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Twin Maples: Why hello, Scup!

By Sol Schwartz | Jun 27, 2014
Photo by: Caitlin Carmenati Maikel Carmenati with his bounty of scup.

Why hello, Scup!

It has been quite the week of fishing here on Block Island. I have been getting nothing but good reports from almost everyone that’s come into the shop. This doesn’t come as a big surprise mainly due to the large increase of bait in the water. Steadily rising water temperatures have brought in much more squid lately which is great because that also brings in the fish. Just a reminder — if you are squidding, please be mindful of the ink spraying on boats/docks! Along with the squid, the sand eels have nearly doubled in size in the past week. This is also the first week that scup have shown up. Scup (porgy) are a tasty fish that usually can be caught in good numbers (limit 30) using bait. They will hit lures, but most people catch them using squid strips.

This past week, there have been plenty of boats fishing the southwest corner of the island. Most are using live eels or surface lures to bring in large striped bass. Even though southwest is the most popular site for boats, there have been fish caught all around the island. Fluke is still in thick on the west side using squid strips. Bluefish are also around, usually not too far from the stripers. So if you come up with half an eel, you’ll know that you’re into the blues.

Beach fishing has really turned up. Over at Fishworks, they have received reports of stripers being caught in the daytime at State Beach, Grove Point and North Point. Catching stripers in the daytime from shore is normally difficult, but these reports are very promising! Other than that, the bulk of striper fishing is done after dusk. There are reports from all around the island, including parts on the east side that were previously not producing. Ballard’s Beach and Scotch Beach have both seen good numbers for stripers and bluefish at night. At the Coast Guard channel, fishermen have caught all kinds of fish there throughout the day and night. Fluke and large scup in big numbers are there in the daytime, as well as stripers and blues at night.

There are plenty of fish to be caught around the island, so get out there!

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