Peaks and valleys
Mid-summer is when we see fishing around Block Island go into a peak and valley pattern. Certain days it’s red hot and everyone is catching, other days very few fish are caught. The upside is that more bait seem to be around from last year, so the fish are here.
Shore fishing has been very good this week. During the day, there are striped bass patrolling Crescent Beach which can be lured in with either bright metals, or squid as bait. Ian Pollock reported successful trips with the Block Island Fishing Academy. He noted good-sized scup at the Coast Guard Channel, as well as fluke, and even a few small stripers here and there. As the sun sets beneath the horizon in that last 20 minutes of light, fishermen have done well on the west side using surface poppers as the fish come in from deep water. At night, needlefish are doing really well at most of the beaches. I have good reports from Mansion and Scotch Beaches with keeper striped bass as well as large scup being caught in the evenings.
Striper fishing from boat this week has been most productive using eels on the south-southwest of the island. Large schoolie bass in the 30 to 40 pound range are easily being caught close in to Black Rock, as well as further out around the ledge (inside the three-mile mark). Bill Latva, an island resident and avid bottom angler reported excellent black seabass and fluke just off Grace’s point in 40 to 60 feet of water, jigging either strips of squid or Gulp Alive baits. Another popular option this year is fishing for bass inside the Great Salt Pond. The Kingfisher, Hula Charter’s newest addition, has been night fishing near the clam flats and seeing great fish up to 34 inches. Capt. Matt King of Hula reported that they’re doing best either on the fly, or on super light spinning gear. He added that he’s seen the best numbers inside the pond on the incoming tide, or at the beginning of the outgoing tide.
Another quick mid-summer reminder is regarding striped bass fishing. Remember to know the regulations well. Fish over 34-inches must have their right pectoral fin clipped if harvested.
Lots to do out there, folks.