There are limited sight fishing opportunities on the shoals to the north on the inside of the island within walking distance, but the only place where a ladder would be appropriate is on the real flats several miles to the north.
You'd best leave the ladder in the garage for this one, although I know you are just kidding. The real reason (I hope) is that you'll be too busy battling fish in the rip to worry about sight fishing!
That's for the advice. I can't wait. Now I will have to figure out how to get to sleep the night before. The anticipation just keys me up. I might have to go to the cape early and fish the evening before to take the edge off.
Yes, a small cooler is handy. There is literally a mile on each side of the island for each person so there is plenty of room to roam, but being the sociable type we like to take breaks from the action, compare notes together, eat lunch, etc.
You can just leave the cooler in a convenient location and the only thing you need to worry about is those damn seagulls! ;-)
Since the tides are all wrong in early August I might try to break your walking record from last year when we finally get out there. We've been informed that there were acres of bass in shallow water to the north, which is longer than a 1/2 mile walk but it could be worth it.
The actual point has it's downsides, it's reputation always attracts incompetent boaters trying to be fishermen. I'll never forget the bozos who, with the entire sound at their disposal, the flats to the north, and birds working out in the rips - would get envious of our success and try to fish wherever we would catch a schoolie. Talk about pathetic! Give me the boat, I'll find fish without harassing shore anglers. It seemed their own shame drove them away.
If it happens I'll take lots of photographs for examples of what NOT to do with a boat by posting them all over the internet! I'll even bring a video camera too, for mpegs with sound. }>
Last year we only had one shorebound idiot show up that I recall. Sometimes it only takes one. He was a bait guy who kept schoolies. One of us clavers lectured him on his mistake - and he let it go dead!
Oh well, you can never get away completely no matter how hard you try, BUT it doesn't get any better than an isolated uninhabited island refuge with a 15 mile boat ride from the nearest dock. In the scope of things, it's probably as far from the usual crap as we can get.
BTW - since the dates are out there a bit, maybe we should have another clave in the interim? ;-)
yes.. the half mile is just to point but the whole point is about 2 miles. Roop and I headed off last year way around and had our best part of the day there. I was thinking of central headquarters.. somewhere inbetween.
Aww the memories, it seems like only yesterday....
I had moved to the end of the conga line to help some of the less experienced Ripper's, I'm casting away, thinking about how to make that spot work when I notice a small Sea Ray type boat had inched closer & closer. No big deal right?
Then I feel the splash from their lure landing next to me!!!
I enjoyed watching all of us hook up as their boat started to stink of skunk!!!!
We have a pair of radios we will bring. What is the deal on wet wading? Should we bring waders to ward off temp. and sun or would pants with zippered legs suffice? Do we need to bring our large cooler for the use of all? Is Red Bull a definite no where Roop will be around? This involves more planning than a rehersal party.
If it's the typical hot summer day then the waders are overkill because you don't need to stand more than knee deep in most spots. I usually wear the breathables for the ride out, take them off when it gets hot, then put them back on heading home. Some days were so hot I never put them on at all. Breathables are the way to go for sure.
Big cooler is overkill and probably means we are asking you to do too much. If everyone packs a snack, small lunch and drink then we'll get by without it. I would love to be the benefactor of anything you could bring in a big cooler, believe me, after sampling your cooking and sandwiches - but I think you should give yourself a break and let us worry about ourselves this time due to the circumstances.
That being said people should bring snacks, enough drinks to last morning until late afternoon, and a satisfying lunch. Out there, a piece of bread with a slice of something in it and warm water has a way of being satisfying.