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: Around RI this week

08-15-2001, 08:36 PM
Cast a Fly Charters, Capt. Ray Stachelek
Location: Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

It’s nice to be back on the water again, after waiting three weeks for repairs.
Bluefishing is the rage right now. Doesn’t make a difference where you go? Blues continue to dominate the food supply, making it difficult to catch any other species. It’s unbelievable! It will only get better and bigger as the season progresses into the fall. The bay is loaded with small bunker filtering the waters for nutrients. When conditions are right with bait and tide, the scenes of these blitzes are quite spectacular. The nice thing about these situations is you can sleep late. Time wise is unimportant.

Weather has been night and day, but the fishing has been predictable under any conditions. Tuesday’s trip started out under windy and rainy conditions, but that didn’t put a halt on fishing. Many of our drifts were extremely fast. Surface action was very finicky. One angler using his prowess with a fly rod and sink line was able to mend and dead drift fish to five pounds. The phrase, “Nothing but net” was not thrown around loosely. By day’s end there was nothing left of the mesh, a visual of just how sharp their teeth are. The laughs were well worth it. Fishing between Hope Island and the southern tip of Prudence was our location.

Wednesday’s trip had bright sky's and light northerly west winds, quite a contrast from the day before. Half Way Rock produce a 10 pound blue in 20 feet of water with several cutoffs during morning hours. Touring south toward Beavertail Point produced the mother lode. Huge schools of blues, much larger than the bay, taxed our equipment. The blitzes lasted several hours with no other boats to pressure them. We paid the price though with lost flies and shock tippets. Watching our client cast with either hand was a treat. Didn’t know he had two right arms? Blues ranged from five to ten pounds. These fish were not shy by boat traffic. McDonald’s dumpsters had to be empty today. Never seen so many terns, shears, and seagulls on the water in RI.

If you fish this weekend your trips should produce more of the same results. Fishing can’t be any easier regardless of the skill level. Any technique will work, just be comparable to the food source as far as size. My best advise…. Take a child fishing. The experience will be unforgettable for them.

08-16-2001, 06:27 AM
Thanks for the note Ray, glad the boat's back!

Was that your boat off hedge fence Saturday and if so, who was running it?