July Fishing is Awesome

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 12:45pm
Photo by K. Curtis

July Fishing is Awesome!

Last July, Block Island had a very strong month of fishing. If you were anywhere near the docks in Old Harbor, you couldn't miss all the giant striped bass being brought in by charter boats. This year should be no different. All of our fishy friends are already here in numbers, and should provide plenty to do all around the island, from shore or boat! 
After a somewhat mild winter and delayed spring, fish started showing up strong to Block Island in the beginning of June. Everything seemed to happen overnight as the bait population exploded. June was the month of plenty of fish, but small fish. Anglers from both shore and boat were catching fish every day but finding keepers was difficult. July is totally different. Warming waters bring bigger fish/species to Block Island.
What’s great about fishing on the island in the summer months is that there are more family friendly activities. Catching squid off the local piers is really easy and can be a lot of fun. All you need for that is a small fishing pole and a squid jig. It’s better to go at night and find some light to stand near because the squid are attracted to the light. Dropping a crab line off either the piers or bridges is another great activity for all. Block Island has many species of crab and they’ll bite on just about anything you attach to the line (catch and release only). If spending the day at the beach and fishing is more your speed, then you’ll want to head to the Coast Guard channel. It’s a great beach to relax and watch all the boats go by, as well as catch all types of fish. Mostly what you’ll find during the day there are fluke, scup, stripers, and the occasional bluefish.
The warmer waters in July definitely bring in bigger fish. This also means they’re chasing bigger bait. One of the most popular baits on the island for the big fish is eels. You won’t see many people using them in the spring, but as summer hits, eels are the best live bait for stripers. To catch the monster stripers that Block Island is known for, it’s better to head out on the boat. If you don’t have one, there is a full fleet of charters that go out every day and bring you right to the fish. Surf casting is also very popular out here. Since we are 13 miles out at sea, you can always find a side of the island where fish are.
Hopefully this little overlook inspires you to get out there and enjoy all of what Block Island has to offer.
See you in August!