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Old 05-02-2007, 10:09 PM
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What's up this Spring in Upper Bay?

Yesterday afternoon we caught five small bass in upper Narragansett Bay. This was 4 1/2 hours of effort with two people fishing. A small bite near dusk saved the day. Plenty of good moving water too. This time last year stripers were wide spread throughout the bay. Last weekend we had six boat canvas the entire upper bay for the Rhody IceBreaker with meek results. Excellent anglers who know their stuff. So what's going on?

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Last week we had torrential rains that stressed our waste treatment plants and probably much of it went untreated. Water temperatures rose quickly from 40-42 to 54 degrees with the recent beautiful weather. This rapid rise in water temperature along with effluent has caused brown algae pockets in places where treatment plants exist. Seekonk River and Greenwich Bay would be good bets this time of year, show little life. Not a lot of oxygen so the baitfish haven't moved in any great numbers. Place like Narrow River have been producing with cleaner water.
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:25 PM
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Not sure what is up. Just got back in with what should have been a productive evening on the barrington river and points further south and nothing going on. No bait at all and no fish...

Hoping it picks up soon as so far this spring has been slow coming...

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Gonna try a change of pace later this afternoon. Grab the waders and head south to the salt ponds. Call it recon, hope or a goose chase, there may be the beginning of worms. This is the worst start to a season I've ever seen, a year ago this weekend there were millions of bass from Prudence to Prov.
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Bait is up stream on some of the costal rivers where it's a lot warmer. FishHawk
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lots of bait up in Hingham harbour, last sunday and again on Tuesday.

big shoals, completely untouched.

no bass.
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We're loaded down here. Small but plentiful. Steve. Barn Island should produce.

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Ray, I think you're right.

It sounds like localized conditions up and down the coast resulting form the extremes of rain, cold and heat all in the space of a week or so. The effects in certain shallower/bay areas with lots of small streams and rivers must be more pronounced.

As Phil says, the lower Housy and CT have been producing right through - with only minimal effect from the flood. Further South, in NJ and Jamaica Bay, things have really turned on over the past week or so.
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It's time to let the big dog howl! I made a change of plans and ended up fishing with Capt. Ray this afternoon.We wandered around seeking shelter from the persistent N/W wind. I`m sure he's dying to tell about the ass whoopin he gave me today! We did have a few nice fish, all with little red crawly bugs on em!
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Steve,

My actions always speak louder than my words.

Enough said! Don't want to rub it in the wounds, especially with saltwater.

Steve and I ran around for six hours. Every place we went the wind seemed to dog us. Toward night fall, the wind died down, than like a switch we started to pick up a few fish to make it enjoyable night. Nice fish'in with ya tonight.
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Yep seems seem to finally be looking up. Was getting worried...

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