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Twin Maples fishing report: That’s no fluke!

By Sol Schwartz | Jul 25, 2014
Photo by: Callan McKeon Bill Latva with his strangest catch of the summer: Cobia!

Bill Latva, a year-round Twin Maples resident, goes out fishing on his boat almost every day. Normally, he goes bottom fishing on the west side for fluke and black sea bass. This past week was a little different. Jigging his line up and down as usual, he felt a very strong hit and the drag on his reel started running. At first, he thought that it was going to be the largest fluke anyone had ever seen, but as he reeled in his catch he quickly realized that it was no fluke.

He netted up this oceanic beast, still not knowing what it was, and put it in the live-well of his boat and returned to shore. After a little bit of research and checking out the fishing guide, we finally figured out what this fish was: Cobia! Not typically seen this far north, cobia are a warmer weather fish that don’t really make it any further up the coast than Maryland. Seeing weird species around Block Island isn’t terribly uncommon, though. Last year around this time we had reports of small barracuda being caught at the Coast Guard Channel. Earlier this spring, there was even a pelican at the north point. As for the fish we do see here around the island regularly, it is business as usual.

Most of the action this past week off the boat has been on the south side of the island. Matt King of Hula Charters told me that the bigger fluke have started to show up. He’s been mainly fishing in about 70 feet of water between southeast and southwest using Andrus bucktails and gulp baits. The fact that we’ve seen several fluke between six and nine pounds is a good sign that the bigger fish have moved in. If you head in to more shallow waters where the rocks are, you’ll find good numbers of black sea bass as well. Bill Gould of the G Willi Makit told me that his charters have seen very good numbers for fluke and sea bass. The striper fishing is still very good, but more bluefish have also been pulled up recently. Tube and worm have been working trolling for the bass, and if you’re drifting, eels are still producing the best numbers in bass when the tide is running.

From shore, I’ve been getting good reports from all around the island. During the day, the best spot for fluke and scup has been the Coast Guard channel, per usual. The Block Island Fishing Academy has seen good numbers in the channel for scup and fluke. Lately, they have also been catching a few stripers and blues during the day using the same fluke rig with squid on it as they would fish the bottom fish. At night, most anglers are going for the bigger bass, which show up as the sun starts to set. Right at dusk, poppers and other surface lures work best on the west side of the island. The bass will blitz right as the sun drops beneath the horizon, which is when you want to be there. At night, all along Crescent Beach, bass have been caught. Southwest Point is also a good spot if you enjoy throwing mostly lures rather than bait, due to its rocky landscape.

Tight lines, everyone!

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