School's out for summer!
It's a great time to be on Block Island!
This week has seen some really successful numbers from both shore and boat. The mild temperatures have kept the water temperature at an even level, which has kept production at a good rate. A few days of strong east winds have dirtied up the waters a little bit; but not to worry, there are plenty of spots to try your luck.
This last week has been lights out for striped bass fishing from boat. Capt. Greg Phillips aboard the Hula Girl caught and released several large fish near 50 pounds on the southwest side of the island. Drifting live eels seems to work the best this time of year. The fish are in their summer pattern right now; therefore, if you're going for the big ones, the south-southwest of the island is where you want to be. Just be mindful of the three-mile mark near the ledge and know your rules and regulations. As for bottom fishing, black seabass are all over the place right now. Jigging strips of squid in rocky areas has produced several seabass over 20 inches in size. Capt. Matt King of Hula charters reported steady numbers of fluke in 60 to 70 feet of water on the south side-jigging bucktails with green Gulp baits.
Fishing from shore has also been good this week. Ian Pollock from the Fishing Academy reported huge numbers of large scup at the Coast Guard Channel, using strips of squid or live minnows. He added that there are also fluke around, but finding a keeper (18 inches) is proving to be difficult. Schoolie bass are all around the island in the evenings. Mansion Beach has been good this week for the bass using chunk bait or plugs, such as needlefish. Fresh-caught squid is always an excellent bait, so try your luck for some at the docks in New Harbor at night.
So far, the squid are not very large, but are plentiful. Southwest Point has not been very productive lately for bass, which is a change from last year. However, Charleston Beach at sunset and sunrise using top water has been very good.
The schools of fish are out here for the summer, get out there and get some!