Species that can be targeted on our trips
While striped bass, bluefish and fluke get the lion’s share of inshore angling attention in New England, it’s the humble tautog that often marks the start of the saltwater fishing season for those who can’t wait to wet a line. In southern New England, ‘tog start to move inshore around mid-April, or when the water temperature hits the mid-40s. By the time the first dandelions start to pop up on lawns, the fishery should be in full swing.
One of the most popular and sought after inshore fish of the early summer season is the winter flounder. Easily accessible by any angler with a row boat, or access to a pier or dock, flounder can provide fishing fun for all ages as well as a fine meal.
Striped Bass begin to show up around the end of April in the southern-most part of Narragansett Bay. They quickly shoot up the bay to the Providence river chasing herring and menhaden. The big push of Block Island bass don’t show up until around June 7-9, then the fishing is crazy for several weeks through the end of June and often into July.
Atlantic bonito are part of the same mackerel family (scombridae) as tuna. Their meat has a darkish color and a firm texture, with a moderate fat content. The meat of young or small bonito can be of lighter color, close to that of skipjack tuna. They are often grilled or baked.
Bluefish anglers fish from boat or shore along nearly every harbor entrance, town dock, beach and jetty. Wire leaders are a must in order to prevent hooked fish from cutting the line with its sharp teeth. We use a variety of plugs, sand eel type jigs, squid like or mackerel like lures when casting or trolling. Pogies, mackerel or eels are the preferred live baits.