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: Wassup in Rhody lately?

05-16-2000, 11:18 AM
It's been kind of quiet from Rhody this year... Art? Anybody care to fill the rest of us in on the striper situation around Westerly? Narragansett Bay?


05-16-2000, 02:17 PM
I kayaked around Quonnie pond on Saturday and got into one decent schoolie (22") and lots of 10-15" fish. I stopped at Weekapaug on the drive home - nothing doing there.

My wife and I put our kayaks in at the Barn Island ramp in CT on Sunday morning and paddled over to Watch Hill for a cup of coffee, and then on to Napatree. I had the rods along but didn't really fish, except for when I floated over a group of mid 20" fish at the entrance to the little pond/cove on the bay side of Napatree. It was too windy for the fly rod, so I threw a jig at them for a few minutes with no success. I think the boats going over them spooked them in the shallow water. We had a picnic lunch on the ocean side of Napatree. I didn't see birds working anywhere. The water on the ocean side still seems a little cold.

The way back to Barn Island was pretty tough because the whole way was crosswise to the wind. The bay was full of whitecaps. My wife's boat doesn't have a rudder and she had a hard time keeping the boat straight. I now have orders to put a rudder on the boat as quickly as possible.

05-16-2000, 07:29 PM
Thanks Dave -

Sounds like an invigorating weekend on the water. Quonnie must be beautiful this time of year, especially floating over the sandy shoals in your kayak. The crossing back to Barn Island sounded tricky, glad it worked out - your wife got a keel out of the deal!

I've heard many anglers observe that the Watch Hill area's direct openness to the sea keeps the temps cooler. Without any scientific evidence to support it, it seems really likely to me based on my experiences on Napatree and Watch Hill. I suspect the darker, shallower waters inside Watch Hill holds fish when the ocean is cool. Other areas where I've done well during early season outings are similar - darker, shallower and warmer areas. The estuaries on the Cape where we've been doing well shares similiarities; and we found very active fish on the inside during the <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank">Rhody Clave</a><!--url--> last fall.

I'd have to note that the rocks at the end of Napatree were producing some very large fish, and <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank">Jim Whelan</a><!--url--> landed that gorgeous bass in the <!--http--><a href="" target="_blank">Napatree surf </a><!--url-->.

Thanks for the report!

05-21-2000, 11:00 AM
Went to RI this satursay 5/21/00 to fish worm hatch weather was awful for that. Fished Poin Judith harbor an caught two nice schoolies. Shad all over the place. bass under the shad. Nigirette is the place for big bass and the hatch whenb the weather cooperates.