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01-16-2004, 08:17 AM
I was wondering how many people have taken small boats out of Stage Harbor?
Depending on who I have talked with I am told extreme danger or not a problem . I have been down there and except for some chop at the entrance would not have said it looked dangerous.
Is it just a case of just the right conditions? My boat will be 161/2' and 7' wide. Am I asking for trouble with a boat this size?
The object is to try for south Monomoy in good weather in August.
Any recommendations would help.

01-16-2004, 08:27 AM
Key question - how many horses?

Clammers do it in tiny tin boats all the time; chances are good that you'll be fine provided there is not a big blow from the sound colliding with a big ebb current. Even then you can take it easy and get in or if you have enough daylight fish a little longer and let things settle down. Typically other boaters coming in to the inlet are more dangerous to you than the conditions.

Certainly better than taking it over from Saquetucket.

The problem is more one of navigation in low light and following the snakey channel, or getting carried away along south monomoy down near Powder Hole or the rip in the calm of the morning and needing to get back across after a stiff southwest kicks up in the afternoon as it often does in summer.

If you are cutting inside the tub and minding the channel markers, you should be fine in August.

Good luck - and don't forget to take it over to the bayside, more fish and more willing too. Not a place to wade unless you really know what you're doing but in a boat like that you'd be king.

01-16-2004, 10:25 AM
What Juro said!...IMHO...there's alot going on in close and a South Monomoy boat ride isn't always all it's cracked up to be...
If the wind machine is set on low to medium, and you know when to say when, and you bring a large bag of good judgement...
...shouldn't be a problem. (famous last words)

01-16-2004, 11:04 AM
Cool photo Pete!

Ditto on the previous replies. If you aim to fish the East side of South Monomoy be cautious of the rips and water depth. To say it is variable is a huge understatement.

IMHO The safer option would be to work your way through the refuge between South Beach and North Monomoy and take it from there.

01-17-2004, 04:08 PM
Thankyou for the information guys.
I do not have a lot of experience boating yet so this was a big boost to my confidence.
Definitely thinking bayside this summer.
Maybe Late August early September.
As for the boat engine it will be a 25 hp.
The boat itself is flat bottomed and should be able to float in 6-8" of water in a pinch. Think power dory. Very safe.
Thanks again,

01-17-2004, 08:03 PM
By early August / early September you will have bunker all over the cape and things will get crazy. With a boat like that pick your days and chase small inshore tuna species (false albacore, bonito, spanish and king macks, etc). There is an excellent launch at the mouth of the Bass River and if you fish the top of the tide sometimes heading to the south tip of Stage Island is better than heading out, but if you do check the rockpile and grass flats areas out there for busting hardtails.

Closer to Hardings is Saquetucket but again pick your days, the melee around Stage Harbor is a sight to see as well. When the bunker (pea bunker and juvies) get through the canal and are wandering around on the bayside flats things get crazy in a hurry.

You don't need to go to Monomoy that time of year, much action will be found in other locations including Pleasant Bay out of Ryder's Cove.

Good luck and make sure you check in close to that time as we will be able to provide an up-to-the-minute report for you then.