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November 13, 2017:
Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that the tautog fishing picked up this past week as water temperatures finally dropped down to around 57 or 58 degrees. No really big fish reported locally this past week, but a number of limit catches were reported. Striped bass continue to make their way along the beaches and they are feeding heavily on an abundant supply of peanut bunker. There have been some adult bunker moving along the beaches, and a few anglers reported landing hickory shad so it's not all small bait Some larger bass into the mid 30-inch range are falling for bigger plugs and eels fished after dark. Black sea bass fishing remains excellent, and there are quite a few nice 2- to 3-pound scup still around.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that the tautog fishing started to pick back up for the weekend as conditions improved following the storm. Black sea bass fishing remains excellent and they had fish up to 8 pounds brought into the shop this weekend. There are also still plenty of scup still around. There have been some cod caught out around Block and on Coxes, but with so many sea bass in the area people are reporting having a hard time getting to the cod. Fishing along the beaches was very good late last week and over the weekend with striped bass, some blues and even a few albies feeding in tight to shore. False albacore are still in pretty thick especially behind Fishers Island and in eastern end of Long Island Sound.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that the tautog fishing has been pretty good locally especially considering that water temperatures are sitting at around 64 degrees. He fish seem to be moving off of really shallow areas and some of the best fishing is currently being had in around 20 feet of water. There haven't been a lot of really big fish caught locally, but plenty of fish from 3 to 5 pounds are being caught. The beaches and reefs have been loaded with small to medium striped bass and some bluefish feeding heavily on peanut bunker. False albacore fishing was still hot through Saturday, and it will be interesting to see if they are still around after conditions settle down after Sunday and Monday. Cod fishing has been pretty good, and the black sea bass fishing both out on the cod grounds and locally has been outstanding.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that there are still a ton of false albacore chasing peanut bunker and small anchovies along the beaches. The small bay anchovies moved in this past week and have made getting the false albacore that are feeding on them a lot tougher to hook. Those that are still catching good number of albies have been concentrating on the schools of fish that are feeding on peanut bunker as these fish seem to be a lot less selective in what they will take. Black sea bass fishing reopened on Sunday and the fishing is still very good with a number of fishermen reporting a quick limit of fish Sunday morning. Cod fishing effort and reports should start picking back up as soon as conditions allow now that sea bass has reopened. Surf fishing this past week was good along the beaches with bass in the 20- to 30-pound range and bluefish reported.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Christian at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that tautog fishing has generally been good with some areas producing better than others. Latimers Reef has been on the slow side so far this season, but better fishing can be had around Masons and Enders Islands. Fishing on Ragged Reef has also been pretty good recently. Striped bass fishing along the beaches remains good with fish up to around 35 pounds being taken from the beach. The best areas vary day to day but areas around Watch Hill, East Beach and Charlestown have all been producing some fish. False albacore and bluefish have also been chasing bait along the beaches. Surprisingly reports of good fluke fishing are still coming in from around Montauk.

Watch Hill Outfitters

Watch Hill Outfitters
157 Main St
Westerly, RI 02891
phone: 401-596-7217

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