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: Rhody Yak Attack


GregD
11-16-2004, 01:05 PM
I have been down to South county watching the lion's share of fish pass by from shore well out of casting range. It seems the little ones are the ones closest to shore based on what is being caught. The conditions have improved with the warmer weather and the winds finally taking a break that it's perfect conditions for fishing from a Kayak.

I'm planning on fishing from my Kayak this friday after work and would enjoy some company. I'm thinking of launching from watch hill or the backside of Napatree depending on the surf. Weekapaug is also a possibility depending on the surf conditions.

So if you have a Kayak and have the chance to join me. Come on down Friday night. I'll probably go out wednesday night too in CT, conditions are too nice not to go fish. Lots of fish, warmer weather and little to no winds :smokin:

Besides who is going to take a picture of me either catching some nice stripers or rolling my yak and going for a swim? :hihi:

Tight Lines,
Greg.

JimW
11-16-2004, 02:04 PM
Greg I think you'll do well if you can punch out through the surf and get past the breakers. I did this a few years back and had a blast. OK, so I swamped the yak getting through the surf :roll: but that's why you've got a pump right :lildevl:
Probably not an issue for you SOT guys anyway. I can't make it this but a bit of advice based on my limited paddling in RI.
The back side of Napatree is great paddling but once you round the corner and there is any tide against wind situation Ouch, wouldn't want to be out there.
Weekapaug - I haven't run the outflow but I have paddled East around the corner and there's a rip you can get stuck in over there but the fishing was dandy. I think your right on the money though - get a 1/4 mile offshore and it's a different game.

Don't discount trolling a fly, it's a great way to find the fish. You can't cast while paddling but you can drag a line.

Good luck!

GregD
11-16-2004, 02:24 PM
Hi Jim,

Thanks for the words of wisdom and tips. I am quite sensitive to the currents and wind being new to Kayaking. I plan on keeping pretty close to shore till I'm comfortable with conditions and my capabilities. I'll have my waterproof VHF just in case I get blown out to Sugar reef. I plan on having an anchor for staying put if needed too.

Wish you could make it, conditions appear to be as good as it gets for November.

Greg.

Adrian
11-16-2004, 04:45 PM
Greg

I have to work in Boston Friday but could get out this w/e for a fling?

The weather sure looks better than we';ve had this past few weeks.

bonefishmon
11-16-2004, 07:22 PM
Greg. You can launch near the Weekapaug bridge on the North side and paddle out through the jetty if the surf is down. Tide might be a struggle though. Lots of activity this morning.

Phil

GregD
11-16-2004, 09:15 PM
Hi Adrian,

If your'e not able to make it friday night, lets shoot for sunday. I was thinking if you were driving you might make a detour with your yak. But I can imagine parking with it in Boston doesn't sound like a great idea. :rolleyes:

Phil, thanks for suggestion on a launch site, If the weather holds, I 'm thinking the seas will be calm enough for even a novice to do a surf launch. I have a couple of spots now to check out in the area. Depending where on the tide I get there dealing with flood tide conditions in the breachway especially on the outgoing would be too much current for my comfort level. :whoa:

Thanks,
Greg.

Adrian
11-17-2004, 01:07 PM
I did think about hauling the Yak up on Friday but not sure what time I'll be getting away. I might fish South Co. Friday night / Sat a.m.

Sunday sounds good for a yak attack!

GregD
11-17-2004, 01:56 PM
Hi Adrian,

I 'm not certain on an exact time either at this point, But the early the better for maximum fishing time. I'll be out there till the wee hours so you can give me a shout on the cell phone as your heading out of boston to get an update of conditions and where I'm fishing if your so inclined.

Greg.

grego
11-18-2004, 07:43 PM
Greg,

Just PM'ed You!

Nick
11-19-2004, 07:15 AM
Greg. You can launch near the Weekapaug bridge on the North side and paddle out through the jetty if the surf is down. Tide might be a struggle though. Lots of activity this morning.

Phil


Tip**Hug tight to either side and the current is drastically reduced. You could ask Roop about a certain paddle against the outgoing tide in Chatham where his arms were moving but the yak certainly wasn't! :hihi:

GregD
11-19-2004, 10:19 AM
Hi Nick,

Thanks for the tip, being a newbie I can use all you got. Wish you could make it.

I can imagine what the outgoing flood would be like off the flats of monomoy having waded there during those conditions. Frankly I think that is probably what did those two girls in who were Kayaking out there. Glad the Roopster made it OK. Strong outgoing currents plus a offshore breeze spells big trouble. An anchor would be nice to at least stay put till the slack or incoming tide or worst case your tow boat arrives :eek: .

Greggo, PM received and reply sent. Ditto -J.

Greg.

juro
11-19-2004, 10:26 AM
Couple notes:

Launches at Charlestown, Quonny and Ninigret would permit safe inside exploration by yak on the incoming or full tides. I am sure some fish are pushing inside the breachways if there is a lot of bait.

If all the action is out front, then I guess Weekapaug breach is an option but if trying to land on the beach at all watch the surfline, it's a bear in a yak.

Another option is to launch on the inside at Napatree and paddle around the end. Most likely fish and bait will wander around to the inside there and the yakking is much safer, launching is pleasant, etc. If the surf is down you can venture out front as well. All bets are off for a strong north component in the wind though.

Man I would love to sneak out but have a work weekend so will have to settle for some spey casting practice around the neighborhood in off hours instead.

Good luck, and kudos for keeping the torch burning in this long fall season.

GregD
11-19-2004, 01:55 PM
Hi Juro,

Thanks for the notes, lots of options available with the salt water ponds around there. Wish you could make it, perhaps another time.

Greg.

fliboy
11-19-2004, 07:45 PM
Hit Rhody today and the all the breachways I hit were void of any bait. Everyone catching - and I wasn't one of them was fishing the beaches. Also talk to a few guys in boats as they ran in or out of Quonny, and they said guys in the boats were hitting them good - could see the boat about 1/2 mile of so out.

Saw a few schoolies caught at Charlestown Beach - but nothing hit my fly. Still big fish there, according to some of the locals I shot the breeze with - just not today for me.

TL,

Dave

bonefishmon
11-20-2004, 07:55 AM
Sean M. and I hit all our spots from Watch Hill to Fresh Pond Rock on East Beach near Quonny. Thanks again Sean for the company and the ride in your new beach buggy!
Birds were VERY scarce as were the fish. We left the beaches at around 2:30 pm after searching everywhere we could. Earlier in the AM I saw a huge flock of Gannets about a mile offshore flying west. They disappeared when I headed back to Weekapaug to perhaps intercept them and they all but disappeared. My guess is they headed out to the rips between Block and Montauk. It was a drop dead georgous day though and a great time to be outdoors. I think it's time to start hitting the Ct. beaches. Any reports in Ct.?

Phil

GregD
11-20-2004, 02:31 PM
I managed to get out and fish quite awhile off weekapuag. When I arrived it was very quiet, l\almost no surf with 1-2 foot waves. The stars where out and a few leonids were sighted. It was looking pretty barren, But as usual it is unwise to wait just five minutes to decide if you don't see fish bustin right away. Started getting my gear together while observing, saw some fish jump and splash offshore. So I set the yak up without my gear to test my first surf launch. It went well than loaded up and headed out. Found out fish can jump pretty high, over my head in a kayak. alittle startling when fish are close by jumping your way. Had a few oppurtunities with two pods of fish But I ended up on the wrong side of them and chased them part way to watch hill to no avail. Didn't sight anymore activity the rest of the night. Guys I talked to from shore came up empty as well.

It was a beautiful night to be on the ocean last night, much warmer on the water than land. My butt hurts from 4-5 hours in the yak. I also found out after paddleing around It was really tough to put the kayak up on the truck with out a loading bar or rollers. I was pretty spent from the paddle.

Sunday I'm limited to half day in the morning. I'm thinking Napatree/Fisher's Island if the sea remains calm or perhaps CT. I almost landed in Old Saybrook after seeing Al's fish posted.

Tight Lines,
Greg

grego
11-21-2004, 05:11 PM
Greg,

I was there from 2:00 - 5:00. I covered Weaky to Nappa & back.

Saw Birds working towards the tip of Nappa, So I started the march; turned out to be a Duck Blitz.

Went back to Weaky, fished a bit & talked to some locals who said things had been quite for a few days. Just before 5:00 I debated lauching the Yak, because I had a feeling that if fish would show, they would be in the Cove just to the East of Weaky.

I figured that the fish (& GregD) showing up was a possibility, but getting home would be some definate quality time with my daughter, so I hit the Road.

Definately, very nice conditions. high 50's light W-wind, very low surf.

Figures that things would improve weather-wise as the fishing season winds down.


But Based on "Stripers" Report, we should be Thinking CT, and then NY, and Then NJ.

I was thinking about NJ a couple weeks ago, but Cold & high winds turned me off.

Maybe if this good weather holds, a Road Trip May Be in Order ?!?!?!?!

GregD
11-22-2004, 01:15 PM
Hey Grego,

Missed you like ships pass in the night. I had to be back early Sunday for family obligations. Still landed in the Dog house despite my efforts.

I hear you on the weather improving just in time for the fishing to decline. I'm planning on going out again Wednesday night if the weather holds. Not sure where to go at this point, CT may have more fish out off shore, But timing and being in the right spot makes a difference. I also have a number of spots I think may be worth trying in the winter months close to home for the local stripers that winter over. So I think we'll have some more outing even closer to home as the stripers move into the tributaries and salt ponds in the upper Narragansett, Thames or CT rivers for example.

Old Saybrook Wednesday night anyone? :smile:

Greg.

Striper
11-22-2004, 09:33 PM
Went out with a couple of buddies yesterday to do some tautog fishing. We ended up catching 11 togs up to 8.5 lbs. (mine :hihi: ) and then went looking for bass. Found some bass on the surface right outside the middle wall at New Haven Harbor, saw birds working and went over and dropped some diamond jigs down. Immediately hooked up with fish up to 26" or so, I did have a very large fish follow a hooked schoolie back to the boat but we did not hook any bigger fish. I was wishing for my flyrod as the situation was perfect for my sinker and some clousers, we were in about 25 ft. of water and the bass were right on the bottom so the sinker and a clouser would have cleaned house. I only brought some conventional equip. as there were 4 guys on the boat and there wasn't going to be any chance of flyfishing. There are still fish in CT. and we also saw bait on the surface so i would think that a trip into the western part of the sound from NH west would prove to be worth it. I have to go out to Great Gull tomorrow to take a guy out there that has to repair some telemetry gear for his weather site, I am going to bring some fishing stuff with me and go ply the waters where my buddie Al took his biggun, if by chance lightning does strike twice the damn fish is going to have to be 70+ lbs. for me to even consider keeping it so everybody will just have to take my word for it if I do get another biggun. :chuckle: ......(not likely) !

Capt. Mike

grego
11-23-2004, 09:29 AM
Striper,

Boat was winterized on Saturday, Man, Your Killing Me! Just Kidding, Great Reports!


Greg,

Wednesday PM is not going to happen for me (I will be cooking)...

I WAS planning on doing some family Stuff over the Long Weekend (like Killing a pine tree), But maybe Not The Whole Entire Weekend.....?

GregD
11-23-2004, 10:05 AM
Well weather doesn't look promising for tomorrow with Thunderstorms forcast. May have to go tonight instead, won't be able to stay late if I do with work tomorrow.

Striper - Thanks for the current report, still some opportunities from the sounds of things.

Grego - Perhaps this holiday weekend we can sink up for a Kayak fishin trip. I sure enjoyed getting out, full moon is near which makes for great night fishing in my opinion. Give me shout if you have an opening will see if we can get out.

Thanks,
Greg.