Sachuest Point

 

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge             sach

is located on the eastern side of Aquidneck Island occupying 242 acres and providing a tremendous stretch of intriguing “fishy” coastline.  The long sandy stretch of Sachuest Beach transitions to a rugged shore as you drive toward the entrance to the park.  Anglers will immediately recognize features that promise to hold a variety of local fish and this but a glimpse of what awaits as you make your way around the perimeter.   Parking is plentiful and there are no entrance fees, there is however, a sticker required for any overnight parking by fishermen.  Sachuest Point is one of our favorite places to send visiting surfcasters, fly rodders and bait fishermen.  The easy parking, accessible shoreline and spectacular views make any excursion to try your luck a memorable experience.

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The corner where beach quickly transitions to gravel and then to larger stones is the first landing spot for the earliest migrating “schoolies” each season.

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Fishing here during the month of April is better described as a social event than a serious mission, where anglers reacquaint themselves with their gear and each other shaking off the vestiges of winter.  There is a sandbar extending from the beach that can provide a comfortable approach for surf and fly anglers.  The entire length of the west(beach) facing side of the point boasts structure and weed that hold a variety of sea life.  Noticeable at low tide and during a heavy swell is a sizable reef perhaps 100 yards out.  Approaching the southern tip the water deepens and the surf can increase depending on wind and tide.  This is a rocky, jagged face abutting water that can hold larger fish but it is also an area where caution is required as a moderate swell can create more difficult situations.

The back or east side of the point is also the mouth of the Sakonnet River. Changing tides of the river combined with the push of water from the Atlantic can provide good movement and healthy mix at times when the calm elsewhere on the island is lamentable.  Casting here provides a picturesque view of Little Compton and Sakonnet Point.

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This east facing shoreline contains more pronounced points and cuts with considerable structure in between to hold fish.

Approaching the northern reaches the water becomes shallow and home to an extensive bubbleweed field that is difficult to work at low tide but provides a magnet for cruising fish at the higher stages.  The northern most tip is popular with anglers as it intercepts the outflow from the sandy stretch known as Third Beach.

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The water here is relatively shallow and loaded with eel grass.  The cove that continues to the boat ramp is a favorite wade for folks slinging the long wand.  Kayakers will want to park at Third Beach to quickly access Sachuest Point and it’s neighboring waters.

Parking is plentiful and free early in the morning and after 5, during the beach season you will need to pay a parking fee if you are without a beach sticker but prime fishing hours will be late in the day as the sun sets and at first light.

 

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