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Capt. Rick Bellavance of Priority Fishing Charters reported that, “There were miles of striped bass from 20- to 46-inches at Block Island this week.” Catches were much like this 40-pound fish reeled in last Sunday.

The 14th Annual ‘Fluke Til Ya Puke’ fishing tournament for summer flounder held last Saturday was a big success once again.

Captains Brian and Peter Bacon of Big Game Sport Fishing charters, South Kingstown, are the organizers and say it is the largest summer flounder (fluke) tournament in the world. The tournament has multiple-entry categories and over $50,000 in prizes.

“We had our fingers crossed with the weather Saturday and lucked out with an eight-hour window of good weather during the tournament,” Peter Bacon said. “About 90 percent of the fish we weighed in were in the six- to seven-pound range. The largest fish, we had about four fish over nine pounds, were caught off Montauk, NY.”

A total of 12,001 anglers participated in the tournament, down slightly from last year, likely due to the predicted bad weather. The ‘biggest fluke’ prize of $5,000 went to Bill Robinson with a 10.20 pound fluke; followed by Nino Averso, 9.74 pounds; and third place went to Eric Alleyne with a 9.38 pound fluke.

For additional information and a complete list of winners, visit www.biggamefishingri.com or the tournament Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FlukeTilYaPuke/.

Young anglers aim to catch big fish

Young anglers aim to catch big fish in Narragansett Bay this week.

Today, Saturday, June 22, is Take-a-Kid Fishing Day. If you plan fishing in Greenwich Bay today, plan your fishing accordingly as the RI Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) will hold their 21st annual Take-a-Kid fishing day, Saturday, June 22. Approximately forty volunteer vessels and over 125 shore and boat volunteers will take 119 kids fishing in Greenwich Bay trolling for bluefish.

Fishing will be followed by a noon cookout at Brewers (Safe Harbor) Cowesett Marina, which donates the use of boat slips, staging and cookout areas. Youth participation is limited to organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouting Troops and city recreation departments.

The aim of the program is to teach children about the ocean, environment, boating and give them an opportunity to fish. Often children participating have never seen the saltwater, never mind ride a boat and fish.

Camp aims to hook youth on fishing

The RI Saltwater Anglers will hold their youth fishing camp next week with their partner, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. The Camp is full with a waiting list, but watch for this camp next year. The Fishing Camp will be held at Rocky Point State Park in Warwick from this coming Tuesday to Thursday for children 7 to 12 years old.

“The goal is to introduce youngsters to fishing,” RISAA president Steve Medeiros said. “We find children of all backgrounds and cultures are attracted to fishing for all the right reasons and our aim is to give them a proper introduction to the sport.”

Topics to be covered over the three-day camp include fish identification, fishing laws, use of spinning and conventional gear and tackle, knot-tying, basic marine biology, how and why to use different baits and lures, casting and fishing from shore as well as boating safety and fishing on a boat.

The fishing camp is sponsored by the RI Saltwater Anglers Foundation in partnership with RI DEM Aquatic Resource Education Program, US Fish & Wildlife and Brewers Marina.

Saltwater Fly Fishing School next Saturday

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program will hold a Saltwater Fly Fishing School, Saturday, June 29 at the Narrow Rive Bridge, Route 1A Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. All students must have some fly fishing experience.

Edward Lombardo, local fly fishing expert and school instructor said, “Equipment including fly rod, gear and flies will be provided, however, participants should bring their own waders.” The cost of the program is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Students must be 16 years or older. Ages 16 and 17 need be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Register with Kimberly Sullivan at 401-539-0037 or kimberly.sullivan@dem.ri.gov.

Where’s the bite?

Striped bass/bluefish: The Cape Cod Canal continues to light up with striped bass.

“The squid are in the Canal and the bass are here feeding on them,” David Jeffers of Red Top Sporting Goods, Buzzards Bay, said. “We weighed in a 44- and a 35-pound fish this week. Fish are being caught on the bottom with jigs.” Expert Canal angler East End Eddie Doherty said, “The Canal was on fire this morning (Tuesday). I released a 16 & 18 pounder, but there were many big fish caught over 35 pounds with an unconfirmed report of a 50-pounder.” Capt. Rich Bellavance of Priority Fishing Charters said, “Sunday, the bass fishing at Block Island was outstanding with miles of fish in the 20-inch to 46-inch range. We are catching them on umbrella frames and parachute jigs. They are feeding on small sand ells. The southwest corner has been the best, but there are fish at the north end (although smaller) and the southeast side is yielding blues and bass.” Douglas Wade of Watch Hill Outfitters, Westerly said, “The beaches are producing smaller striped bass with larger ones being caught on the reefs.” John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “There are not a log of pogies around in the Providence River/Pawtucket area. Anglers are catching keepers in the Conimicut Light and Rumstick Point areas trolling tube and worm.”

The bluefish bite in the mid-Bay area continues to improve.

Fluke fishing is mixed.

Capt. Peter Bacon of BIG Game Sport Fishing Charters said, “During the ‘Fluke Til Ya Puke’ tournament last Saturday, anglers fishing the south side of Block Island had to battle dog fish to land fluke.” Doug Wade of Watch Hill Outfitters said Tuesday, “The fluke bite along the southern coastal shore has been outstanding with anglers hooking up with a lot of nice black sea bass which they will be able to take starting June 24 when the season opens in RI.” “Fluke are being caught in the mid-Bay region on the shipping channel pads in the Prudence Island ‘T Wharf’ area.” said Henault of Ocean State Tackle.

Scup: “Scup to 16 inches are being taken under the Mt. Hope Bridge and off Barrington,” Dave Henault said. John Littlefield said, “The scup bite is just starting to improve, with fish being caught at Colt State Park.”

Freshwater fishing: Dave Henault of Ocean State said, “The trout bite is off, however, customers are catching largemouth and the carp fishing has been very good.” Doug Wade of Watch Hill said, “The largemouth bass bite at Chapman’s Pond in Westerly had been very good.”

Dave Monti holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association, the American Saltwater Guides Association and the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Follow Capt. Dave on twitter @CaptDaveMonti. He’ll be tweeting about ‘Where’s the bite’, fishing regulations, national fishing policy, and issues that impact the fish. Forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net or visit www.noflukefishing.com.

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