This weekend JR Carlow of Burrillville fished for tuna and shark 25 miles south/southwest of Block Island when the tables turned and it almost seemed like the sharks were fishing for JR and his crew.
JR said, "(We) set up and … (put) heavy chum in the water. After three hours we saw a large fish break about 1\2 mile out. 20 min later the fish (a mako shark) was attacking our middle bait balloon about 20 yards away. Seconds later it leaped clear out of the water and landed on the starboard/stern gunwale. As it did, it smashed right through a 50 Tiagra bent butt (fishing) rod sending the top half some 15 feet in the air. The mako then flopped on the side slapping the boat and motor for about three seconds, then fell in the water and never saw it again. It was about eight feet and 250 pounds. Scared the life out of three grown men and two 11 year- olds."
Glad you, the crew and children did not get hurt JR. Fishing can be dangerous… be careful all… you never know what is going to happen.
Register today for Galilee Fishing
Anglers can win charter trips and great tackle shop gift certificates at the Galilee Fishing Tournament taking place September 6, 5:00 p.m. to September 8, 2:00 p.m. Junior division fishes for bluefish, black sea bass, fluke, striped bass and scup and can win trophies. Adults fish for bluefish, fluke and striped bass. Tournament proceeds go to the Narragansett Parks & Recreation Financial Aid Program, the Pt. Judith Fisherman's Memorial Scholarship Fund and the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation. RISAA is taking a leading role organizing the tournament which runs in conjunction with a Seafood Festival taking place in Galilee September 7 and 8. Junior and adult categories with a boat and shore division in each. Register online at www.galileetourney.com or pick up registration forms at most tackle shops (list on web site). Children under 14 free, adult registration is $15.
Learn how to bottom fish inshore August 26
The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) will hold a seminar on Monday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. at the West Valley Inn, West Warwick, RI. Two topics will be on the agenda… "10 reasons to know a marine attorney" with John Fulweiler, Esq. and a "Special panel seminar on inshore bottom fishing" with Armand Tetreault, Capt. Bruce Weinstein and Tom Wood. RISAA members free, non-member asked for a $10 donation to the RISAA Scholarship Fund.
Few comments at DEM fisheries hearing
The Department of Environmental Management's (DEM) public hearing held last Thursday at the URI Bay Campus was extremely quite. With a full agenda of eleven (primarily) commercial fishing items those in attendance had few comments to make on proposed amendments to fisheries management plans. One by one, hearing officer Mark Gibson worked thought the agenda from pot/trap regulations on a variety of species, to monkfish, American Shad, a variety of ground fish and Atlantic Menhaden. The meeting was over in less than an hour. Several participants related that DEM and the Advisory Panels to the RI Marine Fisheries Council had done a good job at planning and venting proposed changes at earlier meetings. Hat's off to DEM, staff members and fisheries volunteers for a job well done.
Where's the bite
Offshore. Al Conti of Snug Harbor Marina said "Offshore fishing is just starting to pick up and anything being caught is way out there. The vessel Waugh's Up of North Rip Charters landed a 278 pound sword fish and a big eye tuna at Atlantis Canyon and Lois DeFusco of Hot Reels Sport Fishing charters landed several albacore from the same area." Vin Catauro reported a slow day fishing for giants with David Appolonia of South Kingston. Catauro said, "No blue fin but we kept hooking up with shark after shark. We even caught the same blue shark twice. The first time we hooked him he fouled a second line getting hooked in the back. We released him and continued to fish, then we hooked him a second time… he still had the hook and bait on his back. Not a very smart shark." This weekend anglers John Stavrakas and Adam Dunstan both fished the fishing lanes west of the Dump in calm seas with no wind or drift and landed blue sharks.
Cod fishing not bad last week. Roger Simpson reporting for the Frances Fleet said, "Anthony Mercurio from Providence jigged up three fine cod and a few other anglers had three cod apiece to take home. A half dozen or so other cod in the 20 lb range were boated as well." Visit www.francesfleet.com for cod fluke and tuna trip schedules.
Bonito reports continue to come in with fish being caught all along the southern coastal shore. Phil Matteson of Breachway Bait & Tackle, Charlestown said, "Customers are catching them on little Deadly Dicks and some have even picked them up by trolling four to six inch plugs at five knots about ¼ mile off shore." Matteson landed a 13 pound bonito himself with a deadly dick last week.
Fluke fishing remains strong. Matteson from Breachway Bait & Tackle said, "Fluke fishing had been off but picked up this week. Anglers are landing them in 45 to 55 feet of water along the southern coastal shore. John Wunner of John's Bait & Tackle Warwick, said, "Customers are often catching five to six nice fish south of the bridges with anglers still landing two to three fish in the mid-Bay area." This week I fished with Angela Yang and Andy Chen of Providence. Andy out- fished us all landing six nice fish in about 90 minutes time fishing both the west and east sides of Beavertail, Jamestown. Jim McCauley, South Kingstown, weighed in a 10.1 pound fluke last week at Snug Harbor. Conti said, "Large fish are being caught south of the Charlestown Breachway in the 50 to 60 foot depth range."
Striped bass fishing at Block Island remains strong with large fish in the 30 and 40 pound range being taken daily as well as a lot of smaller stripers mixed in with blue fish. Surf casters are finding the fish out a bit further. Phil Matteson of Breachway Bait & Tackle said, "Bass and blues are being caught from shore but they are not in the first wave."
Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing on Narragansett Bay for over 40 years. He holds a captain's master license and a charter fishing license. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.