Ken Landry of Cranston, R.I., caught a 52.25-pound striped bass Monday while fishing the upper part of Narragansett Bay.
Landry, a long-time recreational and commercial fisherman, caught the fish live-lining Atlantic Menhaden (pogies). Large striped bass over 50 pounds are sometimes caught at Block Island and along the coastal shore in the summer, however, this fish is a very large fish for a spring striped bass caught in Narragansett Bay.
â€śI said to Kenny, ‘Remember when you were a kid and I caught a 50-pound bass in the Bay?,’ ” said Landry’s father, Ken Ferrara, owner of Ray Bait & Tackle in Warwick, R.I. “You son of a gun, you beat me by two pounds.â€ť
â€ś’Dad,” Landry said, “I beat you by 2.25 pounds.â€ť
Due to concerns regarding potential baitfish shortages this summer, interest in Massachusettsâ€™ commercial menhaden fishery has been amplified. The management of this fishery has evolved over time, and depending on the location fished, the gear used and the quantity of fish to be retained fishermen may need up to five different regulated fishery permit endorsements to retain and land menhaden commercially.
In response, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has published a new policy document that provides guidelines to commercial menhaden fishery permitting rules. This policy does not alter the existing menhaden permitting or management structure, but instead succinctly describes the various permit classes and the tiers of fishing opportunities permit-holders are authorized to engage in based on the permit endorsements held.
The RI Lions Sight Foundation will be hosting its 12th Annual Fishing Tournament for Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs) on Sunday, June 23 aboard the Frances Fleet party boat in Galilee, RI.
The tournament is a half-day fishing trip, with participants competing for one of several trophies and an opportunity to represent Rhode Island at the â€śNorth Carolina Lions National VIP Tournamentâ€ť in October. Also included during the Nationals trip is a New England Lions Tourney, which currently includes teams from RI, CT and MA.
The event is free to the VIPs and their guides, and includes a continental breakfast, fishing, followed by a lunch and presentation of prizes and awards at Danâ€™s Carriage Inn in North Kingstown. The VIP Tournament is available to any legally blind Rhode Island resident (minimum age is 17).
There are over 2,500 visually impaired persons in Rhode Island, so organizers are urging readers to pass along information about this opportunity. Information and applications on the RI VIP Tourney are available at www.lions4sight.org/fish.htm, or call Ken Barthelemy at 401.447.4228.
Striped bass. East End Eddie Doherty of Mattapoisett (former Attleboro resident) landed a 27-pound, 44â€ť striped bass on the Cape Cod Canal Wednesday. Eddie said, â€śI caught the fish toward the end of the west dropping tide on a five-ounce Bill Hurley olive/white rat tail.â€ť Lorraine Danti of Lucky Bait & Tackle in Warren said, â€śOne of our customers fishing Narragansett Bay was having a blast catching school striped bass fishing, and all of a sudden his line started to pay out quickly and it was a big fish, actually a 42-inch fish mixed in with the school bass. He was using a soft plastic lure.â€ť Chris Torre of Red Top Sporting Goods said, â€śThe canal and bays are full of school bass with keepers mixed in.â€ť Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle in Providence said, â€śCapt. B.J. Silvia of Flippin Out Charters is landing some nice fish in the 30-inch range in the East Passage on the channel pad. His customers are successfully jigging with Al Gagâ€™s soft plastics. From shore, anglers are landing bass using claim worms, sea worms, clams and soft plastics.â€ť
Tautog fishing has been very good. Lorraine Danti said, â€śThe tautog bite is very good from boats and shore. Customers are catching their limit at the Stone Bridge and Bristol Narrows.â€ť I fished the General Rock, North Kingstown area Saturday with angler Steve Brustein of West Warwick in water 12 to 22 feet deep, and caught short tautog only. â€śFishing for tautog from boat and shore has been good. Customers are catching fish 25 inches primarily south of the bridges. Narragansett has been very good for customers,â€ť said Henault of Ocean State Tackle.
Freshwater fishing continues to be very strong. Mark Adler of Tiverton said, â€śWe have been hitting the trout pretty good. This weekend I fished Wallum Lake (Douglas, MA and Burrillville, RI) and landed rainbow trout using garlic PowerBait. The trout were quality fish and there were a lot of them.â€ť Chris Torre of Red Top Sporting Goods in Buzzards Bay, said, â€śThe largemouth bite on line shiners has been outstanding. Ponds yield big fish in the 7-to-8 pound range include Long Pond, Plymouth and Peters Pond in Sandwich.â€ť
â€śThe trout bite is still good, but the largemouth bass bite at Lincoln Woods Olney Pond, the Tiverton Reservoir and the Woonasquatucket River in North Providence has been very good. Anglers are using shiners. The bite in the North Cove of the Olney Pond is particularly good because of all the structure and bait there,â€ť said Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle.
Summer flounder (fluke) fishing has been improving offshore. Capt. Frank Blount of the Frances Fleet said, â€śIt was a good week for fluke fishing and it is getting better with the warming weather. Every trip we are catching more and more fish covered in sea lice. This is a very good sign with more fish moving in to the area. The water is still in the upper 40s, and fishing should only continue to improve as it warms.â€ť
Squid fishing was good this week. â€śAnglers who fish all night have been going home with a solid five-gallon bucketful,”Â Capt. Frank Blount said. “The size of the squid is amazing as well. Wednesday night did have the best quality, with tubes the size of your arm.â€ť Dave Henault of Ocean State Tackle said, â€śEthane Phouthakoun of Providence and his father caught a half-bucket of squid Sunday night and then limit out on scup Monday morning.â€ť