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One of the most popular saltwater game fish. They can be found along Rhode Island shores particularly in rocky areas, rips, estuaries, salt ponds and rivers. Some of the methods we use to catch these fish are determined by the weather, time of day, and tackle used. Typically during daylight hours we troll 2 rods with wire lines. We'll use either umbrella rigs or tubes. Another option we use is jigging 2 rods with a parachute lure. When the fish are down deep, we'll put our down riggers into action. This is a great tool to get the lure deep where the fish are. For the following methods everyone in the group tends a rod. If live bait is what you prefer, then we suggest drift fishing with eels. The best time for this kind of fishing is in the evenings. Also we anchor up and use chum to attract the fish to the boat. The bait of choice for this trip would be herring or bunker chunks. If light tackle is more your style then try diamond jigging. It's a weighted silver lure which is dropped to the bottom and is brought back up to the surface quickly. This is a sure way to drive those fish crazy. When the fish are busting the surface, the spinning gear is brought out. We use anything from plugs or poppers to swimmers and bucktail jigs. For the experience saltwater fly fisherman, this is one of the toughest inshore species to catch. We use flies tied in various patterns to mimic the bait fish migration. Fly lines from floating to fast sinking are used where appropriate.
You have a choice of a full day, half day, midday and evening trip. Departure times will depend on the type of trip you choose. We fish Rhode Island's shoreline to the rips of Block Island and Montauk. Travel time is usually 20 to 40 minutes. The limit is 1 fish per person at 28".
A very strong and aggressive fighting fish. One of the very few fish that can see out of the water and will bite your hand with it's sharp teeth and strong jaws.
They are found in the same places as Striped Bass and are caught using the same techniques. Bluefish are a faster fish and will sometimes get to your bait or lure before a Striped Bass will. The limit is 15 fish per person.
A fish found feeding near the bottom of the ocean. They can be found near shore but prefer rocky areas, piers or ship wrecks.
We usually anchor over such structure and fish with a 1 hook rig baited with green crab. Tautog are a challenge to hook. They can suck in your offering eat all the meat and expel the shells before you ever realize you had a hit. I always say you have to set the hook before you feel them. Once you get the feel the tug of war begins, they are a strong fighter wanting to stay on the bottom. Best times to fish for them is mid October to December 15. The limit is 6 fish per person at 16". Most fish are in the 5-
They can both be found in the same areas as the Tautog usually showing up in June with bigger fish coming in as the season progresses. Fishing for them requires a 2 hook rig baited with clam or squid. This is a great fishery for young children with the fish being aggressive feeders they are somewhat easy to hook. We mostly fish for them as part of a combo trip with stripers although you can also fish for them all day if you like. Call for season and Charter Boat bag limits.
Fluke (Summer Flounder)
Fluke is similar to winter flounder, the differences are fluke have small sharp teeth and are bigger in size. When fishing for fluke we use a 2 hook rig baited with squid strips and smelt. Fluke are aggressive feeders waiting on the bottom in ambush to attack your offering as it drifts along. This again is great for children. We tend to fish sandy locations in 20-
Sharks Blue, Mako and Thresher sharks are most common with the Mako and Thresher being the best table fare. They can be found 18-
Limit 1 Mako or Thresher per boat 54" fork length.
Tuna tend to show up mid July and run into October. Normally July and August we troll 7 rods using various artificial's with multiple hookups common. Offshore 30-
Cod are caught year round weather permitting, bag limits 22” with a 10 fish bag limit. Fillets of clean cod must measure 14” in length and each fillet shall have at least a 2” square of skin left intact for fish identification.
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“Best fishing trip in Rhode Island”
Reviewed August 16, 2015