When the tide started to move and the rip formed, a few things happened. The tailing blues went down. We started to catch the odd blue. And the popper wasn't working as well anymore. I switched to a Game Changer, Which has proven to be wildly effective on stripers for me in a few different conditions. On this occasion it's subsurface walk the dog action was key. It kicked butt.
When the bite slowed there we went hunting. We covered a fair bit of ground, but didn't find our bonito. On our way between areas I mentioned that it is possible to catch odd species holding on the cans this time of year. We stopped by a red bell buoy. Sure enough, a bunch of small fish chased my fly off the can on the first cast. It took us a little to find a good position, but we did eventually and the spot-lock function on Rick's Minn Kota did its job and did it well. Some we were into some odd little late summer residents: banded rudderfish. We found that just about every can had some. They were odd little fish, with tiny scales and the smoothest slime I'd ever felt. They seemed to prefer sitting ahead of the cans rather than the slicks behind them, and in the ripping flood tide they were tough to pull up even with my 10wt.
We hopped around a few cans, and all but one had rudderfish. Seeing as there were no other oddball species on the cans, we searched around for a bit before settling on a couple drifts in a spot the produced one fluke and some sea robins for Rick and one robin for myself. Variety is the spice of life! We caught a bunch of fish and some very interesting ones. It was a great day to be on the water.
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