Block Island Sharkfest!
The weather is warming up here on the island. The forecast calls for a chance of showers over the weekend, so keep that in mind when planning your fishing trips.
Surfcasters have had continued success on the west side of the island. For fluke, anglers have been using pieces of squid as bait and fishing from the Coast Guard channel and Charleston Beach during the day. For striped bass, shore fishermen have typically been fishing at night, about half an hour after the sun has set and with a moving tide. There, surfcasters have been using plugs, slug-gos, whole squid, and even live eels (for those experienced in using this method) to catch striped bass. Due to the colder temperature of the waters, the bass have stayed closer to shore, making this an excellent time for fishing.
As for bluefish, the fish were recently spotted in great numbers around the North Rip. After taking his boat out to the area last week, Greg Swienton described the scene, exclaiming that, “there were bluefish everywhere, you could hear them hitting the side of the boat. You could probably put a net in the water and pull one out.”
Off the boat, anglers have had a great deal of success catching fluke just outside of the harbor in front of Charleston beach. Those looking for stripers have had success in deep water on the south and southwest sides of the island. This week, Matt King of Hula Charters brought in several large bass off of his boat. One notable catch was that of David Cunningham, who caught a 53.4-pound bass off of King’s charter on Friday night. Cunningham entered his catch in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament that kicked off this month.
JB Tackle Co. held their fourth annual Block Island Sharkfest tournament this past weekend. A number of boats were entered in the two-day tournament. In the end seven sharks were brought into the Boat Basin in New Harbor, all mako and thresher sharks caught within 40 miles of the island. Tournament organizer Kerry Douton reported that the two largest sharks weighed in were a 379-pound mako shark caught by Mike Zygma of the boat Thunder, and a 378.5-pound thresher shark brought in by Greg Marsh of the boat Wireless.
Altogether, June was a very successful month for those fishing on and around Block Island. Good luck to all you anglers this week as we look forward to what is shaping up to be a great summer season.