A beach report
Steady and consistent striped bass action highlights this week’s beach and shore report. The past week, strong northwest winds made it pretty hard fishing, but those who put their time in at the surf zone found fish — most over 30 inches. Monday evening offered up solid bites of keeper-sized fish up to 32 inches on the west beaches. The weeds were thick to about knee-deep water, with a ‘dirty water’ band outside that, where the stripers were eagerly patrolling and taking the plugs on short casts made to look like bait escaping to the safety of the weed line. If you work the edge of the weed lines, you’re sure to have success!
Other beach-bound targets are the scup and fluke that are building in numbers at the Coast Guard Channel. With the sand eels schools being thick, the fly guys are hitting stripers in the late hours of night with olive over white patterns. Squid are also abundant in the pond at night under dock lights. Hook a live squid and pitch it out beyond the shadow lines and you have the chance at landing a striped bass.
The report from the boat is plenty of bass in deep water — most running under 40 inches. From the North Light to the rock piles on the south side, fish have filled in and are hitting eels, vertical jigs, and soft plastics. Fluking is getting better weekly and we’re anticipating the black seabass season opening on June 24 as several really nice seabass have come over the rail only to be thrown back.
The second annual Striper Kings Tournament was held last weekend, with teams from Massachusetts and Connecticut competing with some Island Striper Snipers for bragging rights and cold hard cash. This catch-and-release competition had the defending kings from Buzzards Bay Outfitters managing a 39.5-inch fish, which fell short for them to retain the title. Team World Record Striper Co. measured in with a 40-inch fish, which held the lead for 24 hours until local Team Hula Dog posted a 41.5 inch bass before the bad weather set in Sunday. Yellow Kittens, Newport Storm Brewery, Grey Ghost Reclamation, and Fish the World hosted the party and provided loot for the winners.
We’d like to congratulate Team Hula Dog for being the 2016 Striper Kings!