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Old 04-17-2009, 08:10 AM
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Thumbs up Fishing in RI... Coxes Ledge?

I moved to RI recently and am wondering about cod/striper/tuna fishing out of Newport. I am familiar with fishing the SW corner out of Plymouth MA, but know nothing about this area. I heard block isl has good striper and possibly cod at Coxes Ledge? Can you get SBFT anywhere nearby without going 80nm to the canyons? Any input would be very appreciated...
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:43 AM
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You do not have to travel 80 NM for Tuna.

Best sources for traditional spots are 2 books:

Yellowfin Tuna by Captain Dave Preble

To Catch a Bluefin Tuna by Captain Al Anderson

There are a lot of good bass spots around Newport

Codfishing has been hot and cold. Coxes ledge is or was traditional summer codfishing spot. I would probably fish for fluke/bass/bluefish in summer which are all close to Newport
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:58 AM
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That area is fishing heaven. BFT can be found pretty much from June on to the east of BI, find the fairway buouy on a chart, and draw a line eat to coxes ledge. You can find bft's anywhere from newport to that line and a little beyond.

If you like sharking, it is a target rich area from the horns all the way to the dump from 20-35 fathoms.

BI is famous for bass/blues, but also fluke and other groundfish. Also, I frequently see party boats bottom fishing in the area of the mudhole and coxes, but I'm not sure what they are targeting (ea bass, porgies, cod, fluke, ??).

And of course you are ground zero for the spring squid run, which should be kicking within the next couple of weeks.

If you can't catch fish coming out of newport, you really aren't trying very hard.
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I would agree with the above... I have fished Coxes/Sharks ledges for years now, usually Sharking or for Cod... I have gotten Tuna there in the past, but I have found the mudhole is a more productive area for BFT as of late...usually a few giants a year come out of there as well (upwards of 1000 lbs.) Coming out of Newport, if you are looking for yellowfin/mahi you need to head south, for a long time... I haven't seen yellowfin inshore in a dogs age... Stripers are all over, I would head for the rocky outcroppings at the mouth of the bay, sow and pigs, or if you are heading to the island, the SW ledge ( Mecca during June and July) which held last Summer's 76 lb striper caught by Peter Vicem.

By the way, Gerg, is that boat the Julie Ann out of westport?? if so, you are docked at my marina right now! Good luck with your New boat!

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Thanks for the info guys, I havent been out yet, but as soon as I finish up work on the proline I'm giving it a shot.
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By the way, Gerg, is that boat the Julie Ann out of westport?? if so, you are docked at my marina right now! Good luck with your New boat!

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Yup, that's her. I still haven't gotten the name changed. That's now my wife's project (my list is waaaaay too long).

I love the location/marina, but dang, the winds the past two weeks have made setting the lines a challenge.

Btw, a couple of years ago we were picking mahi off the pots at the 20-30 fathom lines, and we frequently see them when the warm water pushes up to the horns. Yellowfin, yeah, they are on the edge, but mahi will come north.
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