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THE HOURGLASS

Posted By Dave Anderson, November 13, 2017
 When we reach this point in the season, I start to look at the migration—both literally and metaphorically—as an hourglass. In the literal sense, there is the urgency brought on by the sand running low on the top side of the funnel. Metaphorically speaking the fishery heavily favors the southern reaches of our coverage area—north of the Cape is winding down fast, but Connecticut is still in full swing with nice stripers, lots of schoolies and even albies. I have always been the type to dig in at this stage of the season and apply myself to catching one more (or many more) decent fish. The picture reflected by the reports becomes a little foggier now because many anglers become daytime only fishermen and rely on what they can see to reflect the state of the fishery. I stay the course with nighttime fishing and I don’t change my methods either. There have been so many instances where sea herring, bunker, butterfish… even late mullet, have fueled big hits for me that no one else was there to witness. I stick with needlefish mostly at this time, but I bring many sizes. Red Fins and Atom Juniors are also must-haves. Another killer method for finding some good fish is drifting eels out into the dropping tide of an inlet or river mouth. These warm waters are magnets for those last few giants that slip through quietly every year. Do you have the resolve to catch one?
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