Fishing Reports up to and including Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Location: South County, Rhode Island
Finally a break, bad weather conditions kept us off the water today.
Itís time to get caught-up on some fishing reports.
Nothing short of fantastic since the beginning of the week, false albacore started off at a fantastic pace. As the word spread more anglers and boat pressure quickly changed the hook-up rates.
School bass fishing continues to improve with the copious amounts of small bait around. The dropping water temperatures have brought them back to shallow waters. Bluefish bite has been on the decline with the amount of bay anchovies around.
Dave Pollack commented, ďThe best day ever for little tunnie.Ē Fishing Tuesday, tuna were all around us the entire day. Fish were cooperative, aggressive, willing to take small fly, lots of blistering runs. All told more than thirty fish landed and released. It just seems too easy for a change. Enjoy it Dave, it will not be long before they become allusive again and all of us will be scratching our heads on how to catch Ďum.
Bob Signorello from Pennsylvania dropped everything to rush to RI on a momentís notice to cash in on the recent jackpot. As lady luck would have it there was no joy in albieville. The fishery just shut down completely overnight like someone threw a light switch. Bob covered every inch of the state from Newport to Charlestown. Newport had a few sightings but it was difficult to get within casting range of a fly rod. Bob will be back and hopefully with catch the fall run along Montauk very shortly. It was nice to catch-up on our friendship too. Go get Ďum Bob!
Mike Testa fished the Watch Hill Complex with Dave Pollack on Friday. He had a day to remember, not in numbers per say, but with Mikeís first fly rod albie. Dave and I had a blast watching, coaching, and hearing the blistering runs on the reel while the fish used the rip to his advantage. Mike was one tired angler when it was all over, but had enough energy to smile for a photograph. Congrats Mike, a job well done.
No stranger to another albie season, Dave Pollack is up to his old tricks. Makes it look easy.
Ken Reall and his son Dave returned to the Ocean State for some fun, relaxation, and a chance to enjoy a fishing trip with an old friend. The Reallís are native Rhode Islanders, until recently when Ken moved to New Hampshire where Dave has a medical practice. Thereís a long history between Kenny and myself that also should be noted. We worked in the same school system for over thirty years together not knowing that each of us share a common passion for the outdoors and fly fishing. Go figure!
They both had great day weather wise and the fish seem to cooperated too. Dave caught and released about eight school stripers before the tuna bite began, a nice way to start the morning. We saw bait being harassed on the surface, thought they were bluefish at first, but was not disappointed. Dave was able to make the long cast necessary to keep them within reach.
Ken later in the morning would add to his impressive resume by catching his first fly rod albie than add to the total later on in the day. Itís not that easy each day as pressure on the fishery increase. Albieís become educated rather quickly with boat noise and angler pressure. We had many sightings around the boat near noon. They now know firsthand the frustrations all of us face when suddenly they have lockjaw.
Dave Reall holds the first of many stripers and the largest of the morning. When there is plenty of small bait around, donít expect anything large.
Ken Reall is all smiles after landing his first albie on a fly rod. Heíll never forget this day, thatís for sure with his son there to enjoy the moment. Thanks guy for a great day reminiscing about the old days. Today brought back so many memories. How time flies. Good luck Dave with your practice.
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