Welcome to the squid
Let’s give a warm, Block Island welcome to the squid!
This past week was Race Week on Block Island, but tons of boats weren’t the only thing that showed up. Squid have finally arrived in numbers around the island. For fishermen, this is very good news. Squid and sand eels are the primary baits that we find around Block Island for the most part. Other species do show up, but you can always count on those two to bring in the big fish.
Fishing from the boat this week has been decent. Not many large fish caught, but there were some 20-pound striped bass caught on the south side of the island using eels near the surface in about 40-80 feet of water. There are also plenty of bluefish around but they seem to be deeper down, so your eels are safe. Plenty of boaters are also trolling using tubes and umbrella rigs and seeing similar results. As for fluke, it has been spotty most days. Mostly on the west side still, the fluke numbers will be great for a couple hours, and then all of a sudden the dog fish show up and the fishing stops. Squid for the most part works best when jigging for fluke, but the Gulp Alive baits seem to work really well also. You can use either fluke rigs or bucktails.
Beach fishing is where the action seems to be lately. The arrival of squid always boosts surf casting on the island. The Block Island Fishing Academy had a successful outing at the Coast Guard channel. Using mostly fluke rigs, Ian Pollock reported that the fluke arrived all of a sudden and his group pulled up several fish around keeper size (18 inches). Scup aren’t fully here yet. A few were caught at the channel, but not yet in the amounts we see later in the summer. For stripers and blues at the channel, you have to go closer toward dusk and into the night. They have been blitzing in the area of the channel and Charlestown Beach around sunset all week, and either sluggos or surface poppers work well. At night, Grace’s Cove has been good for bass using needlefish and other thin swimmers.
Don’t forget to stop by Twin Maples to get your picture taken with your catch and be featured in our fishing log book!