Time to fish!
Hello everyone! The time of year is upon us when we’ve put away the snow shovels and bring out the fishing gear. Some of the more dedicated fishermen have already been at it for weeks, but if you’re just getting back into it, you haven’t missed too much yet.
It’s important to have your gear working properly, so make sure everything is ready for use. Make sure your reel is oiled and spinning smoothly. Check under the spool for any corrosion or sand. Your line should also be in good shape. Pull off at least 10 feet and feel the line with your fingers for any marks or weak points. Rod guides are often forgotten about, as well. Feel each guide with your fingers for anything sharp or rough that might cut your line, especially in the tip. Lastly, make sure all your lures and hooks aren’t rusty.
From shore, the last few weeks have been pretty decent for winter flounder fishing. You can find them either at the Coast Guard Channel, or off the docks in New Harbor. Small strips of clam make for the the best bait, and make sure you are using flounder hooks, and not fluke hooks, as the flounder’s mouth is much smaller than the fluke’s. There have also been small herring showing up in the evenings in both New and Old Harbor. You can catch those with a small shiny lure such as a deadly dick. The herring makes for great bait for larger fish such as striped bass or bluefish. Speaking of striped bass, a few have already been caught, which is great news! Typically, the migratory fish show up between the west and southwest sides of the island. Charleston Beach has already produced a few stripers, as has the channel.
As more and more people lauch their boats and go fishing, I’ll be able to get a better idea for what is out there in deeper water. There have been a few reports already of keeper fluke being caught off in front of Grace’s Cove in about 40 to 80 feet of water using squid jigging on the bottom. Pretty soon as more stripers show up, the waters around Block Island will be bustling with anglers on their boats chasing the fish around.
Spring is an exciting time to fish, because you really never know what you’ll find out there. So go out and poke around your usual spots, you’re bound to catch something!