08 May Saltwater Edge Fishing Report – The Ocean of Plenty
Saltwater Edge Fishing Report 5.8.13
Don’t know that you could ask for much more. Saltwater fishing across Southern New England is good and likely to get better. With the moon tides we would expect bigger bass to fill in along with squid. The healthy numbers of schoolie stripers are an encouraging sign for the resource. Please consider single hooks and a thoughtful release. These fish are our future. Topwaters like the Jumpin’ Minnow , small soft baits like Albie Snax along with simple flies like the Ray’s Fly are taking stripers. Here is a good overview of Sping Schoolie Techniques.
Love ’em of hate ’em the yellow eyed devil is back.
More weakfish maybe…
Weakfish also known a squeteague seem to be a bit more common this spring than years past. Ten or fifteen years ago these tasty fish used to be a staple throughout the fishing season; but sadly that is no longer the case. For now there appearance seems more confined to spring. We can be hopeful that this may just be a down cycle and will enjoy a rebound/revisit of weakfish in our waters in the years to come. If this is a bucket list fish for you this might be your best chance. One approach is to focus your efforts on areas with a concentration of shrimp. For example, the eel grass beds typically found at the upper end of the bays and in mouths of the creeks that empty into these bays. Small bucktail jigs, Clouser Minnows and shrimp flies in tan, yellow and olive are good choices. The good news is weakfish travel in tight schools so if you catch one you are likely for get a few. Learn more about squeteague.
Cinder Worms in the salt ponds just revving up..
Theories abound as to the whens and wheres of cinder worms. Suffice to say now is the time. The next month or so will have the worms hatching to varying degrees in salt ponds across the region. Some believe the ideal micro habitat for a swarm of worms is a bottom of mud or soft sand and a moontide that maximally exposes the mud to the mid day sun. With the subsequent incoming tide the water temps should rise and when they do reach 60 degrees some believe that water temp is the party starter. Different parts of the same pond will have swarms as the conditions/temperatures change. Most start their search in the part of the pond receiving the most exposure to the sun. While there are a variety of worms that swarm in the spring including the green clam worm typically used in bottom fishing; it is the Nereis worm that gets both anglers and stripers excited. As the video demonstrates these are typically 1-3 inches long and vary in color from bright red to pink to khaki. It is wise to carry a variety of flies in these color schemes. When the bass are on the worms it can be a very special night. When the worms are too many and/or the bass too few; try mixing it up with a larger fly Other finfish take advantage of the swarm in addition to the striped bass and an opportunistic striper might make quick work of your larger offering.
The blackfish bite has been good out front as well as in the Bay. Keeper fluke are around the Block and in lower Narragansett Bay. We have frozen bait and a wide selection of Gulp for your bottom fishing needs.