Eat. Sleep. Fish.

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:00am

It’s business as usual on Block Island.

The boats keep bringing in huge bass as the shore fishermen chase the fish around all the beaches. The warm temperatures this past week have definitely influenced the baitfish, which in turn has made fishing productive.

From boat, Matt King of Hula Charters reported good numbers for bass on the south side in about 40 feet of water using eels. Bluefish are still around, so if you see birds, they’re probably chasing the bluefish. If that is the case, you can use egg sinkers to get the eels down faster to the bass without getting chopped up by the blues. As for trolling, Bill Gould had a productive week aboard the G. Willie Makit bringing in several 30-plus pound stripers, as well as some large blues. Fluke is also good right now on the west side, as well as near Black Rock, using either squid or Gulp Alive as bait jigging off the bottom. I have also received good reports of black seabass around the southwest, and because of the lowered limit, there should be plenty to go around.

Beach fishing continues to produce all around the island.

During the day, there are striped bass patrolling Crescent Beach, which can be lured in with either bright metals, or with squid as bait. Ian Pollock reported successful trips with the Block Island Fishing Academy. He noted good sized fluke at the Coast Guard Channel, as well as an increased number of scup and even a few small stripers here and there. As the sun sets beneath the horizon in that last 20 minutes of light, fishermen have done well on the west side using surface poppers as the fish come in from deep water. At night, needlefish are doing really well at most of the beaches. I have got good reports from Mansion Beach, as well as Grace’s Cove at night using dark colored needlefish reeled in slow and steady.

If you still want to cast a line but don’t want to go for fish, there are plenty of squid around the docks at night. These warmer temps show promise for the bait staying around longer, which will surely keep the fish here longer, as well.

Get out there, folks! Tight lines.