Spring has sprung!!!

It has been to long since my last post. Things have been happening fast. I have been filling the bait freezer with sea herring. The sibiki rigs are a pain but when you catch 2 or 3 fish at a time is fun. We have been waiting for the squid to show and as of now they are very spotty. The herring fishing is slowing down and to be truthful I don’t need any more.

bucket of sea herring 2013

On May 5th I had my first charter with Bryan and Cheri. It was cold and windy. I decided to take the boat out of Narragansett Bay and fish Newport’s 1st and Middletown’s 2nd beach. These are the places where the striped bass usually show up first. On the 3rd cast with a jumpin minnow Bryan got a strike. He missed it but that was enough for me to know that the bass were in. He got a couple of more strikes but did not connect. We moved around a bit and had one other strike, I missed that one. At one spot we were in about 6-8 feet of water and were able to see several blackfish swimming around. I moved the boat back to our first spot and we started catching bass right away. The lure that the bass wanted was a small swimmer. We ended up catching several bass with the biggest being 27.5 inches, almost a keeper.

bryan with frist striper of 2013


Capt. Eric Thomas

Fishing the waters of Newport RI, Narragansett Bay, RI Sound, and the Sakonett River