-- Block Island
|The big news to report this week is the extremely high surf battering the ocean shore.
If that’s not enough, look ahead to what is predicted for this weekend.
NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. SEAS 7 TO 10 FT. RAIN.
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 5 TO 8 FT.
This will definitely change fishing conditions and shake things up. The better question might be, “How long will it take for the water to clear?” Need fishing fix? You might have to rely on more protected waters like Narragansett Bay. The down side is there isn’t much happening there either.
Years ago we had the same conditions during a fall weekend. Visitors from out of town were already here and they would not take “NO” from being on the water. We ended up fishing the Harbor of Refuge. It was just impossible to get outside the openings. You know, it was the best albie fishing of all time. Upwards of thirty fish, nothing shy about catching ‘em. There were plenty of stripers in the mix. Loads of anchovies trapped inside the walls that just couldn’t escape. The bite lasted six hours till they got tired of catching them. The one big difference was the amount of bait supply present; unlike the conditions we have now.
There was a break from the wind last Sunday so we were able to get out. The seas were moderate and the rollers spaced enough to be comfortable. The skies were blue and the temperatures near seventy.
It was family day uniting dad and daughter for a day of bonding. Elena is a local college student that doesn’t mind swing a fishing rod from time to time. Just don’t wake her up too early. Coffee is a must to jump start her day. (Note to me: remember next time to have some on board.) She has had a number of fishing trips with dad already under her belt. What Elena likes best is bluewater trolling for larger species. Those tackle busting, leaping warm water fish energizes her adrenaline. Forget the constant reeling and muscle fatigue. That’s not her cup of coffee. (To use a pun)
On the other hand, her dad Luther likes to throw a fly. He loves challenging the elements with simplicity like throwing a fly line into a wind. It’s a contrast in family fishing styles. Make no mistake; they are both competitive by nature when it comes to getting it down. Lots of good old fashion family banter that kept the morning dialog flowing. Fishing was again on the slow side but Luther did manage to best his daughter this time. So Elena will have to brew (hah! another pun) for a little while longer till their next fishing adventure. For now, she has to trade that spin rod for a pencil again and get back to the books.
Luther was all smiles after releasing this fall striper back to its environment.