The Block Island Times

Fishing Report: Changing tides

By Sol Schwartz | Aug 01, 2014

Another week on Block Island has passed, and the fish are still here. As a fishing season progresses, there are certain changes that occur. For example, the fluke fishing is really good and then all of a sudden the scup show up and take over the channel. I believe that fishing on Block Island is in the midst of one of those changes. Earlier in the season, the fluke fishing was consistent, but not that many large fish were being pulled up. Lately, the fluke bite isn’t as strong as it was, but the fish are much larger. Also, bluefish in the beginning of the season were fairly small and scarce, but as of late they are bigger and more abundant, so be ready for a good fight!

Bill Gould of G Willi Makit had a great week fishing from boat. Mostly trolling tube and worms on the southeast side of the island, he’s pulled in some very large striped bass. The whole south side of the island has been the most productive area for fishing this season. Per usual, the most common way to catch stripers is with eels while drifting. Matt King of Hula Charters will often add egg sinkers to the line to bring the eels down lower because the bass are at lower depths. What many people don’t know is that for drift fishing, it’s best to shut the motor completely off, rather than just putting it in neutral. Other than the south side, there have been some good sized bass and bluefish caught off of Grace’s cove in 30 to 50 feet of water. Black sea bass also has been good on the west side on the outside of the red bell buoy using the same setup as you would for fluke.

From shore, there are plenty of people fishing all day long at the Coast Guard Channel with good results. The scup bite has slowed down a little bit, but more and more fluke are starting to show up. At night in the channel, the bass and bluefish do show up, but the bigger bass have been seen at southwest point and Jerry’s point, north of Mansion Beach. Needlefish with teasers work great for the bass at night, as well as sluggos and most swimming lures. At sunset, fishing on any of the west facing beaches using surface poppers has been producing good numbers for stripers and bluefish.

We are now well into the season and we’re seeing the changes. Can’t wait to see what you hook onto next!

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