Man, what a day! Who would have thought that we’d see temperatures in the 90-degree range in mid-September, but that’s what we got Wednesday for the official start of our Wickford shoot. The weather wasn’t the only fluke we experienced.
Local charter captain and outdoor writer Dave Monti jumped aboard our Boston Whaler 250 for the morning fishing session, and he delivered big-time! Dave took us to one of his favorite late-season fluke spots off Beavertail Point, and Parker wound up with a 5-pound flattie. I followed suit with a 3-pound fluke, and we were good to go.
With dinner in the bag, we headed back to Wickford for a harbor tour aboard Capt. Chris Collins’ big lobster boat as the sun beat down. Local boater Keith Finck was our guide, and he did a great job of pointing out all of the things a visiting boater needs to know about Wickford, including the 6 marinas, the various fuel docks, the town dock, the local launch ramps, the free town moorings and much more.
Next we grabbed lunch at the Beach Rose Café, a Wickford institution at the head of the harbor. You can’t beat the waterfront views here, and the food is excellent.
Fortified with good grub and lemonade, we made our way to the Kayak Centre, which sells and rents kayaks and SUP boards on the harbor. In short order we were paddling through scenic Mill Cove, a kayaker’s paradise that’s also home to Smith Castle, site of a historic 1600’s trading post and rumored to be the last place Roger Williams preached before his death in 1683. Parker and I got a personal tour of the amazing house before director Gene Allen called it a wrap for the day.
Back at it today, gathering more Wickford footage. Stay tuned for reports and photos.
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