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February 27, 2012

Striper Road Trip

A look at five northeast fishing hot spots for the spring striped bass run

Block Island, Rhode Island

This lonesome 30-square-mile island holds the distinction of producing some of the largest bass ever caught on rod and reel, including fish in recent years that have been upwards of the 77-pound mark. All around the cliff side of the island lie rock fields and swash points that generate swirly currents, disorienting sand eels and other baitfish. Strong tides and high-ground boulder fields covered with mussels define the south side near Southwest Ledge, while the northeast side is mostly sandy bottom. Squid and scup, which bring in the bass, are drawn to the area.

Trip Planner

Hot Spots: Devil’s Bridge, New Harbor, Great Salt Pond, Southwest Ledge, North Rip.

Top Techniques: Eeling, bucktailing , trolling tube and worm rigs 1, live-lining squid and scup.

Essentials: Green, white or red pork rinds; 3- to 4-ounce bucktails 2; three-way swivel eel rigs.

Capt. Andy Dangelo Jr. / Maridee II
Capt. John Rainone / L’il Toot