Block Island Report: 8.25.12
August 27, 2012
Chris Willi at Block Island Fishworks reports on the action lately around the island.
It’s been a good couple of weeks despite the really warm water close to the Island. There are more 12- to 15-pound bluefish than we’ve seen in a long time—monsters that are fun to catch but destroy gear. You need to contend with them to catch the bass; most have been found in deeper water at the 1BI Buoy/North Light trolling or the Southwest and Southeast grounds. Our best days had 6-8 bass from 32″-42″ using 6″ plastics (Slug-Gos / RonZ / Hurleys / Hogy’s) with 1-ounce jigheads. We were fortunate to have a striper topwater bite 4 mornings in a row on a strong incoming tide at dawn.
Seabassing is much better than the fluke fishing with 18-24″ seabass the norm.
The offshore bite was good at the beginning of August during the J&B Offshore Shootout. Tails was off but Atlantis and Hudson were on… now it sounds like it’s spotty with guys doing multi overnight trips to find them. And some are going as far as Gilberts —a bit out of range from BI with the center console. You can find mahi and shark closer to the Island, however, and there was a 760-pound bluefin taken from the Mudhole this week, despite the warm water.
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