Thanks guys ... made it out there today.
Just like you said ... birds all morning long inside.
In fact, it was still going at 2pm when I got off the water.
Today was a mixed bag of success and failure. I arrive at Deer Island rip just before dawn and quickly connected to 2 big blues and a bass. Problem with the last blue at the boat . Line may have twisted the tip. This fish took off and my rod just snapped. I was so bummed & mad at myself. Only 30 mins into the trip.
The only other rod I brought was my freshwater 5wt .. no spinning gear.
I can't cast that rod well and the 5wt line I have will not get down at all.
For some dumb reason I put the larger reel with sinking line on the 5wt rod and tried trolling. Nada ... wasted a couple hours with that.
Finaly, I put back on the 5wt reel with the intermediate line, and the smallest fly I had. I could cast it all of 25ft... with the wind to my back. Line myself up with where I thought the birds where heading and gave it a go. Turns out the fish liked the small fly. Olive & white clouser 1 1/2" long. I managed to boat 4 more blues and 5 schoolies. This was great fun on the 5wt and saved the day for me. For a brief moment, it actually felt like I knew what I was doing flyfishing. Helps when fish are all around the boat.
I think I saw Cannonball at DI rip early am. Shaun was out on patrol in kayak .. working it. Was that Flydeacon out there with a young lady?
Was that Wasabi in the green center console over by Long Island?
My rod is a TFO, hopefully I can use their $25 repair\replacement plan.
Anyway ... good to be out there. Thanks for the reports and pms guys.
Probably be a couple weeks before I can make it back out there.