Look out for the monster bass
Water temperatures around the island are finally starting to drop. After last week’s northeast blow along with cooler nights we should finally be set for fall fishing. I’ve noticed the squid in both harbors are a little bit bigger lately, as well as an increased amount of small baitfish such as silversides and sand eels. Fishing in Cape Cod and Narragansett has picked up in the last few weeks, which means that the large migratory bass everyone are looking for should be making their way across the Block Island sound any day now.
Most of the people going out on boats lately are still targeting the black sea bass on the bottom. The seven fish limit, along with excellent numbers, is perfect. Simple strips of squid on a fluke rig jigging off the bottom works just fine, but some prefer artificial and go with Gulp Alive mullets instead. There are still fluke and large scup around as well. Bill Latva, a year-round resident and fisherman, reported his biggest sea bass on the southwest side of the island, in between 30 to 60 feet of water, using squid. Although the numbers aren’t great yet, some fishermen have hooked up decent size stripers using eels drifting on the south side as well.
From shore there is a lot more going on right now.
Winter flounder have started to show up off of Payne’s dock using clams or squid as bait. You can still try your luck for the false albacore which show up at the Coast Guard channel several times a day, but anglers have reported them being very finicky even using Deadly Dick lures that are usually the best. At the channel you can also still get into fluke and scup on the bottom, as well as stripers and bluefish at night using any small swimmer you have. Harbor blues have shown up, so if you’re fishing inside the Great Salt Pond, be sure to use a heavy mono leader. From the beach, there are some good reports on the east side from spots like Mansion Beach as well as Ballard’s Beach. The south and southwest side of the island at night is where you’ll find the biggest fish typically, and the best lure to start off with there is a darker colored needlefish — and fish it very slow.
Get out there and enjoy the remainder of the fishing season and keep an eye out for the monster bass!