Scup (Porgy)

Scup (Porgy)

min length: 10'

limit:

  • 30 fish/person/day

season:

  • 5/1 - 12/31
×

Scup can be found in the same areas as the tautog, usually showing up in June with bigger fish coming in as the season progresses. The scup fishery is one of the oldest in the United States, with records dating back to 1800. Many consumers like their light flavor and they are sometimes called panfish.

Tuna

min length: none

limit:

  • daily limit

season:

  • July-October
×

Offshore 30-50 miles you can expect to catch Yellowfin, Albacore, Skipjack, Mahi Mahi and the occasional White Marlin. Closer to the dock 15-30 miles you can catch Bluefin, Bonito, False Albacore and Skipjack Tuna. Tuna tend to show up mid-July and run into October. All Tuna within daily limits belong to the party.

Shark

min length: 54" fork

limit:

  • 1 per boat

season:

  • July-October
×

Blue, Mako and Thresher sharks are most common with the Mako and Thresher being the tastiest. They can be found 18-30 miles offshore starting in June and staying around into October. Hold on to your hat and be ready for a battle with these beasts! Limit 1 Mako or Thresher per boat 54″ fork length.

Sea-Bass

min length: 14"

limit:

  • 1 fish/person/day
  • 7 fish/person/day

season:

  • January, February
  • March, April
  • Sept, October
  • November, December
×

Sea-bass can be found in the same areas as the Tautog, usually showing up in June with bigger fish coming in as the season progresses. Call for season and Charter Boat bag limits.

Striped Bass

Striped Bass

min length: 28"

limit:

  • 1 fish/person/day

season:

  • May- October
×

One of the most popular saltwater game fish. They can be found along Rhode Island shores particularly in rocky areas, rips, estuaries, salt ponds and rivers. Some of the methods we use to catch these fish are determined by the weather, time of day, and tackle used. The limit is 1 fish per person at 28″.

Bluefish

min length: No minimum

limit:

  • 15 fish/person/day

season:

  • June-October
×

A very strong and aggressive fighting fish. One of the very few fish that you can see out of the water. They are found in the same places as Striped Bass and are caught using the same techniques. Bluefish are a faster fish and will sometimes get to your bait or lure before a Striped Bass will. The limit is 15 fish per person.

Scup (Porgy)

Scup (Porgy)

min length: 10'

limit:

  • 30 fish/person/day

season:

  • 5/1 - 12/31
×

Scup can be found in the same areas as the tautog, usually showing up in June with bigger fish coming in as the season progresses. The scup fishery is one of the oldest in the United States, with records dating back to 1800. Many consumers like their light flavor and they are sometimes called panfish.

Mahi-mahi

min length:

limit:

    season:

    • July- October
    ×

    Mahi-mahi, or common dolphinfish  is a surface-dwelling, ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Mahi-mahi are highly sought for sport fishing and commercial purposes. Sport fishermen seek them due to their beauty, size, food quality, and healthy population.

    Atlantic Bonito

    Atlantic Bonito

    min length:

    limit:

      season:

      • July-October
      ×

      Known to be strong swimmers, the bonito travel in fairly large schools. It is common in shallow waters.

      American Shad

      American Shad

      min length: N/A

      limit:

      • Prohibited in state waters

      season:

      • 1/1 - 12/31
      ×

      Described as “the fish that fed the (American) nation’s founders”. Adult shad weigh between 3 pounds and 8 pounds and they have a delicate flavor when cooked.

      Weakfish (Squeteague)

      Weakfish (Squeteague)

      min length: 16"

      limit:

      • 100 lbs/vsl/day bycatch allowance with equal or greater lbs of other species

      season:

      • Open Season
      • 6/1 - 6/30
      • 8/7 - 11/8
      • All other times call RIDFW for details
      ×

      A medium-large, slender, marine fish.  The head and back of this fish are dark brown in color with a greenish tinge. The sides have a faint silvery hue with dusky specks, and the belly is white.

      Pollock

      min length: 19"

      limit:

      • No Limit

      season:

      • 1/1 - 12/31
      ×

      A member of the cod family but distinguished by its greenish hue, paler belly, and brownish green back, pollock has a small chin barbel, like the whiskers on a catfish. Pollock has a bold flavor than cod or haddock, but cooks white with large flake.

      Tuna

      min length: none

      limit:

      • daily limit

      season:

      • July-October
      ×

      Offshore 30-50 miles you can expect to catch Yellowfin, Albacore, Skipjack, Mahi Mahi and the occasional White Marlin. Closer to the dock 15-30 miles you can catch Bluefin, Bonito, False Albacore and Skipjack Tuna. Tuna tend to show up mid-July and run into October. All Tuna within daily limits belong to the party.

      Shark

      min length: 54" fork

      limit:

      • 1 per boat

      season:

      • July-October
      ×

      Blue, Mako and Thresher sharks are most common with the Mako and Thresher being the tastiest. They can be found 18-30 miles offshore starting in June and staying around into October. Hold on to your hat and be ready for a battle with these beasts! Limit 1 Mako or Thresher per boat 54″ fork length.

      Sea-Bass

      min length: 14"

      limit:

      • 1 fish/person/day
      • 7 fish/person/day

      season:

      • January, February
      • March, April
      • Sept, October
      • November, December
      ×

      Sea-bass can be found in the same areas as the Tautog, usually showing up in June with bigger fish coming in as the season progresses. Call for season and Charter Boat bag limits.

      WHAT’S IN SEASON

      Find out what fish you can expect to catch and when! Use the guide provided by the RI DEM to find out what’s in season:

      Link to DEM


      RULES AND REGULATIONS

      Make sure it’s legal by referencing the guide of the Marine Fisheries Minimum Sizes and & Possession Limits. Click the following link. Note, possession limits and open fisheries are subject to change.

      Link to DEM