The herring are here and the striper fishing is easy. But, hardly anyone is here doing it. A half dozen boats were out on Friday, and with the breeze on Saturday, even less. Sunday, with more breeze, nobody sailed. The herring are over toward Ford Pond Bay, but getting them is still no big deal. And then itís just a matter of heading out to the Rips and start catching. Most of the fish are in the ten pound range. Despite having plenty of bass around, in reality itís just about all over for the charterboats.
The bottom fishing on the other hand will continue to draw some interest, especially the blackfishing over at Southwest Ledge, where itís been great. The caveat though is you donít want to fish it around the full and new moons, when the strong tides make it difficult.
More interest will start to pick up south of Block Island for codfish. Last winter the cod fishing was pretty much a bust, so there is some anxiety there. I doubt any of the ďcarpetbaggerĒ boats will show up this winter until there is a good showing of the cod. A couple of the charterboats will be staying available throughout the winter.
The local Surfmasters contest is over, so I can stop posting this. The finals are as follows;
1st Place - Gary Krist - 29.15 lbs - 10/3
1st Place - Clever Oleas - 26.0 lbs - 9/22
2nd Place - Atilla Ozturk - 20.6 lbs - 9/20
1st Place - John Bruno - 40.3 lbs - 9/29
1st Place - Christine Schnell - 18.8 lbs - 10/2
2nd Place - Mary Ellen Kane - 14.0 lbs - 10/3
3rd Place - Cheryl Lackner - 11.8 lbs - 10/1
Youth Division (12 - 17 years)
1st Place - Dylan Lackner - 13.5 lbs - 10/1
2nd Place - James Kim Jr. - 13.5 lbs - 10/4
3rd Place - Phillip Schnell - 13.0 lbs - 9/26
Kids Division (7 - 11 years)
1st Place - Brian Damm - 14.6 lbs - 10/8
2nd Place - Witt Holmes - 13.8 lbs - 9/26
3rd Place - Brian Damm - 10.2 lbs - 9/24