26 Sep Saltwater Edge Fishing Report 9.26.13 – Off to a Slow Start
Here in Newport there is a lot of talk about the historic comeback of the Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup this past week. In short, they were down as much as 8-1 and a blowout appeared inevitable; but Oracle came back to win in exciting fashion 10-9 . We can only hope for the same outcome with the fishing this fall. By almost anyone’s assessment; we like Oracle Team USA are off to a slow start. There are “fits and starts” to get excited about (like the surfcasting recently); but “late” and/or “inconsistent” are the most common descriptors of the early fall season. The good news is the bait is abundant; consisting of smaller fare like bay anchovies, sand eels and young of the year herring. These baits are well imitated with tins like Halco Outcast and Streaker and soft baits like Albie Snax and small Sluggo’s. What has been missing to this point has been some of the larger profile baits like peanut bunker and mullet. Since the last moon reports from South County, upper Narragansett and Buzzards Bay indicate the bigger baits are leaving the rivers, bays and salt ponds. This can only be a good thing. Especially when they have their annual mash up off Newport
We interrupt this somewhat dreary fishing report to bring you an epic update:
Nuevo Porto lit up today. Big bass and fat bones. Thanks to H Earl Evans for use of the pics. Two pics = 2000 words!
Now back to the fishing report from yesterday…
The surfcasters have had it pretty good recently and best under the cover of darkness. Good bass in the 20 lb class have been a positive indicator that our fall fishing may be coming together. Bucktails by Andrus and Blue Frog have been producing.
Most mornings find blitzing fish out front and in the East Passage. These are a mix of school stripers and cocktail blues feeding on the abundant anchovies. There are bass to 30 inches in the mix and this morning even a bonito; but of late most of the blitzing has involved smaller bass and blues. Certainly working below the blitz can be effective when the bait is big as the injured baitfish present a lazy meal for bigger bass. It bodes well that bunker and mullet have joined the menu of late.
Albies have been the ultimate example of “fits and starts” this season. A burst of action early in the week was focused to the east and bay anchovies topped the menu. That same morning, I went west and hit the proven spots from Narragansett Town Beach to the West Wall and then circumnavigated the Block. Despite exhausting our list of spots we couldn’t find albies on the chew. Did enjoy the mix of bass and blues on both spin and fly gear; but we could have stayed in Newport for that. Locally the black sea bass bite has been outstanding. And at Block the tube and worm as expected have been producing bigger bass especially along the southside.
Not much to report from local haunts. The warm water breaks have shifted significantly south and it will take a longer run to fish them. Action north of the shipping lanes has been spotty. Hopefully we get a push of fish soon.