RE: Michael - How's Newport these days?
If you can, put the boat in at Fort Adams. They have a great boat ramp there. From there, I'd cruise up past the west passage to the reefs off Brenton Point. The tides should be perfect. Work the reefs as well as possible. Big fish have been showing there recently. I wouldn't miss hitting Prices Neck to the left and also hitting Beavertail to the right. If all else fails look for birds and you'll be golden. Your buddy shouldn't have any problem getting his first striper. I've heard but can't confirm big Blues in Newport Harbor. Recent report have been sighting red tide in upper bay so avoid that. If you hit all the places you mentioned I can't imagine a less than stellar day for you. Just be carefull out along the reefs.