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Back to school blues and bass

By Sol Schwartz | Aug 22, 2014
Photo by: Lisa Decker Griffith Lance Snead of Bellport, N.Y., with his 56 1/2 pound striped bass.

 

Last year in August, fishing slowed right down, but not this year. There were a ton of bluefish around and they were beating out most of the bass. This year the bass fishing has remained consistent, which is great news for beach and boat fishermen alike. Aside from bass, I have seen some large fluke and black sea bass get weighed in here at Twin Maples this year.

The boat fishermen have continued to see good numbers this week. Bill Gould of G Willie Makit Charters reported that fishing has been “100 percent better than last August.” He has caught a lot of large bass and bluefish by trolling tube and worm on the south side, as well as sea bass and fluke bottom fishing.

For sea bass and fluke off a boat, most will use either a fluke rig with a strip of squid, or you can also try jigging with a bucktail. Some will use a strip of squid or pork skin on the bucktail, but lately the gulp alive scented rubber baits have been working really well. Fred Nevins, an avid fisherman and guest here at Twin Maples, has been getting very good numbers in black sea bass lately, off his boat. He has been going a quarter mile east of the Black Rock buoy in 50 to 60 feet of water, jigging with both squid and frozen spearing. Striper fishing in the last week has been very good, according to Matt King of Hula Charters. He said that drifting eels has been the best way to get them in 40 to 60 feet of water between the southeast and southwest side. Other than that, there are good fluke being pulled up in front of Clayhead Beach, as well as on the west side just north of the dump.

Beach fishing continues to produce. The Block Island Fishing academy has been bringing in fish every trip it has made. Stick to the Coast Guard Channel and use strips of squid on fluke rigs to bring in the scup, fluke, or even the occasional striped bass! One thing that has certainly been different this year, as compared to last, is that a lot more stripers have been caught in the Channel during the day. While fishing at the Channel, you should also be ready at moment’s notice to throw on a deadly dick lure or any thin metal to try and go for the bonito, which should be arriving any day now. During sunset and sunrise, surface poppers such as atoms have worked well for the bass all around the island. At night, a combination of squid or mackerel, as well as needlefish plugs, have worked for the larger stripers. The latest report is that they have been further north in spots like Grove Point or even Sandy Point.

For many of you, this week is the last week before school starts. So rather than feeling the blues, use your time wisely and go catch some fish!

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