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11/20 - Last Boat trip of 2005

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Last Boat Trip of 2005

 

11/20

Took advantage of a light family schedule and lucked out

with a warm day and fishable winds/waves.

 

Splashed @ Barn Isle a little before 7 (Note: the docks have been

removed). Engine was a bit problematic due to the cold, but once

things warmed up enough, she ran well the rest of day.

 

Nothing going on off Napatree, so headed up to Watch Hill –

that was quiet too, but saw great bird activity to the East – Gannets

and gulls. Should have taken some pictures/video…was just

amazing! Only a few boats on them, including a buddy who swung

by for some wire – we never saw a bass, but the place was nuts with

big, fat blues.

 

Mine were all in the 8-14lb range. All with bulging bellies. Each one

would have at least a couple of friends shadowing it – none of them

jumped (save for a few head shakes by the boat from a couple). But

they were very strong fish. Mostly used a herring fly, but don’t think

it would have mattered all that much. Once the bait

hit the Watch Hill reefs, the concentrated bird activity died off.

 

Cruised up to Quonny and got some more there too – but by noon, the

wind & waves were building pretty good, so had a slow slog into the

teeth of it all the way back to Napatree.

 

Winterizing the boat this week. Might still try to squeeze in another

shore trip (or two), but if not, I can’t complain – it was a great way to

end the salt season! Otherwise, it may be time to focus on midging trout

until the Spring.

 

In the meantime, I've got one last batch for the smoker.

 

-Jared

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