Rhode Island Fishing Report
The Frances Fleet in Point Judith had to dodge some windy weather early on the 4th of July weekend but were able to put together some successful trips later in the weekend. They have seen a nice new slug of fluke show up on the grounds, with better numbers of fish of all size classes. There is still no shortage of scup and sea bass on the half day and full day trips as well, so action remains steady. The wind forecast looks perfect for the weekend, so be sure to book a trip before they fill up!
Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters told me that fishing across the state is still on fire! He has been seeing tons of action on all his bass trips, with a solid mix of slot fish to fish over the 40-pound mark. The fish haven’t been too picky, with fish coming on the troll, jigging, live bait, and plugging. The bottom fishing has also been excellent when they have put some time in, with some quality fluke and plenty of sea bass. The fluking seems to be taking a turn for the better, with the best action coming from 70-80 feet of water this week on glow and white colored offerings.
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.
Cheri, at C-Devil II Sportfishing reports that not much has changed this week in terms of the strong striped bass bite. Fish in the 40-50-pound range are still relatively common, along with easy limits of slot fish. Bluefish are still plentiful and remain on the large side, with a few weighing in close to the 20-pound mark. The one change that Cheri mentioned this week, was strong uptick in the size and quantity of fluke. The fluke seem to be settling in well around the island, and the C-Devil is taking advantage. The charter sea bass season is open, they are abundant, and they also aren’t too picky about the bait. Be sure to check their live booking calendar while there are still some openings.
Jay, at Pamela Jay Charters continues to find no shortage of large striped bass throughout the area this week. A good mass of stripers can be found feeding on sand eels on topwater, while most of the bigger bass are found on the deeper reefs and rips using eels or fresh chunks. Block Island is also lock and load for stripers, with insane numbers of bass that can be found feeding all over the water column. The sea bass action has been strong off Point Judith, with easy limits of knot heads, while your best bet for fluke is to steam out to Block. There have been more fluke showing up around the south shore over the past few days in 40-50 feet of water. You have to weed through plenty of shorts, but at least the numbers are starting to improve locally.
Dave at Ocean State Tackle in Providence reports that the summer Block Island bass bite has kicked off, with several anglers reporting good catches of mixed size bass on eels. Those staying closer to home are still finding some quality bass in the Seekonk River, along with some slot fish around Conimicut Point, and those fish are willing to take fresh pogies and/or topwater plugs. The bluefish numbers seem to have improved over the past few days, with good reports from the Providence area. Scup anglers are reporting good catches throughout the area on worms and squid. Dave will be open at 5 AM on the weekdays, 430 AM on the weekends, and will be closing at 7 PM each night.
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.
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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
The strong season of striped bass continues, with no shortage of big bass across the area. 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 in the bay or along the South County beaches. If you’re heading to Block Island, bring your fluking gear, as the island has now become the safest bet to find a cooler full of doormats. Encouraging fluke reports have finally started to come in from the South County beaches, and we should see an increase in action in those areas as the water continues to warm. The sea bassing has found some consistency in the usual Rhode Island hotspots, along with the scup bite, which is starting to hit its summer stride.
Connecticut waters also have no shortage of big striped bass, with great reports coming from literally the western border of the state to the eastern border of the state. The lower Connecticut River and its adjacent reefs are as safe a bet as any, but excellent reports are also coming from the Norwalk area, Milford area, and The Race. Fluking has been a bit tougher in CT, but anglers that put some time in are finding some keepers on deep structure, and there is no shortage of sea bass and scup to help fill the coolers. Connecticut’s summer tautog season has kicked off and has been fruitful for those that are actually targeting them.
Offshore reports are full of solid shark reports, along with most reporting that the signs of tuna are out there, so it should only be a matter of time before the bluefin reports start to roll in.