10-19-2000, 01:00 PM
I hate walking out on the poor excuse of jetties at Plum Island. Are the Rhody ones any better? Should I bring my Korkers or are felt soles sufficent? Thanks in advance.
I know that the Weekapaug, Charlestown, and Quonny jetties are high in dry at the top and are nice to walk on. The only real problem comes from high seas and the soaks the very tip of them. Along with being high and dry, it becomes tricky to land fish. Korkers are not absolutely necessary, but probably would help in getting down to get the fish. I have fished them for years wearing nothing but my bare feet (in the summer http://184.108.40.206/images/flytalk/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle">) and sneakers in the fall. Personal preferance I guess. One other piece of advise is to locate a good landing area on the walk out, if it comes down to bringing in a COW!<img src="http://220.127.116.11/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif. Good luck this weekend. Say hi to my old beachclub, if you make it to Weekapaug.
10-19-2000, 01:17 PM
Well, the South Jetty on the Merrimack is killer with those HUGE gaps & jaggid rocks.
The main deal with the RI jetties is that they're quite high (6-10'); they remind me of the North Jetty on the East end of the canal. Also, like manny jetties, on the outgoing flow (best time to fish), the current runs into the surf creating large standing waves. And like most jetties, the lower rocks are covered with slippery black weed. Finally, West wall is VERY LONG; I would guess about a half mile? Generally, they are very nice with flat rocks on the top. Lots of eel slingers grab the best spots near the tips though.
10-19-2000, 02:07 PM
When I fish the West Wall, I wear a pair of my light weight wading boots with neoprene booties. They are the ones made by Orvis and are canvas with felt soles. I wear wet wading paints over them. My belief is that the felt helps me when I get down to land fish and if I fall in, I can swim because of the wet wading pants. Obviously, the felt is not as good as cleats, but seems safer to me when walking on dry rocks. The other jetties I have seen (depending on weather) are somewhat similar to the West Wall (but not as long). The only drawback I have found is if I need to wade to reach fish near the beach. A few weeks back, the water was still warm enough to wet wade. I would think it might be a little too cold now !