds were light over my left shoulder so I started with a big articulated black popper courtesy of Matt B. on the two-handed rod with the Rio floating switch chucker line. I started at the beach where I caught some schoolies this year and worked north past some rocks to an area of mussel beds where I know some bait guys have taken a few keepers earlier in the month. I was having a hard time throwing the big popper with the wind on the two hander so I switched to the Airflo striper intermediate on the single hand 8wt with red & black deerhair head deceiver fly. After a couple dozen casts and still no action, I switched to a fly my buddy John from Florida just gave me - a take on the simple slayer with a rattle tied into the tail with some gold braid. I put on the chartreuse version shown below.

A couple casts later, I was into my first fish at 1:30 AM and I could tell it was decent putting me on to the reel quickly. The outgoing rip was strong and the fish took line and headed up current. I worked it into slower current trying to avoid snagging rocks which were just down current from me. I was able to get her out of the current and on the beach for a couple of pics. It was 27" to 28" estimated against my rod length of the first section.

She was tired after fighting the current so I took time getting her to fully recover and see her swim away strong.

I caught a few more 15" to 20" on the rattle simple slayer and then switched to the mackerel fly recently tied.

The mackerel fly fooled several more as the first light began to show.

I worked my way back to were I started as it got to the lower stage of the tide and switched back to the two hander with an intermediate head. I was throwing an olive bunny sand eel clouser and landed a bunch of schoolies before leaving.


I had a real hard time staying alert on the drive home arriving at 8:30 AM. Even sleeping for a couple hours after getting home, I was still pretty wiped for the day. I think I like the early starts better than the overnights, but was very satisfied with the experience and happy to land one of the biggest fish of the season.
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 12:50:35 PM »

Cool!  thanks for showing my popper some love!
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 01:41:51 PM »

Great report Dean - is that fish your first official keeper on a fly?

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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 04:11:32 PM »

Thanks guys!

Matt, I'm just dying to catch some stripes on topwater. I've had shots before but never hooked up. I have two poppers you've given me, one with a cylinder head and a purple/black articulated tail and the other with a concave head and similar tail. I was throwing the cylinder head and could hear it popping in the dark. I was sure it would attract something.

Chris, possibly the first this year, although one fooled on the cape earlier this year was probably larger. Both in the 27" to 28" inch range so close to keeper size. I caught my first four keepers on the fly last year, with the largest being 31".
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 08:42:05 PM »

Wow! That's awesome!u
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 08:43:12 PM »

Really like your buddy's fly
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 09:11:59 AM »

nice work and love to see success on different flies. I like night fishing as it forces you to be more perceptive of things you might otherwise rely on visual cues for.
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 09:20:25 AM »


Great report Dean! I like the photo of the biggest fish by the rod as it gives good scale. The in water shot doesn't really show the size as well. I used to do a lot of night fishing but not much these days...
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 10:38:48 AM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 11:50:53 AM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.

Sometimes you can meet interesting people while night fishing, right?
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 11:57:16 AM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.

Sometimes you can meet interesting people while night fishing, right?
Thanks, Dennis.
Odd thing about that night, I was driving to the beach parking area and at that time of night, no one was on the road. About a 1/4 mile from the parking, a lone angler was waking down the road with a spin rod towards where I planned to park. As I was gearing up, I kept looking for the guy figuring he'd walk by me going towards the beach, but he never showed. Kinda creepy...
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2017, 04:39:45 PM »

great report and pictures!
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2017, 10:53:12 PM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.

Sometimes you can meet interesting people while night fishing, right?

Absolutely. Some half naked (lower) guy mistook me for Shakey and chased me down the beach one night.
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2017, 10:56:05 PM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.

Sometimes you can meet interesting people while night fishing, right?
Thanks, Dennis.
Odd thing about that night, I was driving to the beach parking area and at that time of night, no one was on the road. About a 1/4 mile from the parking, a lone angler was waking down the road with a spin rod towards where I planned to park. As I was gearing up, I kept looking for the guy figuring he'd walk by me going towards the beach, but he never showed. Kinda creepy...

A lot of creepy and weird stuff happens when I am out there at night... most of it in my head though.
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Re: North Shore Overnight - July 21/22
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 08:18:51 AM »

Nice report Dean.

Night is by far my preferred time to fish for stripers.

Sometimes you can meet interesting people while night fishing, right?

Absolutely. Some half naked (lower) guy mistook me for Shakey and chased me down the beach one night.

While running away were you giggling?
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