At Last, Spring Striper Fishing Explodes at RI Shore

One spot. One night. One hundred fish landed.

Any doubts that we would even get a spring migration were erased on May 2, as I saw a small army of fisherman hauling in one fish after another in a popular spot along the oceanfront. And, I didn’t see just schoolies. I also saw a couple of fish that were right around keeper size.

The hot lures were plastics with a fan tail. My son, Ben, and I landed good numbers on a Cocahoe minnow (white, 3-inch) threaded onto a half-ounce jighead. Ben also got one on a shrimp fly teaser. Many of these fish were loaded with sea lice, a sure sign that these are migrating fish. With warm weather and southwest winds in the forecast, it looks like banner fishing.

The spring migration is here, and it’s about time!