September 16th, 2006. What a completely unbelievable day of fishing this was. Zig had confirmed up late so we left the dock at 6:00am within the morning, a bit of mild was starting to point out out and the wind was howling out of the NNE. Waves have been about 1-Three ft and following. Luckily it was behind us and we had no points getting on the market however it might be an issue later. The GPS gave me some hassle a few occasions on the best way out and I needed to energy it off and play with it until it labored considerably reliably. Zig and his son had been wanting ahead to this journey. I had taken out a good friend of his (Tom Duffy) and Tom had advised him concerning the early morning bass journey with plugs. He could not wait to get on the market and check out it.Properly, after making the Eight mile run we stopped and drifted throughout the sandbar on the northern tip of Block Island. I pulled out the primary rod, forged out the plug and caught a bass whereas I used to be demonstrating to them the right means of working the plug.
I handed the rod off to Zig and received one other on down for his son and he began on his method. Whereas I am serving to Zig convey his fish within the boat (a really giant Bluefish) an enormous bass comes up and slams the plug his son is working. Line flies off the reel. He does a very good job working this fish to the boat and in the meantime I catch a small bass (about 30″ lengthy) and convey it in. Zig is working his plug once more however we now have drifted out of the zone and we have to return round. So I begin the motor and putz over there, because the waves excessive of the bar are in all probability 6-Eight’ excessive and it’s a must to watch out crossing them in a 22′ boat. We setup for an additional drift and discover the candy spot the place they’re holding and instantly we now have Three fish on, all bass they usually have shoulders. I am listening to the road operating off the reel on Zig’s outfit and I do know that is an enormous one.
He’s utilizing a Shakespeare spinning rod and reel with energy professional and it is not straightforward to usher in an enormous fish on this deal with.The fish retains taking extra line than Zig can usher in. In the meantime his son has been preventing what might be one other member of the identical faculty and has the fish fairly near the boat, then loses it. (we later discovered that the fish had pulled the trailing treble hook off the plug!!) At this level Zig has his fish up shut so I hand my rod to his son whereas I get Zig’s fish into the boat. I seize the web and attempt to internet this fish and there simply is not any approach he is becoming into it, and the web has naturally tangled on one of many treble hooks on the plug. I take a look at this fish and drop the web, scrambling to seek out the gaff earlier than this monster realizes that it will probably break free with a shake of its head. The Four-6′ waves that we’re driving aren’t making the job any simpler, however it’s utterly forgotten within the pleasure of how good this fishing is. I discover the gaf and convey the fish into the boat, laying it on the deck. All of us sit for a second taking a look at it saying ‘oh my god that may be a BIG fish’.
This Striped Bass weights 41.5 lbs and measures 50″ lengthy. Zig introduced the fish in on a 17lb class rod, an actual accomplishment for a fish of this measurement. His son brings in a 38″ lengthy 30lb fish and we boat that one too.
By this time we’ve naturally moved method out of the zone and have to motor again to the start of our drift. Once more we cross over the waves, this time the motor retains popping out of the water and we get a bit of moist from spray over the bow, however the guys say we’re staying, so we move on by means of and begin one other drift. Once more the exercise is unbelievable, with fish coming to the floor and slamming plugs, preventing, and being delivered to the boat. At one level we have now 6 bass within the cooler, needed to launch one and threw again Three bluefish. One other half dozen fish have been hooked, fought for brief durations of time and broke off. Then we went again for an additional drift and simply as shortly because it turned on the chew turned off, and we obtained nothing on the subsequent couple of drifts, not even a glance. We stored at for some time, not wanting to surrender, and never daring to go any farther due to the circumstances.Contemplating the climate and the quantity of fish within the coolor, the blokes have been very completely happy (and a bit of beat up) they usually needed to go, so we headed again to the dock (nicely, okay, I used to be little beat up too).
We had arrived on the spot at 6:55am, and fished till Eight:00am, though the chew was over by round 7:28am. In that brief time we had boated Three Bluefish and seven bass (all keeper measurement) and had had an opportunity at half dozen others. It was nice. Then we needed to face the lengthy sluggish journey again to the dock. Block Island’s North rip may be very dangerous in a NE wind (it had shifted) and we have been heading again instantly into it. It took an hour and a half to get in, in comparison with 45 minutes on the best way out. It was additionally a bit moist. Upon returning to the dock, all Zig’s son might say was “that was unbelievable.” He stored saying it over and again and again whereas I cleaned the fish. In fact, I agreed with him, it appeared unbelievable to catch the best way we did underneath these circumstances and in solely about 35 minutes of profitable fishing.
He referred to as house and informed them about it, in fact they did not consider it. Not till they introduced the fish and the photographs again residence with them as proof (they stored the 2 largest entire). Zig informed me later he had the fish mounted and it now graces the wall in his residence. It was the most important Bass the taxidermist had seen that season. Fairly cool stuff. The important thing to this fishing is utilizing topwater plugs, massive waves, and getting on