Happy New Year to all that read and may you and yours have a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2017. And for the fly-rodders out there may this year be hopefully one full of great experiences fishing for your favorite fish with your favorite fishing friends. I'll do a re-cap of 2016 in the next few days.
Well, yes, I had a goal of getting one under the belt for 2017. The way it looks last year I was finishing up school and didn't really get back on track until June, when I caught my first fish on Block Island. This year I wanted to start off 2017 with a fish. Now I think I will 'leave them alone" as my friend Bob Popovic's advises me to do almost daily.
I started just before first light with a tandem fly setup. I fished for about 10 minutes, and started to get nervous that the fish weren't around, then I totally got tangled up which put me without a fly in the water for 15 minutes.
After I got straight I was back in the north side pocket and didn't do anything. I moved to the mid-beach and had a hard time getting the fly in the sweet spot with the incoming tide and shore break. I walked to the next groin where I had started and got two hits before landing the ceremonial 2017 New Year's Day bass. I felt relieved, the pressure was off, now the rest was just for fun.
I wonder what it will be like this evening?.......Only kidding.