Boston bass and Rhode Island tuna, August 18, 2005

I took a bussman’s holiday yesterday to chase the school bluefin tuna with buddy Skip Jepson and his longtime friend, Jim Burnham. We fished the area from the Westport River west to Point Judith. We found good numbers of tuna in the morning and had numerous shots at them. First cast, I hooked up to a freight train on a 1oz pearl swimming jig that I fought for @ 15 minutes until the anti-reverse on my Penn 5500 crapped out! No love for me, but oh what a thrill!! Jim hooked up next and landed a beautiful 20# tuna after a rather short fight. "Cousin" Skip got into the game and boated and released another fish that weighed 19# on the Boga. Both fish were taken on Yo-Zuri poppers. There were a fair number of boats on these fish and as the morning progressed the pods were few and far between.

Jim Burnham’s first SBFT

Skip got into the game as well.

On August 14, Chuck Donavan, his son CJ, and CJ’s father-in-law Sonny joined me for some fly and light tackle fishing in the harbor. At the entrance to the Inner Harbor, we found loads of very finicky bass feeding on large schools of small baitfish. We stayed on this fish for a good part of the outgoing tide and caught a number on a variety of artificials. No one lure seemed to outfish another. For fly casters, a small white fly worked very well. The highlight of the morning came when CJ fooled a 38" 26# linesider that took a 6" bass assassin’ (unweighted). This beauty was taken by the "big rock" in Quincy Bay (no kidding…).

CJ’s keeper bass.

I still have some weekend dates open in September and October, so call to check on my availability.

Until next time, we’ll see you out there.

Capt. Wayne


Mark N. Cahill has been writing and editing for since 1995. He started fishing in the mid-1960's and caught his first striper off World's End in Hingham in 1966. From there on in it was an obsession. He loves fishing for tuna, and fly fishing for striped bass. In a pinch, anything with fins will do...

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