Fishing

  • Fri, Sep 1
    Don’t tell the summer folks this, but the real fishing on Block Island is in the fall! As the beach crowd thins out, the fishing crowd shows up. Block Island is legendary for its fall fishing. Most fishing books that mention the island always talk about the “fall run” which is the migratory run of...
  • Wed, Jun 28
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    "Be confident in what you’re fishing with. You have to think like you’re the bait, and be dialed in to catch fish." That is the gospel of Hank Hewitt, a Block Island fishing aficionado who is more interested in helping fellow anglers and “paying it forward” than catching the biggest fish in the sea...
  • Fri, May 26
    Dust off your fishing gear, folks. Fishing has already begun on Block Island! The month of June is an exciting time for anglers on Block Island. You’ve probably at one time or another seen a hopeful fisherman looking over the bridges or docks for any sign of baitfish in the water. That’s what June...
  • Fri, Sep 2
    Curious about fishing on Block Island in the fall? Well don’t worry — it only gets better! As the beach crowd thins out, the fishing crowd shows up. Block Island is legendary for its fall fishing. Most fishing books that mention the island always talk about the “fall run” which is the migratory run...
  • Sun, Jul 31
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    The hunt for “Jaws” came to Block Island and Payne’s Dock in New Harbor on a sunny and steamy July weekend. This incarnation had nothing to do with the Steven Spielberg directed summer classic, or the fictional great white shark that antagonized its characters while frightening beach-loving...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    August is a month for slight changes in fishing around the island. The warmer water temperatures change the patterns for baitfish, which in turn changes the patterns for the bigger fish. For example, to find larger fluke in August, you typically need to fish deeper waters than you would earlier in...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    Everyone is invited to celebrate Block Island’s treasure, the Great Salt Pond, on August 13 with over 11 events, from 11 island organizations, showcasing its variety and importance. You can catch aquatic wildlife in the pond with The Nature Conservancy, or walk the marshes with the Ocean View...
  • Sat, Jul 2
    July Fishing is Awesome! Last July, Block Island had a very strong month of fishing. If you were anywhere near the docks in Old Harbor, you couldn't miss all the giant striped bass being brought in by charter boats. This year should be no different. All of our fishy friends are already here in...
  • Wed, Jun 15
    It seems that bluefish sometimes get brushed aside as the last resort fish to put on the dinner table. Its true that sometimes these toothy, ferocious fighters can taste as strong as they fought getting into the boat. If properly handled and cooked within a day or two these buggers will taste as...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Here are 25 natural wonders (in no specific order) to see in on Block Island in the Fall. How many have you seen? 1) North Blazing Star – Block Island is the only place this state-endangered species is found in Rhode Island. This purple wildflower is best seen at Turnip Farm. 2) Hodge Family...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    July is a very busy fishing month on Block Island! By now, all of the most common species we see have arrived in numbers. Whether you’re fishing from shore or by boat, Block Island has plenty to offer in July. In order to predict how the month will look, it’s good to look at last year around this...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Fishing is a favorite island sport. The island hosts many fishing tournaments each summer like the Bluefish Derby Tournament, the B.I.V.F.D. Fishing Tournament, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Tournament and the Tri-State Canyon Shootout. Both Old Harbor and New Harbor are home to charter boats that are...
  • Cottage Industry
    Thu, Jul 31
    I watch oyster farmer and entrepreneur Dave Deffley swim out to his boat; while I take photos from the dry shoreline my sense of adventure pales in comparison. He swings around the back pond and picks me up at the Hog Pen, camera and note pad in tow. Once aboard, I find a place to perch amidst tubs...
  • Sun, Jun 29
    I’ll always remember the first striped bass I caught while surfcasting on Block Island. It took place in 1985 when my wife Karolyn and I visited the island together. I had gone into Twin Maples Bait & Tackle to seek advice on where to fish. Shop proprietor, the late Mac Swienton, gave me sound...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    I first came to the island as a small girl in the 1950s. I loved its history, it beauty and its quiet simplicity. It captured my heart as a child and still does to this day. I feel especially blessed to have known the island before it was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1980s. We stayed at Cuttings Cottages...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    The first thing people usually say when I tell them I work in a fish market goes something like, “Wow you must smell like fish all the time!” The funny thing is, particularly on Block Island, this comment is hardly true. Fortunately enough for me, I work at a high-volume fish market with lots of...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    Dotted with an estimated 365 freshwater ponds, Block Island is the perfect setting for fresh and saltwater fishing, for skillful and mastered fishers. However, these days many of the children who visit the island have had the experience of fishing — which is where the Fishing Academy of Block...