Twin Maples fishing report: Better than last year!
Block Island fishing is known for being a few weeks behind the mainland. Usually when Narragansett starts seeing good numbers, we know that the fish are on their way. Last year in mid-June, when the mainland was getting great fluke, we were not seeing that much. So far this year, the fluke fishing has been great for both boat and shore. This is the same case for the striped bass fishing this year. Aside from fishing, the biggest difference I’ve seen this year so far has been the amount of baitfish showing up all around the island. Last year there was much more squid around by now and not as many bait fish, such as silversides, sand eels, and baby bunker. Squid have started to show up around the docks in both New and Old Harbor, but for now numbers are still relatively low.
Striper fishing from the boat has seen a steady increase this week as compared to last. Capt. Matt King of Hula Charters said that the bass seem to be chasing small sand eels all around the island. I would recommend using smaller lures to match the bait, such as sluggos or any other small rubber. As long as it has a thin profile, you could also do well using an assortment of swimmers. So if you are looking for stripers (as well as bluefish) by boat, you should have good luck almost anywhere around the island right now. The fluke fishing has been steady as well. Matt said he caught some good fluke on the southwest side of the island using squid as bait. It seems to be that the best fluke fishing this year so far is between Southwest Point and the entrance to New Harbor.
At Twin Maples, we have a large group of surfcasters staying with us, so we are lucky to hear about some of their spots. As I pointed out earlier, the small bait fish have been the predominant food for bass, but on the west side they seem to be getting a little bit bigger, most likely due to the warming water. Two of the anglers, who called themselves by their Facebook names, Tony Worms and Mike Windknot, filled me in on what lures they were using. Most of their fish are being caught on the west side beaches with needlefish and a teaser hook. Fishworks reported to us that Ballard’s Beach was starting to see bass at night, which is always good news. Last week they dredged in Old Harbor so it turned up all the sand worms, which is most likely what’s bringing in the fish. Fluke fishing hasn’t really changed since last week. Charleston Beach and Coast Guard Beach are the two best spots for fluke using squid or clams.