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Old 09-12-2019, 07:29 PM
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Hey Guys,

I have been really wanting to get into shark/tuna fishing. I have been fishing Block Island and Point Judith/ Newport area for a few years now but only go for strippers and blues and occasionally bottom fish for fluke and sea bass but want to venture into bigger game species. I have read alot about fishing the dump and canyon but that is too far for me on my 22' CC coming out of Warwick, RI.

I am wondering:
Is stark/tuna fishing only a few mile off Block Island dead/worth my time? Any luck at Cox Ledge/East Grounds or any other recommendations?

What is the most effective method (ex. chum/drift/live bait)?

Any recommendations or knowledge would be greatly appreciated as I am a novice in this type of fishing.



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Old 09-12-2019, 07:40 PM
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Cox ledge is a great place to catch some late summer makos and play with some blues. Get you a 5gal bucket or two of frozen ground menhaden, pop some large triangular holes in it with your carbon steal dexter Russell, power chum and set a drift. I used to use 300- 400 lb mono and crimp or tie directly to a 16 or 20 ot circle. Bury the hook in a 1lb menhaden and set in your slick. You will outfish guys using cable and wire 3 to 1. Have jigs and cut bait ready for passing schools of small bft.
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:04 AM
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Cox ledge is a great place to catch some late summer makos and play with some blues. Get you a 5gal bucket or two of frozen ground menhaden, pop some large triangular holes in it with your carbon steal dexter Russell, power chum and set a drift. I used to use 300- 400 lb mono and crimp or tie directly to a 16 or 20 ot circle. Bury the hook in a 1lb menhaden and set in your slick. You will outfish guys using cable and wire 3 to 1. Have jigs and cut bait ready for passing schools of small bft.
we use electric drill with spade drill bit to do holes in chum bucket, or flip the chum bucket upside down into a milk crate with lid off the bucket and and couple bungee cords across the back to hold bucket in milk crate,tie off to top of milk crate and chum falls out thru holes in milk crate. After knowing someone that got cut severely trying to cut holes in a heavy 5 gallon bucket with a knife on a boat miles from help, we use the cordless drill now to drill holes in the bucket

If do the cut the holes in bucket route, you can predrill the holes in land so no mess on the boat and put your pre drilled bucket in another 5 gallon bucket with no holes so you just lift it out and no mess in the boat

we also use bluefish or false albacore for bait, am catching and vac pac’ng them for future shark bait.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:51 AM
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Late in the season the dead center of the Mud Hole is a good spot. From Warwick I'd look at Coxes, The Claw, Suffolk or the Fingers, South and around BI I find you need to go a little further than East Ground, The Gully is a great spot.

If you look at the chart and go SW of the where the "Fairway Buoy" was there is a spot that is a little hole that gets to 200 feet it's North and East of the Gully the reality is that is the SW corner of the Mud Hole as the Mud Hole is much larger than just the little circle on the Capt. Seagul Chart. That Spot has produced a ton of Makos some very large 300, 400, 500, 600+.

You don't need a drill for the bucket just be careful and cut holes with a knife. You don't need the milk crate if you cut a small hole in the upper edge of the bucket right net to it on the top then put your line through both holes and tie it off. The reason for this is that you DO NOT TIE YOUR ROPE TO THE HANDLE in any sea you will look over wondering why your not chumming any longer and you will see that you have a rope with a handle and no bucket as the handle has ripped off the bucket and you chum bucket is now bye bye.
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come over to the NE section. you'll get a ton more help.
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:09 PM
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I am heading out tomorrow weather permitting. Going to the Mud Hole, start a drift with a chum bucket, and throw chunks of live menhaden. Going to have 4 rods with balloon rigs, sinker and menhaden on the end.

Is there any specific temp I should be looking for? any times better for sharks than others?
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:25 PM
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get some squid and pick up some live blues on the way out
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:32 PM
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I've done four trips this year to the same area you're targeting. Three at night and one during the day. Spend the extra time to pick up Live Bait. Evey live bait we put out produced a shark. The one trip we took with fresh Dead Manhaden we got Nada..
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