Inshore baitfish have reorganized into large schools and once again attract larger predators. Offshore they remain fairly scattered and finding good fishing is hit or miss. Mahi Mahi are beginning to regroup around high-fliers but not yet in large numbers. Current water temperatures near Block Island stand at 67.0 degrees and 66.0 degrees at Newport Harbor.
Inshore, bait balls are reforming and feeding blitzes of Stripers and Blues can offer incredible action. Offshore, bait is also reforming into schools but the Tuna and Mahi Mahi bite remains difficult to find. Birds and marine mammals are not concentrated in any particular area but should settle in as bait reforms into large schools.
Squid fishing is slow.
Tautog fishing is difficult but should improve by the day.
Black Seabass are biting very well. Any jigs or baits near the bottom should provide good action.
Scup are thick and hitting jigs or bait.
Striped Bass fishing is unusually slow but improving Inshore. Peanut Bunker schools off Newport, Narragansett, and South Shore breachways are once again forming and beginning to draw fish. Block Island Striper fishermen are struggling but Blues provide some action.
Bluefish are widespread and blitzing schools can lead to unbelievable surface action. Birds feeding point the way to bait.
Fluke fishing is slow with most keeper fish in 60 to 70+ feet of water. Jumbo Black Seabass are biting frequently so, if Fluke are not cooperating, fish dinner is still “on the table.” Block Island or the wind farm remain the best bets for larger fish.
Green Bonito and False Albacore are being spotted Inshore but frequently not biting. Things should turn around off the South Shore any day now.
Bluefin Tuna are here and there and finding feeding fish can lead to good action with most fish in the 40 to 60 pound range. Birds, whales, and bait remain scattered but beginning to stabilize again.
Sharking is good with many Makos, increasing numbers of Threshers, and good numbers of Blue Sharks in the slicks.
The Canyons are hit or miss but some Yellowfins and Bigeye are definitely out there. Mahi Mahi are beginning to settle around high-fliers though not yet in great numbers.
Weather this weekend begins with a nice Friday and may go downhill from there with afternoon showers predicted for both Saturday and Sunday. Temps in the 70’s should keep things relatively comfortable. Moderate Southwest winds Friday should diminish and clock toward the North on Saturday and strengthen slightly from the North-Northeast on Sunday. Sea state should go from a slightly choppy Friday to decent Saturday and modest chop returns for Sunday.
High tide at Point Judith today, Friday, September 8, 2017, will occur at 9:51 am and 10:11 pm and low tide at 3:25 am and 4:00 pm. Tides for each subsequent day should occur approximately an hour later.
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