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August 13, 2018:
Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that fishing was very good locally this past week. Fishing for black sea bass and scup remains excellent for both species with some solid fish being caught on almost every reef and rock pile. The back side of Watch Hill Reef, outside of Fishers Island and Wicopesset Passage are all fishing very well for sea bass and scup. Fluke fishing was decent this past week with the better reports coming from deeper water. Try depths of 60 to 70 feet of water and work deeper if you aren't having much luck. Striped bass fishing has been pretty good on the local reefs and was very good out at Block Island again this past weekend. Fishing at night with eels has been producing quality fish in the 35- to 40-pound range both local and at the island. Not much for rod and reel reports for tautog just yet but the spear fishermen are doing well on the local reefs.



Watch Hill Outfitters

August 13, 2018:
Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that fishing was very good locally this past week. Fishing for black sea bass and scup remains excellent for both species with some solid fish being caught on almost every reef and rock pile. The back side of Watch Hill Reef, outside of Fishers Island and Wicopesset Passage are all fishing very well for sea bass and scup. Fluke fishing was decent this past week with the better reports coming from deeper water. Try depths of 60 to 70 feet of water and work deeper if you aren't having much luck. Striped bass fishing has been pretty good on the local reefs and was very good out at Block Island again this past weekend. Fishing at night with eels has been producing quality fish in the 35- to 40-pound range both local and at the island. Not much for rod and reel reports for tautog just yet but the spear fishermen are doing well on the local reefs.



Previous Reports

  • August 6, 2018 Open or Close

    Harrison at Watch Hill Outfitters said that the striped bass fishing has been very good in certain areas and the shop has had two fish over 50 pounds hit the scales in just the last two days. There are also quite a few small bass being caught from shore along the local beaches. Schools of harbor blues have been chasing bait in the Pawcatuck River and Little Narragansett Bay. Fluke fishing has been decent with a few a few big fish being caught at Block Island and around Montauk. Locally there have been quite a few keepers caught both inside and outside of Fishers Island. Black sea bass and scup fishing remains excellent.

  • July 30, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters said that there are still large schools of mackerel cruising the waters around Montauk, Block Island, Watch Hill and Fishers Island. While not common on local waters this time of year their presence is certainly welcome by both fish and fishermen. Striped bass fishing remains very good out at Block and off of Montauk. Locally the fishing has been pretty good with bass being caught on the reefs and along the beaches. Bluefish are being caught pretty regularly out at Block, but with the exception of snappers and harbor blues in the river, larger blues have been almost nonexistent locally. Fluke fisherman have been doing pretty well locally and very well out at the island. Sea bass fishing has been excellent with some big fish being caught off of the beaches and at the island. They still seem to be hanging in deeper water than would be normal for the time of year. Scup fishing remains very good both from shore and boat with pretty much any rocky area holding good numbers of these fish.

  • July 23, 2018 Open or Close

    Harrison was ringing up customers at Watch Hill Outfitters on a busy Sunday morning when I called for the report, and he said that while the days ahead look to be a bit ugly with some nasty weather on the horizon, the past week was very good for striped bass, fluke and black sea bass. Most boats heading out for stripers are either heading to Block or the back side of Fishers with fish to 50 pounds in both areas. Block seems to be a bit better trolling frames than drifting live eels; Fishers is producing on both eels and live bunker. The beaches have steady catches of keeper fluke with some shorts mixed-in, and black sea bass limits are pretty much "easy" to come by most anywhere a bait or jig is dropped from Watch Hill to Buzzards Bay.

  • July 16, 2018 Open or Close

    Mike Wade at Watch Hill Outfitters reported that the striped bass fishing out at Block Island was excellent for the second half of this past week and right through the weekend. A number of big fish in the 30- and 40-pound class were caught by shop regulars who made the run to the island. All methods seem to be producing some fish, but many of the bigger fish have been caught drifting live eels. The Watch Hill Reefs are also holding some big bass that have been feeding on schools of mackerel that have moved into the reefs. Surf fishing for striped bass has hit a bit of a lull with only a few small fish reported this past week. There are good numbers of shad off of the beaches which could draw the attention of some larger bass so long as the two cross paths. Fluke fishing has been pretty good off of the beaches. The action is steady, but there have been quite a few short fish to work through. Out around Block you still have a shot at a real doormat, but the fluke fishing hasn't been that great. Black sea bass fishing remains very good both locally and around the island, and the scup fishing has been excellent. In the offshore arena there have been reports of giant bluefin tuna being hooked and landed not far from Block Island.

Watch Hill Outfitters

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


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Watch Hill Outfitters

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


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