rolm

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    I fish, therefore I am.
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    I trade services for currency, which I then use to purchase food and shelter.

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  1. Other responsibilities still keeping me away, I didn't get to fish until later in the season and then not as much as I wanted to. Fished only with my son (13yo and no fear), which limits my catching but I wouldn't give up for the world. All kayak/small boat, no shore fishing except incidental around launching/landing or areas that required a boat to access. No late-night fishing at all (sigh). Spots that were almost sure bets under certain circumstances became questionable. One spot which always produced for me produced nothing this year over three trips. But when they were in an area you could catch until you tired of it. My son got a couple med-small blues but I never did. I found a lot of bunker schools in historically productive spots with nothing on them. I also found more different species (chub mackerel, shad, albies) feeding heavily in areas and times usually dominated by stripers and bluefish. I used to by-catch a lot more groundfish while targeting stripers (daytime, targeting ~1-3' off the bottom) but I don't think that happened once this year. Closest I came to having to deal with crowds was when a guy on a dock was casting into the same area we were fishing from kayaks. Which is exactly why we have been fishing mainly from kayaks, and in areas where I don't see other kayakers. On the good side, the next house is almost done and maybe I can stop the 16-hour days (full-time job plus working on the other house) next year. I'm old and tired (edit) I also caught more fish in the bay than out front, in spite of spending roughly equal time in either environment.
  2. This part of the season is about the only safe time to mention Q. Pretty much any other time makes more ppl go or plan to go. Do it at the end of the season and ppl forget by spring.
  3. Quonnie is interesting. You can see evidence both to the east and the west of previous "natural" breaches. Other than that, it's a damn good example of critical access issues in RI. Once landowners can make something seem private, reversing that is near impossible to do politically. And now they're deep into "well it was always this way". The same week the illegal fence across the concrete wall was erected the town _should_ have been all over it. But they didn't, and here we are. Apparently (I was living somewhere else when it happened) at first he just piled crab traps across the wall, and when he got no official complaints (and people kept taking them down) he put up chain link. Because the town or state didn't do anything. That being said, the absolute worst thing that could happen there is to open up the originally-intended public access. Talking to people who have lived there and fished there a lot longer than I have, they have horror stories of the litter, the late night noise, and people brazenly using the water (and outdoor furniture) of the houses to clean fish. However, I think the owners are their own worst enemies. They are squeezing the access hard in the last few years, trying to eliminate every last (semi-legal) avenue for fishermen to get in there. If this continues, this will result in one of two outcomes: either they will get their way and eventually lock out all non-residents, or it will eventually come to the attention of some politician (or bureaucrat) who will force the issue by sending public works in there to open up the access forcefully. At which point my worst case scenario comes about.
  4. Smart man. Skunks get reported immediately ...
  5. Yeah maybe. But there's alcohol at my house. And a nice ass-groove in the couch.
  6. (mid-bay trip Saturday in the rain; nothing, didn't even see any bait) Kayak trip today out front: air temps in mid-50s, three hours into dropping (~1 hour into lag), swell negligible wind negligible. I was on my own today. I dropped out to find acres of birds working ~800m out. At first I thought they were following a fishing trawler so I concentrated on the heavy current in front of me. I picked two under-slot fish out of the current and the bite stopped. At the end of a long drift I figured I might as well head for the birds, b/c the water was glassy smooth and there was no action along the shore line. And hey, maybe the free chum might stir something up. There were plenty of fish under the birds, but they were on something smaller than anything I had with me. Now I regret not packing the teasers. I cast with bucktails and shad, and occasionally I would feel that "twang" feeling of the line hitting a fish, but never an honest take. I tried with a snag hook to try and see what they were on, but never hooked anything. Once the fish surrounded me, and I could see they were (at least mostly) smalls, but I could never identify what they were on. After an hour or so of chasing pop-up blitzes (barely call them that: more like "lazy surface feeding"), I tired of the game. I trolled a bucktail all the way back in (nothing, of course), hauled over to the pond, went back to where I launched to find a couple with their boat stranded along the channel. Motor had died at the landing, they didn't get tied up in time, apparently the battery was also dead, and they got swept into the channel. And now they were firmly stuck with the motor jammed in some rocks. I pitched in (been there) and we got it freed, and another boat coming in towed them back to the landing. At least they didn't get carried out the breachway with no way to start the motor. As Kooky just posted, it feels like the end. Only smalls, cold water, no big bait in evidence. I don't fish at night anymore, so I don't know about that. Might be time to wash up. I guess I'm no longer a die-hard.
  7. Shots fired ...
  8. Another kayak trip to same protected mid-bay spot. Air temps around 60, winds NNE ~7kt, med foggy but no rain yet. Arrived just about low tide. I wanted to start earlier but work wanted me to do stuff. Bastards. No fish landed, but I had several hits on the troll (gotta check those hooks) and had one on that pulled a lot of drag before shaking off. As dusk moved in, the action seemed to spread out a lot more, especially out into the bay. I was trying to set up a snag-and-drop scenario, but I took too long setting up (old eyes and failing light) and the action died before I could get the first bunker in the water. As before, at full dark the action stopped completely. I didn't even hear the bunker tailing anymore. Cast around a bit with the snag hook searching, but never found them again. The differences between this trip an the last to the same spot: fog cover, a little more wind, and a little rougher water (ie not glassy) because of wind, and the tide turning later. Fewer birds (probably because of fog) and everything was more spread out.
  9. Saturday: mid-bay kayak trip in a protected harbor (Andy's Backyard). Air temps in low 60s, winds N-ish under 5kts. Low tide around 2:40, I think. We started out about an hour after low. Birds up and searching, but don't seem to be concentrating on any one area. First tried a couple of known areas for the tide, then tried trolling around for a while to no avail. After an hour or so, I sent my son to check out the only place the birds seemed to be showing an interest it, while I went to check an area about a 15-20 min paddle out. Normally wouldn't have gone there on a Saturday, but boat traffic was very light. Birds are up and searching the entire time. Nothing at my spot. Returned to find my son catching snappers, which in turn are on thick pods of peanuts. Of course I hadn't brought a snag hook or free hooks to liveline. The sun had passed behind thick rainclouds to the W, and combined with late afternoon it was like a false dusk. There was a small pod of bass occasionally harassing the peanuts, but they would disappear for several minutes at a time. I finally resort to bouncing a shad along the bottom (I'm guessing ~15') and end up with the only fish caught besides the snappers: a low slot fish about 28-29". We chased breaking fish until just before full dark, but the breaking fish subsided before that.
  10. Another kayak trip out front. Air temps in high 60s, bright sunny sky, forecasted 1' sea swell and 2' wind swell, almost aligned. Wind forecasted WNW ~10kt or ~19kt depending on what you read. When we arrived it was definitely W and probably around 15-20kt. Sea swell was closer to 2-3 but with a long period. Birds working in patches all over the place. Plenty of breaking fish, but albies not bass or blues. The only bait we could see were bay anchovy. We fought the wind for a while as my son tried to get an albie, but they were too spread out and the wind was scooting us along too fast. We finally gave up after about 2 hours because I still had work to do. Landing was a little hazardous because of the aligned swells being unpredictable and making for a short and chaotic period, and my son was kind of exhausted from chasing birds around. My timing was off and had to bail to keep from getting pulled back by the receding wave, and he ended up not sprinting fast enough and surfing in on the wave behind, burying the nose at the last minute and getting tumbled off in a foot of water. Any landing you can walk away from...
  11. Yeah I get so little time to go this year it was probably wishful thinking. I remember the forecast saying it could gust in the 20s and thinking "eh how bad could it be".
  12. Another kayak trip this morning off Less Popular Breachway. Air temps in high 60s at dawn, forecasted 1' swell with S winds 12-14 (you'd think I would have learned this lesson by now). a 2.5' high tide turned around 05:30, which puts lag drop just after dawn. Ocean swell might have been 1', but the wind swell ended up being 3-4 (wind was gusting to 20s) with a really short period. Made for a hell of a struggle just to head out, and the outflow was undercutting the wind swell causing curling breakers all the way out. All around poor kayaking conditions, but I've done worse. When we first got out the current wasn't really moving yet and we caught first sight of the wind swell, so we landed and cast around off the rocks for a few. No hits, but I am pretty sure I saw one belly flash just outside the mouth. 10 more minutes of casting got us nothing. We re-launched from the beach between the heavy swells, and I immediately ran into breaking fish just outside the breachway. I got over-focused and ended up getting blown back into the surf zone and rolling. Luckily my gear was (mostly) secure and all I lost was a couple of tins. Re-re-launched and paddled well clear of shore. We tried crossing the outflow with the intention of trolling the pocket where the current usually curls around back to shore, but once we got over there we realized that the combined sea swell and the wind was forcing the outflow the wrong way, and the wind swell extended the surf zone farther out from shore and excluded trolling where we wanted to. Fought our way back through the curlers and we were both pretty tired at that point and had seen no fish activity other than that first burst, so we went in. Never saw any other breaking fish, never saw any of the five or six anglers around land anything. Lesson (maybe it will stick this time): when the winds are forecasted above 10, only plan kayak trips if there is a solid reason to go. At least the kid is learning when not to go, and why.
  13. This thread is confirmation that: once an SOL thread passed 3 pages it's usually now about an entirely different topic and it's usefulness plummets. Once it passes 5 pages it's usually devolved into bickering about something.
  14. Changed tactics: we kayaked a salt pond/estuary area yesterday that is usually a solid producer into November because it's near a holdover spot. Air temps in the 70s, S wind less than 5kt, incoming (lag) tide that slacked just as the sun touched the horizon. Kept fishing through the first 90 minutes of dropping tide, long enough for it to reach max current (which admittedly wasn't much). Plenty of bait around: mostly silversides but some small adult bunker in the mix. Before the sun fully set we could see them circling under a cast away, after the current picked up we were regularly bumping them as the water fell past us. No fish landed, not even any solid hits. I was looking forward to Saturday when it was supposed to rain, but now it's just partly cloudy.
  15. Kayaked out front again... Friday? Temps mid-60s, overcast, seas 2-4, ESE wind ~10-12kt (winds cross swell making it very choppy), outgoing tide in front of Less Popular Breachway. My son managed 3 bass to ~30", I got nothing (maybe because I was too nervous that he wasn't paying attention to the bigger waves). Kid handled it like a champ, and beached flawlessly. And again today: Temps low 70s, bluebird clear, seas 2-4 (not as choppy but every bit as big), S wind less than 5kt, from the top of the outgoing until the sun dropped below the horizon. No birds working, no fish breaking. We landed nothing, plenty of ppl both boat and shore, I didn't see anyone catch anything. Kid hooked something in the outflow that broke the (rusty) hook on a shad, so we had a chat on the way home about evaluating one's equipment (this on top of having to change out a reel earlier because of a frozen drag). Beaching was an adventure because the swell was still up in the mid 3s, but the kid did great again.