Despite warm air temperatures waters actually cooled slightly over the past week and may help Inshore fishing, which has been slowing as water temperatures have risen. Current water temperatures near Block Island stand at 71.1 degrees and 68.9 degrees at Quonset Point.
Menhaden are scattered and increasingly difficult to find. Bait balls, both Inshore and Offshore, are holding good fish. Birds feeding on bait have helped fishermen find good areas to fish.
-Squid fishing is slow.
-Tautog are CLOSED until August.
-Black Seabass are biting very well and many are jumbos. Fluke gear, jigging, and bait on the bottom have been effective.
-Scup are definitely worth targeting with jigs or bait.
-Striped Bass are thick out front and at Block Island. Chunking Menhaden toward the mouth of the Bay can be effective as they move into the open sea. Block Island fishermen are doing well with many taking advantage of a hot surface bite. Dogfish and Bluefish can make eeling difficult so trolling or casting to surface-feeding schools are currently the better bets.
-Bluefish are widespread. Birds feeding can point the way.
-Fluke fishing is decent along the South Shore or off Sakonnet. Jumbo Black Seabass are biting frequently so, if Fluke are not cooperating, fish dinner is still “on the table.” Block Island remains a good bet if you can stay away from hordes of Dogfish invading the area.
-Bluefin Tuna are long overdue but a few recent reports came in of BOTH Yellowfin and Bluefin caught in an area of the Dump that was full of birds, whales, and bait. Trips to the area the following days found no real life and were fruitless while a few Bluefin were landed elsewhere. Birds, whales, and signs of bait were the common factors in those successes.
-Sharking has been steadily improving with mostly small Makos, occasional Threshers, and increasing numbers of Blue Sharks in the slicks. Unusually warm waters have also yielded some surprises such as Hammerhead, Tiger, and Brown sharks.
-The Canyons are hit or miss but a few reports of big Mahi, little “rat” Yellowfins, and a few Yellowfin or Bigeye that tip the scales at 40 to 250 pounds give Offshore guys some hope. Occasional reports of Yellowfins inside the shipping lanes or on the flats have not yet become consistent but are encouraging. Reports of Yellowfins all the way into the Dump are few but intriguing, and actually credible, as those waters are uncharacteristically warm for this time of year.
Weather this weekend starts off with showers Friday evening and Saturday morning but should clear by Sunday. Light East winds Friday will strengthen and begin clocking North on Saturday leading to potentially choppy conditions. Sunday should see modest Northeast winds and improving sea state under sunny skies. Temperatures should be pleasant with highs in the 70’s.
High tide at Point Judith today, Friday, July 28, 2017, will occur at 12:08 am and 12:41 pm and low tide at 6:27 am and 6:55 pm. Tides for each subsequent day should occur approximately an hour later.