Rhode Island Fishing Report- July 28, 2022

Gator blues and 40-pound stripers keep things interesting as bottom fishing slows, while other anglers head offshore to tackle some tuna.

Rhode Island Fishing Report 

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith reported that the fishing has stayed consistent on both the half and full day trips, with decent numbers of fluke and plenty of big sea bass limits. Some strong winds made things difficult earlier in the week, but when the weather cooperates, the fishing is as consistent as ever. Trips are filling up fast, especially the weekend trips, so make sure you make a reservation early enough. The full day trips depart at 7 a.m. and the two daily half day trips depart at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  

Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters told me that he has seen some of the best fishing all season over the past week or so. The inshore striped bass bite has been electric, with plenty of bass of all shapes and sizes. Slot limits have been easy, and most trips are seeing over fifty fish to 40-plus pounds. Bottom fishing has been as steady as ever, with nearly every piece of good structure holding some quality sea bass. The fluke have started to move deeper, but there are still some big fish around for those putting time in. When the weather has been favorable, they have been steaming offshore, and the results have been great. There’s some nice water south of Block Island holding quality bluefin, yellowfin, and a few mahi schools around the lobster gear. Their last trip saw some giant tuna to 85-inches on stand-up gear! Be sure to contact Connor for a trip, as the fishing should only get better! 

Connor from Tall Tailz Charters with a giant bluefin taken on stand-up gear!

Dustin, at Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures reports that despite the heat wave and the dog days of summer, his clients are still catching some big stripers and bluefish! The bottom fishing hasn’t been lights out but has been steady enough to keep him busy. Bigger sea bass are filtering in locally, there are still a few nice fluke in the mix, and there has been quite a few tautog being caught as by-catch. The summer tautog season opens August 1st, so that will provide another nice table fare option. A big push of chub mackerel has moved in to feed on all the small bait, which portends well for the fall hardtail run! Speaking of the fall run, be sure to book a trip at www.rifka.com before it’s too late! 

Dustin Stevens puts his client, John, on an exciting striper bite from the kayak; look at the bend in that rod! (@dustingoesfishing / @rikayakfishingadventures)

When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters, he told me that the striper fishing has remained consistent close to home, despite the temperatures. Solid reports have been coming in from 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 chub 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 sea bass and scup are all over the place, and while fluke has been tougher, if you come across the right area, you’re likely to find some big  

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 and yellowfin starting to trickle in south of the island. 

Crafty One Customs reports that things have been quiet in terms of offshore reports, as the recent winds have kept anglers at the dock. Prior to the blow the fishing was good at The Dump, and hopefully that’s still the case, as the weekend forecast looks solid. Inshore fishing has stayed status quo, with good striper fishing all around the state, solid sea bassing, and hit or miss fluke fishing. Keep an eye out for updates on the Rhode Island Tog Classic, which is scheduled for October 9th. The shop is hard to work to put together an even better tournament than last year.  

Will, at Big Bear Hunting and Fishing reported that local trout anglers are starting to look to the deeper ponds and/or the faster moving streams due to the recent heatwave. Largemouth bass, however, don’t seem to be affected much by the heat, with strong topwater reports coming from most of the lakes and ponds in the state. The shop is now fully stocked with all your freshwater bait and tackle needs. Will also mentioned that he is setting up a fishing club through the shop, and all members will receive 10% off at the shop, along with several tournaments set up through the Fishing Chaos App. Reach out to the shop directly for more information on the club! 

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

The extreme heat wave has passed….for now, and the summer fishing patterns have settled in. The heat wave seemed to have slowed down the striper fishing for the first time this year, but better reports are starting to trickle in for Rhode Island and Connecticut anglers. Bottom fishing has hit its summer pattern, with slower but steady results, while the offshore bite was starting to materialize before the recent blow. 

Rhode Island anglers can still find some big bass hanging out in the bay and across the South County shoreline, but the typical summer big bass bite at Block Island has been the safest bet. 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. Reports of some nice tautog as by-catch have started to come in as well, and they should be a viable target with the season opening on the 1st. Offshore reports were solid before the blow, with steady bluefin and yellowfin reports, along with no shortage of sharks.  

3 on “Rhode Island Fishing Report- July 28, 2022

  1. Celeste Ferendo

    It’s sad that there is so little information for land bound anglers when we make up the
    greatest percentage of fishermen! Not everyone can afford a boat. How about a little more info cast our way!

  2. Kevin

    I couldn’t agree more. I look every week and nothing but off shore reports.

  3. GREG


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