Rhode Island Fishing Report- June 29, 2023

There's great fishing for scup, sea bass and fluke, stripers of all sizes continue to feed on sand eels and 50-inch bluefin gorge on large sand eels offshore.

Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has put together some rock-solid trips over the past week or so. Last weekend saw boat limits of sea bass, along with a nice mix of fluke. The fluke catches seemed to have improved in terms of size this week, with keepers to 7-pounds and less shorts. Captain George got out Monday and found plenty of hungry sea bass, while Captain Cole took a crew to some new fluke grounds and were rewarded with a full boat limit! Getting away from the crowds seems to be paying off, as they were also rewarded with some monster bluefish throughout the day. This upcoming weekend looks like a great one to sail, so be sure to book a trip before they fill up! 

The fishing this week has been stellar for Tall Tailz Charters in Newport. Water temps are at that 67-68° sweet spot and the striped bass have been feeding aggressively. In our usual fashion, light tackle live baits and top water have been getting the job done. It’s been tough finding slot fish, though not impossible. Most bass we’re seeing are in the 25-45 pound range. For those looking for hard fighting blues they can be found in force, higher in the water column. Trolling tubes and SP minnows has worked best for us. Bottom fishing is very consistent with a healthy mix of fluke, sea bass and scup along the hard to soft contours. The offshore bite is also picking up with excellent reports of rec sized tuna on the nearshore grounds. Take your pick, lots of great fishing opportunities along the RI coast!

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, reports that striped bass fishing has remained steady across the state, but it is a bit spottier than in previous weeks. As is the case throughout the area, if you can locate the bait schools you should be rewarded with some nice bass. Local fluke fishing continues to be steady in the Newport area and has also picked up a bit in The Bay, specifically around the channel edges. The fluke are still taking bucktails and MagicTail Hoochies tipped with Gulp. Quality sea bass are easy enough to find, with reports of steady knotheads from charter captains and commercial fishermen in the area, who haven’t had to run all the way to the island. The scup fishing is great mid-bay and across the South County rockpiles/beaches. A couple of the local tuna anglers are finding fish in a number of areas. Cesin Curi made the run to Cape Cod Bay and was rewarded with some nice bluefin, while some local anglers are starting to find tuna of mixed sizes closer to home. The bluefin are eager to hit Ron Z and Hogy jigs, and Dave is carrying plenty of both of them. Freshwater anglers are reporting a strong largemouth bite on shiners at Olney Pond and Stump Pond.  

Eric, at The Saltwater Edge in Newport reports that the talk of the town is still the massive amount of sand eels that have infested local waters. The tiny bait has made the bite trickier but downsizing or slimming the profiles presented offer chances at picky fish. Boat anglers did well within the past week, tossing docs and large soft plastics at blitzing 40-inch-plus bass and large bluefish off the local reefs. Fly fishermen also have a nice advantage at the moment, as they can match the small hatch nicely. Surf anglers had a tough new moon in RI, but things have started to improve, with some better stripers in the high 20 pound and low 30-pound range showing up this week.  

Ralph, at Crafty One Customs reports that the striped bass fishing in the area continues to produce a nice mix of different size fish. There are still quite a few bluefish in the mix, including some monster gators! Fluke fishing has been steady enough, but most anglers are picking through a ton of shorts. The keeper fish that are being caught have generally been pretty large though.  Larger black sea bass are still on the deep structure and scup fishing has been excellent all over the state for anglers fishing from shore and boat. Offshore anglers are starting to find some recreational class bluefin in areas not too far south of Block Island.  

Jay, at Pamela May Charters told me that the weather has been tough for him lately, between the fog, storms, and recent swell. Despite this, they have found some good bluefish action around Beavertail and the fluke fishing has been good if you can find some areas that are holding some fish. The south shore beaches have been well picked over fluke-wise, but some areas to the east and west are still producing. Jay hasn’t made the run to Block Island yet, but word is that a large mass of cow stripers has started settling in. A relatively close offshore bite may be starting to materialize as well, with the masses of sand eels gaining the attention of some pelagics.  

Ben Friedman shared this photo from a recent bass fishing trip with Capt. Rob Taylor of Newport Sportfishing Charters.

Ian, at Ranger Charters was finally able to get offshore this week despite some tough weather and was rewarded with some strong bluefin action. He is finding a relatively steady bite of 40- to 60-inch bluefin and a bunch of other boats are echoing the same sentiments.  

Dustin at, Rhode Island Kayak Fishing Adventures reports that the striped bass action is still hot and heavy, and plenty of bluefish are still around as well. The bottom fishing bite seems to be picking up, with a lot more keeper seabass, fluke, and large scup being taken. This is great news because on days that striper action is slow, bottom fishing can provide great table fare. With a large push of very small baitfish over the last 2 weeks, anglers have an opportunity to catch some really nice fish on small presentations, especially the fly fisherman. With summer officially starting now is a great time to reach out to book your kayak and/or shore fishing adventure today! Go to rikfa.com for more.

Rhode Island Fishing Forecast

Striped bass fishing remains steady across the Ocean State, regardless of what part of the state you may be fishing. The larger fish seem to have settled into their summer patterns at Block Island, but you can still find them closer to home if you don’t feel like making the run. The mouth of the bay and the Providence River are producing some big bass on pogies, while bass of mixed sizes can be found all over the beaches feeding on sand eels. Fluke reports have been up and down, but generally some good catches are being reported for anglers that have gotten away from the crowds/commonly fished areas. The sea bass season has been strong since the opener and the sea bass season starts this weekend for the charter boats. Scup has been rounding out the catch nicely, with plenty of keepers for shore and boat anglers. Offshore anglers are starting to get things kicked into gear, with some recreational bluefin close enough to home, and a decent forecast for the upcoming weekend. Freshwater anglers have no shortage of opportunities, with strong reports for post-spawn largemouth, crappie, pike, carp, and trout.  

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