Block Island Fishworks Report 7/26/14 - BIG Bass. White Marlin, and Bonito are here...
July 26, 2014
The big bass haven't left, but are getting hammered by the large number of boats on the usual spots, but it is the end of July and should be expected. Unfortunately most of the big girls aren't getting released... limiting out on 40lbers and up still appears to be the norm on most of the boats we've seen come in. If you choose to keep a striper for the grill, we encourage keeping smaller fish (28-34inches) for the health of the stocks as well as you - many larger bass, especially over 40lbs have higher levels of mercury and other heavy metals. This is why Striped Bass is in the top five for toxins. Here's a link to read more... http://www.reel-time.com/articles/conservation/toxin-talk/
Smaller fish, the under 20lbers are in tighter around the Island offering great fun on the fly or light tackle - and you don't have to contend with the crowds. Seabass has definitely picked up with a good mixed of hubcab sized scup, which are delicious when fresh cooked! Fluking still continues to be consistent with some 8lbers weighed in for the various tourneys going on. Offshore has been very consistent on the small Bluefin tuna and sharks - and reports this week have white marlin in the mix. Most of the marlin have been seen on Bluefin grounds or by boats sharking. Halfbeaks have also shown up around the Island - the last time this happened the Whites were as close as 1 mile from shore. Rhode Island has also seen three Cobia caught in its waters the past month - one by Block Island own Bill Latva. And lastly the Bonito have show up, pretty much on schedule with the first caught on an umbrella rig on the South side by a customer who snapped a picture and released it. Historically Bill Gould on the G Willie Makit would catch the first, but someone beat him to it!