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Take a Kid Fishing

Captain Rene took out these three Amigos on a fun kid's fishing trip.

By Rene Letourneau.

This is a story of three young men who love to fish, as I do. I first met the three Amigos while I was walking my dog in the local park, we love to walk. While walking in Feb and March I noticed three young boys fishing along the banks of the small duck pond. I would walk and watch until months later it was a quest to see if they were fishing today. I walk the park every day and they were fishing every day, at least one of them would be wetting a line. It was April and we are now talking about fishing and places I fished as a youth.  They were like a sponge, I told them of some new fishing holes and they told me a few.

I would ask how are you doing, anything yet, the typical questions. Phil was the most talkative, Dan would always play his cards close to the vest. And Matt, well it was like pulling teeth to get him to warm up.

These kids impressed me from day one they were polite and knew what they were doing. I tried to talk about the importance of the   environment and respect to others    

They were already on board with that. Good kids

The three Amigos.

Dan's 30lb bass on topwater plug.

Matt's 30" bass on topwater.


Fishing technique, baits and lures.   My favorite way to fish is with a fly rod, but spin gear can be very effective.  When fly fishing I like to fish as close to the white water as safety will allow.  The fish will ambush the fly as it tumbles in the wash.  Precise presentation is a must since the target area can be small with the fish holding tight to the rocks.  Top water plugs and flies will work if they are in the zone.  Soft plastics work great as well.

There is nothing like watching the fly or top water plug land in the wash, allow it to tumble and then it happens.  The water boils and the line is screaming off the reel, you pull hard and the games begin.  The fight can be won or lost in the first minute.  You must hold on as tight as you can, if you canít control the fish, it will be a short battle. What a rush, the heart is pumping and you're doing all you can.  If the fish moves out for open water, you'll have a chance.   Then over the side comes a beautiful striper or a toothy bluefish.  Believe me, you will remember that moment for a long time, what a thrill.

Boat handling is the key  when fishing structure.  It is important that someone is at the helm with the engine running while close to rocky areas.  Always have the bow in position so a quick move can be made safely.  The wind and the swell will effect your position on the structure.  Constant communication between captain and the fisherman will increase the chances.  There is nothing like standing on the bow of the boat with rod in hand, while the cap sets up the cast. Itís a thing of beauty.

This type of fishing requires a certain skill level of the captain and the fisherman to be successful.  Always remember SAFETY.

What is Structure.

 There are many types of structure along the Rhode Island coast. The most obvious would be rock formations.  Whether it is a shoreline covered with bolders or offshore reefs.  A point from the shore that is extended into the water is a great form of structure.  Flats also are considered prime structure.  I would say that structure is a formation that causes a change in the depth or flow of water.  Such as a drop off or ledge, channel edges and inlets, weed lines and rips can also provide great fishing.  There are many deep water structures that can only be found with a GPS unit.  Check your charts for changes in depth, rock piles the size of the area are all factors to consider...

Deep-water reefs.  Starting from the outer edges of the reef working close to the structure at the deepest point will bring some tremendous hits.  I like to search this area with jigs and soft plastics.  Sluggos and the Storm baits work great. match the hatch for the size of bait in the area.  I like big flies and big bait.  When fly-fishing a deep sinking line works the best.  400 grain and a 9wt will get the job done.  I like the 10 or 11wt in deeper water.  I will work the area from the outside so the boat movement will not bother the fish, working the area as close to the rocks as safely possible.  At times the fish will be tight in the wash, be patient and cover the area thoroughly. You will be rewarded.  Let me show you my favorite places.  It will be an adventure you won't forget.

Capt Rene L Letourneau

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