Fishing Report: Summer blues, summer not
In last week’s report, I talked about how the waters around the island will change every so often and it reflects in the fishing patterns. For the bulk of the season so far, there has been very little talk about any good bluefish being caught. But recently, the bigger blues have shown up all around the island and they do fight hard! If you aren’t a fan of bluefish, don’t worry. There is still plenty of other fish all around the island.
Fishing by boat has remained consistent, but with a few tweaks. We are now currently between moons and as a result the bite has been light, but very good. You typically have to fish the whole tide, either incoming or outgoing, to get the best results. If you want to get past the bluefish, Matt King of Hula Charters recommends striper fishing on the southwest side of the island in deep water, using eels with as little weight as possible. If the bass won’t take the eels, then you can switch to sluggos at least 7½ inches in length. If you’re trolling, Bill Gould of G Willi Makit Charters, suggests using tube and worm, which has been working really well for him for bass and blues. He also says that the black sea bass are in thick in the rockier areas mostly on the south and west sides. The north point has also seen good sized stripers using either eels or trolling rapala swimmers. Fluke fishing is good right now as well. There have been some 10-plus pounders pulled up recently in 70 to 80 feet on the south side using either bucktails or fluke rigs with squid.
From shore, the Block Island Fishing Academy has started to see better numbers once again at the Coast Guard channel after a slow week last week. They had a good week with scup, along with some fluke and witnessed a striper be pulled up in the middle of the day. Towards sunset, the channel and west facing beaches have produced bluefish and stripers using surface poppers. After it gets fully dark, that’s when you want to drop beneath the surface and use either swimming lures such as needlefish, or bait such as squid. Speaking of squid, there are plenty of them around right now! I was also informed by Fishworks that at dawn, fishing has been really good just north of Mansion beach using sand eel imitation bait.
There are a lot of fish around right now… get out there!