Most of Narragansett Bay’s big striped bass are moving south to colder water in the ocean, says Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle. Steve Elliott and Tyler Ward caught keepers near Brenton Reef this week, despite rough conditions. Ferrara recommends the waters off Bonnet Shores, Gould Island, and Beavertail Point.
Catching stripers on eels during the day? It’s tough. Mike Lapttew, who made this photo, says: “That’s why I brought the eels along for the ride and I fished the biggest eels I had. I took three on three way rig with various weights. My largest bass was approaching 30 pounds…she’s still swimming around with all the other bass we took on scup. We started the day off drenched by heavy rain…I couldn’t wait for the sun (haven’t said that in a few days) and I was even a bit cold at times when Capt. Blaine throttled up on his new Skeeter — a sweet ride and well laid out fishing platform.”
Warming waters in the upper bay haven’t affected fluke fishing Ferrara said this morning. They’re biting in the waters bounded by Providence Point, Conimicut Point and Rocky Point, and also off the Warwick Country Club.
Sea bass have been biting in the waters near Hope Island, Plum Point, and General Rock off North Kingstown.
Shore fishers are catching lots of scup, says David Henault of Ocean State Tackle. He recommends Colt State Park, Beavertail Point, Hazard Rock in Narragansett, Sakonnet Point, Stone Bridge, the East Wall and the West Wall on the Harbor of Refuge.
Large bass have been feeding on sand eels in the North Rip, said Ray Miclette of Pete’s Tackle who fished in the fog Tuesday morning. “We caught a few 30-pound fish,” he said. “They were all on the surface. Then we went to the south side, and it was barren — nothing going on.”
Andrew Miller, fishing aboard Dusky caught a 260-pound mako shark to take the top prize in the Snug Harbor Marina Shark Tournament over the weekend. Rich Betts, aboard Reel Chaos, caught a 203-pounder for the second-place make trophy.Tom Lai, aboard Bilda, landed a 216-pound thresher shark to win that division.
“The dog days are definitely here,” says Ray Miclette, “but there have been a few 4- and 5-pound largemouth bass taken on Lower Slatersville Reservoir this week.”