Rhode Island Fishing Report
The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has seen continued success on the full day trips, whenever the wind has allowed them to get out to the grounds. The fluke bite has been tough, but sea bass and scup are coming over the rails and into the buckets in great numbers. Captain Frank hasn’t made it out to the cod grounds this week, but that bite should be picking up very soon. The fleet will continue to run full day trips daily when the weather allows, so be sure to check their website for the schedule specifics.
When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters, he told me that things have remained consistent on the inshore side. The false albacore filtered into the area well last week, and while it could be spotty from day to day, there has been ample opportunities for a speedster on most trips. Bass and bluefish continue to be in the mix, and some larger fish are coming for the guys chucking plugs and live eels in the low light hours. 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. Jay has heard that the tautog fishing has also been strong, but he has been focusing most of his attention on false albacore this week. The tuna bite has remained consistent when the weather allows, and the fish remain very close to home.
Dustin, at RI Kayak Fishing Adventures, had another solid week chasing hardtails and noted that this has been one of the best stretches of albie fishing in quite some time. The bottom fishing has also been decent, with steady sea bass action and much improved tautog action over the past week. Striped bass and bluefish action has remained as consistent as ever, with a nice mix of slot bass and larger fish. In freshwater news, the largemouth and calico bite has picked up with the cooler temperatures, and the carp and pike bite should soon follow suit. This 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!
At Crafty One Customs reports are that most anglers are heading out in search of tuna whenever the weather allows, as there has been a nice mix of different sized fish, and they can be found in a number of different areas. The inshore bite has been dominated by anglers looking for false albacore and bonito, and most are finding pretty good results without having to travel too far. The bass and bluefish bite has picked up a bit around the bay, as the water is starting to cool down a bit, while the sea bass and tautog bite has remained steady for the ground fishermen. 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.
Rob at Newport Sportfishing Charters told me that the status quo continues for anglers around Newport. False albacore and some sporadic pods of green bonito have moved into the area and are providing a chance for light-tackle action on most trips. The striped bass fishing has been stellar, with some nice topwater blitzes around the false albacore, and some big fish still patrolling the reefs and rips in and around the bay. Anglers that are targeting fluke are reporting that they haven’t left the area yet, and they have been finding some steady catches of keeper fish. Sea bass action has been steady, and reports from tautog anglers indicate that the bite is starting to get close to fall mode. Offshore anglers continue to capitalize on a strong yellowfin and bluefin bite whenever they can make it to the grounds.
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Rhode Island Fishing Forecast
Last week’s northeast blow seems to have helped the hardtail bite, and since it has stopped the tuna fishing has fired back up.
Rhode Island anglers saw a nice push of false albacore move into the area over the past week. Some days have been stronger than others, but overall, the bite has been pretty consistent on most trips. There is also 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. 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 and scup action has improved a bit as the water cools, while those targeting tautog are reporting strong, fall-like action. Offshore anglers are reporting an excellent yellowfin and bluefin bite, with mixed sizes showing up across multiple areas.