Rhode Island Fishing Report- July 14, 2022

Bigger fluke are showing up in numbers for bottom fishing fanatics, but stripers and big blues keep the action coming on the surface.

Rhode Island Fishing Report 

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith reported that the fishing has really started to pick up on most trips this week, with decent numbers of fluke and plenty of big sea bass on the full day trips. Several full-day trips this week saw double digit fish take the pool, along with strong numbers of 5 to 7-pound fish. The half-day trips have seen a bit of an uptick in fluke action as well, along with plenty of sea bass as well. A few more bluefish and mackerel have also been welcome additions to the fish box this week.  

Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters has continued to find great fishing this past week. The striped bass fishing has remained hot and heavy, with an excellent mix of slob fish and slot fish. The bottom fishing has also remained consistent for the most part. Sea bass can be found on the usual humps and wrecks out front, along with a few fluke. If you’re looking for bigger/better fluke action, your best bet is still to steam to the island and fish some deeper water. News from the offshore game has been starting to trickle in, with anglers reporting bluefin from 50” to giant-class in relatively nearshore waters, along with some excellent shark fishing. 

Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures is still finding a solid striped bass bite, along with a few gator bluefish patrolling the area. The striped bass are still willing to hit a number of offerings, while most of the bluefish are coming on fresh bunker or large topwater plugs. His bottom fishing trips have been hot or cold, although there has been more keeper fluke around this week, and there tends to be plenty of sea bass around to fill a cooler. Freshwater fishing is still very consistent, and Dustin recommends throwing a large presentation during the dog days of summer for a shot at a big summer largemouth. Dustin’s schedule is filling up quicky, so be sure to check out www.rikfa.com to book a shore or kayak trip ASAP. 

When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters he was just getting back from another incredible striper trip. The striper fishing has picked up once again closer to home, with solid fishing across Galilee and Point Judith. Live baits, trolling, and jigging always produces, but there have been plenty of fish coming on topwaters and on the fly. The chubb mackerel have invaded the area once again, and with the loads of bait in the area, we should have a good hardtail season soon. The recent full moon has set up some nice drift conditions, which has led to some better sea bass and fluke action.  

Captain Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters has continued pound large striped bass throughout the area this week, with no shortage of fish over the 40-pound mark. Whether you stay close to home in the Bay, head out to Block Island, or hit some of the structure in between, you are likely to find some hungry bass that are willing to play. Gator bluefish also remain scattered throughout the area as well, so there’s certainly no shortage of action out there. Sea bass are plentiful around Newport, but for decent fluke action you really need to steam out to the island. The offshore game is starting to materialize, with some nice bluefin starting to trickle in south of the island. 

Another big bass aboard Newport Sportfishing Charters earlier this week.

Crafty One Customs reports that local anglers are still finding excellent striped bass fishing across all the Newport reefs and rips. Block Island is still holding a ton of quality fish, but you really don’t have to steam that far if you don’t want to. If you’re looking for fluke, you’re better off steaming towards the windmills, as the local reports have been mainly short fish, but there are plenty of sea bass and scup showing up close to home. The offshore anglers are reporting good bluefin action off the Cape, a few bluefin reports closer to home, and some strong yellowfin reports from the canyons.  

Will, at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing was just back from a trip to New Orleans when I spoke to him. He didn’t have too many detailed reports but did tell me that anglers have been buying up largemouth bass gear and tackle like crazy, and there have been some very strong bass reports from many of the northern Rhode Island lakes and ponds. The fish are in their summer patterns, but they are still chewing the usual offerings, including some nice topwater fish around dusk. Will also mentioned that he is setting up a fishing club through the shop, and all members will receive 10% off at the shop. Reach out to the shop directly for more information on the club! 

Julia Dowling, 12, hooked this quality fluke off Barrington Beach, R.I. earlier this week.

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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

As the summer weather has set in, we are certainly starting to see a transition into the summer fishing patterns, but there is no shortage of great fishing options across Southern New England. 

Rhode Island anglers have no shortage of big bass, with the usual summer Block Island bite reportedly being stronger than ever. If you don’t want to travel too far, you shouldn’t have an issue finding some solid bass on the reefs and rips off Newport, and in/around the South County breachways. The best bet for fluke is still to steam out to the island, as the local reports have started to slow, but there is no shortage of sea bass and scup close to home. Offshore reports are starting to pick up quite a bit, as some bluefin are starting to show up relatively close, and some bigger bluefin have invaded the Cape. A good slug of yellowfin has also shown up on the canyons, and there is no shortage of shark activity.  

Connecticut waters have no shortage big striped bass, but the fish do appear to be transitioning to their summer haunts on the deeper reefs and rips. The lower CT River is still producing some big fish, so it’s worth a look, but be prepared to go work the adjacent reefs if need be. Local surfcasters are also starting to find better results from Groton to Niantic. Connecticut’s summer tautog season has kicked off and has been fruitful for those that are actually targeting them, while sea bass and scup remain plentiful.

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