Fishing Report: Stripers begin to migrate around the island

Tue, 07/16/2013 - 2:00pm

After a week off, the Twin Maples Fishing Report is back!

According to the National Data Buoy Center, the water temperatures around the island have risen dramatically from 66° F last week to 71° F. The forecast for the coming week is sunny in the low 80s with a light wind.

This week, striped bass were caught from the North Point, West Beach, and Mansion Beach. As stripers continue to migrate around island, more fishing spots will open up. For example, the arrival of the striped bass at Mansion Beach is a good indicator that they will soon be making their way down to Scotch Beach. Due to the increase in water temperature, striped bass fishing should be better at night.

Those looking for fluke from the beach have had continued success fishing in the channel. Having had the opportunity to fish there myself an afternoon this week, I found that the fish were biting without a doubt. Most of the fish caught in the area were fluke (both large and small), but anglers to my left and right were pulling in striped bass, scup, and blue fish as well. The Fishing Academy, a fishing camp run by Ian Pollock and Greg Swienton and featured in the July edition of the Block Island Summer Times, often brings kids to the channel to cast out their lines. This young camper is pictured here after reeling in a fluke.

From the boat, anglers have continued to have success catching fluke just outside of the harbor, while striper fishing has also continued to show success around the south and southwest sides of the island, in deep water. In addition, bass have been caught off the boat at the North Rip. Pictured here are Bruce and Collin Byrnes with three striped bass caught off of the charter boat Rooster, using eels off of Black Rock. Also pictured is Al Lemire and several servers from the Narragansett Inn, each with a striped bass caught near Old Harbor point on Hula Charters and using Lemire’s Plugworks lures.

Just a reminder that the Block Island Fire Department Annual Fishing Tournament will begin on Friday, July 19, and end on Sunday, July 21.

We hope that you enjoyed the holiday weekend and wish you good luck fishing on the island this week!