Galilee fishing tournament next weekend; offshore, bonito, striper fishing strong
Win a charter trip or tackle shop gift certificates at the Galilee Fishing Tournament, from 5 p.m. September 6 through 2 p.m. September 8. Juniors fishing for bluefish, black sea bass, fluke, striped bass and scup can win trophies, as well as adults fishing for bluefish, fluke and striped bass. Tournament proceeds go to the Narragansett Parks & Recreation Financial Aid Program, the Pt. Judith Fisherman’s Memorial Scholarship Fund and the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation.
Register online at www.galileetourney.com or pick up registration forms at most tackle shops. Children under 14 free, adult registration is $15.
Where’s the bite
According to Al Conti of Snug Harbor Marina, offshore fishing is just starting to pick up and anything being caught is way out there. The vessel Waugh’s Up of North Rip Charters landed a 278-pound swordfish and a big eye tuna at Atlantis Canyon, and Lois DeFusco of Hot Reels Sport Fishing charters landed several albacore from the same area. Vin Catauro reported a slow day fishing for giants: “No blue fin but we kept hooking up with shark after shark. We even caught the same blue shark twice. The first time we hooked him he fouled a second line getting hooked in the back. We released him and continued to fish, then we hooked him a second time… he still had the hook and bait on his back. Not a very smart shark.”
Roger Simpson, for the Frances Fleet, reported that cod fishing was not bad last week: “Anthony Mercurio from Providence jigged up three fine cod and a few other anglers had three cod apiece to take home. A half dozen or so other cod in the twenty pound range were boated as well.” Visit www.francesfleet.com for cod, fluke, and tuna trip schedules.
Bonito reports continue to come in with fish being caught all along the southern coastal shore, and fluke fishing remains strong. According to John Wunner of John’s Bait & Tackle in Warwick, “Customers are often catching five to six nice fish south of the bridges with anglers still landing two to three fish in the mid-Bay area.”
Striped bass fishing at Block Island remains strong with large fish in the 30 and 40-pound range being taken daily as well as a lot of smaller stripers mixed in with bluefish. Surfcasters are finding the fish out a bit further.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.