Local Fishing Reports from On the Water
The Frances Fleet, Narragansett: The recent drop in temperature has brought back an increase of tautog. On Saturday, they were biting hard. Many fish were caught coming in at over 7-pounds while pool fish were coming in at 9-pounds. Sunday results were similar, with a full boat of tog before noontime. According to Captain Mike, it was the best trip of the year, regardless of rain and challenging weather. Despite an even stormier Monday, the big fish were active including a 10-pound catch of the day. The Captain also reported that Saturday had a great mixed bag of catch including, black sea bass, scup and a few cod up to 10-pounds.
Ocean State Tackle, Providence: Dave of Ocean State Tackle reported large numbers of striped bass with bites throughout the day. Bass has been consistently prevalent on the island while cod has been less so, however the numbers have been improving. With excellent fishing around Newport, Jamestown and Tiverton, the focus has been on tautog with high quantities of scup reported in these areas as well. Dave has also reported a number of squid bites in Bristol Harbor that has been improving daily.
Watch Hill Outfitters, Westerly: After waters began clearing up from last week's storms, it has been reported that tautog fishing has drastically improved throughout Rhode Island. Sea bass fishing has remained consistent bringing in catches up to 8-pounds. Scup remain widespread, while it has proven to be a challenge to breakthrough high numbers of bass for cod. Beach fishing has been reliable with decent numbers of striped bass, blue fish and albies around the shorelines.