Schoolies Invade Rhode Island, 4/13

Photo/Rhode Island Striped Bass, David Pickering.

Rhode Island outdoor writer, photographer and all-around fishing expert David Pickering has some exciting news to report on his blog, Rhode Island Striped Bass. It concerns the arrival of “fresh” schoolie stripers along the Rhody coast.

Here’s the report:

“It took exactly 3 warm days and a southwesterly flow and bingo, the oceanfront lit up with schoolies. Just as I had predicted in my previous post, this was the week for it to happen. I went to the oceanfront with my son, Ben, today and we had phenomenal schoolie action as we landed one fish after another. These were all small schoolies, typical perfect fish that are covered in sea lice that you find in April.

“I will say they were really small with all our fish measuring less than 16 inches long! We used a combination of Cocahoes and shrimp fly teasers to catch them on light tackle. About half the fish took the Cocahoe and half hit the teaser.

“From what my sources tell me, the action began yesterday, April 8, when a few fish were taken. The Mother Lode hit the shore today. I suspect the action in the Bay will pick up in the next few days if it hasn’t already. Give it another week and we should see some small keepers. The new season is finally here!”

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