04-24-2002, 09:22 PM
I ventured back to the location of the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Rhody Icebreaker this evening. My girlfriend decided she would join me and do a little reading on the bank. Got there about 6:15 and was able to catch the last few minutes of the incoming tide. Walked out under the bridge and posted up on the rocks between the pilings (Nick, Mike and Jeff, those guys we saw had the right idea for high tide). Stripped off some line and made a cast so I could stretch the line. All set to go now. Made a second cast and just as I was about to lift the line to make my back cast...fish on. The fish made a nice little run and just about cleared my line when it turned and raced toward me. I stripped like mad so I could keep tention on the line and brought the fish to my side. 18" Striper and my second on a fly. Made my second cast and two strips later I had my second fish on...oh what a feeling...this fish took me right up on the reel and took some drag...didn't make it to my backing but nice to feel a fish on the reel...this was a 20"er and plenty strong...The tide when slack and I figured that would be the end of it but managed to pick up another 14" and a small pre-schoolie about 8". At that point I was very content and decided to practice my hauling. I started to get mildly proficient and was able to put out about a 75' cast...two strips and what a hit...this fish imeadiately took me up on the reel and headed for my backing...unfortunately the run was short lived as this fish had a long range release in mind. All in all it was by far my best outing yet and many thanks to Ray for showing us this great early season spot. Can't wait to see everyone again soon.