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June 8, 2007
By Tom Meade
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“Now is the time to get out on the Bay,” writes Ray Stachelek, skipper of Cast A Fly Charters. “There is fabulous striper fishing throughout the upper Bay — the best it has been in years. Stripers of all sizes, including some in the 40s, have taken up spring residence. The Bay is filled with adult bunker and silversides right now. The bluefish bite is slower, making it much easier to catch a sizable striper.” A fly fisherman, Stachelek says it is important to let the fly sink into the strike zone. Wednesday, the strike zone was between 10 and 15 feet. Joe Mendozza caught several fish, Stachelek said.
Ed Hughes, another professional fly fisherman, has been wading the waters around Fields Point and Pawtuxet, catching bass as large as 44 inches on his Ugly Yellow Streamer with its silver body, yellow bucktail and a large red head. Tim Clark of Wickford Rod Works speculates that yellow is working because game fish near the shore are feeding on grass shrimp.
Floating clamworms beneath bobbers has also been effective in the Seekonk River near India Point and Oakland Beach, where squeteague also may be biting, said David Henault of Ocean State Tackle. Other hot spots he recommended Wednesday included the water off the Squantum Club, Melville and the T-Wharf.
“Most people are up the Bay chasing pogies and bass,” said Sam Toland of Sam’s Bait & Tackle, “but a few guys trolling wire off Newport are taking some nice fish.”
Large bass have taken live pogies and chunks in Church Cove and other spots in Mount Hope Bay and the waters off Commonfence Point, said Joe Latinville of Riverside Marine.
Earl Evans of The Saltwater Edge said bass fishing has been good throughout the Sakonnet River. He recommended casting large needlefish-style plugs, Tsunami shad or very large flies. Small bass have been biting beneath the lights in Newport Harbor at night, he said.
Sea bass and scup have begun to bite near Fogland Point, said Latinville.

BEACHES & SALT PONDS

The remnants of tropical storm Barry roiled the waters along South County’s beaches, making bass fishing difficult, said Ron Mouchon of Breachway Bait & Tackle. The best way to catch large bass on the reefs off the beaches is by live-lining hickory shad, said Elisa Jackman of Snug Harbor Marina. Gil Bell managed to catch some fish Wednesday morning on a Grim Reefer tin, said Don Cameron of Captain Don’s Bait & Tackle. Fly fishermen and tube-and-worm trollers have been catching bass on the western end of Quonochontaug Pond, he said. Trolling tubes in kayaks has been an effective way to catch large bass in Little Narragansett Bay, said Nils Christensen, a kayak guide out of King Cove Outfitters. Some very large bass have been taken among the moorings in Stonington Harbor. Bill McEvoy of King Cove said bass have been feeding on silversides off Napatree Point.
Fluke have been biting in about 30 feet of water from Jerusalem to Charlestown, said Jackman, “but you have to move around a lot to find the keepers.” Bill Higginson caught a 12-pounder this week, and one of his friends caught a 10-pound fluke on the same trip.

OFFSHORE

Offshore lobstermen have spotted schooling bluefin tuna near the Dodge Grounds, said Elisa Jackman. Bluefin in the 50- to 60-pound class have also been spotted near the site of the former Brenton Tower, said Joe Latinville.

BLOCK ISLAND

Some large fish were taken on Southwest Ledge this week, Jackman reported.
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Bill Nolan caught another trophy bass this week. The 51-pounder took a live menhaden. Other anglers catching large bass this week were fishing the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay, where the bass have been feeding on schools of menhaden, but Nolan writes: “David Sanford had a great outing landing fish between 29 and 40 pounds over the weekend using what else? Live Bunker, his fish came from outside Newport in open waters, so it may be wise to start branching out and carting your live bait a good distance from the main bait schools. It’s a given that your live bait will stand out much more. Don’t be too fast to set the hook. A bass will toy with the bait for an agonizingly long time, putting on a display that can stop your heart at times. Patience is the key; wait until that fish starts running with the bait at a steady pace, and after a few seconds, set the hook. I use size 3/0 VMC treble hooks and hook the bait right in the nose saddle.”
Live-liners have been catching a lot of 20- to 25-pound fish in the Providence River, near Green Island, and Pawtuxet, said Kenny Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle. A 34-pounder was taken off Pine Hill Point, and a 39-pounder hit a live menhaden on Ohio Ledge this week.
“Even with the strong north winds this week, striper fishing is holding up,” writes Ray Stachelek, skipper of Cast A Fly Charters. “Greenwich Bay is full of bunker each morning. Fishermen snag the bunker and make the run over to the East Passage. Potter’s Cove is the place to start. Large stripers have been holding there. Use your electronics to find the mass. The estuaries are holding smaller schoolies along the drop in tide, making it easy for fly fishermen to get out of the wind. Small harbor blues may be in the mix.”

BEACHES & SALT PONDS

“Fluking is good, albeit a bit finicky these days,” writes Thom Pelletier, skipper of the charter boat ThomCat. “Sunday was lock and load with fish to 5.5 pounds. The trend with the fluke seems to be they are either 17.5 to 18.5 inches or over 21 inches. Monday’s party kept only six fish, but they ran from 3.5 to 6.5 pounds. All the damage was done on GlowDaddys and QLB bucktail rigs dressed with squid strips, fluke skin strips, and shiners between Green Hill and Carpenters Beach in 35 to 45 feet.”
“The fluke seem to be grouped homogeneously,” said Al Conti of Snug Harbor Marina. “If you’re into smaller fish,” he advised, “move around until you find pods of larger ones.”
Steve Travisono, skipper of the charter boat Sea Dog, has been taking bass as large as 30 pounds, using live shad as bait, said Pelletier. Yesterday morning, Ron Mouchon of Breachway Bait & Tackle was catching bass as large as 27 pounds on the reefs off South Kingstown and Charlestown.

OFFSHORE

More schools of 50-pound bluefin tuna were spotted this week, said Conti. This time, they were seen in the vicinity of East Grounds.
BLOCK ISLAND

Fishing is excellent on Southwest Ledge, said Conti, but windy weather is keeping most anglers inshore. Johnny Martini is an exception; he has been catching large bass on a daily basis. Dogfish and bluefish have put an end to bait fishing on the ledge, Conti said. It’s time to troll with wire line.
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