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FUNNY FISH

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
This week’s reports included many references to funny fish—bonito and chub mackerel primarily—with reports coming in from the Canal, the Vineyard, Newport, the West Wall through South County, the Watch Hill Reef complex and on into mid-Long Island Sound. While most of the cathodes were made by boatmen, surf anglers ...

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HOT SUMMER FISHING

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Signs of the Fall Run have already begun to show along parts of the coast as small baitfish are schooling up and pods of bass, blues, bonito and chub mackerel have been seen gorging on them at times. Big bass are still being caught at night around Block Island on ...

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HAMMERING HARD-TAILS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
While we’ve been seeing a few bonito popping up here and there at the Vineyard, South County, RI and off the South Shore of Long Island for weeks, this week saw a major up-tick in their reporting with confirmed fish in all those places plus well inside Long Island Sound ...

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SUMMERTIME SEA BASSING

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
They’re moving deep, but they’re still quite plentiful if you know where to look and you’re willing to put in the time to find them. That sentiment was heard across the reports from Long Island Sound through Rhode Island and on into Massachusetts waters this week. Limits were quite common ...

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POUNDIN’ PORGIES!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
From boat and by shore, from Massachusetts to Connecticut and beyond, the summer scup/porgy bite is in full effect right now. Keepers are more common in most places than short fish, and you can expect good bycatch of fluke, black sea bass, kingfish, striped bass and even bluefish on the ...

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EXCELLENT OFFSHORE ACTION

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
As Offshore Field Editor, Patrick Vogt led off his emailed report this week, “Good weather equals plenty to talk about!” Up around the Cape there are so many bluefin being caught that captains have begun to play catch and release as the market is flooded and there is almost zero ...

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BASS ON BUNKER

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
For many the 4th of July signifies the transition of striped bass patterns from transient spring fish to summer residents as they settle into more consistent patterns and locations. So far 2019 has been defined by a break from the norm with big bass being seen as far as Boston ...

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15-POUND FLUKE!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
That’s right, a true doormat was landed this week as long-time Frances Fleet mate Cote was out fishing this week and managed to catch the second-largest fluke ever landed on the Frances Fleet boats. The fish weighed-in at an impressive 15.1 pounds and was caught on that super-hot fluke killer, ...

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WIDE-OPEN SEA BASS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Finally, after playing regulation hopscotch all spring, black sea bass season will be open everywhere from Massachusetts through New York as of Monday, June 24, when Rhode Island finally opens up. New York opened the day prior—June 23—and the rest of us in New England have been hammering humpheads for ...

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BETTER BOTTOM BOUNCING

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
From fluke to sea bass, and haddock to porgies, bottom fishing remains the best and most consistent game in town right now. The big Fluke Til Ya Puke tournament was this past weekend, and top honors went to Bill Robinson for his 10.2-pounder. Runner-up was Nino Aversa with a 9.-74-pounder, ...

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