It sure has been a while since I offered any reports or correspondence. I guess the fall season and my hunting had me very sidetracked. The reason I now write is to thank all of you for a great summer fishing season. I do appreciate it very much. We had to work a little harder to get the fish that we were generally used to seeing off Chatham, but we still had better fishing this season the rest of the east coast ! With fuel costs double of what they were in 2004, I still made the runs neccesary to get to the better concentrations of fish. I try to use light enough and quality rods and reels so that you enjoy the catching of the fish. The bottom line is that I really appreciate the fact that you all chose to come with me last year, and I would like to make sure that you come back with me next time.
Bruce & "Miss Jillian" PS:
Here is a little Christmas story I wrote a few years back.
With all of the last minute shopping done, and have wrapped all the presents, even the one I had forgotten, I decided to drive down to the harbor for a look and to check out the boats.
Pulling into the deserted December parking lot, I noticed there wasn’t a breath of wind to ripple the waters surface. In the clear stillness, I watched the few hardy remaining commercial boats tugging at their mooring lines with the ebbing tide. I heard a vaguely familiar splash at a distance. Then again I heard a slurp and a splash, closer this time. Was it a seal ? It seemed quite large. It sounded like a feeding fish, maybe a bass. Then I heard it again, and saw the boil at the outskirts of the dockside lamps glow. Holy cow ! - is that a striper ?? No way - It couldn't be - it was 5 feet long !!! Then I saw her swimming slowly into the lit waters of the street lamps glow. Wow ! A HUGE striper ! She had to be 60 ! - no 75 pounds AT LEAST ! As the huge striper swam by, it rolled slowly over on one side and I swear she winked at me as if to say :
“ AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT ” !
Captain Bruce & Miss Jillian