-- Block Island
Higher seas this week produced some mix results. Bonito have invaded our waters.

Lots of residual rollers from storms this week have changed the bait system offshore. Sand eels along the western side of Block Island are fairly dispersed. Limit surface action on windy days. Bluefish have dominated the southern shore over stripers. Itís a mixed bag most mornings. Stay away from wire bites and use heavier mono instead. That will increase your striper to bluefish hook-up ratio. Last year there were tons of huge scup caught on a fly, this year none.

North Rip is fishing slower as most of the better fishing is moving toward the southern end. There are a few stripers during the early morning hours. The rip offers protections from the larger swells driven by the southwest winds.

The good news is that bonito have been running along the southern shore as of late. Look for them running the currents and turbulence along the twenty foot line. They love big water but donít look for them on top. Use a sand eel pattern.

A Dad Keeps a Promise to his Son.

Some parents seem to find an excuse when it comes to family commitments with their children. After all, parents work a hectic week. Leisure time is limited. Adults just donít want to hear it on weekends. This is not the case for this dad.

Dad is a busy executive in New York City. He travels around the country, controls a large staff of personnel, has time mandates, and is always on the go.

Dad promised his three young sons some quality time bonding this summer. Each child had their choice of activities. Michael, the middle son, enjoys the outdoors. He spends part of the summer at outdoor camp learning about the environment. He has achieved some lofty goals. Heís proud of his ability to survive in the outdoors, understands the beauty and the dangers involved. Mike is independent and very sociable child. He puts everything in prospective. So it was logical for Michael to spend the day fishing with dad on the ocean off Block Island. Unfortunately we had very high seas Saturday morning. Both hands were needed on the grab rails. We found calmer water later on but the bite had died. It was not about counting fish. The sea gods were angry! Today was about spending quality time with father/ son on a stage of natureís majestic beauty.
Who wouldnít enjoy these elements especially if you live near an urban center?

Tuna! Ö. Tuna!

Dave Pollack and Mike Testa worked the south side of Block Island on Wednesday morning with fly rods in hand. The numbers of fish were down due to the high surf. Most of the bait was dispersed with the rough conditions, but we managed some notable catches. Four different species were caught. The first bonito of the season was landed by Dave using a sand eel imitation on a sink tip line in twenty feet of moving water. Mike landed a nice striper near 30 lbs using an olive sand eel pattern. Bluefish and one summer flounder in the mix.

On the way home, we headed over to Charlestown Breachway for the dumping tide. There was plenty of red weed in the water. Nothing to show for our efforts along the south shore. We continued east toward Pt. Judith and turned the corner. One bluefish near Rose Nulman /Champlainís Rock and we were back to the dock at 1:30 pm.

Good news! Bonito have arrived in our local ocean waters. Dave Pollack has the distinction of catching the first tuna of the season and has christened our new rig with tuna blood. Good job Dave!

Mike Testa has caught his fair share of good stripers on a fly. This nice fish has to be near the top of the list. Mike took this brute fishing a full sink line in twenty feet of water using an olive sand eel pattern on a 1/0 hook. The fish was barely hooked as she came along side. Talk about luck! It takes good angling skills not to throw the hook. She was released back again unharmed after a few digital photos. Congrats Mike!

Captain Ray