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: Rhody, sundown to sunrise

Dble Haul
07-06-2004, 08:47 AM
Spent the 4th fishing in RI. We started in the evening by hiking out Napatree point and not seeing any bait or bird activity. Bert managed a fat schoolie on a gurgler, but that was it.

Next stop was Quonnie pond. With all of the action that's been reported there recently, we figured it was a good bet. We arrived close to 10:00 P.M., and there were still a few hours left until the tide started to ebb. There was a great deal of junk (mung, weeds) being brought into the pond with the tide, and no signs of fishing. After a brief effort, we decided to head to the Point Judith area and potentially return to Quonnie a few hours later after the tide change.

We never made it back to Quonnie. We found a very good number of fish around the various rocks and jetties of the Point Judith area. Most were taken on topwater in only a few feet of water, and several others were caught on black flatwings and black snake flies. The most abundant fish was the ubiquitous hickory shad, but there were many fat schoolies and a few rat blues thrown in as well. The most intense action occurred during the ebb, which coincided with the sunrise. An hour before to a half hour after sunrise, it was a strike on every cast as we fished an outflow and loaded up on the shad and blues. It was ridiculous for a while.

We drove home at 5:30 A.M., feeling that we'd earned the action we encoutered. My legs are still sore from marching out on Napatree and back.

07-06-2004, 07:22 PM

I pulled an all-nighter at Quonny on Friday. I was hoping to catch some flats action under the full moon but its been a long time since astronomy classes. The moon tracks quite low in the Southern sky this time of year so whilst there was a clear sky , there wasn't enough light to illuminate the flats. That said, the action was fast and furious on hickories and schoolie stripers during the the first and last two hours of the outgoing. My top producing fly was a General Practitioner (GP)!

I spotted and hooked a keeper at 09:00 and called it a night/day. :smokin:

Dble Haul
07-06-2004, 07:38 PM
Adrian, that's good info. We figured that the outgoing would have been much better at that spot, hence our time-killing trip to Point Judith. However, we never found the need to return to Quonny. :smokin:

Glad you had such good action....sounds like you've had a great week or two of fishing.