Dispatches: False Albacore Fly Fishing During the Martha’s Vineyard Derby

Dispatches: False Albacore Fly Fishing During the Martha’s Vineyard Derby

by Ben Carmichael October 26, 2018

New England fall -- the season of leaves, apple cider donuts, the fall migration, and the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The Derby -- which, after 73 years is, like Bono or Cher, known simply as "The Derby" -- captivates the island, its tourists and others like me; those who are drawn to fishing by a deep, unrelenting magnetism.
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Dispatches: Cape Cod False Albacore Fishing

Dispatches: Cape Cod False Albacore Fishing

by Ben Carmichael October 03, 2018

This weekend a few of us went to Cape Cod to fish for false albacore — and albacore we did find. The weather went from downright plague-like to beautiful, but the chew stayed fairly strong. Here’s some photos from the weekend.

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Dispatches: Gaspé Peninsula Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing

Dispatches: Gaspé Peninsula Atlantic Salmon Fly Fishing

by Ben Carmichael September 02, 2018

A summary of my trip Atlantic salmon fishing to the Gaspé peninsula in Canada, including the Grand Cascapedia, Matapedia, and Bonaventure.
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Dispatches: Fly Fishing for False Albacore off Cape Cod

Dispatches: Fly Fishing for False Albacore off Cape Cod

by Ben Carmichael September 14, 2017

This past weekend, I went out chasing false albacore off Cape Cod with my dad and a friend. The morning lit up with albies immediately, and stayed pretty strong all day, with only a brief pause around slack tide. I'm not always one to count, but I think we boated close to 20 albies. What a day -- and what a beautiful day!
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Dispatches: Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing on the Fly

Dispatches: Cape Cod Striped Bass Fishing on the Fly

by Ben Carmichael June 16, 2017

Yesterday was one of those days where everything came together: the sun was out, the bait was abundant, the fish were feeding on top, and the birds helped lead the way. Over the course of the day, three of us brought at least 40-50 fish to the boat. Many were in the 27-36″ class, but a few pushed the scales higher. Our friend in the neighboring boat caught one beast, pictured below.

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Dispatches: Cheek Schoolie Tourney 2016 - Photos & Recap

Dispatches: Cheek Schoolie Tourney 2016 - Photos & Recap

by Ben Carmichael May 23, 2016

This will be the year the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament threatened to go legit. Gone was the small sand parking lot, the salty local bar, and the rag tag group of fisherman. In its place, there was the runway expanse of the West Dennis Beach parking lot, cars with license plates from all over the place, and a very clean, upstanding restaurant.

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Dispatches: Early Spring Miramichi Atlantic Salmon

Dispatches: Early Spring Miramichi Atlantic Salmon

by Ben Carmichael May 06, 2014

In the spring, you dream of your next trip. You also dream of the trips your friends are one, are just returned from. In the spring, the reports start streaming in. Recently, friends have gone to the Bahamas, to Boca for tarpon, and to the Miramichi for Atlantic salmon. I've been thinking about this last one a lot, as my close friend Ben Moody went salmon fishing for the first time on the Little Southwest Miramichi.

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