Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In a Major Lull BUT Not Close to Over!

Some fishermen are talking like this is the end. The reason for the talk is that not much has gone on along the oceanfront for about a week now. It is surprisingly dead for late October. That's the bad news.
The good news is that the end is still weeks away. Quite simply, we are in a major lull. Storms have taken their toll and have moved out a lot of fish and bait. But, I can assure you that there are more to come.  In recent years, November has been a very productive month, even though it is a short month in terms of fishing which usually comes to an abrupt end around Thanksgiving.  Some of the biggest blitzes of fish I have seen in recent years have occurred along the RI south shore beachfront in November. And, let's not forget the potential for an ocean herring run in mid November. While it is not a sure bet that this big bait will come close to shore, the potential is there.  When it has happened in the past, big blues and big bass were right on them, many times blitzing this bait right in the wash. Gannets usually give away the presence of herring.
I am hoping we get out of this bad, stormy weather pattern soon.  That's when the late fall fishing should perk up.
November 17, 2016...... Ocean herring can be seen in the curl of the wave as large
stripers and big blues are busting along the top of the wave. The herring brought
a memorable blitz to the RI South Shore on this day.  November can be a very
productive month. Let's hope we see the herring this year.