It’s good to be in a good groove and it’s good to know there are lots of fish around, even if they are not really around you. The big bass we pined for all spring and early summer apparently passed on hanging around our beaches and for the most part, went directly to Block Island. Did you know it’s free to park at all the beaches on the island and that there are no gates to keep you out or to lock you in if you want to surf cast past midnight? And there are no parking companies checking your license plate before taking your money back to their state. So whether you come from Washington County, or Maine, it costs the same to go to the beach. Nothing. Imagine that.
Late July can be a tricky month to fish. From the beach, striper fishing typically slows as the inshore waters turn bath water warm, pushing bass down to deep, cool hideouts. Boaters are looking for piles of sand eels instead of pogies as conditions change. Deep Hole fills up quickly with paddle boarders, model drone pilots and flat water surfers. Benny’s is dangerously low on fluke rigs and NO TRESPASSING signs in all sizes. Scarborough beach is jammed so tightly you couldn’t park a T-Top Camaro there after 10 a.m.
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