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November 12, 2018:
Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that the local tautog fishing has been very good with most of the boats that are fishing for tautog reporting limit catches of fish up to around 6 pounds. There haven't been a lot of really big fish caught over the last couple of weeks, but no one is complaining about the quality of the fishery. Schoolie striped bass and some bluefish continue to harass large schools of peanut bunker making their way along the beaches. Surfcasters have been doing well for small fish but, as we have seen for most of the fall, fish over 28 inches have been hard to come by. No reports came in for cod fishing this past week, but several boats had plans to fish the cod grounds on Sunday and Monday. Black sea bass are still being caught off of the beaches mostly as by-catch while tautog fishing.

Previous Reports

  • November 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that fishing for striped bass from the beaches remained very good this past week with large schools of bass and baitfish making their annual migration south. The bass have generally been on the small side, but there are some keepers and even larger fish mixed-in on occasion. Tautog fishing is really starting to heat up, but the weather has prevented a lot of guys from getting out for them. Those who found a window to fish this past week were rewarded with a steady pick of fish up to around 5 pounds. No one was able to get out for cod this past week due to the wind. Freshwater fishing has been good especially for trout following the latest round of stocking by the DEM.

  • October 29, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that fishing for tautog picked up quite a bit this past week and added that a few customers had even reported limiting out on tog from shore. The tautog are still being found in relatively shallow water and there have been reports of steady action in depths ranging from less than 10 feet up to around 30 feet. Striped bass fishing remains very productive for schoolie sized bass from both shore and by boat but there haven't been many reports of large fish being caught. False albacore were spotted out on the reefs pretty regularly this past week and they were even in close to the light a few times well in reach of surf casters fishing from the rocks. There have been some reports of harbors blues back in the salt ponds and off of the beaches but overall numbers seem down quite a bit for bluefish this season. There have been reports of hickory shad being caught in the salt ponds and breachways.

  • October 22, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that fishing for false albacore was much slower this past week with almost no reports of them being caught locally. Striped bass fishing is still very good along the beaches with fall fishing in full swing. Most of the bass are schoolie-sized, but there are some bigger fish up to around 30 pounds mixed-in. Some of the locals have been picking up bigger fish on chunk bait which can have an edge in dirty water conditions. There have been a few blues mixed-in with the bass, but not to the point that they are a nuisance. Tautog fishing has been very good when the wind calms down enough for the boats to get out. Due to the wind a lot of the better reports have been coming from areas inside of Fishers Island. There still seem to be plenty of black sea bass around, but scup are definitely thinning out. There has been an increase in freshwater activity recently with cooler temperatures and some areas being restocked with trout.

  • October 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that fishing for false albacore was still going strong with schools of fish chasing bait along the beaches and right up inside Quonny and Weekapaug breachways. Striped bass fishing remains good from shore with reports of good numbers of fish up to around 20 pounds being caught along with some larger fish. Boat fishermen have also been doing well for striped bass in the Watch Hill Reefs and by casting to schools of breaking fish along the beaches. Not a lot of bluefish around this past week and the ones that were caught were generally pretty small. Tautog fishing picked up steam this past week and with Connecticut waters now open to fishing boats have been doing well around Latimer's reef and the lighthouse. Black sea bass are still plentiful off of the beaches and there are still some scup around but they seem to be thinning out some.

Watch Hill Outfitters

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

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