Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

Rhode Island

Continuing my quest for striped bass along the New England coast, I was very lucky to find Greg Snow (, who combines light tackle and quality fish, not to mention catch-and-release.  (Unsurprisingly, many New England fishing guides target the large offshore fish like tuna and sharks, but I have little interest in taking a long boat ride to remote fishing waters when I could be spending the time fishing just a few miles from land.)  Greg also only fishes by casting artificial lures, which was different from the live bait and trolling techniques I had used elsewhere.


The striped bass did not cooperate, but the famous Block Island bluefish most certainly did.  While considered an annoyance to live-bait fishermen and a disappointment to many would-be striper fishermen, sizable bluefish are very fun to catch.  They are aggressive and make many runs when hooked.  The bluefish I catch in the Chesapeake can be exciting, but are not particularly big.  However, the Block Island bluefish have size to them, which makes the fight even more enjoyable.  I caught 10 bluefish, with the biggest being a 33-inch, 10-pounder, easily my personal best bluefish.

Welcome to Rhode Island

22-inch, 2.5-pound Block Island bluefish, the first and the smallest of my Rhode Island fish

33-inch, 10-pound bluefish

On the water at 4:15 a.m.

27-inch, six-pound bluefish

Up close and personal with the 10 pounder!

Block Island