Published on Friday, 27th July 2018 - 7:03AM07/27/2018
On The Water Magazine
BY WILL SIROTNAK JULY 26, 2018
Bluefish remain borderline non-existent, but luckily the striped bass fishing seems to be picking up the slack this week.
The Frances Fleet in Narragansett had to navigate around some tough wind this week but Captain Matt reported a very good day on the full day fluke boat Wednesday. They made quick work of a fluke limit close to home, with the biggest fish coming in at 8 pounds. Quite a few 6- and 7-pound fish were in the mix as well. Full limits of sea bass to 5 pounds also remain pretty easy to come by. The fleet plans on sailing through the weekend, but with the weather being up and down, be sure to check with the office.
Captain Russ, of The Seven B’s in Narragansett, reports that the fluke fishing has been very good when he has been able to set up a good drift. The wind has made things a bit tricky, but there are plenty of fish to be had. Black sea bass and scup are quite plentiful, and are helping to fill the coolers when the fluke fishing slows down.
Captain Brian, of Big Game Sportfishing in Wakefield, told me that he had a strong week of fishing for a wide variety of fish. He ran a few trips out to the canyons and was able to cash in on that strong bigeye bite that has been going on, and also was able to put some nice bluefin on the dock at the Cape. In local waters, the striped bass fishing remains solid with several fish over 50-pounds landed this week, along with a handful in the 30-40 pound class. Bottom fishing remains very good in Rhode Island and at Block, with loads of big sea bass and some decent fluke.
Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly reported that the striped bass fishing was very strong prior to the rough weather last weekend. A solid number of striped bass in the 40- to 50-pound class were caught around Block, and it seems a good slug of decent fish also showed up at Fishers. The local beaches have had steady catches of keeper fluke, with some big fish reported from the Charlestown area on the tail of the squid. Black sea bass limits are easy to come by on baits or jigs across the state and around the island.