Rhode Island Fishing Report- August 18, 2022

Reports of hardtails trickle in and peanut bunker show up in greater numbers, keeping bass and blues on the feed.

Rhode Island Fishing Report 

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith reported that they have been seeing a decent pick of fluke on recent full and half day trips, along with a good number of black sea bass. A decent number of limit catches have come on most trips, and most anglers are going home with a nice bag of filets. 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 it’s been more of the same this week with tons of striped bass all over the southern humps and ledges. Each trip has seen consistent action of slot fish, and a nice pick of large bass up to and over 50-pounds. The warmer water temperatures are tiring the big bass quickly, so be sure to get them released ASAP! The warm water has flushed some of the gator bluefish out of the bay as well, and they can be found out front blitzing on bait of all sizes. Small bass, chub mackerel, and even a few bonito have been seen feeding on the surface as well this week. Offshore fishing has slowed down a bit, but there are still plenty of bluefin within range and no shortage of sharks.  

Tall Tailz Charters shared this picture of a cow striper they caught on a trip earlier this week.

When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters, he told me that the bite blew up once again around Narragansett in the past day or so, after a few slower days. The stripers are on the feed and can be taken on light tackle throughout the area. There is also a nice concentration of bluefish and bass feeding on peanut bunker and topwater plugs around the mouth of the bay, and there are still plenty of big fish hanging around Block Island. Reports of a few false albacore and bonito have trickled in, but Jay hasn’t hooked up just yet. There is plenty of small bait in the area, so things should blow open for hardtails any day now. Sea bass fishing has been strong for anglers dropping jigs in 50-60 feet of water, and there are still a few decent fluke around for those who have been targeting them.  

Captain Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters continues to find some strong multi-species fishing across Rhode Island. There has still been no shortage of large striped bass, whether you fish close to home or head out to the island. Slot class fish are easy to come by and catches to 40-pounds have happened on most trips. The bottom fishing has started to gain steam once again, as the fluking improved quite a bit this week in the bay and out front to the west. As for the offshore action, the canyons are still holding strong with multiple species; while the nearshore yellowfin bait has been good most days if you bounce around a bit.  

A change of pace from the bass and tuna, this doormat fluke came over the rail on a recent trip with Newport Sportfishing Charters.

Crafty One Customs was happy to report that some false albacore have started to move into the area, with a few confirmed catches coming in from eastern RI this week. Fishing for striped bass has been as consistent as ever, with good catches coming from the islands, the mouth of the Bay, and on the deeper reefs and rockpiles. If you’re having any trouble finding bass, there is no shortage of big bluefish hanging around in the Bay and just outside. Fluke fishing held up well this week, and we should see some solid fishing for a few more weeks before they move out. Black sea bass numbers are down compared to the last few years, while anglers targeting tautog are reporting good summer catches.  

Big Bear Hunting and Fishing reports: “With air and water temperatures lowering, the fishing is firing back up! Live bait and crankbaits seem to be getting it done. We are fully stocked with everything you need for Fresh Water Fishing. Look us up on (Fishing Chaos) app to join our club. Also join us for our 2nd Annual Kick Cancer In The Bass Tourney, also found on Fishing Chaos.”

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

It’s a little premature to claim that the hardtail/fall run is upon us, but increased reports from the east, coupled with some tremendous schools of bait have things lining up nicely.

Rhode Island anglers should have no shortage of big bass, regardless of if you’re staying close to home or if you want to run to the island. There’s plenty of big bass and bluefish blitzing on bait outside of the Bay, and across the South County shoreline, while the Block Island giant bass bite persists. Bonito and false albacore have made their seasonal appearance, albeit in very low numbers, but we shouldn’t be far from that bite blowing open. Fluke reports have remained steady from the island and across South County, but they will likely be migrating soon, so strike while the iron is hot. Sea bass require a bit more work than years past, but they are still around, while the scup fishing is as hot as ever. Offshore anglers had to work a little harder for tuna this week, but have found them, and there is still no shortage of sharks.

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