Best of 2018 #6: Block Island stripers

The Block is my salty retreat. My striper sanctuary. I’d go so far as to call it sacred water. The seasonal bass populations have been neap and spring in the past decade, but 2018 was a high water mark: good numbers of stripers, and some decent sized fish in the mix. In fact, a third of the Block Island stripers I landed this year were legal-plus, with a few to 15 pounds. Best of all, many of these fish weren’t easy to catch. On several nights I passed other anglers leaving the beach who greeted me with the lament of “lots of bass busting, but we couldn’t catch them.” This was surely a job for the floating line, dropper rig, and trout tactics.

And to my delight, it was.

My Block Island fishing is steeped in tradition. For example, I’ll use certain flies on certain dates, like the Olive Fireworm Big Eelie on July 4th. Doesn’t matter what year it is, it’s that the fly on that date. This 15-pounder tried to assert her independence, but I won the day.

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I fished Crescent Beach and was walking along Corn Neck Road as the bars were letting out. “Hey, flashlight hat man!” came drunk girl’s come-hither shout-out. I rather liked her choice of words. In the moonlight I could see bass crashing bait on the surface. Here’s a release in the wash.

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Is it me or does this bass look like she’s formulating a thought?

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6 comments on “Best of 2018 #6: Block Island stripers

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    I think you’re right about the third fish formulating a thought. It probably went something like this: “Who are you and how did I get here? And why is your hand stuck in my mouth?” 🙂

    All nice fish by the way!

  2. Joseph GaNun says:

    Steve. Curious if you completed the 12 month bass project ? Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  3. Dave says:

    Always enjoy reading your end of the year posts, Mr Flashlight hat man- best to you and the family for the new year!

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