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2020 Fishing Letter
2020 Fishing Letter
Jul 1, 2020
Due to the COVID – 19 Virus and its affect on so many people, I decided to hold off on the coming season. Not knowing whether or not we would even be allowed by the RI governor to have a season was a major concern. At the present time in early June, it appears as though the number of positive cases is declining in RI. As a result, the governor has decided to ease off on some of the restrictions. The Snappa is now limited to 9 passengers where everyone must wear a face mask. Compared to the 3 passengers we were allowed in “Phase 1”, I can live with 9 passengers. On July 1st the governor has stated that she may eliminate more restrictions in “Phase 3”. We will wait to see what the future brings.
With a little more time on my hands I have been working on the boat to patch up things that have occurred over the past 13 years. Can you believe that the boat is in its thirteenth year? Wow, time flies.
My first fishing trips of the season took place over the June 13th and 14th weekend. This is by far the latest I have ever started my season. For the first time that I recall, Rhode Island is now fishing under a slot limit when fishing for striped bass. The slot limit allows us to keep one striper/person between 28” and 35”. If the fish is above or below this length, the fish must be returned to the sea. I used the weekend to scout around in search of different species of fish in several areas. I found a few small fluke mixed in with some nice sea bass. The sea bass fishery will open as of June 24th. We also found a few keeper cod mixed in with a ton of dog fish. The striped bass were for the most part outside of the slot limit resulting in most fish being released. On two trips out of four the striper and bluefish action was constant from the beginning to the end.
The sharks should be arriving any day now which I always look forward to, between our shark fishing and shark diving trips. Quite a few customers have expressed interest in tuna fishing. Let us hope they move into the inshore water’s like we had years ago.
September is your best month for catching most species of fish. Sea bass, porgies, stripers, bluefish, cod, sharks and tuna, they’re all here. Come October, my favorite species to catch is the bull dog black fish. You’ve got to concentrate on these beauties because they are tackle busters. When you have mastered the art of catching them there is no greater reward. Keep in mind that the best time to catch a combination of both blackfish and cod is between mid November and December. On this coming weekend of June 20th and 21st both days are available. Well that’s it for my report and forecast. Let’s all be safe.
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