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MidniteSurf

Quonnie Report

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I had the opportunity to fish at the Quonochontaug breachway a couple times in the past week. I was helping a friend move into an off-season cottage down in Charlestown.

Saturday evening/night - Drifted plugs off the jetty on the outgoing tide. The whole area is crawling with peanut bunker and both the bass and blues were everywhere feeding. It was hard to catch the bass even with swimmers because of the good size blues that were feeding in several large schools on the top. All in all, we landed 5 fat bass between the three of us (largest 34"/16#) and over a dozen blues in the 10-15# range. I say landed because hooking up at Quonnie happens quite a bit, but landing the fish with all the obstacles is much more difficult at times! At one point I saw a school of large bass (I would estimate there were 20 or so all over 40") swim through the current about 10' from the rocks in about 2' of water... it was amazing! Unfortunately they were just passing through. All fish were caught on shallow swimmers, pencil poppers, and darters (my favorite new plug :banana: ).

Wednesday night - Same spot, same tide, same lures, same tactics... but bigger fish. It was difficult to get anything but big blues for the first hour, but the bass showed up in numbers as the outflow began to slow. Lost my $12 darter to a fish that took it and dove into the rocks like my line wasn't even there. Not sure if it was a bass or a blue, but it was the largest, most agressive take I have ever had. It frayed and broke my 50# leader in the rocks within 10 seconds of being hooked (another 'one that got away' :banana: ) We landed 10 or so blues around 15-20# range (biggest blues I have ever seen or caught... some of them had to be pushing 48") and a few nice bass. I kept a nice fat 37"/20# and my friend kept a 35", also very fat. It was a shame I had to work today because once the blues were gone we started hooking bass after bass of increasing size. But with a 2hr ride home and a crowd on the jetty, it just wasn't worth it at midnight.

All in all, a great few hours in a great spot. This whole area is exploding with blues right now, so if that's your thing get down there! I hope to get back down there quite a bit in the next couple of months. Good luck.

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awsome ,it sounds like you had a killer time

i think it was a feeding frenzy , i'd pay 12$

any day for action like that.

bob :banana:

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Thanks for the report! I've got a 2 hr drive to that area and a fishing report like this helps make the decision easy!

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Yeah, it was a great time, well worth the drive. There was so much bait in the water I would bet that the feeding will be non-stop for the next few days. The bass were filled with . I'm sure in the next couple weeks there will be big blues near shore at locations closer than RI, but its a great place to fish if you can take the time. Weekapaug was also turning in some hefty fish according to the guy at Don's B&T on Rt. 1.

Bob, the $12 isn't the worst part... the color I had isn't available anywhere I have looked. I can't even find it on the manufacturers site.

For everyone that read the original and thought " a 4' bluefish... BS!" please forgive my bad math... the blues caught were around 3' (36"), not 4 feet ( 48"). A 48" blue would be quite a spectacle... I can't even find a size chart that goes up that high :banana: Anyone know the world record?

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Charlie, I'm not sure whether it was east or west, but it is the area that can be accessed via West Beach Rd. I think it would be the east side. The other side requires a 1.5 mile trip over sand to access. Everyone was hooking up on both sides, but I think if you can get to the other side drifting would be easier. Hope this helps :banana:

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It does, thanks. I'm gonna give it a try this weekend but I'm a little concerned about the rough surf. If I go, I'll post the results.

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The other side"west' of that breachway is where rhode island mobile sportfishermen campsite, a beach sticker will not do for that side. either you belong or take the long walk. ;)

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