Rhode Island Fishing Forecast- September 8, 2022

Keeper fluke and sea bass have moved to deeper water, stripers feed on big topwaters and swimbaits, and more bonito show up in force with the albies.

Rhode Island Fishing Report 

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith had a busy holiday weekend on the water, with a good pile of fluke, scup, and sea bass to keep the rods bent. The fluke bite has been a bit tougher overall, as the water remains warm, but there are still some nice doormats around, along with plenty of keeper sea bass and scup. Captain Frank was also able to get out and do some searching in deeper water, and he was rewarded with a few nice keeper cod to 10-pounds and some large sea bass. Entering this weekend, the fleet will just be running full day trips, so be sure to check their website for the schedule specifics.  

Beautiful Mahi caught aboard Tall Tailz Charters this week.

Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters told me that this week has been absolutely stellar for him and his clients. The doldrums of summer are over, and the fall run is starting to kick off. Water temperatures are over 75 degrees so they’re seeing some summer-like fishing with some added fall touches. Bonito, mackerel, and large albies have taken over the southern coast. They’ve seen topwater feeds from a number of different species this week. The big stripers are still hungry, with most of them coming on topwaters or large swimbaits. Although it’s still early in the tautog season, they’ve found quite a few whenever they’ve targeted them, and things should only improve as the water cools down. The offshore bite remains incredible with “close to home” yellowfin in the clean water south of Block Island. Each trip they’ve made, they’ve seen a pile of nice fish from 50 to 80 pounds. Consistent reports of wahoo being caught are starting to pop up in the same areas, along with loads of big mahi. It’s an incredible time to get out there if you can make the trip! 


When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters, he told me that things have remained consistent on the inshore side. Bottom fishermen are finding plenty of sea bass all over the area, but you must start looking into deeper water to find some better fish. The same can be said for the fluke, which are hanging around, but are starting to transition to deeper water. There are false albacore and bonito being caught locally, and while it hasn’t fully blown open yet, there have been reports of things materializing quite a bit over the past 24 hours. Stripers are plentiful all over the Narragansett area and they are feeding on the loads of small bait in the area, providing ample opportunities for light tackle and fly anglers. Jay also had a chance to finally get offshore and landed a couple yellowfin to 80-pounds on the troll on the side tracker bar. The tuna are closer to home than they’ve been in a while, so try to cash in whenever the weather allows.  

Dustin, at RI Kayak Fishing Adventureshad another solid week chasing hardtails and the upcoming northeast blow should help to intensify the bite. The bottom fishing has also been decent, with steady tautog and sea bass action that will also improve as the water cools down. Striped bass and bluefish action has remained as consistent as ever, and it is getting pretty easy to find some slot fish along with some true cows, which have remained in the mix. The fall run will undoubtedly be a strong one, so be sure to check out www.rikfa.com to book a fall run shore or kayak trip ASAP! 

Dustin of RI Kayak Fishing Adventures scored some more false albacore from the kayak this week.

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reported that the striper fishing has been a little slower around the Bay, as the warming bay water has pushed the bass into deeper and cooler areas. There are still some nice bass being caught around the islands, but it’s been mostly an after dark bite besides a few dawn blitzes. Fluke fishing is still producing pretty well, and anglers are finding quick limits of sea bass on the deeper water structure. There have been some reports of false albacore and bonito around the mouth of the bay, but it remains inconsistent from day to day. Signups remain open for the Rhode Island Tog Classic and you can sign up and browse some items up for auction right now at ritogclassic.com. 

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

The recent northeast blow seems to be helping things out for those hunting hardtails, although it may stall the incredible offshore fishing that is still going on.  

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, and for the first time this year there has been some signs of life in the hardtail chase. The bonito and albie reports have been consistently sporadic for the last week or so, but greater reports/signs of life have come in over the past day or so, likely due to the increased northeast blow. Fluke reports are starting to slow, but there were some decent fish caught this week, so we likely have one more push of nice fish before they move out. 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 are reporting an excellent yellowfin and bluefin bite, along with an increased number of mahi and wahoo relatively close to home.  

1 thought on “Rhode Island Fishing Forecast- September 8, 2022

  1. The Fishiest Skunk

    How close is a “close to home” yellowfin bite? 30 miles or less south of Block?

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