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Inshore Fishing Trips...
Winter Cod Fishing: trips sail DAILY (January – April) at 5:00 a.m. or earlier(when an early bites makes an earlier departure necessary) is a great way to beat the winter doldrums and during this time of year the cod tend to school up in large shoals south and east of Block Island. With frequent schools of bait on the grounds, especially early in the season, jigs frequently tend to work as well as clams.
Spring Cod Fishing: trips sail at 7:00 a.m. (April – May) and over the past few years has also in general been quite productive as more and more bait shows back up on to the grounds drawing schools of hungry cod. The cod tend to be quite active this time of year chasing the bait, with jigs and clams in general, about equally productive. As the water warms up a bit other species like Mackerel, Ocean Pout, Pollock and Ocean Perch begin to be more frequently intercepted by anglers along with the Cod fish.
Summer Cod Fishing: trips are now available on Sundays during the summer giving the angler an opportunity to sample local codding in short sleeves! We will be taking a limited number of anglers on these trips, for your comfort. The summer time, like the fall, is another time of year when the chances of catching a “steak-er” cod (15-20 lbs plus) is a distinct possibility. These trips will be by reservation, departing at 6:00 a.m. and returning at approx. 4:00 p.m.
Fall Cod Fishing: trips feature some of the most exciting bottom fishing of the entire year. The cod fishing this time of year frequently features warmer temperatures for the comfort of the angler and is also historically the best time of year down here to catch a “steak-er” or cod over 20 lbs. As we head into October we begin to see increasing numbers of Jumbo Black Sea Bass with fish up to 5 and even 6 lbs. In addition to the cod and seabass, anglers also catch a wide array of other finfish including but not limited to red hake, Pollock, porgies, and bluefish just to name a few. Fishing areas vary from grounds east and south of Block Island to the infamous Cox’s Ledge.
RESERVATIONS NEEDED FOR ALL COD TRIPS.
SUMMER SEASON: August 17 and August 24
FALL SEASON II: November 1– December 31 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun.
WINTER SEASON: Jan. 1 – March 31
Night Striped Bass FishingReservations Required
Night bass fishing has grown in popularity over the past years. Trips depart at 7:00 p.m. and return at 1:00 a.m. Stripers are tasty and a lot of fun to catch. If you’re looking for something a little different, bass fishing is for you! Reservations and prepayment are required, so be sure to book early!
NEW in 2014; we are now limiting our Bass Trips to 35 passengers.
Squid FishingReservations Required
Night squid fishing has become very popular over the last few years. The boat light attracts the squid, and the after dark action begins! ! Light tackle, and a variety of squid jigs are all you need to jig up some of these tasty treats.
Jumbo Fluke & Seabass
The 7am to 4pm Jumbo Fluke trip which debuted during the summer of 2002 has rapidly become the most popular summer full day fishing trip at the Frances Fleet. It offers a great opportunity for the novice and experienced angler alike to seek out their favorite warm water flat fish, the Fluke. These trips not only provide an excellent shot at a full bag limit of one of the finest eating fish along the Rhode Island coast line but also provide the angler with a good chance of boating a doormat (fluke over 8lbs). Most seasons see quite a few fish brought to rest on the deck of the Gail Frances that scale 10 lbs and higher with the biggest fish of a given season usually from 13 to Kyle Blount's 2006 behemoth which tipped the scales at just under 16 lbs!! When in season this trip also offers the opportunity to catch black sea bass. Best of all the seabass are readily and easily taken on all the same terminal gear used in the drift fishing for big fluke. Big porgies, red hake, bonito, monk fish, alligator blues, striped bass and even a cod or two have been taken on these outings as well.
RI Fluke Regulations:
September 1 - Dec. 31
Season: May 1 - September 19
Black/Tautog FishingSailing DAILY!
No Reservations Required
16" 6 fish
Season: October 18 - December 15
1/2 Day Fluke FishingNo Reservations Required
For those of you who prefer shorter trips, our summer half-day fishing is for you! Only a short steam to the fishing grounds, there is plenty of time to fish. Catches can include fluke, porgy, blackfish and sea bass. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a first-timer, you can test your fishing skills and have a great time. These trips are great for the entire family! Inquire about our Family Day discounts on Mondays and Wednesdays for two adults and two children (under the age of twelve).
Season 1: May 24 - June 15
Porgy/Scup FishingNo Reservations Required
Porgy/Scup fishing this year will begin September 1st and run until the end of October. The boat departs at 7:00 a.m. and returns at 3:00 p.m. Fishing for these quick, light fish is a challenge, but well worth it! Anglers will also have the chance to catch sea bass on these trips.