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Block Island Fishing

Block Island Fishing

Block Island, named after the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block in 1614, is an island off the state of Rhode Island. During the end of the last ice age, receding glaciers formed this island. Block Island fishing has a long history here, beginning with the Niantic people fishing for sustenance. Two historic lighthouses are on the island, both Block Island North Light and Block Island Southeast Light guide ships away from the rocky coastline. With lots of rocky bottom, reefs, and shipwrecks around the area, Block Island fishing is worth checking out.

Bodies of water you can fish from Block Island include the Block Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Salt Pond. Block Island fishing from the shore delivers bluefish, Cod, Cunner, Mackerel, Spiny Dogfish, Striped Bass and Flounder. Fly fishing and surfcasting are popular activities on the sandy beaches and along the rocky coastline. Offshore, you will find opportunities to catch Black Sea Bass, Tautog, and Sharks, Tuna can also be found nearshore and offshore much of the year.

An astounding 1,142-pound, 12-ounce Bluefin Tuna was caught at Block Island in 1981. It holds the Rhode Island state record for this species. Other record Rhode Island catches from Block Island include a 77-pound, 6.4-ounce Striped Bass; a 2,909-pound Shark and a 14-pound, seven-ounce Green Bonito.



Block Island Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Block Island, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Silver Hake

  2. Silver Hake

    There is a 49.77% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 2502 Silver Hake counted.

    Block Island Silver Hake Counts Chart
    Silver

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND SILVER HAKE COUNTS CHART


  3. Atlantic Herring

  4. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 25.42% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 1278 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Block Island Atlantic Herring Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND ATLANTIC HERRING COUNTS CHART


  5. Winter Flounder

  6. Winter Flounder

    There is a 18.42% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 926 Winter Flounder counted.

    Block Island Winter Flounder Counts Chart
    Winter

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND WINTER FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  7. Alewife

  8. Alewife

    There is a 2.67% catch rate for Alewife, based on 134 Alewife counted.

    Block Island Alewife Counts Chart
    Alewife

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND ALEWIFE COUNTS CHART


  9. Atlantic Mackerel

  10. Atlantic Mackerel

    There is a 1.31% catch rate for Atlantic Mackerel, based on 66 Atlantic Mackerel counted.

    Block Island Atlantic Mackerel Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND ATLANTIC MACKEREL COUNTS CHART


  11. Fourspot Flounder

  12. Fourspot Flounder

    There is a 0.72% catch rate for Fourspot Flounder, based on 36 Fourspot Flounder counted.

    Block Island Fourspot Flounder Counts Chart
    Fourspot

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND FOURSPOT FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  13. Spiny Dogfish

  14. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 0.68% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 34 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Block Island Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND SPINY DOGFISH COUNTS CHART


  15. Flounder

  16. Flounder

    There is a 0.24% catch rate for Flounder, based on 12 Flounder counted.

    Block Island Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  17. Hickory Shad

  18. Hickory Shad

    There is a 0.16% catch rate for Hickory Shad, based on 8 Hickory Shad counted.

    Block Island Hickory Shad Counts Chart
    Hickory

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND HICKORY SHAD COUNTS CHART


  19. Atlantic Cod

  20. Atlantic Cod

    There is a 0.14% catch rate for Atlantic Cod, based on 7 Atlantic Cod counted.

    Block Island Atlantic Cod Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE BLOCK ISLAND ATLANTIC COD COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 16 species of fish and 5027 fish counted for February around Block Island.

To date, there are 179 species of fish and a total of 2834432 fish counted for Block Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (150 years).

Last Update: 2/19/2024 4:00:27 PM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Block Island are the following:

  1. Out Cartwright


  2. BUTTERFISH HOLE


  3. Ryans Horn
    Ryans Horn


  4. Kirk Rock
    Kirk Rock


  5. Montauk Shoal
    Montauk Shoal


  6. Inner Cartwright


  7. wreck_11298
    Source NOAA AWOIS


  8. Jennies Horn


  9. Cartwright
    40.976333333333 -71.783983333333


  10. Habbs Ledge West side of Butterfish hole


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Latest Block Island Fishing Reports

  • Next Stop.....Springfield Sportsmen's Show
     My next stop on my winter seminar tour is the Springfield Sportsmen's Show on Saturday Feb. 24 at the Big E in Springfield MA. I will be doing seminars at 12:00 and 2:00.  F


  • Sat Feb 10 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports a beautiful day on the water unfortunately the fishing has not picked up much! The trip for tomorrow Sunday Feb 11th is cancelled. We have two trips left for F


  • Where do I get my wooden eggs for the egg float?
     Every time I do a seminar someone asks me where I buy my wooden eggs to use with the float and jig. I buy them online in a place called Craftparts. Here is the LINK.  I buy


  • Fishing Seminars this Weekend- NE Fishing Expo!
      Hope to see many of you at the NE Fishing Expo this weekend! I will be at the NE Fishing Expo this weekend on Saturday and Sunday doing my latest carp and striper fishing s


  • Sat Jan 27 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports a tough day on the Viking Star. We did lots of traveling around but found just a few Cod scattered around. We ended the day finding good action on a couple dee


  • Surprises of 2023= New Ideas for 2024!
      Hopkins No Equal- 3 oz. In terms of fishing lures 2023 brought some surprises.  Normally I stick with the same stuff year after year because it has worked.  But in 2023 I b


  • NE Fishing Expo....Coming SOON!
     


  • Wed Jan 24 – Winter Cod
    Capt JR reports slow start to the day onboard the Viking Star. However we did some traveling and found a lively area to get some fish in the boat. We captured lots of nice Cun


  • SHOWTIME
     It's that time of year when I will be going around various big shows doing seminars. I've got a great striper fishing seminar planned for this year titled Finesse Approach t


  • Photo of the Day....First SLOT of the New Year
    Yes it can happen in January if you are  fishing the right spot and the right time. And you need a bit of luck!  


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Top Block Island Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Breachway Bait & Tackle
    We offer salt & fresh water tackle, kayak, canoe, and paddle board rental. Frozen and live bait, propane, & ice. Please stop in and check us out. Fish on!

  2. Galilee Bait and Tackle
    Full service saltwater bait & taclke, custom rods & rods repairs, fly fishing supplies kayak fishing charters.

  3. Snug Harbor Marina
    ONE STOP SALTWATER FISHING SHOP Shop is OPEN.401-783-7766. Inshore+offshore fishing tackle&bait. Valvtect Marine Gas & Diesel. www.snugharbormarina.com

  4. Block Island Fishworks
    We are the Block Island headquarters for everything fishing - light tackle, fly fishing, surf casting & offshore. Fishing charters and guide services. Kayak and paddle board rentals available. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

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Top Block Island Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Aces Wild Fishing Charters
    Aces Wild is a Rhode Island Fishing charter boat that can accommodate 6 people. We can be chartered for 1/2 day or full day Charters. We fish for all species, including striped bass, tautog, bluefish, sea bass, and much more!

  2. C-Devil II Sportfishing Inc.
    Come fish aboard the C-Devil II or Lil’ Devil. We are dedicated to providing our clients with a first class fishing service. Bring your family, friends or business associates for a memorable day of fishing. We are full time fisherman. Rhode Island F

  3. Jackhammer Fishing Charters


  4. Block Island Sport Fishing Charters


  5. Adventure Rhode Island Fishing Charters


  6. L'il Toot Charters Inc.
    For the thrill and excitement of Salt Water Fishing at its best. We have been taking people out on the water for a great day of fishing in comfort for 33 yrs.

  7. Drifter Charters
    he original Drifter is one of the top Striper fishing charter boats in RI. The Drifter is a 37’ custom built sport fisherman designed and built for your safety and comfort. This premiere RI striped bass charter boat is powered with a 460 h.p turbo ch

  8. Reel to Reel Sportfishing
    At Reel to Reel Sportfishing Charters we offer Rhode Island fishing charters and deep sea fishing at it's finest. Fluke to tuna. We offer our fishing charters some of the best striped bass fishing in the world.Our location is the closest port to

  9. Snowfly Block Island Fishing Charters


  10. Miller Time Sportfishing Charters


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Top Block Island Marinas

  1. Snug Harbor Marina
    ONE STOP SALTWATER FISHING SHOP Shop is OPEN.401-783-7766. Inshore+offshore fishing tackle&bait. Valvtect Marine Gas & Diesel. www.snugharbormarina.com

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