22 Aug Saltwater Edge Fishing Report 8.21.13 – Variety is the Spice of Life!
Saltwater Edge Fishing Report 8.21.13
It has been a near perfect week for ﬁshing around the Ocean State. With ripping tides and calm seas, anglers statewide have fared well. With the recent inﬂux of bonito (and some small bluefin) around Block Island tearing through schools of sand eels and butterﬁsh, ﬂy rodder’s and
light tackle enthusiasts are taking full advantage with great success. The most
productive lures for these tuna have been small metal tins such as the Deadly Dicks
and Point Jude Sand Eel and Po-Jee, as well as an assortment of soft plastics such as the Albie Snax. A fast retrieve seems to be working best to connect to these speedsters.
The striped bass ﬁshing has been picking up as well with nighttime and ﬁrst and
last light being the most productive times, as the water is still pushing mid 70 degrees.
Surf anglers are scoring stripers on eels, bucktails, and metals imitating sand eels,
along the ocean front. Boat anglers working the reefs along the ocean front have been
productive casting plugs and deceiver ﬂies at the white water during ﬁrst light.
Schools of blueﬁsh have been popping up throughout the state on most days
creating fun surface action during midday hours. Surface poppers and cast masters
connected to wire leaders have been the go-to lures for the toothy blues.
This past week Yannick Vrod who vacation in Rhody each summer brought in a beautiful fluke.Certainly the best we had seen in a while and a good sign that they are still hanging around taking advantage of all the snapper blues around as easy prey. Jigs tipped with squid strips or snapper blues have been winning combos for the ﬂuke. For the record Yannick’s go to rig in a Spro jig tipped with chartreuse Gulp Swimming Mullet.
The offshore fishing has been solid with many memorable catches from the bluewater. In this case a picture and a caption is worth a thousand words.
As we head into the next week with another banner weather forecast, ﬁshing
should remain consistent throughout the state. Keep an eye out for birds working
schools of rowdy ﬁsh, as they may be bonito below them and not the expected blues.