by Jon Waldstein

It’s no secret that one of the best places to fish in Rhode Island, is the Weekapaug Breachway.  It is both a breeding ground for summer tourists and local fisherman.  If you’re in the area and ask anyone where you should fish, they will probably say “the breachway”, which is a Rhode Island term for a type of jetty usually associated locally to either Weekapaug or Charlestown.

As good of a spot as it might seem on the surface, it actually takes quite some time to get to know it’s unpredictable tide pattern, high snag-able areas, and low traffic hours.

During the summertime, the Weekapaug Breachway gets extremely crowded with all types of folk, especially in the daytime on the weekends. This is one of the reasons I was driven to night fishing, and of course, that’s when the stripers feed. It can also get crowded at night, but your chances of a good bite outweigh the cons.

There is a magical tide at the Weekapaug Breachway. If you catch it just right on the outgoing, you can throw your line out at the point and watch your lure drift out into the sea. If you get there too early on the incoming, you’re better off going somewhere else. It is very unpredictable since the tidal times are associated to the Weekapaug point.  It’s a trial and error spot that will need time spent on the rocks.

The locals know about the magic tide, and you should expect some company at night. Since the point is the most desirable spot while the drift is in play, there is often a rotation implementation. It goes right to left like a carousel and is first come first serve, so be respectful and always ask if you can get in before acting like you’re entitled.

*a note about safety, Rhode Island Breachways can be very dangerous, so grab yourself a pair of korkers/spikes, a net, and a headlamp before indulging.

All the standard night plugs apply here: Darters and bottles being my favorite, with bombers and minnows for slower current days. I like to start with a drift and see where the bite is. Most people assume it’s at the farthest point, but there are many nights when they are close enough without a full drift.

Once you cast out there, it’s all about a very slow and steady retrieve. There is often a lot of fast currents so you’ll barely have to reel in to get a good action. Some nights can get so crazy that you’re expected to get slammed on every single to other casts. When the Weekapaug Breachway night bite is on, it’s on. You’ll know it right away.