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="http://220.127.116.11/rhodyfest/rhodyjournal.htm" 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="http://18.104.22.168/rhodyfest/rhodypics/JimStripe2.jpg" target="_blank">Jim Whelan</a><!--url--> landed that gorgeous bass in the <!--http--><a href="http://22.214.171.124/rhodyfest/rhodypics/juros/seafoam.jpg" target="_blank">Napatree surf </a><!--url-->.
Thanks for the report!