Goodbye ‘Earl,’ hello fall run
With the big, bad “Hurricane that Never Was” now just a distant memory, residents of the Ocean State could use some fish to go with all that bread and milk. Despite the stormy seas, fish are thick and the bite is red-hot.
Block Island is producing awesome catches and seems to get better each day. Capt. Robb Roach took Jamestown resident Tony Antine and family to the Block a week ago Monday in celebration of Tony’s 70th birthday. Fishing eels in 50 feet on the southwest side, they were blown away by the fast action, including some very big fish.
You have to dodge the Bluefi sh, but once you find the Stripers, don’t expect your eel to escape attention for long. Try fishing lightly weighted eels close to the bottom and hang on tight!
Inshore, the Striper bite is improving daily. Shore-bound fishermen are doing well in Newport and Narragansett, catching loads of Schoolies and the occasional keeper. Poppers and one-ounce Castmasters have been doing the trick.
In the Bay, Halfway Rock and Whale Rock are holding lots of small Stripers and Blues, which are eager to hit Umbrella rigs or metal jigs. Fish are also setting up on Brenton Reef and reefs off the South shore, from Point Judith to Westerly, taking either trolled lures or drifted eels.
While Fluke fishing is slowing down dramatically, Black Seabass and Scup are here in huge numbers. Many fishermen are reporting the best Seabass bite in years, taking fish on Squid, Green Crabs and Mummichogs fished on either high-low rigs or on bucktail jigs.
Capt. Jay Howell and his buddy, Jes Santos, found an excellent bite off the center wall of Point Judith a week ago Monday, fishing in 50 feet of water. Both Seabass and Scup are excellent fare and there is no better time to target them than now.
Offshore, the Mudhole has been fished hard for the last couple of weeks due to reports of Giant Bluefi n in the area. Several boats, including Capt. Dean Venticinque’s boat, the Twentyfive, scored big recently, with fish ranging from 400 to more than 800 pounds, including Dean’s 866-pounder.
Other boats have reported smaller fish in the 60-pound class, but giants are definitely on the prowl. Mahi Mahi are also a distinct possibility as well, as they follow warm water and baitfish into the Mudhole.
Shark fishing is still good, with Blue Sharks and Makos still swarming the chum slick. Roach found loads of Blue Sharks at the Mudhole last week, but failed to hook into a Mako on this trip. Several reports of them in the area have been made, however, and the next trip will hopefully produce at least one.
Stay tuned for Green Bonito and False Albacore to show themselves in the near future. September usually finds them becoming prevalent enough to make targeting them worthwhile – though, so far, they’ve been spotty.
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