Fishing Brenton Reef, Beavertail, Pt Judith to Charleston for fish in season, we target false albacore, bonito, striped bass, and bluefish with light rods for the ultimate adrenaline rush. In addition, we also provide inshore bottom fishing trips throughout the season for tautog also known as blackfish and Summer Fluke and Scup. We wrap up our season in the fall, fishing the arrival of the large population of striped bass that spends the summer months north and migrates south every year!
Tails Up Charter offers customized coastal fishing experiences. If you are interested in the ultimate fishing charter experience, you have come to the right place. We look forward to fishing with you soon!
The black sea bass lives around bottom structure like reefs and is known for being absolutely delicious. The flavor of their fillets is known for being very delicate due to the white filets. Black sea bass often will be all over your bait once you find a patch of hard bottom covered in a gathering of them so it won’t be hard to find dinner. Their large numbers and easy to catch make them ideal for beginner anglers!
Striped bass is one of if not the number-one target when it comes to Rhode Island fishing, and it’s no wonder why striper fishing is so amazingly popular: stripers bite willingly, fight hard, and taste incredible. There is, however, a lot to learn for any new angler. As each season changes, so do the techniques that are most effective for catching striped bass – commonly called rockfish. We target these from Spring to Fall every year, but the best fishing comes during the spring and fall runs when the larger migratory fish pass by!
The one aspect of false albacore fishing that makes it so popular among anglers is the manner in which they aggressively feed on the surface. In these blitzes, they devour helpless baitfish that they have trapped at the surface. The water literally boils as the fish feed with birds diving and eating the fish fleeing the albacore. However, despite this aggressive feeding, there are times when false albacore can be extremely difficult to hook. For that reason, we can help you not only get on the fish but land them as well!
Bonito fish are topwater feeders so that means when they are around, they’re easy to spot. It’s hard to mistake, because of the breaking water and crashing bait. Trolling, casting or even jigging are all effective methods, depending on conditions and weather. If you spot the crashing bait being chased by the Bonito, never “run and gun” your boat to that location. This rookie mistake will only spook the Bonito and the bait will dive deeper. Instead, Captain Mark knows the tricks and will get you in casting distance, and you will catch your prize Bonita!
In the warmer months the bluefish is one of the most common fish of the inshore and near coastal waters. Ranging in size from small “snappers” or “skipjacks” of under a pound in weight to giant “slammers” weighing over twenty pounds. We catch most of our bluefish casting rubber artificial lures at night or diamond jigs during daylight hours. The bite best in the early morning, evening, and or at night. Blues are noted for their great fight and ferocious appetites. When a blitz occurs they will hit almost anything. Make sure to use a heavy mono or wire leader to be sure you do not get your line cut off!
Blackfish, also known by its Native American name Tautog, is an aggressive, sportfish that is a bottom dweller. They live along the coast in rocky areas and may be found near pilings and jetties all over Rhode Island. Crabs are the best bait for blackfish, though keep in mind that some degree of skill is required to catch this sport fish, which can grow to 25 lbs. They are great at stealing bait and they also require skill in terms of anchoring, bait presentation and hook setting… but with proper guidance and assistance from Captain Mark on the Tails Up Charters, once hooked they provide one of the best pound for pound fights.
SUMMER FLOUNDER (FLUKE)
Everyone loves Fluke Fishing, Rhode Island Fluke fishing is legendary. As with most fish here, Fluke is heavily regulated, so you’ll only be able to keep them between April and September. But that’s plenty of time to get your fill on these delicious filets of Summer Flounder with Captain Mark! You won’t want to miss out on the season. Fluke are seafood favorites all along the East Coast, and the whole country! They’re fun to catch, as they swim along the bottom, requiring strength more than technique to hook ‘em aboard. The whole family can have a great time catching them – just make sure to bring plenty of live or dead bait, and you’re sure to have a blast!
Porgy is a common name for this fish, which is important to commercial and recreational fishermen. People enjoy catching SCUP because they put up a fight. This fish is a silvery color with a white belly and its sides and back are blue and marked with 12-15 indistinct longitudinal stripes. Scup has a deep body that is flattened sidewise. Their scales are large and firm. Full-grown Scup average 14-16 inches and 1-2 pounds. During the summer months, the scup is close to shore, to the bottom, and concentrate over areas of smooth to the rocky bottom. This means they are bountiful in some areas and complete absence in other nearby areas. Scup grab food with their front teeth and then crush hard shell animals with their molars. They travel in schools and migrate offshore and south in the colder months!