Rhode Island Fishing Report – August 11, 2016
BY WILL SIROTNAK
While striped bass catches have slowed, the opposite can be said for bluefish. Big blues have invaded southern New England and are providing some great light-tackle action while we wait for the albies and bonito show up.
The strong and steady summer fishing continued aboard, The Frances Fleet in Narragansett this week. The weekend saw a good pick of fluke for most anglers, with the majority falling in the 20- to 21-inch class. No monsters, but pool fish fell in the 7- to 9-pound range. Limits of sea bass were easily obtained over the weekend as well, with a good majority of fish hitting the 4-pound mark. The solid bite continued into the early part of this week, with fluke outnumbering sea bass 2:1 on Monday’s trip. At least eight anglers managed a limit of fluke, with the majority going from 20 to 24 inches and the pool fish coming in at just under 9 pounds. Similar results were had on Tuesday as well, so things will likely be good for the end of this week if the weather allows.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, received a confirmed report of bonito mixed in with small bass and blues in the Newport area. There doesn’t seem to be bonito around in any kind of numbers, but with the warm water and amount of bait, things should blow open any day now. Big blues are being taken in the Providence and Seekonk rivers, while bass anglers are finding some decent action at Collier Point Park and India Point. Scup are all over the bay and out front, and are being taken on worms, squid and clam tongues. Block Island anglers continue to report a relatively steady pick of 30-plus-pound stripers, plenty of big sea bass and doormat fluke. Captain BJ Silvia has had some good success for bass and fluke closer to home, but has to work a bit harder than the guys at the island. The Rhode Island tautog season is now open and solid catches are reported from Beavertail; while blue crabbing has been good at Colt State Park. Largemouth bass fishing has been strong throughout the state on topwater poppers and Senkos. Dave is now a yamamoto dealer and has over 50 varieties, along with all the rest of your freshwater needs.
At The Saltwater Edge in Middletown, things have quieted down a bit inshore and most of the angling attention is being spent on the strong bluefin bite. Things slowed down a bit around the new moon but picked right back up early this week. The Dump remains a hotspot for bluefin, but reports are starting to pop up in numerous well-known locales. Striped bass fishing has slowed down around Newport and most local anglers have switched gears to sea bass and fluke. The Block Island striped bass fishing remains your best bet, but it is a bit inconsistent and results are varying from tide to tide. Again, there are some bonito in the area but things have not taken off yet. Between the peanut bunker, juvenile herring and silversides; there will be plenty of forage to keep these fish around when the finally show up good.
Mike, at Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, noted that the local Watch Hill reefs seemed to really improve this week, in terms of striped bass activity. Bass to 25 pounds are being taken on 3-wayed scup and eels, while the Southwest Ledge of Block Island is still putting up some 30- to 40-pound fish on eels and the troll. There are still some fluke off the local South County beaches, but those that are catching have been targeting deep (70-80 feet) structure. The south side of Block Island remains a safer bet for fluke, while good sea bass and scup fishing can be had both locally and at the island. Local shore anglers have been able to manage good scup catches and are also starting to see some keeper tautog in the mix.