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Fluke tournament big success

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The 13th Annual ‘Fluke Til Ya Puke’ fishing tournament held Saturday, June 16 was a big success once again. Organizers, Captains Brian and Peter Bacon of Big Game Sport Fishing charters, South Kingstown, say it is the largest fluke tournament in the world. The tournament has multiple entry categories and over $50,000 in prizes.

Capt. Brian Bacon said, “It was our largest tournament ever with 1,532 participants. This year the largest fluke was 11.4 pounds caught by William Beletski.” The fish netted Beletski a $5,000 cash prize in the largest fluke category.

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

Where’s the bite?

Striped bass fishing continues to improve in Narragansett and Mt. Hope Bays, along the coastal shore and at Block Island. Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box, Warwick said, “The striper bite at Hope Island was good this week with anglers landing nice sized bass with Atlantic menhaden (pogies). Trolling tube & worm and with umbrella rigs is working well too. Eels are working for my kayak fishermen customers even though it is a bit early in the season to be using eels.” Jason Macedo of Lucky Bait & Tackle, Warren, said, “Striper fishing is good, however, pogies are very limited with anglers snagging them from Barrington Beach to the Providence Hurricane Barrier. If you find the pogies you’ll find the bass. Customers are also having luck trolling white shad umbrella rigs and some are using eels with success.” Neil Hayes of Quaker Lane Bait & Tackle, North Kingstown said, “The bass bite slowed a bit the past couple of days in the Bay but picked up off Newport in the Brenton Reef area and off Beavertail Point, Jamestown with anglers having success with eels.” Peter Jenkins of the Saltwater Edge, Middletown said, “The fish are just starting to show up off Newport. Once the water warms the fish leave the bay and move to the lower bay, off Newport and Jamestown.” Fish are also appearing on the Southwest Ledge off Block Island with anglers landing bass trolling parachute jigs.

Summer flounder (fluke) fishing improved this week in the bay at the Jamestown and Newport Bridges as well as along the Southern coastal shore,” said Hayes. Giddings said, “Fluke fishing from shore at Rocky Point has been good with anglers landing fish to three pounds. Fluke fishing on the south side of Block Island was very difficult Saturday because of the Fluke Til Ya Puke tournament. One customer said there were about a thousand boats fishing there. I am sure he was exaggerating but the point is that there were far too many boats in one place so he left to fish other areas.” Greg Vespe of Tiverton said, “We fished the Fluke Til Ya Puke tournament off Block Island, our largest fish being 8.5 pounds and a three fish total of 18 pounds. The third place tournament winners came in with a 20 pound total for three fish. The winning boats caught their fish off Montauk, NY.”

Scup and black sea bass. The black sea bass fishing remains strong in Massachusetts, particularly in Buzzards Bay, where black sea bass are in season. However, the Rhode Island season does not open until June 24. Xavier (4), Lucia (7) and their father Jamie Wong of Cambridge, Mass. caught sea bass to 22” fishing on my boat south of the Jamestown Bridge; we paused for a quick photo and then released the fish. Macedo said, “The scup bite from shore is very strong. Places like Colt State Park are producing some very large scup.”
Freshwater fishing for trout has slowed as the water warms and stocked ponds have been fished. Anglers are catching largemouth bass; however, this fishery is expected by some to slow during the warm weather this week. However, Giddings said, “Fishing at Roger Williams Parks Park and Warwick Pond has been good for customers, many are using our custom line of spinner baits, jigs and swim baits.” Hayes said, “We are selling a lot of shiners with customers primarily targeting largemouth bass this time of year, with success.”

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Visit Captain Dave’s No Fluke website at noflukefishing.com or e-mail him with your fishing news and photos at dmontifish@verizon.net.

Dave Monti

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