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: Napatree is on fire 10/23/01

10-23-2001, 03:06 PM
I was out to the rocks on Napatree this morning at daybreak, Wall to wall bass. The ones I saw are under 24 Inches. A flyfisher from NY, was killing them. While I watched he took about 25 on successive casts. Didn't have to cast more than 20 feet. I broke another rod, and didn't have a spare with me, so I didn't even catch a fish. I have never seen a rod splinter like that one. A new rod is already underway to me. I have got to go back again in the morning with another rod. I saw a Vermont car in the parking lot, wondering if it was Quentin. Just thought that I would post it. TL ArtB. I sent Juro a picture of the birds.

10-23-2001, 04:28 PM
Nice report Art. I wish I could get down there again this year. I've still got Rhody on the mind. Too bad about the rod.

10-23-2001, 05:11 PM
Art -

You've done it to us again! You lucky dog, you're always there YESTERDAY! ;-)

10-23-2001, 05:48 PM
And don't feel alone on the broken rod... I snapped this picture of a fly rod, complete with line, snapped in several pieces and intertwined in the seaweed at Napatree...


Bob Pink
10-23-2001, 07:40 PM
What? a broken fly rod and I wasn't there???
Nice Pix Art ! Haven't seen a blitz like that all fall.

10-23-2001, 09:54 PM
Nice looking birds Art, bad looking rod Art, wish I were still there, you could have borrowed one of my (now 3) 9 Wt' rods. One I bought while visiting last fall, after breaking it on a fish on South Beach, since repaired. Used and broke another new T&T on a large pike 3 weeks ago. Thank you FFGOD for the lifetime warranties...
Now with a Sage, an Orvis and a T&T, I should be set for next September's visit to the East Coast.

10-24-2001, 12:18 AM
Hi Art,

Glad to see your out finding some fish again. Sorry to hear about the rod, seems to be that time of year as a few folks have just experienced that. Great shot of the big blitz, sure looks inviting. Hopefully you'll get another shot at them tomorrow.


10-24-2001, 09:16 AM
Hey Art
Sorry to here about the rod. It just so happens I was at the Charlestown Breachway Tuesday fishig with Ken Abrams. We were catching Hickory Shad to beat the band. I was Pulling one up the breachway when I stepped back and brougth my rod almost vertical. Next thing I heard was "PING". Now my Loomis 10' 10 Wt is now a Loomis 9' 7" rod with extra tip.

Are you thinking of going to Napatree Saturday Morning around 6 am I might be able to meet you there.

10-24-2001, 08:00 PM
For you guys that are anxiously awaiting a report. I was there before daybreak this morning walked all the way out to the rocks, caufght a few fish, nothing to brag about. While I was out there I met Quentin Holes. He told me he also had a very good day Tuesday. While we were out in the rocks there was no blitz like tuesday. Looked back toward Watch Hill and saw small blitzes all along the beach, if they came in in front of you you would take one or two fish in that couple of minutes. The fog rolled in, and the small boats came right in on the beach which usually caused the fish to move back out.It was fun, but not like Tuesday. Bandy, I do not fish usually on a Saturday, but good luck to you. My son who has a charterboat out of CT came back from Montaup NY Tuesday. He called me tonight to tell me that between the Red Buoy, and the green Can off of Watch Hill there was plenty of Albies, but they had lockjaw. I do believe that you can catch them on an imitation of a Rhody Chovy.

10-25-2001, 10:52 AM
What a difference a day makes. Tuesday and Wednesday provided a classic illustration of the "yesterday" phenomenon and I was fortunate enough to be there "yesterday" this time! The bass were in and around the rocks at the end of Napatree all morning on Tuesday. There were bass attacking bait right at my feet and I hooked up on virtually every cast. They were eating small bait about 1 - 2" long (anchovies?). Most of the bass were around 18-24" but there were a couple bigger fish in the mix, including one that had its way with me for a few minutes before heading around a rock and breaking the line. Wish I at least got a look at it to see what it was. On my way back towards the parking lot I intercepted a school of blitzing bass that were mauling bait in the wash. Managed to get a couple more before they moved down the beach towards the point.

I went back to the point on Wednesday morning but nothing really developed. There were some fish and birds around the end of the point and they periodically got close enough to cast at, but the waves made it uncomfortable and slightly dangerous for me to try to stand where I could fish for them. I started back towards the beach to see if there were any fish to be had there and I ran into Art B, who had just arrived at the point. He told me that he saw some birds and fish just off the beach on his way out, so we headed back down the beach to see if they were still around. We saw several clusters of birds working the area and they would occasionally come close to the beach as the stripers pushed the bait along. We were able to get a few casts into them and I managed to land one to avoid a skunking. Back at the parking lot I saw a couple guys getting ready to hit the beach. "Any luck?" they asked. "Not bad", I answered, "But ya shoulda been here yesterday!"

10-25-2001, 11:24 AM
I have driven by ,but seems the parking is tight .Where do you guys park?Is there a place to drop in a yak?Its a long paddle from Barn Island. Joev

10-25-2001, 06:51 PM
Quentin - are you on a fishing marathon? Have you been holed up in Rhody since the clave? They might be wondering about you back at work - but hell - you can always catch up once you get back. Good Luck - hope you keep gettin' 'em. I may wander down to Rhody myself tomorrow.


10-25-2001, 07:19 PM
Fast froward 3 years from now:

Ah yes Quenton, he's the crazy eyed guy with the far away look, and the long beard stumbling up and down the breachways mumbling to himself "....never goin back.....just one more..."

I thought I was the resident fishaholic!
Quent you make me proud.

10-25-2001, 10:06 PM
You guys crack me up! I'd have to spend a LOT more time on the water to be the resident fishaholic! Not sure when (or if) I'll be back to Rhody this year. I may try the CT coast a couple more times, but this was sort of the "last blast" of the season for me. Glad it was a good one!

10-26-2001, 06:56 AM
Q -

Wherever you go fish seem to follow this year!

Please email me your snail mail address, I have a 9ft 9wt flyrod with your name on it. I can't stand to hear about these blitzes at your feet anymore! ;-)

I am 100% serious about the rod, BTW. No pressure to use it, but I hope it burns a hole in your trunk every time a blitz erupts.

Anyone have a spare reel for the man? I have a line to throw in.

10-26-2001, 07:57 AM

Do you want my snail mail address too? :-)


10-26-2001, 08:33 AM
juro (10-26-2001 07:56 a.m.):

Please email me your snail mail address, I have a 9ft 9wt flyrod with your name on it. I can't stand to hear about these blitzes at your feet anymore! ;-)

I am 100% serious about the rod, BTW. No pressure to use it, but I hope it burns a hole in your trunk every time a blitz erupts.

Anyone have a spare reel for the man? I have a line to throw in.

WOW, thanks Juro! How can I turn down an offer like that? I guess you were serious when you said you're on a crusade to convert people to flyfishing! I keep telling myself I need to give it a try, but I usually balk when I try to figure out what I should get for starting equipment. There are so many options! It seems like choosing the rod is the tough part, so this will simplify matters immensely. If you could provide a few suggestions as to which reels would match this rod, then I can add a reel to my Christmas "wish list". Then I just have to learn how to cast. And retrieve. And set the hook. And fight the fish. And set up the backing, fly line and leader. And tie the flies. And . . . Hmm, will there be a casting clave again this winter?

If the rod survives my initial efforts to learn the art of flyfishing (don't worry, you won't find it a broken mess on the rocks of Napatree ;-) ), then I would be happy to pass it along to the next recruit!


10-26-2001, 08:47 AM
I have a 9-wgt. Intermediate Line (off-white not clear) that was only used one season that you are welcome to have. GO.

10-26-2001, 10:53 AM
Ok I will ask again where can you park and can I easily drop in a yak .We can carry a little ways.I have a freind coming up from NY and he has seen reports for this spot and would like to check it out.Any help or info would be much appreciated.I would like to put him onto some fish since he has always tuned me into fish in NY.
Thanks Joev

10-26-2001, 12:37 PM
Joev...I've done the Barn Island ride and it is a bit far...although the best option when parking is an issue during the summer (the time in between Labour Day and Memorial Day)... Early and late in the season you can follow the road into the center of Watch Hill and as you pass the marina on your right, turn into the parking lot and follow your nose to the very back corner of the lot...water on you right and the rear of the "beach club" on your left...Unless things have radically changed, parking has not been a problem and you can launch/recover right there.
That puts you on the inside corner from which you can access the back of Napatree, the sandy islands and flats, and out and around the point. Paddle safe!

10-26-2001, 01:34 PM
Thanks Pete I will post a report when I can.Thanks these small tidbits of information are usally the hardest to come by.