Rhode Island Fishing Report- November 10, 2022

There's a steady cod and sea bass bite around Block, double-digit tautog are being caught regularly, and stripers are blitzing on peanuts.

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Saltwater Edge in Middletown reports:

“It has been an interesting week fishing around Aquidneck Island. Tautog remains the hot bite right now with fish being caught in the double-digit class consistently. It is great to see a lot of these larger fish being put back into the water as anglers realize the great resident tautog fishery we have here and work towards maintaining it. Jigs remain the ticket to big tautog but if they aren’t producing don’t be afraid to try a lightly weighted rig.

Striped bass fishing continues to confound and surprise. One day it feels like the fall run out front and the next the fish are back up in the bays and estuaries. Whether you are fishing from boat or shore the key is be ready to move and adapt to changing conditions.

Black sea bass are another bright spot in local fisheries right now. You may end up with them as bycatch while targeting tautog or cod, but you won’t be disappointed! There seems to be no end to the large class of black sea bass around right now. Un-baited jigs in shiny colors are producing some of the best fish now. Give the Hogy Sand Eel jigs a look if you are targeting big black sea bass.”

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has continued to make trips for tautog, as well as cod/sea bass whenever the weather has allowed. The tautog trips have been seeing quite a few limit catches, including fish up to around 10-pounds. Some sea bass and scup are still mixed in with the tautog, so coolers are filling up pretty well. The cod and sea bass trips are seeing many boat limits of black sea bass, some big scup, and improved numbers of quality cod. Reservations for both trips can be made on their website or by calling the office. 

When I spoke to Jay, at Pamela May Charters, he told me he’s continuing to find some strong results on the tautog grounds, despite some tough winds that have caused them to fish closer to home/shore. The tautog fishing was as steady as ever over the weekend, even with the winds and strong tides, with all clients going home with some fish in the cooler. There is still a huge biomass of migrating striped bass along the South County beaches that are blitzing on peanut bunker just about everywhere. They found a massive blitz earlier in the week. Most of the fish were in the 24- to 32-inch range, however there were some bigger fish mixed in, and they were all willing to hit topwater offerings. Trips have been cancelled this weekend due to the storm, but we should have a few good weeks of saltwater fishing remaining afterwards! 

Captain Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters has been out on the tautog grounds over the past few days, and after having to work a bit in the morning, they found strong action on big tautog to over 12-pounds for most of the day. Boat limits remain commonplace, and the overall quality of the fish seems to be steadily improving. Tall tailz tog jigz in super glow and blue crab have been killer and have been outfishing the rigs. Big knuckle head sea bass have been in the mix, along with some quality cod. The bay is still loaded with bait, and Connor is still seeing good numbers of mackerel and albies in the area. 

One of many big tautog from Tall Tailz Charters this week.

Dustin, at R.I. Kayak Fishing Adventures, told me that fall tautog fishing has been going strong from both the kayak and shore. The fish are still biting across a wide range of depths, so bouncing around and covering some ground is usually a strong tactic. There are still strong numbers of black sea bass in the mix as well, so full coolers have been commonplace! Striped bass fishing has also solid, although the regularity of blitzes seems to be starting to slow down just a bit. Fall freshwater fishing is strong, with bass, trout, and panfish starting to put on the pre-winter feed bag. This week saw another good round of trout stocking in the ponds, so there should be plenty of action to be had over the Veterans Day weekend. The weather looks pretty good after the storm, and there is still plenty of time to book your kayak and/or shore fishing adventure before it’s too late! 

A nice limit of tautog from a trip with Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures. (Photo: @dustingoesfishing / @rikayakfishingadventures)

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reported that the local tautog fishing continues to produce well, with many limit catches of fish to 10 pounds plus being reported. Based on where we are with water temperatures right now, Ralph believes that the tautog fishing should remain productive right through November and into December. Those targeting big sea bass are finding them out by Block Island, along with a few nice cod. Striped bass fishing has remained consistent around the islands and in the mouth of the bay. Those anglers still targeting bass are reporting steady catches of slot fish, along with some nice over-slot bass.   

Captain Rob, at Newport Sportfishing Charters, told me that the tautog fishing continues to go strong in his neck of the woods. His trips continue to see full boat limits, along with some giant whitechinners on most trips. The fishing should only get better from here, as the keeper ratio has been steadily improving. Rob has been focusing most of his attention on tog, but for those looking for striped bass, there has been no shortage of mixed size fish across the area. The false albacore pods seem to have thinned out a bit, but they are still showing up from day to day.  

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

The fall run action remains steady across southern New England, and despite a late-season tropical storm heading our way this weekend, we should have a few more weeks of strong saltwater fishing ahead of us. If the storm messes up your saltwater fishing plans this weekend, look to the sweetwater for good bass action, and plenty of trout action following the recent stockings.  

Anglers heading out in Rhode Island can expect to bump into scattered striped bass blitzes. The majority of the blitzes have been mixed sizes of striped bass, which are assaulting small baitfish all over the surface from Westerly to Newport. Tins, molded metal casting jigs and resin jigs will catch, but smaller topwater poppers and spooks will work well around schools of peanut bunker. Tautog action remains at its peak, with bigger fish and better keeper to short fish ratios being reported across the board. Sea bass and cod action has been decent around Block Island, so our fall saltwater fishing options remain abundant nearly two weeks into November.

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