Great Outdoor Pursuit big success
Team prizes for the 2014 Great Outdoors Pursuit were recently awarded to winners at Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown. The program aims to reunite families with the outdoors, encourage more physical activity and help build the next generation of environmental stewards. This year 407 teams registered for the event including 1,690 participants who visited different facilities and took part in outdoor adventures leaning about the environment and health issues. The Great Outdoors Pursuit is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Management with support from the Department of Health.
The third annual Galilee Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival will be held Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th in Galilee. The seafood festival Saturday and Sunday features over fifty craft and art exhibits, shops, restaurants, commercial and recreational fishing displays including a kids learn how to fish area dockside.
The fishing tournament (which starts Friday night at 5 p.m. and ends Sunday at 2 p.m.) will feature both boat and shore divisions for adults and children. Adults will fish for bluefish, fluke and striped bass. The junior division for children 14 and under will fish for bluefish, black sea bass, fluke, scup and striped bass. Entry fee for adults is $15 and $5 for juniors.
The weigh in station opens Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an award ceremony Sunday at 4 p.m. For more information visit galileetourney.com.
Where’s the bite
Summer flounder (fluke). “Fluke fishing is fair in the lower bay; better out in front off Jamestown and Newport,” said John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside. “Fluke are being caught at the 50 to 60 foot depths off southern coastal shores along with black sea bass.” said Phil Matteson of Breachway Bait & Tackle, Charlestown. Ken Landry of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “The Bay warmed right up and fishing is not great, some fluke are being taken off Newport and Jamestown at Austin Hollow and Hull Cover. But not a lot of fish.” Tom Giddings of The Tackle Box, Warwick, said, “We fish behind Hog Island to get out of the wind last week and did very well with fluke between the Mt. Hope Bridge and the island.” Roger Simpson of the Frances Fleet said, “Just a tremendous amount of very big fluke this past week. Pool fish for this past Saturday and the biggest fish so far this 2014 season (on the Frances Fleet) weighed in at 12 lbs. after being bled and sitting in a cooler most of the day (easily close to 13 lbs right out of the water). The behemoth slab of nearly 32 inches caught on the first drift of the morning inhaled a white buck tail jig tipped with fluke belly and two spearing.”
Bonito. No consistent reports of Bonito in the area. Phil Matteson of Breachway bait said, “We had a customer catch an 8 pound bonito when he was jigging off the bottom for fluke. Other than that we have had not reports of bonito or false albacore but it is that time of year so they should be on their way.”
Shore fishing is fair. “Sabin Point, East Providence, is still holding a lot of scup and tommy cod with an occasional striped bass and bluefish. Scup fishing at Colt State Park is very good.” said John Littlefield. Phil Matteson of Breachway Bait & Tackle said, “Fishing off the Charlestown Breachway and from the beaches has been better this week. A few tautog have been caught in the rocks and large bass to 25 pounds have been coming in the Breachway with the tide with a lot of bait.… From the beaches anglers have been hammering the bluefish in the five to ten pound range making it difficult to catch a bass from the beach.”
Tautog fishing reports have been spotty as anglers have not focused on targeting tautog. John Littlefield said, “We had a few customers give tautog fishing a try but they gave it up as they caught nothing but shorts (minimum size for tautog is 16”).
Striped bass fishing has slowed right down in the Bay with the water warming up quite a bit. A few school bass here and there have been taken in the bay but very few fish. A few large bass are being taken off Bonnet Shores, Beavertail and Newport. Guys are trolling tube and worm and using eels to catch them. But there are not a lot of fish. Angler Kevin Bettencourt of Riverside said, “Shane, my oldest son, at 13 years old made the overnight trip (to Block Island last week) and landed a 48″ bass at 3:30 a.m. We were using live eels. Although long, the fish had no girth to it and only weighed in at 35 lbs. For its length it should have been 40+… My fished taped out at 45″ and weighed 35 lbs as well.”
Black sea bass and scup. “Anglers are catching black sea bass and scup at just about every rock pile in the bay. It is the only consistent action on the bay,” said Ken Landry of Ray’s Bait & Tackle. Mt Hope Bay on both sides of the bridge is yielding plenty of black sea bass and scup.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at noflukefishing.com or e-mail him with your fishing news and photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.