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RI Fish Report Blog. Sept 5 - Sept 12

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No albies at the point, a handful of short togs in between the islands and a bunch of snapper blues to feel like i've had a productive day. It was wicked nice today though.

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I went out last night to try and get a trip in before the water gets too dirty. Couldn't buy a hit for about 2 hours and the conditions were pretty scary. I was about to leave and decided to try a couple casts in a "stupid" spot I had seen people fish before. To my utter astonishment I pulled a slot fish out of the wash in like a foot of water. My next few casts came up empty and a bunch of idiots started trickling down into the area with headlamps blazing. I've never seen so many people out at night in this spot. I had a few more hits on a bottle plug way out at the end of my cast. Eventually in my struggle to get the plug into the strike zone I bailed slammed, smashed the rod into the rocks, and broke about 6" off the top. That was the end of my evening. At least I didn't skunk. I didn't see anyone else hook up.

 

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2 hours ago, rwilhelm said:

Hit the bay last night.  Was a lot of bait around but only snapper blues on them.   Not sure if just me but I never do well with NW wind.    

I hate a NW wind. Very rare I do well w that wind direction.

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1 hour ago, LockedDrag said:

Ending my season early. Almost lost my life twice last night in top of a skunk. Surreal experience. Battered and bruised to end the season

That’s scary stuff, hope you are ok. Take it as a learning experience, and don’t make the same mistakes. I was tired last night and decided against fishing last minute because surf was too much to not be on top of your game.

 

I had a very scary experience a few years ago after being washed off a rock in a big swell w a 40” fish on the line and braid wrapped around my leg. I got overconfident, I have approached fishing big surf very differently since that day.

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24 mins ago, Kooky said:

That’s scary stuff, hope you are ok. Take it as a learning experience, and don’t make the same mistakes. I was tired last night and decided against fishing last minute because surf was too much to not be on top of your game.

 

I had a very scary experience a few years ago after being washed off a rock in a big swell w a 40” fish on the line and braid wrapped around my leg. I got overconfident, I have approached fishing big surf very differently since that day.

I always keep a rather high safety margin but miscalculated last night. We were 20 yards from the shore and got blasted by a rogue wave. We both fell easily 15ft down to the rocks below and then got swept by another one right after we gathered ourselves. I can’t swim so if I had been pushed anther foot I would of been in the water and likely not here today. Feel very blessed and fortunate to be alive. Definitely going to rethink certain things. 

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24 mins ago, LockedDrag said:

I always keep a rather high safety margin but miscalculated last night. We were 20 yards from the shore and got blasted by a rogue wave. We both fell easily 15ft down to the rocks below and then got swept by another one right after we gathered ourselves. I can’t swim so if I had been pushed anther foot I would of been in the water and likely not here today. Feel very blessed and fortunate to be alive. Definitely going to rethink certain things. 

Glad you’re both safe.  I rarely fish hurricane swells anymore.  If I do it’s generally daytime and ebbing tide.  Casting Flood tides and/or darkness can kill you.  

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40 mins ago, DZ said:

Glad you’re both safe.  I rarely fish hurricane swells anymore.  If I do it’s generally daytime and ebbing tide.  Casting Flood tides and/or darkness can kill you.  

That was my takeaway. I ain’t never fishing big swells ever again. Better safe than sorry

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1 hour ago, LockedDrag said:

I always keep a rather high safety margin but miscalculated last night. We were 20 yards from the shore and got blasted by a rogue wave. We both fell easily 15ft down to the rocks below and then got swept by another one right after we gathered ourselves. I can’t swim so if I had been pushed anther foot I would of been in the water and likely not here today. Feel very blessed and fortunate to be alive. Definitely going to rethink certain things. 

Glad it worked out.  But as an avid fisherman you should really learn to swim.  Take a few lessons piece of cake.    

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Did that once in Gloucester Ma years ago.  All alone, new moon dark and a big onshore swell.  I am standing on solid rock at the waters edge, on a decent high perch, just watching for a while.  My escape path is basically up a decent incline which is also all solid rock. All of a sudden I see this giant swell coming.  I turn and start sprinting up the incline. No joke but the tip of the wave hit me in the back.  I was probably 40' up the incline and easily 30' above the water at this point. CRAZY.  I went home right after this encounter..

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