Fish at the Channel? Albie there!
September fishing on Block Island can be so rewarding and diverse. The cool nights and warm days make fishing for all different species much better. During the day, if you are anywhere near the Great Salt Pond, you’ll see boaters and surf casters alike chasing the bonito and false albacore (albies). The cooler nights are great for bigger bass to come close into shore. So if you’re lucky enough to be on Block Island for September, head to the shore (or boat) and catch some fish!
From boat, they seem to be mostly on the south and west sides of the island. There are good numbers for bass right in close to shore between Dorie’s and Grace’s Coves toward the evening using eels. Matt King of Hula charters reported a great week fishing for stripers on the southwest side of the island with several fish in the 30-pound class. There are still bluefish around, so if you are fishing eels and can’t get past the blues, use a one- to four-ounce egg sinker to get them down faster. Black seabass are the most plentiful fish around right now and, with the seven fish limit, you’ll be sure to get your fill. You can catch them just about anywhere around the island, as long as you’re jigging over rocks and not sand. Squid is what most people use for seabass, but artificial lures like the Gulp Alive baits work as well. The fluke are still around, but are in deep water on the east side in around 65 to 80 feet of water. Big live minnows are working best for fluke, but squid or spearing will do just fine.
From shore, the name of the game during the day is definitely the bonito and albies. This week we’ve seen a slight drop off in the blitzes at the channel, but I expect they’re still around and should improve in the coming weeks. To catch one, you should be using a thin, shiny metal lure such as a Deadly Dick. These fish are known for exceptional eyesight, so you don’t want to use any snaps, or swivels, or even a line that’s too thick. As the sun sets, you should head to the west side beaches and try throwing surface lures as the larger bass come in. There are also plenty of bluefish around, so a strong leader is advised.
Another interesting visitor we’ve started seeing around the island lately is the lion’s mane jellyfish. These invertebrates have been spotted in deeper water from boats. They appear reddish in color and vary greatly in size, but most of the ones I’ve seen are fairly small (8 inch diameter). If you’re swimming around and happen to see one, just be careful because their stings can be painful.
Hope everyone is enjoying Block Island’s most beautiful time of the year so far.