Summer is here, so get out and fish
With temperatures soaring, the Kettlebottom Crew has hit the water as often as possible. The fishing is incredible, sea breezes help keep us cool and there isn’t a more beautiful place to spend your day. What’s not to love about summer in Jamestown?
Tautog fishing was closed for June, but with July now in full swing, those fish have every reason to be afraid – very afraid.
I love to spearfish, and Tautog are the perfect target. Free diving spots include Beavertail, Whale Rock and Kettlebottom.
On rod-and-reel, fish rocky structures – such as Ft. Wetherill or the Dumplings – with green crabs on a high-low rig (use a two to three-ounce sinker at the bottom and two snelled Tautog hooks on dropper loops, at one and two feet from the sinker). Sixteen inches is the minimum size, with a three-fish limit. Limiting out has not been a challenge.
Scup, Seabass and Fluke are also hitting aggressively. Scup and Seabass are everywhere, hitting Squid, Clam Bellies, and Sandworms. Most of the fish are keepers – 10.5 inches for Scup and 12.5 inches for Seabass. Fluke are also all over the Bay, taking bucktail jigs tipped with Squid, Mummichogs, Spearing or Fluke bellies.
There are many quality fish, often in the five to seven-pound range – including Robb Roach’s 27-plus inch, 9.5 pound monster caught at Block Island on Monday. Look for Fluke in 30 to 60 feet of water around the Jamestown and Newport Bridges, Dutch Island, Beavertail, Newport and along the South shore.
For shore fishermen, Tony Melucci and crew have been hammering good numbers of keeper Fluke, Seabass and Scup right off the town dock – including a recent 25-inch Fluke! Fluke must be 19.5 inches to keep.
Striped Bass fishing has also been absolutely incredible. Schools of Stripers are on the prowl, feeding on Sand Eels, baby Menhaden, Silversides and other baitfish. The Kettlebottom Crew and guests have been catching fish from 25 to 45 inches out at Block Island and in local haunts like Mackerel Cove, along the rocks at Newport and around Dutch Island.
Conanicut Marina neighbor Thomas Smart (a.k.a. Max) has reported good luck trolling the reefs off Newport, including a pair of Stripers over the 40-pound mark last week. Using live Eels or trolling a tube – worm has been hot along Narragansett, Newport, the South shore and out at Block Island’s Southeast light. At Block Island, however, be prepared to feed a good number of eels to Dogfish and Bluefish.
Finally, offshore fishing is incredible, with a good near-shore bite of quality Bluefins and a warm core Eddy parking itself just south of the canyon wall. The Bluefin Tuna are from the Mudhole south, though hooking up with one is not easy.
Shark fishing is awesome, with hordes of Blue Sharks coming to the chum bucket and an occasional Mako or Thresher as well.
Reports from the canyons 80 to 100 miles off Jamestown are as good as it gets. Day trolling from 100 square to the Atlantis canyons are producing Big Eye, Yellowfin Tuna and Albacore. These tuna, as well as Mahi, Marlin and an occasional Wahoo are hitting everything in the spread, with the early morning and evening producing the highest-quality fish. The night bite is dead, but should be picking up in the coming weeks.
The fishing has never been better and the heat makes hitting the water the best decision you can possibly make. Get out there!
Kettlebottom Outfitters produces the show “Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits,” which airs several times weekly on Cox Sports. For more information on fishing charters, visit www.kettlebottom.com.