Fishing the Fifty
My Quest to Fish All 50 States
Continuing my quest for striped bass along the New England coast, I was very lucky to find Greg Snow (snowflycharters.com), 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!