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By land or by sea

By Sol Schwartz | Jul 18, 2014
Photo by: Pauline Gould Bill Gould with angling partner, Asher, meet a 45-pound striped bass caught on the G Willie Makit.

Another week, another good fishing report from Block Island!

We’ve had some sunny days, as well as foggy days. When it comes to the weather, the tiniest change can be the difference between good and bad fishing. Fishing in fog and the rain can be really good sometimes. The rain will actually cool off the surface of the water, attracting the bigger fish to hang around longer rather than heading to deeper waters. Luckily for us, anglers have been pulling up fish from the beaches and boats consistently all week long despite any change in weather which can only mean that there are a lot of fish around right now.

Boat fishing has been stellar! Black sea bass and fluke have been the main target fishing on the bottom. For the majority of the season so far, fluke have been mainly concentrated off the west side. Lately, they have made their way around the island and are being caught off Mansion Beach and points north in front of Clayhead using strips of squid on fluke rigs or Andrus bucktails in 36 to 60 feet of water. The sea bass are also now being found on the east side near the C3 buoy off Clayhead, also in about 36 to 46 feet of water.

On the west side, both fluke and sea bass are still being pulled up from the red bell buoy and points south in 30 to 50 feet of water. Bill Gould of G Willie Makit charters recorded a banner week for stripers. He had several fish over 40 pounds, as well as some in the 30-pound class caught mostly trolling with tubes and snakes. At night, the eel bite has been very strong with plenty of very large bass. Matt King of Hula Charters has been fishing mainly with heavy weight eels at night on the southeast side of the island and seeing very large bass in the 50 pound class, even one in the high 60-pound class just this past week.

From shore, the Coast Guard channel has been bustling with all sorts of fish being caught throughout the day and night. The Block Island Fishing Academy has had some great trips down there with fluke, scup, bluefish, and even stripers being pulled up during the day using fluke rigs with squid for the most part. The bait in the channel is typically smaller than the ocean side, so if you want to fish lures down there, it is better to use smaller stuff like sluggos or the small Andrus bucktails.

Other than the channel, Fishworks informed me that white sluggos have been doing really well day and night near the jetty underneath the Spring House. Fishing on that jetty can be a little tricky because the jetty itself gets slippery, but you can fish anywhere around there on Pebbly Beach. Here at Twin Maples, we’ve got great beach reports this past week from Mansion, Scotch, and West Beaches for stripers at night. If you want to use bait, mackerel chunks or whole squid work best. Lemire’s needlefish and swimmers, as well as an assortment of plastics, have produced for anglers.

The fish are here to stay. You can catch them by land or by sea!

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