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  1. Another strong cold front passing through at dawn today. Unlike Saturday's, which had SW winds before a sunrise flip to W then NW, this was a heavy backdoor cold front coming in from the NE. Sustained winds ramped up quick from 12 to 26kts NE between 3&9am. Charged up (but still clean) water had albacore going bonkers way out in boat town. No love in close for shore fisherman. The schools stayed out of range. At least when I was there. Boaters might've had a good time but only saw one out there due to small craft conditions. (Could always drop the sissy bars on your 18 bowrider to get on these fish in any washing machine seas :) Made the move to a more sheltered location in hopes fish would be closer. Dud. A few small pods running the shoreline. Popped up for a second now and then but no sustained blitzes or feeds. Should've stuck it out with the riled up fish even though they were far off
  2. (⊙_☉)7 That's not a tinker bonito. At least according to 'effbook'.. this 18# albacore was boated in the Nutmeg State yesterday. There've been some very nice fish around so far this fall.
  3. OP focus was Nor'easter-type low pressure storms and bass. One reason I strung a bunch of posts together overnight was that we experienced a different type of storm today, the southwest gale. These generally occur in fall on the frontside of major cold fronts. Winds typically ramp up sharply onshore from S/SSW/SW in last 12hrs before the front swings through. Advantage of this is the short amount of time the wind blasts the coast, so it's a quick hit that doesnt milkshake and weed up the water too bad like many longer lived and stronger nor'easters. Im sure many hurricane-force wind lovers will disagree with this...but I think another advantage is, while the wind is stiff--it's not 50kts. Strong enough to pile bait inshore... but not so strong that your cast into Block Island Sound lands in Pawtucket. Also: can use greater variety of plugs at 20-30kts, vs 50. Then after the front passes, NW winds help to clear any pockets of junk that happened to foul up spots from the brief onshore blow. Crapped up spots can quickly be cleared and re-set on NW backside of front. Tbh though, I dont have a ton of experience fishing SW gales here in RI. I've had a few good ones, some meh ones, some lousy ones. But I can say my best November bass came overnight in a SW gale. Thas all I got. ### Edit: whoops. Yeah the cold front thing can raise a southwesterly blow or whatever but totally forgot-- the actual legit southwesterly gale occurs in RI when a nor'easter type storm takes an "inside runner" track though NY state, as opposed to off Nantucket. RI then stays in the warm eastern sector of the storm... ...where a strong Low Level Jet blasts overhead from south or southwest. Low Level Jet on eastern side of storm: "the sou'wester" Remember that October 30th storm we had last year? The bad one that blew 60-70mph in RI and knocked down trees and cut power? So that's that. Last years was a doozy, about as strong as you get in October. __ Last on Cold Front Albacore- At dawn a strong cold front passed directly overhead. The windward spots I hit were junked up and difficult to fish. I didn't see crap for activity. From albacore or anything else. At same time this wild front was passing directly overhead though, lee spots were fishing fine and dandy. Wasn't there for early bite but that's the good word from some good folks. I got there later on and did fine and dandy as well, with a few steady hours of raising albies blind. So the usual mantra that major cold fronts put fish down and give them lockjaw didn't hold true today.
  4. Thank christ whoops. (Sry on hijacking "low pressure stripers" thread though:)
  5. Well... dumb me did it backwards today. Lee was the place to be at dawn, when the wind was cookin <walk up to 4th spot> "Hey. Anything goin o-" Guy: pfft. gone now. ____ Missed on 2 shots at 3rd spot. And that was it for me, during cold front albacore. Saw this dead one floating and blown into weeds. Should've snagged it to put a bend in the rod
  6. @foxfai wind and seas starting to lay down, now that front is through and wind coming out of NNW. Tough slog finding good water at dawn for Albacore but things improving now, esp with lighter wind out of NNW
  7. Front passing over/off south county rn. Already through Isles of shoals, pressure rising Buzzards bay pressure has stopped dropping/bottomed; front passing overhead; wind will soon veer SW to W in South County, then NW late this morning. Gusty conditions will persist this morning even after wind shift as pressure rises: > any rapid change in pressure (fall *or rise*) = wind General rule of thumb below. Really important for small boaters, because they need days with little pressure change to get out there comfortably without collapsing their spine from a heavy chop 1) Stable pressure? Not rising or falling? > Low wind; Calm (Green trace = pressure) (Red/blue = sustained wind + gusts) 2) Pressure dropping or rising fast? > Wind.
  8. Front still incoming. Presure still dropping. Wind 20+SW south county. Schoolies in the wash. Yippee :/ Overview Wind NW now in Burlington VT. 4am: All coastal stations still in warm sector; SW wind; pressure still dropping Isles of shoals NH Buzzards Bay Newport RI(station slightly inland)
  9. Cant speak to fish caught in shallows of BB, because if I'm being honest, not familiar enough with boat fishing that area to comment on species. That said, BB waters do run much hotter than say CCB, Stellwagen, etc, so if needlefish happened to require a little extra wamth(no idea if they do) imo BB would be the place to find them. As for saury, here's an ex of the multiple fish I sabikid up off Maine last week. Very dark blue back and super bright shiny silver body, with a distinct colorbreak. Plus 2 beak mouth. And compared to juvi bonito
  10. Yup. One of many. Good news is there's plenty of narrow-bodied options to throw when saury aka halfbeaks are the dish du jour for stripers, blues or tuna. In fact, many tuna boats wielding spinning gear did very well the past week or so on the bank throwing artificials for tuna keyed on halfbeaks. (Fwiw, still call them halfbeaks m'self even though they're saury. Ran into them off maine last week and 1st words out my mouth was no way! school of halfbeaks below us!)
  11. ....alright.. gotta be "that guy" Cmon-- I'm already the eyeroll champion round here... so here it goes:) These are not halfbeaks. Pretty sure they're 'Atlantic Saury' Differences-- Halfbeaks: (** um, per name, they have half a beak!) Saury: full beak. (Needlefish do as well though) Also, much smaller pectoral fins
  12. Here's a quick gif showing the drop in SSTs in RI since peak ocean heat, which occured this year around labor day. Can see cold labrador current punching south, assisting our regional cooldown, as well as the cold wake behind Hurricane Florence
  13. Onshore 20kts from S tonight as front approaches NE. Could pick up a bit more by dawn; winds gusted 40-45kts in Burlington VT around sunset as the front was either very close or passing through at the time
  14. They'll hit super tiny sabikis, if you're interested in grabbing a few.
  15. Only problem I see defending yourself with a firearm or bangstick has to do with the nature of the strike on the kayak: people describe it like being hit by a truck. They get launched/thrown clear out the yak and into the water by a 1-3000lb animal hitting it from below at 20mph. A bit like a bass smashing a pencil airborne. Makes it tough to respond effectively with a weapon in that circumstance. Though I would shy away from kayaking through the hunting zones of the outer Cape and the seal colonies off the SS... esp in August or Sept... I think other areas like BB have only a handful of sharks passing through at very irregular intervals. The data just doesnt support much white shark traffic in these locations. Because of this, the risk there is probably exceedingly low. So imo.. yak away, in Buzzards Bay!