18 Sep Saltwater Edge Fishing Report 9/18/13 – Fall in the air not in the water
This is getting weird. First the cobia, then the sailfish in the Canal and now spots at the West Wall and cubera snapper on Ocean Drive??? But the question on everyone’s mind is where are the albies?
There have been a few caught locally and more than a few around Watch Hill and the Race; but a sustained presence in Newport and the West Wall has not happened and this follows a bonito session that save a few 10lb beasts has been a bust inshore. We can cross our fingers that the bigger bones return as they sometimes do after the albies leave; but again where are the albies??
One excellent surfcaster opined that “things are very inconsistent and seemed to have slid a moon cycle” and that he is “excited for the new moon in October if we can avoid repeated storms” He pointed out that we are just starting to see our fall bait, anchovies and mullet in particular, which means that the bigger bass should not be far behind. Surf casters have been working Beavertail, Brenton Point, and Sachuest Point with success. Live or rigged eels, bucktail jigs, pencil poppers, and darters are attracting the most attention. There have been lots of positive reports coming from the Canal of late and we are anticipate some of those larger bass make there way down to the Rhode Island coast.
Mornings out front have a fall feel with a mix of bass and blues causally surface feeding most days. As discussed earlier the fishinder looks good; but the bait for the most part is small and has not caused aggressive feeding. When the mullet and bluebacks do fill in to up the protein the fishing out front should bust wide open.
The ground ﬁshing still remains very good. Fluke are just starting to migrate back out to the edge. We are still getting reports from inside the bay as well as out around Block Island that they are still getting nice keeper ﬂuke but this could change over the next few weeks as the water cools a bit. The sea bass bite has been outstanding with larger sea bass reports coming in more frequently. Metal lures used to catch the false albacore may also be jigged for the sea bass. A jig head tipped with a gulp minnow is another great way to keep the sea bass and other ground ﬁsh on the line. The tautog bite has been fairly solid as well. Asian or Green Crabs ﬁshed on a high low rig around any rocky structure in 15 to 30 of water is sure bet for catching the tautog. Scup are also plentiful up in the bay at the moment and are an easy ﬁsh for everyone to catch.
Offshore has been quiet of late. Closer to home the Mudhole has been producing the bonito that have not come inshore and baby bluefin on the troll. Here is a video compilation of the Canyon trips from earlier this season, Let’s hope we find some “weather windows” opening here soon!