Fall topwater action is at its peak for all species, while tautog fishing is starting to take all the attention in Rhode Island and will do the same in Connecticut in a week.
Rhode Island Fishing Report
Captain Mike of the Frances Fleet in Narragansett, reported that the weather has kept them tied to the dock over the past few days, but the weekend and Monday trips saw some quality fishing. The cod action was decent on Sunday, and there were plenty of big scup and sea bass in the mix. Monday’s trip saw better cod action, with 3 over 10 pounds and the pool fish coming in at 25! Captain Matt took a long ride on the weekend tuna trip and was rewarded with a great day. They picked away at a few fish to 75 pounds on the troll and hooked up with some nice swords, landing one at 90 pounds. At around 5 am on the second day the breakfast bell went off, and they found themselves in an all-out blitz. They boated over 30 yellowfin in an hour and everyone went home with a full bag of tuna loins!
Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that the action has been strong around Point Judith, with blitzing false albacore and school striped bass all over the place. There are also some larger striped bass in the area, especially if you can locate the bunker schools. The tautog fishing is heating up across the state, and a few anglers even reported landing albies and bonito while anchored up for tautog.
Captain Kelly of C-Devil II Sportfishing in Narragansett, told me that he had some rough seas this week but was able to make the most of it. The striped bass bite picked back up and they were able to find a nice pile of fish to 40 pounds. Some monster bluefish joined the mix, and the jigging for sea bass and scup remains strong. Another nice surprise was the amount of green bonito in the area; there were enough around that they were hitting them on jigs intended for sea bass. The shark fishing remains good, with blues to 400+ pounds and plenty of just-short makos.
Captain Wade of Booked Off Charters, told me that the striped bass fishing has picked up quite a bit recently, and they’re seeing fish in the 30- to 40-pound class. Over the past few days they have been seeing some true gator bluefish as well. They landed one that went over 21 pounds on the boga grip last week, which is one of the largest they’ve ever seen. The cod fishing remains steady, and there are still some jumbo sea bass and scup in the mix. The wind machine has prevented them from going tuna fishing recently, but they plan on getting back out there when conditions allow.
Mike at Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly, reports good numbers of striped bass and bluefish along the local beaches, and in and around the breachways. There haven’t been too many large bass around, but the numbers of schoolie to small keeper fish is encouraging. If you’re looking for some larger bass look to Block or Fishers, where anglers are reporting another push of big fish in the area. Tautog fishing has been strong in local waters, with consistent catches of keepers. As the water temps start to drop, we should start seeing some larger fish. Sea bass and scup action remains solid and hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down. There have been some false albacore catches in the area, but they are far from consistent; while bonito action still remains relatively steady.
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Fishing Report For Connecticut
Andrew at Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown told me that the word from the funny fish anglers is that the false albacore are still hard to find in eastern Connecticut, but there remains a good number of bonito through the area. There are some decent albie reports from the western sound, Montauk and Rhode Island, so everyone is hoping for another push. There are still big numbers of smaller bass and bluefish, while the number of larger bass seems to be increasing, as the bunker schools continue to move around the sound. Sea bass action has been strong, specifically in deeper water; while the scup action has remained steady from the eastern sound to Watch Hill.
Josh at Three Belles Outfitters in Niantic, reports solid striped bass action over the past week. Pop-up blitzes of schoolies with small keepers mixed in are appearing along the entire shoreline from Old Lyme to Watch Hill. Bigger fish are hitting topwater offerings at low light, and big soft plastics or eels after dark. Albies seem to be hit or miss in Connecticut waters, but more consistent in RI, the Cape, and Montauk. Bonito are filling the void here, with some bigger specimens in the mix. The Spanish mackerel have pulled a disappearing act within the past week. Small blues are everywhere, bigger ones are west of the Connecticut River and in Narragansett Bay. Scup and sea bass action is still going strong, look for nice sea bass up much shallower over the next few weeks. On October 13th, join the TBO kayak fishing team for “Hobie First Cast”, an event which allows you to fish from a pedal driven Hobie kayak. Your entry fee for the event can be used towards purchase of a kayak! Call or email for details!
Black Hall Outfitters reports that there has been a lull in the local false albacore action, but word is a decent pod showed up in the far eastern end of the sound over the past few days. Bonito action is still good throughout the area, while the striped bass action has really picked up on the shallow reefs and rips. Boat anglers are reporting good catches on livelined bunker, while shore anglers are cashing in nicely on big swimming plugs and eels. There is still some very good sea bass action in the shallows, and with the tautog opener just a week away, BHO has plenty of green crabs if you want to start stocking up. Don’t forget that their annual TogTober tournament will be held next weekend and is getting bigger than ever. Be sure to check their website for more details.
Captain Greg from Black Hawk Sportfishing reported that the strong fall bite has continued, with another week of excellent bottom fishing. They are still finding plenty of scup and sea bass, along with some nice cod and stripers mixed in. Last weekend’s night bass trip was the first of the fall, and it was a success. They had many first-time customers that went home with their first bass limits, along with steady action all night. They will continue to run these trips throughout the fall if the bite keeps up, so be sure to check the schedule.
Captain TJ of Rock and Roll Charters, reports that the bass fishing has finally kicked into gear, with much more consistent action. Most of the fish are schoolies, but there are enough keepers and larger fish in the mix to keep things interesting. Large schools of bluefish are all over the place and they are starting to get bigger. Scup action remains tremendous and the sea bass fishing is still pretty good on the deep structure. Tautog season is right around the corner, so be sure to check in with TJ for upcoming availability.
Mike Roy of Reel Cast Charters, told me that the bonito action remains consistent and there are plenty of schoolies in the mix on topwater plugs. Bigger bass are becoming more active, and Mike thinks it’ll continue to pick up in a big way as the water temps finally start to take a drop. A huge amount of smaller bluefish can be taken on top throughout the sound, and there are still some legit gators around if you can find the bunker schools that are hanging around out front.
Joe at Diorio Guide Service, told me that the striped bass fishing has steadily improved this week, with much better numbers of larger fish. There is a ton of bunker of mixed sizes in the area, and that is keeping the bass and plenty of bluefish in feed mode. False albacore action is tough locally, but strong if you’re willing to travel; while bonito are still being found with consistency in CT. Sea bass action is still solid and the tautog season should start off with a bang next week!
Mike at Light Bite Charters in Norwalk reports that the schoolie bass bite is starting to pick up as the migration is nearing, and there are plenty of bluefish of mixed sizes in the same areas. Peanut bunker is plentiful, and if it stays that way the fish should hang around for a bit. Some schools of adult bunker can be found around the islands at times, and if you can locate them you can easily find some better bass underneath. The false albacore bite has improved, as it seems the fish have moved west. The problem is, the large boat brigades have located them as well, so try to target some lesser known areas.
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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
False albacore action is still going strong in Rhode Island and Montauk, and we may be right on the edge of another push of fish into Connecticut. Blitzing bonito, stripers and blues can be found throughout the area, while bigger striped bass are definitely in feed mode before the migration. Tautog action continues to improve in Rhode Island, which is also a good sign for the Connecticut opener next week.