Time to catch

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 12:45pm

Starting off this week’s beach and surf report, we are pleased to say the bite on good-sized stripers is solid with good numbers as well. The venerable needlefish lure design, a legendary staple for Block Island surfcasters, has been the best producer over the latter part of last week. Some of the best fish came from the upper east side of the island. Effective color schemes included fluorescent pink, or green, or a combination of both. Bass and large scup are still eagerly taking clam baits on the east side sand beaches, fished just outside the wash of the waves, primarily around high tide.

For the light tackle and fly fishers, who are lucky enough to get a parking spot, the Coast Guard Channel is producing very large scup/porgies, and there are frequent showings of stripers and blues busting up sandeel pods around the light change times both night and day. Fluke are being caught there as well, however they have a high short to keeper ratio.

Lastly, for the shore based angler, the docks of the marinas in New Harbor, have a plentiful squid population hanging around at night, entertaining many, especially the children. Do be careful when picking a location to fish for squid, as these feisty mollusks shoot ink when coming out of the water and have the potential to paint the hulls and decks of boats akin to the color pattern of a Dalmatian… this does not please most yacht owners.

Moving off the beach to the boat — good fish have definitely started moving in all around the island particularly on the deeper haunts. North light, Southeast Light and the Southwest grounds have all produced fish. Numbers are not high but the fish quality is, small fish and big fish — up to 50 pounds — are mixed in these areas. Long time visitor John Stonaker (pictured here) landed this 45-pound beauty on light gear and a six-inch sluggo. The fish was boated, weighed, and released all within 10 minutes. Several charter captains have reported 30- to 40-pound fish taken drifting live eels. ‘Normal’ July fishing has begun.

Moving to the ground fishing game. Black Sea Bass season is open and fishing has been excellent. Twenty-inch fish are not uncommon, making for fun trips and great dinners. Fluke have moved to deeper waters, but are still worth the effort. FV Harley has had several good trips with this season’s boat record set at 8.5 pounds by Max last week.

If you need an up-to-date and accurate report, stop by Block Island Fishworks and we’ll get you fishing — and, more importantly, catching!

Catch ‘em up.