Rhode Island Fishing Report- November 23, 2022

Excellent tautog fishing continues, cod and sea bass and big scup bite well, and stripers are scattered but available where bait is thick.

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Saltwater Edge in Middletown reports:

“Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from us here at The Saltwater Edge! Tautog fishing remains the best thing going. There seems to be no end to double-digit fish! White leggers on heavy jigs have been the key to success. Patience pays off right now, let that bite build and you’ll be catching some truly great fish.

Sharpies in the surf are still finding some nice striped bass and the evidence can be seen in our November to Remember contest photos. There’s still time to enter that contest and win a VSX250!
With winter coming in quickly, stay tuned for some in-store events here at The Saltwater Edge including plug nights, surf nights, and fly-tying nights.”

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has continued to make trips for tautog, and the results have generally been strong. 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. 

Captain Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters had another strong week of tautog fishing, despite some tough conditions over the weekend. They are catching quality tautog across various depths from 30 to 120 feet. The jig bite has been killer on most trips, especially on the Tall Tailz Jigs in crushed crab and super glow. Just this week they have seen over a dozen double-digit fish up to 16 pounds! They’re also still seeing some jumbo sea bass and a few nice cod in the mix. The weather looks much improved for the holiday weekend compared to last, so we should have plenty of strong tautog action ahead of us. There are still a few blitzes popping up here and there, along with a big push of squid all around the mouth of Narragansett Bay. It’s late fall fishing at its finest! 

This 16-pound tog was caught on Tall Tailz Charters this week. Big blackfish season is in full swing!

Dustin, at RI Kayak Fishing Adventures, told me that fall tautog fishing has been going strong from both the kayak and shore, whenever the weather has been settled enough to get out. 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 been 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. The weather looks like it’s going to cooperate around the holiday for the most part, and there is still some time left to book your kayak and/or shore fishing adventure before it’s too late! 

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reports that the tautog fishing continues to produce well in terms of both numbers and size of fish, for those that are still pounding the grounds. The bite in the upper bay has slowed down a bit, but the structure around Newport and Jamestown is still fishing well. As the water temperatures continue to drop, the fish will continue to transition to deeper water outside of the bay. There are still some migratory bass passing through along with plenty of holdovers that are starting to settle into the upper bay. Store hours for the coming weeks will be Wednesday through Friday from 9-6 and Saturday from 9 until 3.  

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 fish to 14 pounds falling to jigs this week. The fishing should only get better from here, as the cooler water seems to have really gotten the larger fish moving. 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.  

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

Mother Nature appears to be cooperating for us, for at least most of the holiday weekend. It should be a good weekend to take one more shot out on the salt or take advantage of plentiful freshwater options.  

Despite some strong winds that have made things difficult at times, Rhode Island anglers are finding great success on the tautog grounds. The cooler temperatures seem to have woken up the big tautog this week, with big numbers of fish over 10-pounds being reported this week. Those looking for some light tackle action should have no shortage of mixed-sized striped bass to play with, both out front and entering the salt ponds and bays. Sea bass and cod action has been decent around Block Island, so fall options remain abundant.

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