Fluke bite good… a bait that is nailing them and two recipes Fluke (or summer flounder) fishing is good. In fact, this week it was outstanding. Wind and tide were in sync on the weekend. Many fish caught off southern coastal beaches as well as around Newport. This Saturday was the first day this year that a Francis Fleet party boat “limited out” with fluke. Yes, everyone on board caught their limit, six fish over 19 ½”. John Wunner of John’s Bait & Tackle of North Kingstown said the fluke bite was great earlier in the week in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. However, a commercial boat fishing the West Passage from Beavertail… Dutch Island to the Jamestown Bridge pretty much shut out recreational anglers for a couple of days. John’s customers reported no fluke in this area after it was commercially fished. It will take a few days to replenish. Fluke fishing around Block Island is good. As Narragansett Bay has heated up (high seventies), fluke fishing is best in deep water. Overall it has been a great week for fluke. A rig that is nailing fluke
A rig that has been nailing big fluke is made locally by John Wunner of John’s Bait & Tackle in North Kingstown. John calls it his “Whole Squid Glow Float Rig”. This rig consists of a fluorescent float the gets inserted into a whole squid, a treble hook, camouflage 40 lb. test leader, and a slide sinker that is attached to the main line. John said, “I have been making this rig for about 20 years and it is making believers out of more and more customers each year”. The rig is excellent for just about any bottom fish, the squid actually glows with the fluorescent float inserted so it is great for deep water bottom fishing as well as night fishing. As the sign reads at John's Bait & Tackle customers have caught fluke, stripers, squeteague, scup, sea bass and just about any other bottom fish using the rig.