2015-07-09 / Nature

Large Fish of Every Kind Being Landed On and Offshore

By Sam Toland

Jonathan and Bethany Pritchard get in on the blitzing bluefish. Jonathan and Bethany Pritchard get in on the blitzing bluefish. It seems that the long cold spring has finally left us, and with the warm weather has come great fishing.

The inshore and near shore striped bass bite is hot, both in the bay as well as "out front" on Brenton Reef and Elbow Ledge, with fish up to 50 pounds reported in the local area.

Frank Bryer of Newport weighed in a 45-pound striped bass recently. Also notable are the multitudes of large bluefish being caught all around the island, from both shore and boat.

This past weekend was a record bluefish bonanza for Bethany and Jonathan Pritchard of Grafton, Mass. and Little Compton, R.I., who utilized the long weekend and great boating weather to get in on the blitzing bluefish.

Many anglers have reported massive schools of Atlantic menhaden

(pogies) being pushed up on the corners of the beaches being pummeled by both bluefish and bass.

The offshore bite has been improving for several weeks as well, with multiple boats reporting great action with regards to 40- 60 pound class bluefin tuna. Many bluefin have been caught recently in the nearby grounds that are home to these hard-fighting pelagic species.

Just a bit further out, Captain Rob Taylor of Newport Sportfishing Charters recently landed a monster thresher shark while on a charter. Several more offshore anglers have reported solid trips to the Northeast Canyons with regards to yellowfin tuna and, the best catch of all, mahi mahi.

Sam Toland, a longtime fixture for local fishermen, runs Sam's Bait & Tackle in Middletown.

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