Cooler water temperatures and a sudden appearance of large amounts of bait in Narragansett Bay and in front of Newport and South Shore has had a huge impact in fishing. Current water temperatures near Block Island stand at 68 degrees and 66.4 degrees at Newport Harbor.
Large schools of small peanut bunker are being attacked mercilessly by large numbers of Striped Bass and Bluefish. Adult Menhaden schools are popping up near the Bay entrance but predatory fish don’t seem to be concentrated on them. Offshore, bait balls are harassed by Bluefins, the Yellowfin bite is still hit-or-miss, and Sharking has been very good. Birds and marine mammals feeding on bait have helped fishermen find good areas to fish.
Squid fishing is slow.
Tautog is OPEN with most fishermen using crabs as bait. Look for rocky structure.
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. Peanut Bunker schools off Newport have attracted both Stripers and Blues. 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 are moving out leading to many guys doing well on eels.
Bluefish are widespread and blitzing schools can lead to unbelievable surface action especially off Newport. Birds feeding point the way.
Fluke fishing is OK along the South Shore or off Sakonnet though many are short. 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 especially as Dogfish are moving out.
Bluefin Tuna, including some giants, are being caught on the troll in the area of the Dump though not as consistently as in past years. Birds, whales, and signs of bait can show where to begin the search.
Sharking has been good with many 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. Occasional Yellowfin or Bigeye that tip the scales at 40 to 250 pounds give Offshore guys some hope and some trips have been very good. Occasional reports of Yellowfins inside the shipping lanes or on the flats have not yet become consistent but are encouraging.
Weather this weekend starts with a stellar Friday, morning showers Saturday, and a mix of sun and clouds Sunday. Temperatures will be close to 80 on Friday and Sunday and slightly cooler Saturday. Light winds predominantly from the South will keep sea state quite manageable for all three days.
High tide at Point Judith today, Friday, August 11, 2017, will occur at 11:01 am and 11:19 pm and low tide at 4:31 am and 5:00 pm. Tides for each subsequent day should occur approximately an hour later.