Rhode Island Fishing Report
Captain Greg, of The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has continued to find a steady pick of scup and sea bass on both the full day and half-day trips. The sea bass limit has now increased to 7, so they have been spending most of their time targeting them and making limits. The fluke fishing has remained consistently inconsistent, with a decent pick some days and a tough go of it on other days. Some more cod are starting to show up on the grounds and are helping to round out the catch.
Cheri, at C-Devil II Sportfishing told me that the bluefin tuna started to clear out, but the yellowfin are hanging around a bit further offshore. There are loads of bait, whales, and sharks out on the grounds, while Mahi are being caught with regularity closer to the island. The striped bass seem to have moved to deeper water following the hurricane, but big fish are still being taken on eels and jigs. Sea bass remain a reliable cooler filler, especially with the limit going to 7, while a few more false albacore seem to have filtered in along the beaches over the past few days. Their fall trips are filling quick, so be sure to check the website to book a fall tog/cod trip.
Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters in Newport, told me that silversides and peanut bunker are all over the surface, and you can generally sight cast to blitzing bass, bluefish, and mackerel. There has also been a healthy push of double-digit bonito and a few albies, so things should really blow open when the water cleans up a bit more. Those targeting tautog are still doing well throughout the area, and sea bass anglers are finding good results with the limit going to 7 fish.
Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that some more bonito and false albacore have pushed into the area, and has everyone catching the light tackle fever. It’s not lock and load just yet, but most anglers are finding at least a few hardtails on your standard jigs and soft plastics. There are massive amounts of peanut bunker in the area, which has caught the interest of the hardtails and striped bass. Striped bass can be found blitzing throughout the area and taking the tube and worm in deeper water. Tautog and sea bass action is very good throughout Jamestown, Newport, and Narragansett, while offshore anglers are still finding small bluefin and yellowfin with consistency.
Nick, at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing told me that the storms haven’t scared away the hardtails, with steady reports of blitzing bonito, albies, and striped bass this week. The numbers aren’t crazy just yet, but it’s nice to see some consistency this early in September! Freshwater has been increasingly better with the water cooling a bit a night, but anglers are still focusing on the topwater bite closer to dusk.
Jay, at Pamela May Charters in Narragansett, said that the albie fever is in full affect up in his neck of the woods. They arrived last weekend and are still filling in, so they could be tough to locate from day to day, but the hunt is all part of the fun! Once you see a few, sit still and wait for them to show back up, chances are they will. Spanish mackerel, chub mackerel, and loads of school bass are rounding out the catch in the same areas. There are all sorts of baits in the area, so do your best to match the hatch, and you’re likely to succeed!
Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures has been seeing some small pods of albies and bonito in the area, and he is rigged and ready to go for those looking for a kayak or shore trip. Striped bass and bluefish remain plentiful as well, so the fall run is quickly shaping up to be a strong one. Bottom fishing has been as consistent as ever for sea bass, tautog, and a few bonus triggerfish. Freshwater anglers are starting to report better largemouth, smallmouth, and pike results. Kayak and shore bookings are filling up through October, and there are still a few dates available, so be sure to book ASAP!
Connecticut Fishing Report
Heather, from Blackhawk Sportfishing reported that things picked right back up a few days after Henri moved through. Some days are better than others, but most trips are seeing a nice mix of sea bass, scup, fluke, and triggerfish. Last weekend’s private charters and after-work specials both produced some excellent bluefishing, in terms of size and numbers. As of September 1st, they are only running one trip on the weekends, and they will fill fast. Their trips continue to be by reservation only, and tickets post to their website on Monday evenings at 8 PM. Be sure to book a trip soon!
Andrew, at Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown, told me the shop has been buzzing with false albacore reports, with some solid confirmed reports coming in from Rhode Island over the past few days. The fish seem to be spreading west, and everyone’s hoping that we have a better season in the sound than we have had the past few years. Fluke reports have remained solid around Block and Montauk, while a few decent flatfish have been taken locally from Black Point and Hatchets. School bass can be found blitzing all over the area from Niantic to Groton, and some better bass were taken around the mouth of the CT River before all the rain. Porgy fishing remains excellent for shore and boat anglers dunking sandworms throughout the sound.
Mike Roy of Reel Cast Charters told me that numbers of small bait continues to climb, with anchovies, peanut bunker, and small butterfish showing up with regularity. Big bluefish seem to be hanging out in the area consistently, and slot striped bass can be found blitzing throughout the area. Reports of albies to the east are increasing, so things are lining up nicely for the upcoming fall run. Be sure to contact Mike soon for a trip before it’s too late.
Joe, at Diorio Guide Service had an unbelievable week of fishing, with the fall run arriving a bit early. They found stripers, albies, bonito, Spanish mackerel, chub mackerel, bluefish, brown sharks, and sea bass this week. Species diversity certainly isn’t a problem! Big striped bass continue to hit live eels and large soft plastics on jigheads, with bigger baits producing better. The hardtails are chasing all types of bait, so be sure to try to match the hatch with Joe Baggs resin jigs.
Captain Chris Elser told me that the striped bass fishing remains steady out west. Peanut bunker schools remain prevalent in the Western Sound, and there are loads of small to medium-sized bluefish feeding on them along the surface. Big bass are still being caught consistently during the day on tube and worm rigs. Spanish mackerel have arrived in good numbers this week, along with decent-sized bluefish that can be found blitzing throughout the area.
Tyler, at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that striped bass fishermen are finding better results, with shore and boat anglers finding loads of hungry fish around the beaches and islands. Tube and worm trolling remains a better way to find some larger bass, with some better reports from the middle ground area this week. Small bass and bluefish can be found with regularity, with most of them blitzing on rain bait throughout the day. Those looking for bigger bluefish are finding them on the diamond jig in deeper water and blitzing on adult bunker out by the Weather Buoy. Fluke fishing has been up and down, with a few better fish coming from the deep water around the OB buoy, 28C, and can 24. Porgy fishing is very good for shore and boat anglers dunking clams and squid, while offshore anglers are still finding tuna around the Gully and Tuna Ridge. A few reports of bonito have come in this week, while Spanish mackerel reports seem to be improving daily.
Rhode Island Forecast
The fall run has arrived early! Anglers throughout the area are consistently finding blitzing fish of all varieties. Most areas are seeing albies, bonito, bass, bluefish, and mackerel, and numbers should continue to climb daily. The range should start to increase as well, and hopefully we see more hardtails entering the sound. Larger striped bass and bluefish can still be found in their usual haunts, and we should be seeing them start to spread out and become more aggressive as the water starts to cool. Bottom anglers can continue to look to sea bass and scup for consistent cooler fillers, while Rhode Island anglers should start targeting tautog.