Species by Season

Welcome to Newport, Rhode Island’s hundreds of miles of navigable, fishable, spectacularly beautiful, coastline. An Angler’s paradise.

The water off Newport's visibility for sight casting is excellent. Clean and fresh- with new baitfish and their crazed predators arriving on each tide. A large variety of salt water species enhance our world class angling experiences- all season long!


Today, Striped Bass is our main target in the white water, boulder fields, flats, and estuaries. Each month the bait changes the hunt and the Striper’s behavior. Up the bay very large Bass frequent the depths in search of large bait. Menhaden have arrived and there are some very cool situations where a shallow area is adjacent to a nearby drop off. Casting cross tide and depth contour produces some shocking strikes! Stripers have already filled in on the Sakonnet River's Boulder fields. Once the hook is set the battle truly begins as you try and turn them away from the rocky structure. 

Note: Early season inshore trips begin in mid-April as Stripers feed on a variety of baits, from Menhaden, Herring, Mackerel, Squid, Cinder Worm and even Crab hatches.

Bluefish are long considered North Atlantic Pirahna as they eat agressively and rarely give up without an epic battle. Pound for pound one of the most ferocious feeders in New England. No lipping unless the Bogs Grip is involved. Slicks are beginning to appear and all the credit should not go to the Bass. You can bet the Blues are filling in. Nine weight fly line with wire and a top water popper- what a fight!


Bonito on the grill with Garlic and Dill, for those who wish to enjoy a tasty treat. But don’t count your chickens before they’ve laid an egg. You have to find them, entice them, and then get them to the boat. These very fast speedsters are a blast to match your wits with as they are typically very sensitive to your ability to match the bait du jour. Best caught along the beaches or rocky outcropping with an exceptional occasional bait ball feast. Note: They tend to arrive when the QE2 shows up. (Cruise ships in June) 

False Albacore, or “Albies", are spectacular in many ways including size, (poundage in the high single digits to teens), speed (rpms like a dentist drill but less painful), and beautiful colors. A mirror finish with markings of three dots, zigs and zags, cobalt blue and emerald green all highlighted by an oil slick like Paladium silver mirror sheen. This species foreshadows the most epic fight of all. 

We launch in  a variety of areas aboard Bad Monster Dog- a 17' Montauk, allowing us to enter the shallows and boulder fields.

Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna- Early on we searched for the right combination of tide, timing, bait, matching fly and finally figured it out. Join me as we explore one of the most satisfying fishing expeditions any angler could ever dream of. Fly, spin, or conventional tackle, these dates are limited and fill fast. Don’t wait. The boat we use for offshore adventures varies on our target location and dates. This season’s offshore trips could begin earlier than any season to date. Flexibility on your dates(s) is always a bonus as the bite heats up and the fish move daily- start the conversation.

Book your inshore or offshore trip today and enjoy the anticipation