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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. Scup

  2. Scup

    There is a 90.46% catch rate for Scup, based on 269106 Scup counted.

    Block Island Scup Counts Chart


  3. Silver Hake

  4. Silver Hake

    There is a 3.04% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 9052 Silver Hake counted.

    Block Island Silver Hake Counts Chart


  5. Spiny Dogfish

  6. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 1.54% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 4590 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Block Island Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  7. Winter Flounder

  8. Winter Flounder

    There is a 1.44% catch rate for Winter Flounder, based on 4293 Winter Flounder counted.

    Block Island Winter Flounder Counts Chart


  9. Bluefish

  10. Bluefish

    There is a 0.77% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2278 Bluefish counted.

    Block Island Bluefish Counts Chart


  11. Fourspot Flounder

  12. Fourspot Flounder

    There is a 0.53% catch rate for Fourspot Flounder, based on 1590 Fourspot Flounder counted.

    Block Island Fourspot Flounder Counts Chart


  13. Flounder

  14. Flounder

    There is a 0.44% catch rate for Flounder, based on 1298 Flounder counted.

    Block Island Flounder Counts Chart


  15. Black Sea Bass

  16. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 0.31% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 910 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Block Island Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  17. Northern Searobin

  18. Northern Searobin

    There is a 0.18% catch rate for Northern Searobin, based on 547 Northern Searobin counted.

    Block Island Northern Searobin Counts Chart


  19. Bluefin Tuna

  20. Bluefin Tuna

    There is a 0.17% catch rate for Bluefin Tuna, based on 502 Bluefin Tuna counted.

    Block Island Bluefin Tuna Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 57 species of fish and 297470 fish counted for September around Block Island.

To date, there are 171 species of fish and a total of 2830769 fish counted for Block Island and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1874 (149 years).

Last Update: 9/18/2023 9:57:14 AM

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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Top Block Island Fishing Spots

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

  1. Out Cartwright


  3. Kirk Rock
    Kirk Rock

  4. Montauk Shoal
    Montauk Shoal

  5. Ryans Horn
    Ryans Horn

  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

  • Best Week of the Year
      I've got my thumb in the jaw of another good size slot that fell for a bucktail jig with a pink Fat Cow jig strip. Fishing has been read hot in the last week for me. For me

  • Tue Sept 19 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    Capt Dave reports great fishing today on the Viking Starship. There was a much better Porgy bite today. We caught well despite the rough conditions. It was good Sea Bass fishi

  • Brute Strength
    Today's biggie was a brute of a fish- big head big girth and strong as an ox.  I landed a brute of a fish today. It was one of those old fashioned fish we used to catch 30 an

  • Mon Sep 18 – Block Island Jumbo Porgies & Knothead Sea Bass
    Capt Dave reports a great start to our first day of the Block Island Porgy and SeaBass fishing on the Viking Starship. Despite some rainy conditions we had a very good day of

  • Sun Sept 17- Whale Watching
    The End of an Amazing Season   To be honest we weren’t sure what to expect on our final whale watch of the season. Although whales and dolphins remain in the area Hurricane Le

  • Sun Sept 17 – 1/2 Day Fishing PM
    Capt JR reports a much improved afternoon of catching on the Viking Star. We took a long ride and found lots of life with SeaBass and Porgies keeping anglers busy all trip. Lo

  • Sun Sept 17 – Montauk Lighthouse Jumbo Porgies & Sea Bass
    Capt Dave reports a pretty decent day of fishing today on the Viking Starship despite the dirty water following Hurricane Lee. We did most our fishing closer to Block Island t

  • Sun Sept 17 – 1/2 Day Fishing AM
    Capt J.R. reports a little difficult morning of fishing on the Viking Star  However we found some life everywhere we went and ended the trip putting some fish in buckets. Sea

  • Storm Fizzles; Fishing Sizzles
      This slot fish one of many today took a large bucktail jig with a Fat Cow jig strip. It was the storm that wasn't. Today's surf was supposed to be dangerously high and supe

  • Tue Sept 12 to Thurs Sept 14 – 60 Hour Tuna/Mahi LTD
    Capt J.R. reports a huge success on our first 60 Hour Tuna/Mahi trip of 2023. The night bite was pretty much nonexistent Tuna wise but we did land a nice 145 lbs. Swordfish an

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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.

  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. 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

  7. 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.

  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.

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