Twin Maples Fishing Report
After a scorcher of a week, the weather forecast is showing signs of normal summer weather on the island this week with light winds and temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Over the past few weeks, the water temperature around the island has risen considerably. At 74° F, the water temperature is unusually high for this time of year. As a result, be on the lookout for the arrival of bonito and false albacore on the island. Should water temperatures continue to rise, these fish, which had traditionally arrived at the island around labor day weekend but in recent years have been migrating here earlier and earlier, could make an appearance as early as the first week of August.
Off the beach, the high number of baitfish around the island has led to some great fishing. Striped bass have continued to migrate around the island, and are being caught as far as Scotch Beach on the east side. Bass fishing is also quite prevalent at Mansion Beach to the left, near Pots and Kettles. Those looking for stripers and blues have had a great deal of success at the North Point at night. Charleston Beach has proved to be a successful place to cast out for stripers at sunset. Anglers have been doing well using poppers off the beach, especially in this area. In regard to fluke off the shore, coast guard has continued to produce a great deal of fluke, as well as casting from Charleston Beach during the day.
Fishing has been very exciting off the boat this week, as well. Striped bass have continued to be prevalent around the Southwest corner of the island in deep water. This week we saw an unusual scene as a great number of bass were feeding on the surface of the water close to Grace’s Cove in the middle of the day. Boats were following the large number of gulls in the area, diving in the water for the bass. Splashes in the water as tails and striped sides broke the surface were a sure sign that the bass were feeding. Boats trolling surgical tubes and umbrella rigs followed the gulls and splashes up and down the shore of this area, while other anglers cast out eels and plugs into the water. Fishing the area myself, I found the most success using a bright green wave jammer by Lemire Plugworks. This came as no surprise to Matt King of Hula Charters, who says that pink and green lures have been working best around the island.
Regarding fluke and sea bass, both have been caught successfully off the boat as of late. Just outside the harbor, fluke and some sea bass are being caught. Though many of the fish caught in this area are not of notable size, many just at keeper size or a little smaller, the fish are being caught in great numbers. Those looking to get bite after bite, especially people looking to take their kids out on the boat, should consider bottom fishing in this area. Squid, spearing, and clams were all successful in catching fish. The south side of the island, in about 50 feet of water, is also a great place for bottom fishing. Fishing the area with my father and a friend and using squid as bait, we pulled in a great number of large sea bass and fluke, catching about 20 fish of keeper size and larger over a number of hours.
Fishermen should note that the Block Island Fishing Tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Victory Day weekend and will be run by Pabst Blue Ribbon, which is currently running a tournament on the island that will last until Sept. 15. Good luck to all of you Block Island anglers out there, we can’t wait to see what this week has in store!