Narragansett Bay Fishing Report: 5.8.12

Photo courtesy Capt. Jim White.

Captain Jim White of White Ghost 2 charters reports on some terrific fishing inside Narragansett Bay lately:

Fishing inside Narragansett Bay is just about as good as it gets for this early in the season. Two of the biggest surprises thus far in this early part of the year has been the number and sizes of the blackfish that have entered the bay. There have been many fish of 6 to 8 pounds taken inside the bay. The best bait has been those Asian crabs that everyone is looking for it seems.

The next big surprise has been the arrival of weakfish, (squeteague). That’s right—weakfish! The fish are running about 16” to 20” long. It’s one of the first good runs of weakfish in many years. The fish are hitting small jigs, worms drifted under a bobber and fresh live shrimp. They’ve been caught in various areas of East Greenwich Bay, the mouth of the Green River, Sandy Point and along the Warwick Neck shoreline.

Stripers have arrived, too, and the fishing has been pretty good thus far. The bass are being taken throughout the bay. The run of river herring (alewives) and the amount of pogies has brought in some decent keeper-size fish. A 30-pound fish was reported the day before yesterday in the Providence River. Stripers from school size up into the mid-30” range are hitting poppers, small swimmers, small jigs, Slug-Gos, Fin-S-Fish and soft-plastic shrimp baits.

The fishing should only get better as the month progresses.

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