Boat show roundup; tautog fishing picking up
The annual Newport Boat Show was held last weekend—here is what caught my attention:
Metan of Halifax, Mass. is a company that meticulously restores old Boston Whalers, Seacrafts and other vessels. Owner Michael Borrelli said, “We restored and sold thirteen 1969 Sakonnet Boston Whalers last year alone.” The 21-foot Whalers sell for $70,000, though the special show price was $60,000. Metan is so good at what they do, their reputation has gone international and they have restored vessels and shipped them overseas. Borrelli said, “We have had owners buy brand new Boston Whalers and send them to us to turn into vintage-looking boats.” Visit Metan at www.metanmarine.com.
Twin console boats are hot. Due to consumer demand manufactures are moving in the direction of fuel economy and day boats rather than focusing on cabin models. Fran Sawicki of Silver Spring Marine in South Kingstown (a Russo Marine company) said, “Manufactures are moving towards the recreation day boat. Customers say ‘If we are going somewhere with the boat we’ll stay in a hotel’, so the move to day boats without cabins is popular. Other things they want in a boat include a table for entertaining and of course a bathroom aboard for the ladies.” Visit Russo Marine at www.russomarine.com.
True World Marine’s 28’ walk-around cabin boat. These boats were originally made for giant bluefin tuna fishing. They have a wide walk around space to fish off the sides and bow and are available with inboard, inboard/outboard and twin outboard power options. They feature a comfortable cabin for overnight trips and an enclosed head. Visit them at www.trueworldmarine.com, or call their broker Rob Moore at Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales, 401/338-3554.
Where’s the bite
Summer flounder (fluke) fishing is surprisingly good—as it is often over this time of year—as they leave local waters and move offshore for the fall and winter. Matt Conti of Sung Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, said “Charter boats are still hitting fluke just south of the southeast corner off Block Island. And fishing east of Point Judith is pretty good too.” Last Wednesday I fished with Parker Kelly (formerly of NBC 10) and Tom Richardson (former editor of Saltwater Sportsmen magazine) at Austin Hollow, Jamestown. The duo, co-hosts of “New England Boating” which airs on New England Sports Network (NESN), caught fluke to 24”.
Tautog fishing is just starting to pick up. Ken Landry of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “This is the first weekend that customers are coming back with keepers. Most of the Bay fish are shorts, but out in front, off Beavertail, off Narragansett at Narrow River, off Brenton Reef (and other rock clusters), customers are catching keepers.” I was at Seal Ledge off Newport Sunday and twenty boats southwest of the Ledge and ten boats north of the red Seal Ledge bell, were all tautog fishing. We passed a boat just as they landed a nice keeper-sized tautog. “Anglers are landing keeper tautog at the Breachway in Charlestown,” said Phil Matteson of Breachway Bait & Tackle. Tautog fishing has been good in the Sakonnet, and Kurt Rivard landed a nine pound tautog this weekend as part of the Aquidneck Island Striper Team’s Sergeant Christopher Potts Tournament, which ended last weekend.” Tautog minimum size is 16”, three fish/person/day with a boat limit of ten fish. Limit increases to six/person/day on October 18 but the ten fish per boat limit still in effect. Charter and party boats are not subject to ten fish per boat limit.
Striped bass fishing slowed this week. David Sanford of East Greenwich fished in the Lumbermen Striped Bass Tournament out of Champlin Marina, Block Island, this week and said, “We managed to land two bass, in two days with the winner landing just five fish, the largest 38 pounds.” Dave Henault of Ocean Sate Tackle said, “Pogies are moving into the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and customers are catching blues and striped bass. One of my employees landed a 39” fish last weekend.” Manny Sousa of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren said, “Customers have caught striped bass off Bullock’s Point, East Providence. There have been keepers but nothing big yet.”
Anglers continue to catch large scup along coastal shores and in Narragansett Bay, having no trouble catching keeper-sized (10″) fish. Offshore fishing slowed last week. Matt Conti of Snug Harbor Marina said, “Shark fishing is still good. We weighed in a 149 pound Mako on Sunday but things have been off with few tuna being caught at the Dump and the Canyon this week.”
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license, a charter fishing license, and is a member of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council. Your fishing photos in JPEG form, stories, comments and questions are welcome… there’s more than one way to catch a fish. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com; his blog at www.noflukefishing.blogspot.com or e-mail him at [email protected].