The Block Island Times

When Striper fishing is slow target other species.

By Block Island Fishworks | Aug 27, 2013
Photo by: C Willi Muli species day using the same lures

Generally August marks a slower striper bite than the other months.  Warmer water usually forces the larger bass into deep water.  When the bite is slow for bass, target the other fish that are in the same spots as stripers - bluefish, fluke, black seabass, and porgy (scup).  Yes there are 'areas' you can fish specifically for a species like fluke or seabass - but the reality is all these fish hold up in many of the same areas.  just about every light tackle charter I have, customers have caught multiple species in the 'striper spots' around the Island.  So when the bite is slow a small change in the tactic used can yield results. I fish a lot of 'soft plastics' - a rubber lure with a lead  jig head.  When targeting these other species, which are generally close to the bottom, simply 'deadstick' with the same lure - that is let the lure drop to the bottom, take a couple turns on the reel, and then bounce the lure along a couple feet from the bottom as you drift.  No need for bait - diamond jigs, sluggo's, and bucktails will all work and are the same lures used for striped bass.  Black seabass need to be 13" to keep (3 per person per day), fluke limit is 18" (8 per day), and scup are 10" (30 per day) - all are very good to eat.

-Capt Christopher Willi

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