Snug Harbor tournament big success
Kyle Dawson of Wakefield took first place in the 2nd Annual Snug Harbor Billy Carr Midnight Madness Striper Tournament last week with a 49.88 pound striped bass. Scott Carleston of Warren took second place with a 42.58 pound fish and Howard Eman of Narragansett took third place with a 40.9 pound fish.
Elisa Cahill of Snug Harbor Marina said, ”We had a 10 percent increase in anglers this year and will donate over $4,000 to the Point Judith Fisherman’s Foundation in the name of Billy Carr. We had 20 surf and 52 boat anglers participate.”
First place in the surf division went to Ron Rego of Providence with a 27.9 pound fish, and second place went to Rich Reich with a 26.02 pound fish. Brett Carr (Billy Carr’s nephew) won the Junior Division with a 27.44 pound striped bass. Visit snugharbormarina.com for details.
Sea run brook trout seminar
The Narragansett Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU225) will host its monthly membership meeting on Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry/West Greenwich Elks Lodge, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road, West Greenwich.
After a short chapter meeting, Ron Lasko will give a presentation titled ‘Beyond a tale of two rivers – a future for sea run brook trout’. Lasko is the author of ‘A tale of two rivers’ which is the ecological, historical, environmental and fishery story of Cape Cod’s sea run brook trout. The book focuses on the need to preserve and expand this species to its former range across Cape Cod and from Long Island to Maine on to the Canadian Maritimes.
Geoffrey Day, executive director of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition will be attending the program and will be available for questions following the presentation.
For additional information contact Glenn Place at 401/225-7712 or at TU225President@gmail.com.
Where’s the bite
False albacore (albies) and bonito fishing was very good this week as false albacore and some bonito were running along our coastline from Watch Hill to the Sakonnet River with reports from the East Fishing Grounds and other areas lighting up too. The most intense contact was around Pt. Judith both toward Westerly and north to Narragansett Beach. Angler Adam Maziarz said on the RISAA blog he landed a nice bonito off Scarborough Beach Saturday. Maziarz said, “They put on a quite a show, occasionally getting completely airborne. I managed to catch a bonito on a pink Hogy epoxy jig, which made the trip worthwhile. They seemed fairly picky; I tried many colors of epoxy jigs attempting to match the hatch but the pink did the trick.” Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle, Providence said, “Albies and bonito were thick, acres of them from Pt. Judith to Block Island feeding on peanut bunker. Popular places to land them from shore include the West Wall at the Harbor of Refuge, Fort Getty, Jamestown and Sakonnet Point.” Dimitri Mancini of Continental Bait & Tackle, Cranston said, “Diego Vargas, one of our good customers and an outstanding fisherman, fished the East Fishing Grounds Saturday and landed false albacore and his party limited out on extra-large black sea bass underneath. Large bluefish were on the surface too.”
Tautog fishing is spotty. Some anglers are landing fish in the upper bay but the best bite has been in the lower bay with some tautog anglers landing fish to ten pounds. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “Customers are trying to hook up with tautog from shore but are not having much luck at places such as Wharf Tavern. But, I did hear the bite at Castle Hill, Newport was good.”
Striped bass fishing is the Bay is not good however the bluefish bite exploded this week in the east passage and south of Conimicut Light. “The bluefish bite off Barrington Beach and south of Conimicut Point was good this weekend. The blues were feeding on schools of peanut bunker,” said Littlefield. The bass bite at Block Island was on and off last week. “The bite has been early in the morning. We have been leaving the dock at Pt. Judith at 5 a.m.,” said Capt. Rick Bellavance of Priority Too Charters. Some days you arrive at the Island and the bite is on other days the fish are just not there. Henault said, “The striped bass bite at the Cape Cod Canal continues to be outstanding. Anglers are landing bass in the 40 pound range from shore. The ‘Whip it Fish’ by Al Gag’s, a soft plastic lure, is working very well for canal fishermen. Mancini said, “The striped bass bite for customers fishing the Cape Cod Canal has been staggering. Better than it has ever been. Hogy soft plastic lures are working well. It has been a very successful lure for our customers fishing the canal and comes in a variety of colors with white and pink working the best lately.”
Black sea bass, scup and summer flounder. Anglers are reminded that the black sea bass season in Rhode Island and Federal waters closes this Friday, September 22 to October 21. The season opens again on October 22 with a seven fish/person/day limit. The closure in the fall was a tradeoff for the season staring a month earlier in June this year. “The scup bite is strong at Sabin Point and Colt State Park with anglers often reaching their 30 fish limit. They are also catching a lot of northern kingfish,” said Littlefield. This weekend anglers fishing my dock and the Town Dock in Wickford were landing scup, northern kingfish, skipjack bluefish and an occasional summer flounder. I fished off Beavertail Point this weekend with my brother Henry, Mike and friend Kevin. They landed summer flounder, black sea bass and scup with a slow pick of keepers, with many short black sea bass in the mix.
Cod fishing is starting to pick up with anglers targeting them at the East Grounds and Cox’s Ledge. Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “Hi hook this Saturday was four cod with a decent number of fishers having two apiece. There were some large sea flounder to over four pounds and a few big fluke to 11 pounds along with a nice assortment of ling including some real "baseball" bat size specimens. Both jigs and bait produced on the codfish.”
Freshwater fishing continues to be good in area lakes and ponds. “The largemouth bass bite is good in ponds at Rehoboth and at the Brickyard Pond in Barrington where one of my customers caught a six pound catfish this week,” said Littlefield. “The largemouth bass bite is very solid with three and four pound fish being landed fairly common in places like Meshanticut Lake and Randall Pond in Cranston,” said Mancini.
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at noflukefishing.com.