Bluefish and Hurricane Bill

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Tight to a fish on Tiderunner Charters

Bluefish are everywhere and providing lots of action.  This is a great time of year to take new fisherman out as the weather is warm and the bluefish are very accommodating.  Just watch their fingers.

Unfortunately for bass fisherman, the surge in bluefish has made striper fishing more difficult.  Between the warm weather and bluefish it has been tough fishing.  Bonito were the top story the last two weeks, but things have been quieter than expected this past week.

Hurricane Bill is the other big topic of the week.  We appear to be safe from the winds, but could see the swells over the weekend.  How does this impact fishing?  Depends on who you talk to.  Some feel the big surf is tougher to fish and leads to dirty water.  Others will argue the fish turn on the feedback as the storm approaches and the surf pounds.  My opinion?  I like to fish on top of rocks along the beach and thus dread big swells.  Nothing like getting knocked off a rock at night.  However, a wise fisherman once said just go out and fish.  If you are like many of us, fishing opportunities are limited.  If you have an open window take it.  Waves too big?  Move to sheltered water, salt pond or bring your surf board.

Block Island

Cast a Fly skipper, Capt. Ray Stachelek reports:

Overrun by bluefish!

2009 08 18 Ray

Nino proudly holds a nice middle weight Block Island striper.

That’s the current story at Block Island during this oppressive heat wave that’s hit the region.  Every rock pile, mound, and ledge has five to eight pound yellow eyes willing to steal your bait. If you’re an eel fishermen, it can get expensive. Frustrating too! How frustrating is it?  They never seem to get to the hook for an angler to at least enjoy a fight. What is left is just the head and a look of dismay on ones face.  To makes matters worse, an eel with wrap itself around the mono leader from time to time. You get nothing back but a frayed line. More donations!Striper fishing has really slowed. It could rebound with a few cooler nights. Surface temperatures around the island have reached the 70 degree mark. That explains the influx of bluefish. We tried fishing several hours before sunrise for some stripers with no luck. Nothing but blues again.  The summer is rapidly slipping by. Sunrises are now after 6:00am.

Sand eels continue to be a mystery. Two weeks ago they had the island surrounded by the millions.  They have more or less disappeared since the electrical storm activity. Bonito sightings are down. That correlates to the lack of smaller bait around.  Sea bass and scup fishing are at their peak right now. We caught a good size sea bass on an eel, believe it or not?

Nino Cambareri and friend Joe vacationed in Newport this week with some family. They were able to get away for a mornings outing at the Block. Nino has a passion for being outdoors. He works a full week outside. Beside that his others interest are boating/fishing and hunting. It seems that the only time he’s inside, is to sleep.

Joe, on the other hand loves golf.  When it comes to fishing he’s a novice. Blame Nino for Joe to catch the bug. Joe now knows what the phrase, “striking while the iron is hot means.”  While Nino is enjoying a good fight, Joe is left with line management problems. It’s very frustrating Joe, but we have all gone thru it. It’s part of the learning curve. They caught a combination of striper, bluefish, sea bass, and scup.

Phil Philbin with friend Lou and families have been vacationing in the area of Scarborough this week. What a great beach week for the family. Unfortunately, the warm steamy weather has impacted fishing. We headed out toward the island an hour and a half before sunrise. We were determined to increase the window of opportunity during the slow summer months of fishing. Unfortunately it didn’t help us catch any stripers.  We were overrun by bluefish everywhere we drifted.  We circled the island is search for linesiders, but none could be found.

Watch Hill and Eastern LI Sound

Capt. Mike Duclos of Tiderunner Charter reports:

If your desire is to catch Stripers the name of the game now is EARLY; first light and again at the end of the day are the best times to find our striped friends. The Bluefish continue to be fairly predictable with some good fish mixed in with the 2# and 3# fish that are schooling. If this storm that is heading up the coast doesn’t do too much damage to the waters we should start to see more Bonito in the near future.

Lots of bait in the ponds and breachways; looks like things are shaping up to be a good fall season, let’s hope the weather is kind. Spent a day on a Berkshire stream with good friend and guide Jim Dowd, he fishes the Deerfield and many other rivers in his area a true western styled float trip. We hiked down a stream for over a mike and fished a crystal clear, cool mountain stream with 2weights and dry flies. Each pool contained several native, wild brookies that attacked the dry’s like bluefish on poppers. Well guys it’s time to think about what comes next and that is Albies, do I need to say more?  Tight lines to all and have a great week.

Capt. Roger K. Gendron of Connecticut Island Outfitters reports:

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Big blue takes on Ben and family

Bluefish are definitely cruising near shore waters with bite-offs occurring frequently while Bass hunting.  Be sure to add wire to the tippet, or carry a lot of flies.  If you are concerned that wire will reduce strikes from Bass, don’t worry about it, they are not really biting that well anyway.  At least not close to shore; it seems Blues have invaded their space.

There are Bass, and Blues, out in deeper water (over 40’ down to 100’) but unfortunately not realistically fly fishable.  It’s just that time of year when the holdovers are hung over or just seeking deeper water to stay cool after sunrise.  So go deep with light tackle, or go for Blues.  The action can be pretty exciting as double digit fish are stalking shallow water.

While spending a morning doing some spin fishing, young Ben hooked into this beast pictured.  It hit so hard I think it may have pulled him in if the drag had been too tight.  The fish weighed in over 11 lbs. on the Boga Grip, and Ben will be the first to admit he needed some help landing her.  The poor little guy could barely hold the fish up for the pic.  It took three generations to boat this beauty, as several minutes of tug-a-war burned out dad’s recently reconstructed shoulder, so granddad finally out lasted the fish.

There seemed to be more bites near the reefs this week, and the previously bait-laden flats and shorelines are a little quieter, although still littered with Sea Robbins.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Garth Fondo

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