Captain Sheriff and a couple RISAA Members fished Narrangansett Bay and Newport Reef Friday to checkout the Fall Tautog bite. While on route we discovered that Bluefish were stacked up on the south corner of Hope Island to about another mile east. Hundreds of seagulls in the vicinity made this obvious. As we followed seagulls for a short time, it became clear that bait and Bluefish were so thick under the boat that we were able to drift and vertical jig to be productive. The lures we utilized were Deadly Dicks and diamond jigs 3 - 4 ounces. We caught approximately 20 Blues before moving on to target Tautogs as planned.The average size of the Blues were about 18 - 22 inches and the bite was still active when we departed.
We moved on to the Newport ledge and caught a few Tautog before getting high seas and having to get out of the area.Following this, we then fished some rock plies near General Rock where we landed 18 Tautog for the day with only 5 being less than 16 inches.The biggest Tautog was 7 lbs and we fished with green crabs cut in half.