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Old 10-26-2002, 09:10 PM
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That [wind] Really Blows!!!!

Boy do I look like a dope!
Last night when I typed the "Striper Appreciation" thread, I had just rechecked the NOAA Marine forcast one last time. I noticed the forcast hadn't been updated since 3:00 PM [this was around 10:30 PM], hit reload, it didn't change, so I accepted it. East wind, moving to southeast, to south up to 20 knots, 3 - 6 foot surf, no gale warnings.
How could they blow a forcast that badly?!!!!
In case you didn't get near the water today, there was a hurricane in Rhode Island! Wind had to be 50 knots at least, surf 12 foot or better! I have never attemted to fish in such impossible conditions.
A few high lites:
Plugs tossed toward the white water on the east side of Watch Hill were tossed back. I was lucky not to get hit!

Walking from rock to rock was dangerous. Gusts would catch you off balance and knock you off.

Foam spray from breaking surf on the east side rained down like snow almost to the water on the west side - at low tide!!!

True story - I saw a guy walk out onto the rocks wearing one of those cheap plastic rain ponchos and the wind literally ripped it apart right on his body. Bright orange pieces went flying away in the breeze!

High tide went up over Ocean Drive in Newport leaving a six inch deep layer of kelp and mung and gravel on the road.

It rained so hard, intersections were flooded as high as the exhaust on smaller vehicles. People were getting stuck!

Needless to say, the entire ocean was the color of dish water and mung was homoginized into a uniform soup. I actually managed to land a couple of rat blues but never saw a striper. Boy was I ticked at the weather man!
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Old 10-27-2002, 11:48 AM
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Wow! Isn't that 3 Sat. in a row? Or is it 5?
seems like every weekend it kicks up.

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Old 10-27-2002, 12:04 PM
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Yep, at least 3 weeks in a row where the water was churned by storm. What a bummer! We only get one October per year, and only four weekends. We can't afford to waste them. Especially for me in a new job where I can't take lots of time off.

Without exageration, yesterday was THE WORST weather I have fished in my life. The explanation being that no forcast has ever been so babdly screwed up. Had I known, I would have stayed home and cleaned the cellar.
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Old 10-28-2002, 04:52 AM
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Looks like the Fat Lady is singing. Sea temp l;ast I checked is 57.8 and dropping. Another storm on Wed. FishHawk
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Old 10-28-2002, 09:28 AM
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I also read a report that the gannets are beginning to work over the bait. Sounds like the fat lady is almost to the high note. Ron
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Old 10-28-2002, 09:57 AM
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I had my best striper day ever fishing in a shower of pounding gannets in early November, large bait (4-6") and near-keeper up to 37" bass one after the other almost every cast for a while. Two other anglers were there but left during the slack high when nothing was doing. As soon as the tide started to ebb the birds came out of nowhere and all hell broke loose for three solid hours of non-stop action, by myself in a howling cold and wet nor'easter. Every cast I made was a backcast. My hands were so stiff and cramped I had to quit, and my face was as reddened as a mid-winter motorcycle rider. Getting back to my truck was like being dug out of an avalanche, but it was awesome - a day to remember!
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Old 10-28-2002, 11:02 PM
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What fat lady....

Call me a rookie die hard but I refuse to give up and plan on making casts at least until Thanksgiving. I have to admit there was not much going on this weekend in South County but I did run into some pretty big blues of Harkness in CT that were chasing large bunker. Got into a few schoolies at dusk. Hopefully the big bass will come inshore as well.

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Old 10-29-2002, 07:51 PM
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If you pick your days, and if we stop getting storms, you should be able to find blues for a couple more weeks and bass even longer. As Juro said, there can be memerable blitzes if you happen to be in the right place.
For those of us who travel heroic distances, the odds just don't pay off, especially when the weather bites as it has lately.
Oh well, I had a few good days this fall, if not as many REALLY good ones as I'd hoped. I did meet some new faces which was fun. Seeing some of the regulars again was fun too. Looking forward to seeing you again next season. Maybe a mid-April West Wall Clave to greet the first sea run stripers?
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