Published on Tuesday, 14th August 2018 - 1:56PM08/14/2018
The nightshift crew is finding some hefty striped bass across the region, while light-tackle anglers are fired up over their first bonito of the season. Big fluke are rewarding patient eastern sound anglers and an abundance of blue crabs and snappers indicates that we are still a good ways out from the fall.
It was another strong week for The Frances Fleet in Narragansett. Captain Matt reported a banner day on the marathon trip, with what he called “stupid” fishing. The first drift saw 50 keepers come over the rails, and that was topped by the second drift, which saw 80! The biggest fluke of the day was just shy of 10 pounds, and a limit of sea bass to 5 pounds was also obtained. The marathon trips will continue to sail on Mondays for the next 3 weeks, and spots are filling up fast. The success carried over to an extent for the half day trips on Tuesday and Wednesday. The drift was fast, which hurt the fluking a bit, but a number of quality fish still made it to the coolers. Sea bass action remained great, with most anglers getting limits of fish to 4 pounds.
Captain Russ, of The Seven B’s in Snug Harbor, reported that they have been doing very well for black sea bass on recent trips, with plenty of limit catches. There are still a few really nice fluke coming over the rails on each trip, along with some large scup and the occasional bluefish. Half-day trips will continue on Monday through Saturday in the morning and afternoon; while Sunday’s will continue to have a morning half-day trip and an extended 1-8 PM trip in the afternoon.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that everyone in South County is starting to get excited about the arrival of the bonito. These little speedsters are starting to show up sporadically throughout the area and anglers are finding them from the shore and boat. Bottom fishermen have focused their attention on black sea bass, as there remains plenty of fish around in the 3- to 5-pound range. The striped bass fishing remains red hot at Block Island with good fish on the ledge and tight to shore on the southeast side. The blue crabs are now thick throughout the state, with plenty of keepers in the salt ponds and backwaters of the bay.
Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly reports that the striped bass fishing has been consistent in a number of spots and a few fish over the 50-pound mark came through the shop last week. The local beaches are loaded with small bass providing some great light tackle action. Harbor blues have finally moved in, and are in better numbers around the Pawcatuck and in the bay. Fluke fishing is decent around Fishers, with some heavy fish mixed in with a good number of shorts; while scup and sea bass are red hot.