The Tautog season opens | Cranston’s Herald
By CAPTAIN DAVE MONTI
Few anglers have targeted tautog this week as most focus on other species including fluke, black bass, and striped bass. If you are planning to try this delicious fish in the near future, check the availability of green or Asian carbs at your local bait store, as many do not yet have them.
Tautog season opened in Rhode Island this week (August 1) with a limit of three fish / person / day. The same limit now applies to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. However, from October 15 to December 31, the limit in both states increases to five fish / person / day. The minimum size of the tautog in both states in 16 inches.
When tautog fishing is open, private anglers are subject to a maximum tautog limit of 10 fish for the vessel. The more restrictive maximum catch limit per fisherman or per boat applies in both states.
For saltwater recreation on all Massachusetts species, visit www.mass.gov/doc/private-angler-recreational-poster-2021/download . In Rhode Island Saltwater Regulations, visit www.eregulations.com/rhodeisland/saltwater.
New regulation on freshwater fishing
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced that Rhode Island’s new freshwater fishing rules and regulations will come into effect on Saturday, July 31.
Two changes relate to the Beaver River in Richmond. It is now referred to as a no kill, “capture and release only” zone. The Beaver River has also been removed from the trout stocking list, it will no longer be stocked with hatchery reared trout.
The goal of designating the Beaver River as a catch and release area only is to further improve the brook trout population in the Beaver River. In addition, this change will provide a unique opportunity for fishermen to target wild brook trout and admire it for its natural beauty.
Additionally, Cass Pond, Woonsocket and Geneva Brook and Pond in North Providence have been revised to be kids-only for the first two days of the trout fishing season.
For a full list of freshwater fishing regulations, visit https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/250-60-00-10 .
Where’s the bite?
“The striped bass
fishing in Narragansett Bay has declined, but patrons of the live poggies (Atlantic menhaden) connect with the Guardian Striped Bass typically when the tide changes, ”said Tom Giddings of The Tackle Box, Warwick. “The bite of the blue fish is not good, but the blue snapper has made its presence known in shelters and harbors. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “Customers haven’t caught a lot of blue fish at all and the striped bass bite has decreased in the upper part of the bay. I know we have a good bite of blue snapper fish because we sold a lot of blue snapper rigs this weekend. Anglers are reminded that the blue snapper is a blue fish and that the blue fish regulation of three fish / person / day applies. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait & Tackle Warwick said, “Customers catch big striped bass off Newport. We have had reports of two anglers with 50 pound striped bass right at Brenton Reef.
Red flounder and black bass.
Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box said: “I don’t know if it’s because of all the bait in popular shore fishing spots, like Rocky Point and Conimicut Point, but a few customers have caught a 20 fluke. inches (summer plaice) when fishing from the shore there. Ken Ferrara of Ray’s Bait said: “The bite has slowed down in the bay with few moats captured in the upper part of the bay, most of the action is taking place in the lower part of the bay.” I fished this weekend both days with charters off Beavertail Point on a piece of structure about a mile east of Beavertail Light and we were able to limit black bass keepers (three fish / person / day, the minimum height is 15 inches). Few keeper luck was caught, just two, one of them coming from the deep trench just south of the Dutch island off the lighthouse. Captain Chris Willi of Block Island Fishworks, Block Island said, “We had a large moat (about ten pounds) captured from the southwest side of the island this week.” We only had one stroke of luck with a ton of fishing dogs on the western fishing grounds off Block Island and near the north coast while fishing on Sunday mornings.
the fishing remains strong in the ponds in the area, ”said Tom Giddings of the Tackle Box. Trout fishing slowed in the stocked ponds as the water warmed.
Dolphins at the mouth of the Bay.
Sunday morning at 6.30am (on our way to Block Island) we ran into a large pod of dolphins (it looked like a few hundred at least). When fishing for bluefin tuna this is one of the signs you look for before setting up your bluefin tuna spreader (rigs) to catch them. Dolphins and bluefin tuna often eat the same thing and hunt the same bait. Wonder if there was any bluefin tuna mixed in with these dolphins, if so that would be amazing, a good bite of bluefin tuna off Narragansett? Out of the beaver tail? Out of Newport? But who knows, maybe this pod just got lost. Anglers are reminded that they need a Special Federal Fishing Permit for Highly Migratory Species (HMS) to catch bluefin tuna in Tune.
(have fun taking and eating) have appeared off our southern coastal coasts. If you want to be ready to target those fast engines, Saltwater Edge can help. Peter Jenkins, owner of the Saltwater Edge and president of the American Saltwater Guides Association, said, “Mackerel became a regular mid-summer visitor to southern New England. They can be found feeding on the same baits that cause “sea bass rafts”; usually bay anchovies or sand lance. Chasing the Chub is a fun prelude to the exciting times ahead created by Skipjack and then (fingers crossed) False Albacore. To know what to target mackerel with visit www.saltwateredge.com Tackle and tactics: chub mackerel.
Dave Monti holds a captain’s license and a charter fishing license. He sits on various boards and commissions and owns a consulting business focused on ocean cleanliness, habitat preservation, conservation, renewable energy, and fisheries issues and clients. Send fishing news and photos to [email protected] or visit www.noflukefishing.com.