Fishing Report: Lighten up to catch bonito

Bonito are still running strong with some false albacore too along our coastal shore. Newport and Narragansett are hot spots, and these fish are now showing up along the Massachusetts shore, too. Ed Parisi, a bonito and false albacore fishing expert from Tsunami Fishing Tackle, shared his thoughts on how to hook one of these speedsters Monday night at a RI Saltwater Anglers Association meeting.

One of my take-a-ways from the meeting was “lightening up.” Bonito and false albacore are very sensitive to line and tackle in the water. Parisi said, “These fish have large eyes, like most species form the tuna family and can see very well. They rely on their sight a lot when feeding so the more you have in the water in terms of line, leader thickness and swivels the greater the chances are that these fish are going to see it and not bite. I use a 15-pound braid with a 10- to 15-pound fluorocarbon leader with direct tie offs and no swivels. I have never had a breakoff using this weigh line as long as my drag was set properly.”

Public hearing set for Sept. 10

Proposed amendments to the RI Marine Fisheries Regulations will be available for public comment at a Marine Fisheries Public Hearing being held 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. A number of changes in “Definitions and General Provisions” as well as proposed changes to the “Commercial and Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licensing Regulations” will be reviewed. The public comment period on these proposed changes ends September 27.

Visit the DEM Marine Fisheries webpage at http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/marine-fisheries/rimfc/index.php for additional information on proposed changes.

Upper Bay closed to shellfishing

Recreational and commercial shell fishermen beware. The state Department of Environmental Management announced that all waters of Upper Narragansett Bay bounded by the DEM range marker on Conimicut Point to the center of the tower at Nayatt Point to the northern tip of Prudence Island to the southern tip of Warwick Point have been closed to shellfishing effective at 1 p.m. Tuesday. The closure will be lifted when tests show the water is clean. This can happen at any time so call the DEM shellfish hotline at (401) 222-2900 for up-to-date information.

At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the Warwick Sewer Authority discovered that sewage was overflowing into Buckeye Brook from a manhole near 910 Cedar Swamp Road due to a collapsed sewer line leading to the Cedar Swamp Pump Station. The sewer authority added chlorine for disinfection during the overflow, which ended at 10:30 p.m. after city crews set up temporary bypass pumping. The sewer authority estimates that around 300,000 gallons of sewage overflowed.

Catch limits reduced

The Greater Atlantic Region of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration reduced the allowable catch limits for Atlantic Herring Management areas for the rest of 2018. The reductions are more severe than those recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council.

In a press release last week NOAA said, “We agreed with the Council’s recommendation to reduce 2018 catch but determined that further reductions are necessary to lessen the risk of overfishing in 2018… We expect this reduction to reduce the probability of overfishing in 2018, increase the estimated herring biomass in 2019-2021, and provide for more catch for the fishery.”

For more information contact Dan Luers at Daniel.luers@noaa.gov, (978) 282-8457.

Where’s the bite?

Freshwater. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “The largemouth bass bite at Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods has been pretty good.”

Cape Cod. Angler Ray West, president of the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association (MSBA) said, “The fishing at the Cape Cod Canal has been off for the past ten days. It was lights out two weeks ago. We hope things pick up later this week.” West uses his bicycle that is tripped out for striped bass fishing to ride the Canal to find the fish. The MSBA has been serving as a strong voice for recreational anglers since 1950 in Massachusetts and the nation. They hold monthly meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The Sept. 26 meeting (7:30 p.m.) will be about “Reading the Water,” a seminar given by Peter Jenkins, owner of the Saltwater Edge, surf and fly fishing outfitters located in Middletown. He will address how to read the water and coastline when fishing from shore to find the fish. Visit www.msba.net for details on the seminar and the MSBA.

Summer flounder (fluke), black sea bass, scup. Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, “It has slowed up a bit with massive piles of scup moving on to the fluke grounds. High hook still left with limits of fluke to 10 pounds. Along with these piles of scup are more and more sea bass to five pounds.” Littlefield said, “Mostly short 12- to 13-inch summer flounder are being caught at Conimicut Point with the fish just a little larger at Warwick Light. There are plenty of scup everywhere with Tommy cod being caught along with them. Customers at Block Island were catching black sea bass on the southwest ledge when their baits went down to the bottom.” We picked up a nice black sea bass when trolling for striped bass on the Southwest Ledge at about 7 a.m. Sunday. Holly Frye of the Tackle Box, Warwick said, “During the day customers bottom fishing in the Bay are catching a slot of scup, sand sharks along with Kingfish and sea robins. They are not finding many fluke keepers in the Bay at all.”

Striped bass, bluefish and bonito. Striped bass fishing has been on and off. Mostly on but you still ca make the trip to Block Island and not hook up with large fish. This Saturday the striped bass fishing at Block Island was not good, although the bite was pretty good prior to Saturday. We fished the Southwest Ledge Saturday morning and did not do well. Littlefield said, “We had customers fishing the south west ledge at night Saturday and the largest fish they caught was 38”… the fish were small but they did catch 20 of them in total.” The bonito bite continues to be very good. Anglers continue to catch nice fish off Newport, Narragansett and Scarborough beaches.

Offshore. John Baldwin of Rumford said, “We went deep Friday chasing tuna and a nice temp break at Fish Tails in the canyons (70 miles south of Montauk, NY). No tuna but two small mako sharks and a ton of great mahi. My son Everett hooked up with them while we fished with squid and spinning reels at some high flyers (buoys) and other spots.”

Capt. Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net or visit his website at www.noflukefishing.com.

Source: http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20180830/fishing-report-lighten-up-to-catch-bonito

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