Montauk, New York to Block Island, Rhode Island
Elmer stands with the great white mount, while across the water a 173 pound mako shark awaits it's turn at the cutting table.
From the Great White Shark, to mako sharks, tuna, striped bass, fluke, and ground fish, Montauk is a must for fishermen. Boats of every description grace the docks and boat yards around the harbor. Charter boats are available for any kind of fishing there is.
Fog was thick as we left Galilee, Rhode Island and headed into the sound. The radar screen kept us abreast of boats in our area and they appeared like ghost ships drifting in and out of the fog. Captain G-No got us safely across and Montauk Light appeared as the fog lifted. We stopped as we got near and wet our lines. Elmer hooked up right away to a black sea bass, which we released. Most everyone caught a few, but we wanted to target fluke. We fished along the south beach and boated a few shorties on Saturday. But increasing winds made for a rough ride. We tried many different drifts, but couldn't find the keepers. Captains at the dock complained of the east wind that drove the fluke from their usual haunts. We found some fish out at the north rip, but again they were under 19 1/2 inches. We did give striper jigging a few passes with one hook up. It was a small one and we made a lucky long distance release of it. Locals were lamenting the changes in the fishing with the east wind. Most of the charters did less than great this day, but that's fishing. The talk on the dock was about the season closing and what that will mean for business. NY regs call for a 4 fish limit with a legal size of 19 1/2 inches. The seasons closes in mid September.
Ghosts in the fog and a very busy harbor. Coast Guard Station
The captain catching bait for morning. These peanut bunker worked well on both bass and fluke.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Sunday found us winding our way back to Galilee, RI, by way of Block Island. We started on the west side of the island out a few miles in 40-100 feet of water. Black bass made for a good number of hook ups with many fish over 12 inches. We kept a few of the larger ones and released the rest. Rock Bottom won the skate contest with a number of the winged fluke to his credit.
We than headed to the sw ledge and started our drift in shore in 30 feet of water. We soon had fish as Elmer hooked a 20 inch fish. Soon everyone had a keeper fish and we sent many more back to grow. Edges seemed to produce the most fish. Party boats gave us a good idea of the general areas to fish, and our radar showed them always fishing the edges. "Keep an Eye on the other guy!", when fishing new territory, the fleet will point you in the right direction. Often we would stop and try an area that looked good and soon had friends around us. A rise of 5-10 feet can make the difference for a good drift. We made one last short drift before we headed back home and took 4 keepers in the last 15 minutes. Captain G-No and Rock Bottom had the hot hands. Billy Bob was happy with his first fluke excursion. Throw in the first time black bass for everyone but Elmer and we had a great time. A short run across to Pt. Judith and Home.
A big thanks to Captain G-No!