The Striker strikes with a 295 pound thresher

The Striker strikes with a 295 pound thresher

First place thresher and overall tournament winner was a 295 pound thresher caught by Adam Littlefield (right), North Kingstown with captain of the Striker, Russ Blank. The Snug Harbor Marina Shark Tournament was held this weekend.

Snug Harbor Marina, South Kingstown, ended their two day shark tournament Sunday with a 295 pound thresher taking the tournament’s top prize.
Adam Littlefield of North Kingstown caught the fish while aboard the Striker captained by Russ Rand. Al Conti of Sung Harbor said, “57 boats and 200 anglers participated in the tournament, and 43 fish were tagged and released with only eight fish captured. This is a great use of the resource when you start to think about the economic impact of such a tournament.” Proceeds from the tournament are being donated to the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).
“We had anglers fishing the Gully, the Suffix and the Horns area and some went all the way to the edge. But you do not have to go that far,” said Elisa Martin. Bill Ward of Mansfield took the mako shark first place prize with a 251 pound fish. No blue sharks were weighed in at the tournament.
Trout Unlimited stream side meeting
The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (#225) will hold streamside meeting Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Management Area Check Station, Rt. 165, Exeter, R.I.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be available. All members and guests welcomed. For information contact chapter president, Ron Marafioti at 571/643-1452.

Where’s the bite
Striped bass. Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren said, “Block Island was on fire the past few days, starting the weekend we weighed in several fish in the 40 plus pound range. We weighed in a 34 pound fish caught in the Westerly area by Charlie Soars trolling tube & worm.” Elisa Martin said, “Striped bass fishing blew wide open on the north rip and southwest side of Block Island this weekend with several fish in the 40 plus pound range being landed.” Angler Jack Leyden of North Kingstown said, “We fished Block Island this weekend and landed a nice fish in the thirty pound range.” Phil Tower reports on the RI Saltwater Anglers Association blog, “My brother, me and three dozen live eels launched at Pt. Judith for a bumpy ride out to the SW corner (of Block Island Saturday night)… We were greeted by lots of birds and bluefish that were scattered all around the area. After about 2 hours of trial and error we landed our first striper at 8 p.m. We found good action between bass and pesky blues. We landed seven bass with four over 40″ and the largest weighing 26 lbs.”
Shore fishing.  “30 and 40 pound striped bass are being caught at night with eels from the Charlestown Breachway along with large bluefish.” said Julian Trozzi of Breachway Bait & Tackle, Charlestown. Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait said, “Scup fishing has been great all over with 12 and 14” fish being caught. Guys have not been catching their thirty fish limit, but they are going home with fifteen or so good sized fish. Scup fishing is good at Colt State Park and even at the Warren Bridge where we don’t normally see scup until later in the season.”
Summer flounder fishing remained strong with fish being landed off Newport, at the mouth of the Sakonnet, all along the southern coastal and out at Block Island. Angler Steve Brustein of West Warwick landed fluke to 22 inches off Newport drifting southwest of the Seal Ledge, Newport area.“We weighed in two eleven pound fluke caught on the south side of Block Island this weekend.” said Elisa Martin of Snug Harbor. “Fluke fishing at the Sakonnet was good Sunday, we weighted in a 6.2 pound fluke that was being entered in the RISAA fluke tournament.” said Manny Macedo of Lucky Bait. Julian Trozzi of Breachway Bait & Tackle said, “Anglers fishing from boats along the beaches in the Charlestown area ae doing well but fluke fishing from the rocks on shore is slow.”
Black sea bass fishing is good with anglers catching them when fishing for summer flounder. I fished off Newport this weekend and had no trouble catching my limit of three mixed in with some keeper fluke. Ken Landry of Ray’s Bait & Tackle, Warwick said, “Black sea bass, fluke and scup are all being caught by anglers when fishing for fluke. The mid bay area has been good with guys catching fish right at the red can off Warwick Light.”
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at or e-mail him with your fishing news and photos at [email protected].