waters off Block Island with the Charter boat
Adventure for exciting light tackle
stripers, bluefish, flounder, and more when visiting
Sailing from Galilee state docks we are closer to
the Block Island Fishing grounds than any other
light tackle charter on the Rhode Island South shore.
Island's landscape shows many signs of having been
scupted by the massive Laurentide ice sheet which
covered much of North America during the end of the
last ice age, 10,000 years ago. This ice sheet
pushed out 20 miles offshore, carving out
Narragansett Bay and leaving a large deposit of
material that left us the present day Block Island
and Long Island. Add thousands of years of tides and
evolution of fish in the ocean and you have the
Block Island of today, an excellent fishing
destination for both commercial and recreational
waters around the island abound with life, making it
a popular destination for both bait and the game
fish that prey upon them. Striped
bass and bluefish as well as others can be found
chasing bait on a daily basis during the summer
months. This makes it a popular place for striper
shape and structure of the bottom around Block
Island makes for many
areas of current that fish of all kinds will use to
travel and ambush their prey. From the B1 buoy
at the north end to the Southwest Ledge buoy
the currents and bottom structure provide areas that
attract and keep predators around during the spring
and summer. Many of these areas are well known to
the savvy anglers that fish these waters, allowing
them to go there and consistently catch fish day
after day. Noting these behaviors and the currents
and tides that dictate them is what separates the
seasoned angler from the many novices who fish these
Island's North Rip tide is a very interesting
visual phenomenon, especially on a calm
day. On approaching during the strong part of the
tide, one is struck by the flat smooth water on one
side delineated by a sharp line from the waves on
the other side, a result of the water tumbling over
and down the backside of the sandbar that runs north
from the point to about 2.5 miles before it drops
off again into deep water (over 100 feet). On a
windy or rough day, the waves can be quite large and
very close together, making it difficult or
impossible to fish. It is understanding this tide
and the structure around the sandbar that will help
you catch fish. Stripers are not stupid, they often
use strong currents such as these as an ambush
point, sitting behind the downcurrent side of the
sandbar and ambushing baitfish that lose control in
west side of the island there are several areas of
structure including logwood cove, Dories Cove and
Gracies Cove. There are also are large number of
boulders in the water along that side that can hold
fish and bait.
Southwest side of Block Island is a very productive
area to fish. There are many places where the bottom
structure provides ambush points that bass love with
strong currents to sweep bait past them as they lay
in wait. You can hit these areas each in turn until
you turn up fish. It is best to work from uptide to
downtide, as the fish follow the tide.
Southwest Ledge itself is a catch and release only
zone, as it is outside of Block
Island coastal waters (3 miles). No Bass caught
there can be kept. However, there are places near
the ledge itself that are almost as productive and
are within 3 miles of Block Island where you can
keep bass. An area known as the peanut is a
productive eeling spot.
East side can hold both Bass and Bluefish as well as
tuna, but is not fished as much as the West side,
which is easier for most boats to access and is in
general far more productive. Old Harbor point,
Southeast Light, and Clay Head are among some of the
more popular areas.
fish for other species out at Block Island, like
flounder and sea bass. Often we may have our fill of
Bass fishing and take the charter to go catch some
flounder. We have had days where 20 or 30 fish come
over the side in 2 or 3 hours while fishing for
flounder. The flounder out there are BIG, too.
Sometimes your bringing them up from deep water and
it its a good battle.
fish any or all of these areas during the fishing
season depending on the length of the trip. On half
day charters we may go to the rip and the
northwest/northeast side of Block Island, but no
farther. On full day fishing trips we will go all
the way out to the Southwest Ledge if we have to to
get stripers and bluefish. Usually we go to
southwest point at BI, Rhode Island.
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Big Bass Block Island West side.
41lb at North Rip Block Island.
Giant Flounder caught Block Island.
Just outside of Old Harbor point.
40pdr at Block Island North Rip.
This was Gina's Birthday Charter
bass on Block Island South side,
Women can catch fish, too.
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