Capt.Castafly

Low Pressure Stripers

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those needles will be pretty much useless for a while. Topwater and a bucktail/ jig conditions. 

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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

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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 

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1 hour ago, VanStaalSteve said:

Bucktails are tops when the water is big and white from north east blows. 

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1 hour ago, VanStaalSteve said:

Bucktails are tops when the water is big and white from north east blows. 

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Anything running subsurface at the bottom will catch,,,ditto on the BT,, and why?... Training younguns?

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Front still incoming. Presure still dropping. Wind 20+SW south county. Schoolies in the wash. Yippee :/

 

Overview 

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Wind NW now in Burlington VT.

4am: All coastal stations still in warm sector; SW wind; pressure still dropping

Isles of shoals NH

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Buzzards Bay

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Newport RI(station slightly inland)

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Front passing over/off south county rn.

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Already through Isles of shoals, pressure rising 

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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

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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

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(Green trace = pressure)

(Red/blue = sustained wind + gusts) 

 

2) Pressure dropping or rising fast?

> Wind.

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RST3, Thank you for your analysis. I stayed out today due to the wind and getting out first thing tomorrow morning (shore).

 

I could hear the wind at home, it's brutal just to think about it.

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@foxfai wind and seas starting to lay down, now that front is through and wind coming out of NNW. 

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Tough slog finding good water at dawn for Albacore but things improving now, esp with lighter wind out of NNW

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Wind woke me up in the night, blew over stuff on the porch and broke a bottle. 

I woke ready to fight. Sounded like someone broke in.

Heart took 5 minutes to return to normal. 

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Posted (edited)

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.

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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

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@rst3 Nice! On the rocks too!

 

Going to head out before light tomorrow morning down south. Hope the NW wind will settle the waters by then.

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Posted (edited)

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.

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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...

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...where a strong Low Level Jet blasts overhead from south or southwest.

 

Low Level Jet on eastern side of storm: "the sou'wester"

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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?

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So that's that. Last years was a doozy, about as strong as you get in October.

 

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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.

 

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