Published on Wednesday, 11th July 2018 - 12:00PM07/11/2018
“Newport Harbor is loaded with bait—squid, peanut and full-grown bunker, snapper blues, bay anchovies, little butter, tinker mackerel, you name it. You can get a lot of good fishing in without leaving the harbor right now…” -Sam Toland, Owner, Sam’s Bait & Tackle, Middletown, RI
Captain Brian, of Big Game Sportfishing in Wakefield, had another great week of fishing around the island this week. The striped bass fishing has steadily improved and the bigger fish seemed to have really settled in this week. The fluke fishing was also very productive around the island this week, as the issues with dogfish seem to be lessening. Sea bass fishing has been good at the island and on the local wrecks, and there are some dinner-plate scup in the mix with them.
The Frances Fleet in Narragansett reported some quality fishing this week, including a solid marathon fluke trip on Monday. Many anglers left with fluke limits, with a few fish around 8 pounds battling it out for the top pool spot. On top of the fluke, they also had a full boat limit of sea bass to 5 pounds. The fishing has been similar on the half-day trips as well. When the drift is going good, they have managed fluke to 9 pounds, and when the drift dies out they transition to limits of sea bass. These marathon trips will continue to sail every Monday this summer at 5 AM! Call the office for reservations.
Captain Russ, of The Seven B’s in Narragansett, reported good fluke fishing this past week whenever the drift has allowed. During the slower stages of the tide the fluke bite has been dying down, but luckily there are plenty of sea bass around to keep things interesting. A few trips this week have seen full boat limits of sea bass along with some nice fluke, a couple bluefish and some big scup. For July they will be running half-day fluke trips in both the morning and again in the afternoon from Monday through Saturday. On Sundays they will run the morning half-day trip with an extended sunset trip leaving in the early afternoon, sailing from 1 to 8pm.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reported that the mid bay, lower bay and south shore are starting to produce some decent striped bass catches, as the rivers have now heated up quite a bit. Big scup are reported in Jamestown, Newport, Tiverton and Narragansett, while sea bass and fluke have been steady on the south shore and at Block. Dave is now open at 4:30 AM on the weekends and open until 9 PM every night.
Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, reported some solid fluke fishing off the local beaches this past week, with quite a few 4- to 5-pound fish being caught. The fluking around the island has also improved as the dogfish numbers dropped. Black sea bass fishing has been very good, but you need to continue to target the deeper holes and rock piles. A good amount of bunker has brought some bigger bass into the Little Narragansett Bay area; while a ton of schoolies recently showed up along the local beaches.