Chasing the false albacore after dark with live eels is popular

Many of our area fishermen were busy chasing the false albacore around while others landed large bass after dark on live eels. Others choose to catch lots of sea bass on the rocks and wrecks off the Rhode Island beaches or the west side of Block Island.

Phil at River's End Tackle in Old Saybrook said one of their steady customers used live eels after dark on a three-way rig on the nearby reefs for six bass all over 50 pounds, quite an accomplishment to say the least. During the day schoolie bass and blues were caught at various spots from East Rip to Hatchett's Reef. Albie chasers had success with a new lure called Albie Snacks made by a young man in Fairfield.

Allen at Shaffers said one of his slip customers was out all week long catching false albacore at various places from the east end of Fishers Island to the bell at Napatree Point and the entrance to Little Narragansett Bay on the outgoing tide. Porgy fishing is good on the lumps in Fishers Island Sound. Please keep in mind it closes for recreational anglers this coming Tuesday but stays open into October for those on party and charter boats.

People are catching their own green crabs in preparation for the opening of blackfish season on October 1 and spooling reels with 50 to 65-pound super braid, popular with blackfish anglers. Another slip customer bought some eels and landed two bass on Sunday off Clay Point. Fishers Island residents came over and bought five dozen eels for surf casting at various spots.

Captain Jack at The Fish Connection said the false albacore fishing is the best he's seen in many years. He's catching about a dozen per day on his charters using Super Flukes or the Kastmaster XL. On Thursday they stopped off outside Napatree Point to land some bass to 42 inches on their spinning tackle before turning their attention to albacore.

Mario Peruzzotti called in a report about his grandson Alex Peru who caught a false albacore estimated between 17 and 20 pounds on a homemade plastic lure and 8-pound line off Fishers Island. Alex took a picture of his fine catch and let the fish go as they have little food value.

Moving on to Don at King Cove who reported lots of false albacore around, some even finding their way to the back end of Stonington Harbor one day. Porgy catches are good, ditto for sea bassing on the rocks off the Rhode Island beaches.

Roger at J&B said they took a busman's holiday on Wednesday on one of their charter boats for an outstanding catch of sea bass at spots on the west side of Block Island along with some really jumbo porgies. Black fishing will open in state waters on October 1st, the day sea bass is closed down for a month. You will be allowed to keep four blackfish per season at a 14-inch minimum size.

Al Golinski and wife Emme continue to enjoy good catches of sea bass at various rocky lumps and wrecks from Misquamicut to Charlestown. The lesser known spots are producing the better numbers and bigger fish. His top fish was just over 5 pounds but he lost one much bigger when it cut his line on the jagged edge of a shipwreck off Weekapaug.

Mark at Hillyers Tackle said the blue fishing was good in The Race along with porgy catches from all the usual rocky locations just at the mouth of Niantic Bay. Block Island is good for sea bass; some of the fish were over 5 pounds. Surf anglers caught some keeper bass along the Rhode Island beaches, mainly at daybreak, dusk and after dark.

Bob Clark of Westerly, 83 years young, landed stripers of 34 and 31 inches one morning just at first light on a Captain Bill's swimmer off one of the nearby beaches. Gill Bell of Charlestown caught stripers of 38 and 39 inches on consecutive mornings at East Beach near his home. One of the local retired guys found bass chasing mullet during the day after a cold front passed by and landed 14 school bass to 33 inches on a float and jig or a Bomber Badonk-A-Donk, a top water plug with great action. There were also some keeper stripers landed from the Weekapaug Overlook at times and the rocky beaches just to the west.

Now is the time to get out and scout beaches both in Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut looking for birds working over bait, their presence giving away a school of bass or blues heading south or west for the winter.

Tim Coleman is The Day's saltwater fishing columnist.

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