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November 20, 2017:
Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet reported that the tautog fishing ranged from good to very good this past week with a couple of trips early in the week seeing close to full-boat limits of fish with pool fish typically over the double-digit mark. Trips on Thursday and Friday were canceled due to strong winds and they found a pretty good bite when they got back out to the grounds on Saturday with a number of fish over 10 pounds. A few cod and black sea bass have also been caught on most trips. No cod reports this past week due to the conditions.

Previous Reports

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet passed along the following report. "The Frances Fleet is happy to report that blackfishing is on fire. The season started out on the slow side, but it has taken off like a freight train. Every day that mother natures has let us get out on to the grounds has been nothing less than stellar. Many fish tipping the scales at 10 pounds with a few threatening 11 pounds. Limit catches were the norm on most trips. Monday's trip saw the best action of the week with a full-boat limit by noon. The Thursdays "high stakes" trip saw a great turnout of anglers who were looking for a true pool winner. The fish topped out at 10 pounds and made one angler very happy. We are scheduled to sail for tog everyday weather permitting at 6am until December 15th. There will be no trip scheduled for Thanksgiving. There is not much to report about the cod trips. Mother natures has been showing her nasty, fall side and keeping the boat tied to the dock. The colder temperatures should push some of the scup off the grounds and let the cod get to the baits first. We are very eager to get back on the grounds and we will keep every updated as we can. We are scheduled to sail every day except Tuesday and Thursday at 6am."

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet passed along the following report "The blackfishing was greatly improved this past week. The week started out on the slower side, but by the end it was as good as it gets. Many anglers catching limits of tautog to over 9 pounds. Nearly everyone at the end of the week was going home with a limit. We are schedule to sail every day weather permitting at 6am. On Thursday we are trying to sail on an extended blackfishing trip from 5am-4pm. Reservations are required on the extended trip and are recommend on all blackfish trips. Cod fishing this week was on the slower side. The sea bass and scup are still there in full force making getting through to the cod difficult. That being said nearly every angler is going home with a limit of sea bass with some fish topping the scale at 5 pounds. Anglers who put on the smaller hooks and target scup have had no problem catching between 30 and 40 to nearly 3 pounds. We will be running these mixed-bag trips every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6am until December 31. We do ask that you please call the office to make a reservation on any and all trips."

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet passed along the following report: "This week we saw much better action on the local blackfish grounds. The weather has been a killer, and keeping the boat tied to the dock more than we'd like to see, but when we can sneak out between storms the fish are waiting. Many anglers went home with limits of fine white chinners to a solid 9 pounds. With the colder nights we are having it seems that the fish are pushing out of the shallow Bay water and out toward the deep rock piles and wrecks. There has been more sea bass and a few cod showing up as well. Fishing is only going to get better and better. We are adding a special longer blackfish trip on Thursday leaving at 5am instead of 6am. This will give up more time to get you hooked-up to a real monster pool-winner. Reservations are required on this trip. Cod fishing has remained steady with some quality fish and loads and loads of sea bass and scup. On opening day of the fall sea bass season, there were plenty of bomber sea bass to over 5 pounds waiting to jump on the fresh bait. The scup on some of the rock piles are 20- to 30-feet thick with fish over 3 pounds being caught with regularity. Pool cod have been between 20-25 pounds on almost every trip. We plan on sailing Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, weather-permitting. We do ask that you please call the office to make a reservation on any and all trips."

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Frank Blount, owner of the Frances Fleet passed along the following report: "We saw some improvement on the local cod grounds this week. Bigger white-bellied, green cod have showed up with sizes in the mid-teens to low twenties. The mixed-bag fishing has been great on the cod trips as well. There had been catches of sea bass (returned before the season reopened), scup, fluke, flounder, ling, choggies, bluefish and even a green bonito or two. The action on the scup has been some of the best we have seen in a while. Some anglers are having no problem catching a limit of scup to over 3 pounds. Both jigs and bait have been working, but the people who swing the iron clam all day have been rewarded with bigger and more cod. Tautog fishing has started out on the slower side due to higher-than-normal water temperatures. Some of the local spots have had water that is around 65 degrees. This does not stop the little blackfish from chewing on a fresh green crabs making for some bent rods most of the day. Biggest tautog tipped the scales at just over 10 pounds. Fishing is only going to get better as the water gets colder."

Frances Fleet

Frances Fleet
33 State St
Narraganset, RI 02882
phone: 401-783-8513

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