Fishing Report: Bonito and albies, with a splash of bass

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 8:30am

Everyone knows September and October are the best months on Block Island. That only improves because of the smaller crowds and cooler weather. This last week has proven that; if you head out there with a fishing pole, you’re probably going to catch something.

From boat, the fish seem to be mostly on the south and west sides of the island. There are good numbers of bass right in close to shore in between Dorie’s and Grace’s Coves toward evening using eels. On the south side, Capt. Bill Gould of G. Willie Makit charters reported several fish weighing 30 to 40 pounds trolling umbrella rigs in deep water. There are still bluefish around, so if you are fishing eels and can’t get past the blues, use a one- to four-ounce egg sinker to get them down faster. Black sea bass are the most plentiful fish around right now, and with the seven-fish limit, you’ll be sure to get your fill. You can catch them just about anywhere around the island as long as you’re jigging over rocks and not sand. Squid is what most people use for sea bass, but artificials like the Gulp Alive works as well. The fluke are still around, but are in deep water on the west side around 65 to 80 feet. Big live minnows are working best for fluke, but squid or spearing will do just fine.

After the late summer lull for striped bass fishing from shore, we’ve begun to see larger fish around again. The water is still really warm, so for the bigger fish you need to go at night when it has time to cool off. Mansion Beach has produced fish all summer, and with the increased baitfish lately, you should be able to find good fish there using squid, or a variety of swimming lures, such as needlefish.

The biggest excitement around the island right now is definitely the arrival of the bonito and albies. At the Coast Guard Channel, you’ll find them blitzing baitfish several times throughout the day. The number one lure for the small tuna is the Deadly Dick lure, but any thin shiny metal lure should work. These fish are known for their exceptional eyesight, so be sure not to use any line over 12 pound test.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, and get out there and fish!