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With the unusually cold winter and late spring, the 2015 bass fishing got off to a late start. When the stripers finally arrived in early June, everyone had a smile on their face. Although we did have some good trips, the overall numbers were off, when compared to previous years. The fluke are now playing a more important role as an alternative fishery to striped bass. Fishing for fluke during the latter part of the day in June and July proved to be quite successful. When drift fishing using light tackle and hooked up to a doormat fluke, your fishing skills will be tested. This is a great fishery for all ages.
Toward the end of June we started shark fishing. Most groups caught an average of two to six sharks per trip with only one strike out day in the season. We had the first mako shark of the season by June 25th even though the water temperature was about 5 degrees colder than normal. Due to the sharp decline of sharks around the world, we will continue to practice a “No Kill” policy on all sharks. Where sharks are concerned we will strictly adhere to a tag and release effort and live up to the true meaning of sport fishing. The total number of tagged and released sharks in 2015 was 41 with 6 of those sharks being makos. Our overall total number of tagged sharks has now reached 2467. We will again be offering mako shark satellite tagging trips during August. When tagged with a $2,000 tag, we can follow the shark’s location in real time on a daily basis. For anyone who wants to fully participate in the tagging process, this is the trip for you. Please visit the shark tagging page on my website for more information.
Due to the extremely high cost of fuel over the past few years, I have avoided offshore fishing. With the price of fuel now at levels we haven’t seen in many years, I would like to announce the return of SNAPPA to offshore fishing. For those who are serious offshore fishermen, I will be offering 10 and 12 hour trips that will allow us to fish 40 to 50 miles offshore. We will search the warm Gulf Stream water’s for tuna, sharks, mahi mahi, and wahoo. Tuna trips will begin after the first week of June.
The September and October run of bass never materialized so we concentrated on bottom fishing. During the months of August and September we fished the water’s around Block Island and Cox’s Ledge for cod, sea bass, and porgies with good results. Porgies continued to bite through October and sea bass through December. The cod bite which ended by early September turned on again in late November and December which is something to keep in mind in the coming season. By mid to late October the blackfish began to bite for a nice combination with the sea bass. Throughout November, it was mostly blackfish that were biting. Depending on your ability, most anglers caught their blackfish limit of 6 fish/person. By late November through December we again fished Block Island and Coxes Ledge for both cod and blackfish. Due to the good fishing and weather we experienced last year I hope to keep the boat in the water until just after the Christmas vacation week.
It is my guess that we will see the striped bass, bluefish, fluke, sharks, and tuna arrive 2 weeks ahead of their normal migration schedule because of the warm weather we experienced this past winter and spring. Mid May should be a good start date for the bass, blues, and fluke. Sharks and tuna should be here by early June. It’s always difficult to predict water temperatures months in advance but because the ocean temperature is about 8 degrees warmer than normal, I will stick to these start dates.