Fishing report: It’s not over…

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:45am

As we head down the home stretch of summer, fishing from the Block Island beaches has remained consistent. 

From Sandy Point to Old Harbor Point, shorebound anglers have been landing striped bass, bluefish, fluke, and scup. Most of the productive fishing has been at night, especially for striped bass, but daylight fishing at Coast Guard Beach has been very good for scup. Stripers have been hitting metal lures such as the Kastmaster, and swimming plugs like the SP Minnow, as well as needlefish-style plugs. This is also the time we start seeing bonito and false albacore at the entrance to the New Harbor — this is one of two spots beach fishermen can target these fish — the other being Sandy Point. Several bonito have been caught outside the harbor, so it’s a matter of time before they move inside. These fish like small metal lures (or tins) and small sluggo-style plastics.

Good things to report from the boat these past couple of weeks. Although the striper fishing has been inconsistent, when the bite is on, it’s show time! Several big fish have been landed (and most released) the past two weeks. John Rosenkrantz landed a 50.25-pound bass on the Jessica Kate after a call over by the Hula Dog, which was into a massive afternoon bite on the south side. Matt Lugar also landed a 56-pound fish on a local boat last week. It should be noted both fish were landed on light tackle and promptly released, something that should happen with all the big fish.

As previously mentioned, bonito have been caught at the entrance and two Grand Slams (one angler landing a bass, bluefish, and bonito or false albacore) have been recorded for Block Island. Adding to the bite this week were big two-pound mackerel, something we don’t always see around here. It’s been the summer of sea bass, with these fish still in good numbers and healthy sizes. Unfortunately, the sea bass season will be closed from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21, so get your freezer stocked soon.

The offshore bite has also been pretty good with mahi mahi, bluefin, and yellowfin tuna taken close to the Island. Taylor Ingraham landed a beautiful yellowfin just 25 miles South of Block Island in 73 degree water — and he did it on a topwater plug! Bluefin have been taken 10 to 15 miles from the island around the incredible number of whales feeding just beyond the windfarm. Whale watching should be good for a couple more weeks if the weather holds up. If you do venture out to visit the whales, keep in mind to stay a safe distance away and operate your boat at slow speed.

Catch em’ up!