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Block Island Fish Report

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Acres of sand lances were dimpling on the surface as we left the West Wall Gap. The fish finder screen was painted like a floral pattern from top to bottom. That in itself was plenty of evidence to stay near the mainland today. We had second thoughts of leaving so much bait behind.

We continued to cross Block Island Sound. The sunrise was magnificent looking over the transom. We were greeting with numerous shearwater and petrels patrolling the skies entering the rip. Small pods of stripers were boiling in all directions mulling over the countless sand eels. The stripers were gauging themselves on four inch sand eels. Flies seem like the natural order to fish under selective conditions like this. Just keep the smaller patterns a few feet under the surface. We were sitting in one hundred feet of water.

 

We soon discovered that is wasn't going to be an easy task. Any noise/motions would spook them. Each pod seemed to stay out of fly casting range. Water quality was so clear and calm that they viewed our flies as unnatural representations. Talk about frustrations. Dozens of stripers would look, nose, and turn away at the last moment. The rip never developed into any kind of boil that would disorient any type of bait fish. We just had to be patient and persistent with our presentations. Near nine o'clock the rip was dead. Four pound bluefish could be found off the New Harbor entrance mulling over the same type of conditions.

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Thanks guys!

 

(Don't know if anyone of you are fly fishermen?) But what's really weired is a good size beast taking you into the backing in one hundred feet of water.

 

Seeing the backing go straight down thru the eye loop is a strange sight. Usually it might be 25 feet at best in the bay or on the bar.

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North Rip was unfishable today. High winds, huge surf, nothing like the

Meteorologist prodicted. Winds 20 + kts from the northeast. Up till today, it had been fishing well. Lot sand eels down 20 feet or more.

 

Striper fishing was way off today with yesterday's low pressure system blowing thru the area. Large fleet of flukers off the middle wall. They were struggling to get their baits down too with faster drifts.

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