Narragansett Bay was our
destination today – and the mighty striped bass that call the
water home. But the
old man of the sea
didn’t cooperate today.
It rained 2
inches overnight and the already record rains for this month were added
again. But it was
the winds that would
bring small craft advisories into the forefront and prevent us from
with Jim White of White Ghost Charters.
What to do?
What to do?
My first thought was to try to
find a tail water river that wouldn’t be impacted
significantly by excessive
runoff from the rains this week. Bingo
25 miles to the southwest of us was the Wood River
– the #1 trout fishery in the State.
was also reported to have bass and pickerel in some of the back waters. We asked Jim White if he
could recommend a
put-in location for our SeaEagle inflatable Foldcat boat –
Plan B”. He
suggested we target Wyoming Pond.
When we arrived at Wyoming Pond
which is actually just a wide stretch of water on Wood
we were pleasantly surprised.
water looked good. It
was an exciting
challenge and we were up for it.
If you’ve never seen someone
deploy a FoldCat boat it is actually quite amazing.
Literally 10 minutes is all it takes to go
from your trunk to the water. It
the best fishing equipment I’ll never be without again.
We weren’t exactly sure what
try for – trout, bass, pike, perch.
we began an assault on our tackle box to see if we could get any action
switched from lure to lure looking for a sign.
Taylor got a fish to blow-up on his Rapala top
water lure first, but
before long he was back to his proven Vibrax Blue Fox #3 (Gold). Bingo – he had
two nice largemouth bass in
the boat before our first hour was up.
We weren’t sure if there were trout
holding in deeper water so we
decided to settle for the warm guys and head for the backwater. It started paying off by
the as we began to get some top water action on various
floating rapalas. It
wasn’t a world record day – but anytime
you show up on a stretch of water you’ve never seen before,
not knowing what
fish are present, and catch something, you feel pretty good. Two largemouth, 4 chain
pickerel and 1
sunfish. I caught 3
caught 4. He has
now beaten me 8 days in a row. Our
Skins count is Dad (18) and Taylor (14)
with 5 States to go. Taylor
also closed the gap between us to just
Dad (346 fish); Taylor (330 fish)
with a Grand Total of 675 fish to date.
On the drive down to New Jersey Taylor
had the wheel when we hit New York City
and had the pleasure of driving through during
rush hour. I think
it left a lasting
Tomorrow marks our final double
header day as we tackle New Jersey
morning and Delaware
in the evening. We're catching
our second wind which we'll need for tomorrow as it will be a 20 hour