Fall run has begun

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 7:15am

Now that we are into October, we are happy to report there is a solid presence of a wide variety of fish in the waters around Block Island.

Starting with the beach and surf, stripers and blues are busting on large surface plugs during the light change at sunrise and sunset on both the east side and west side of the island. Big poppers like the tried-and-true Atom Striper Swiper, or surface glide baits like the Shimano Orca, are working well. The biggest stripers are coming to the beach for surf casters wet-suiting and swimming to the outer edge of the surf zone on the south and southeast sides of the island, at night — again, employing the use of large lures, such as darters. For those wishing to use bait, clams are where it’s at. These are deadly for the stripers on the east side sand beaches; however, we have also received reports of surf anglers catching bass (with squid) in the same locale.

Those looking for false albacore may notice numbers are down, but they are still around — just a bit more spread out throughout the Harbor. Putting in time around light change and in the heaviest moving current is your best bet. One must be vigilant and ready to cast, because you may only get a shot or two a day for the time being.

Scup/porgies are still readily catchable around the docks in Old and New Harbors, the Coast Guard Channel, as well as the rock jetties of Ballard’s and the shoot. Ultimately, the shore-based angling scene is fishing well for those getting lines wet.

From the boat, the striper fishing has been up and down as different bodies of fish are moving through as they begin their southerly migration — the Fall Run. If you hit it right, you’ll be rewarded with 30-pound class fish. Smaller fish are still being caught around the island, and some anglers have finally moved to the west side areas, like West Beach and Grace's Cove, but there are good numbers inside New Harbor. Seabass fishing is still “lights out,” with keeper-size fish moving back into shallower water. Black seabass freezes very well, so this is the time to fill the freezer. Stay tuned for more reports, as we will be fishing to the end of October.

Catch 'em up!