Galilee fishing tournament a great success

Joey Scrofani with a 3.6-pound black sea bass (left) that took first place in the Junior Division, and a scup. Joey also took home the first-place trophy for the largest Junior Division bluefish at 6.4 pounds. Joey Scrofani with a 3.6-pound black sea bass (left) that took first place in the Junior Division, and a scup. Joey also took home the first-place trophy for the largest Junior Division bluefish at 6.4 pounds.

Joey Scrofani with a 3.6-pound black sea bass (left) that took first place in the Junior Division, and a scup. Joey also took home the first-place trophy for the largest Junior Division bluefish at 6.4 pounds.

The debut Galilee Fishing for a Cause Tournament and Seafood Food Festival was “very successful,” according to Steve Medeiros, president of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association(RISAA).

“Even with the weatherman forecasting bad conditions, we still had 148 registered anglers; this is not bad at all. And yes, there will be a second annual Galilee Tournament and Food Festival,” said Mr. Medeiros.

The three-day event was organized by the Town of Narragansett, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and RISAA. Funds raised will be donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Narragansett Parks and Recreation Financial Aid Program and the Johnnycake Center of Peace Dale.

The event aims to celebrate and promote Rhode Island’s recreational and commercial fishing industries. Organizers wanted to create an event reminiscent of the past tuna tournaments held in Galilee to help create awareness and interest in fishing and seafood in Rhode Island.

Recreation and commercial fishing displays and demonstrations were held throughout the festival with participation from a variety of commercial fishing interests such as Superior Trawling and the Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association. The festival featured local seafood, artisans, music and educational exhibits.

Fishing tournament winners

Black sea bass Junior Boat Division winners were Joey Scrofani (3.6 pounds), first place; Zoey Realeau, second; and Shawn Rogers, third.

Bluefish junior boat division winners were Joey Scrofani (6.4 pounds), first place; Michael Morrison, second; and Jack Spych, third. Bluefish adult boat winners were Dave Kops (13.15 pounds), first place; John Eldridge, second; and Stephen Daignault, third. The bluefish adult shore winner was Joshua Richardson (11.75 pounds).

Fluke adult boat division winners were Ed Sylvia (3.1 pounds), first place; Jared Henry, second; and David Fewster, third.

Scup junior boat division winners were Nate Ambrad (2.25 pounds), first place; Zoey Realeau, second; and Joey Scrofani, third.

Striped bass adult boat division winners were Raymond Jobin (37.1 pounds), first; Peter Vican, second; and Jonathan Lewie, third. The striped bass adult shore winner was Richard Reich (8.5 pounds).

Wind farm informational meeting

Deepwater Wind, the developer of the pilot wind farm project off Block Island, will hold an informational meeting and open discussion with the Rhode Island fishing community from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at The Village Inn, 1 Beach St., Narragansett.

If you’re  a recreational or commercial fisherman (or anyone else for that matter) and want to learn about the project or have a concern about the proposed wind farm, you should attend. Learn about the fisheries data that has been collected and what research is proposed as the project moves forward.

For further information contact independent fisheries consultant Rick Bellavance at 401/741-5648 or www.biwffisheries@gmail.com.

Where’s the bite?

Tautog fishing is heating up as anglers start to target this species. Legal size is 16 inches minimum with a limit (until Oct. 19) of three fish/day/angler with a maximum of 10 fish per boat. JR Carlow reports on the RISAA blog, “I got out with my dad on Friday for some tog. We hit the ledge at the corner of Castle Hill, right where the Coast Guard cutter comes out, if you follow the shoreline out to the front of the Inn at Castle Hill. Got nine keepers and a total of 17 fish in about 2.5 hours, all on Asian crabs. Slack tide, too. Took the best five home.”

I fished in the mid and lower bay Sunday and caught many shorts and two nice keepers in the 20-inch range in the General Rock, North Kingstown area in a matter of 90 minutes, 2.5 hours before low tide. Once the current slowed, the fish shut off. I was using green crabs, chumming with a mixture of clam bellies and green crabs.

Striped bass fishing remains strong at night and early morning at Block Island. Fish are not as plentiful as they were, but still worth the trip. Tommy Pelto reports a good striped bass and blue fish bite along southern coastal shores. “I had a great night along South County. Even with a stiff wind fishing was great and consistent. Bass and blues were all mixed in together. A black and purple bottle plug did the job. Definitely an encouraging sign (for) the next couple months,” he said.

False albacore, albies or little tunny as they are called are appearing in good numbers along Rhode Island southern coastal shores. Stephen Katkowski reports, “Fished the south shore for albies on Monday in my 14-foot skiff. Landed 13 out of 17 for the day fishing all afternoon. Kastmaster XLs were the ticket for me. Fish were in tight just outside the surfers between Deep Hole and the Ocean Mist.”

Capt. Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing on Narragansett Bay for more than 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Your fishing photos in jpeg form, stories, comments and questions are welcome. Visit Capt. Dave’s No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com or e-mail him at dmontifish@verizon.net.

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