SEMPER PARATUS 77

SEMPER PARATUS 77 The Northcoast 28 Express purchased in 2010 and has been a Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat for the past eight summers. I can honestly say that this boat has performed admirably on patrol for the Coast Guard during most sea conditions that we were authorized to cover. Respectfully, Evan J. Tilley, past Division Commander...

Boulder Fields

The New England coast has spectacular, sometimes forgiving, sand flats where Striped Bass ambush sand eels and other baitfish. But a real favorite are the very productive rocky shorelines surrounded by their protective boulder fields. Through the years anglers who spend enough money on bottom paint and propeller repairs come to know these waters “very” personally. My good friend, and mentor, Mike Kenfield and I had been fishing near a ten foot, dark, rock shaped like bird wings.  The right wing points down towards to the hole whose name refers to a feeling- Sweetwater Hole. It’s located on the western entrance of the Sakonnet River. This spot was consistent in producing nice size Striped Bass followed by, “Dude, this is some sweet water!” The challenge is timing the cast so that your fly enters the feeding zone as the bait would- while standing on what feels like a rolling barrel.  Note: Sweet water- anywhere associated with good food source and hungry fish. We had hit a few spots hard, relentlessly casting, covering the water, for large Striped Bass, when one of the old timers came confidently flying into the area in his red classic fishing boat. No sooner had Mike stated the guy had fished here forever, and knew these waters like the back of his hand- and boom. He squared up onto a submerged, object of unknown origin. Texting was still twenty years out so it wasn’t that. Could have been there all these years? Maybe he was checking the morning Donut stash or focused on a spilled bucket of Eels. Either way he veered off his usual path....

Water Moccasins

An approaching storm was battering the coastline and the Fog was getting worse. Having returned to the shop from the morning guide trip, a Gentleman off a cruise ship was “all ears” as my first light client was sharing an adrenalized tale of great fish caught. He too wanted to experience flyfishing in the white water and there is usually a safe place to launch and fish in most conditions- so I agreed. We launched at third beach without the engine on and quietly edged through the fog towards Sachuest Point. Enlisting one of my old windsurfing Masts as a push pole was very handy until it became stuck and I had to let go. Knowing it wasn’t going anywhere I left it waving back and forth. As it was waving goodbye I told it not to worry and that I would pick it up after the drift. (Note: More on the effects of sleep deprivation later.) We rounded the northern tip of the wildlife refuge and worked our way to a previously productive spot. A rock shaped as an Anvil pointed conveniently at our target waterfall. Casting a fly into the waterfall would typically deliver a nice Striped Bass. Bad Monster Dog was positioned correctly for a right-handed angler to cast his fly across the bow and into the waterfall near the base of the rock. This guy could cast. “Excellent shot. That one will do it.” Other than positive encouragement, checking for oncoming waves, safety is the number one job. The fog gave us about ninety-nine feet of visibility and kept closing in. On one of my...

NorthCoast supports Rifles to Rods.org

While on a fishing expedition in North Carolina the NorthCoast 24CC provided the perfect platform to inaugurate our work with Rifles to Rods. Question: When do you get the opportunity to share the day with a few good men? Answer: When you let Ryan Puzzo of Rifles to Rods.org know where you plan to be fishing and when. Ryan is co-founder of Rifles to Rods and a Veteran who served eight years in the military and he continues to serve others. He knows personally what it means to spend the day on the water. Your heart rate slows considerably. Down to a beat, or so, every once and awhile as you watch an epic display of sea life go about their business. Between the herd of wild horses running the beaches, Spanish Mackeral surface feeds, Tarpon visual fest, and Sea Turtles and Sea Bass we had momentary visits by the tax collector, the man in the brown suit, otherwise known to most as- Shark. Ryan was able to wrangle up Army Master Sergeant Darryl Mullins and his son Rashidi, who both currently serve our nation. Ryan even flew in for the day to join us. We all enjoyed the day. There is a peace and calm on the water found in the moments somewhere between the permanent smiles and laughter. If you want to share a day with some great human beings or make a donation, contact Rifles to Rods, pitch in, and support this excellent organization’s efforts. These guys are awesome! On behalf of all of us at NorthCoast Boats, Thank you for your service! And Ryan, given the next opportunity- We are ready when you...