Block Island Inshore Fishing Tourney a Growing Success

Around the kitchen, the kitchen table and sometimes the mahogany bar, the stories of the one who fled are told. Often told with “a wee bit of Irish”, fish stories are often just that, Hemingwayesque tales of epic battles on the high seas at the end of a fishing line that end with just “what if”.
But not here. Instead, the Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament has a catch-and-release requirement for stripes and bluefish that send them back to their aquatic home, but with documented photos of their size and weight for them. stories that make the sport so fun.
More than $10,000 in prizes were on the board Sunday during the tournament’s prize giveaways. The tournament, inspired by Captain Chris Willi of Block Island, is attracting more and more anglers and teams from across New England for two days of fun and sunshine in pursuit of striped bass, bluefish, bass black and fluke shoreline and boats, with adult, boat, and youth divisions, and this year a new category, fly fishing, has been added.
The flavor of the event is decidedly family-friendly with nearly 100 attendees, doubling last year’s number with a hint of even more to come next year.
Organized by Block Island Fishworks and Capt. Nick’s Rock and Roll Bar, the event would not be the success it has had without additional sponsors Orsted, Ocean State Bait and Tackle, Saltwater Edge, Snug Harbor Marina and Watch Hill Outfitters.
The only lesson learned from talking to competitors afterwards is that no one will tell you where they found success. Under tournament rules, the fish had to be caught from shore or from a boat, within a three-mile limit of the island, including the rich fishing grounds of Orsted’s Block Island Wind Farm.
One hundred percent of entry fees went to support the Block Island Fire and Rescue Service. These fees
totaled $2,325 and Captain Nick matched, presenting a whopping $4,650 to the Fire and Rescue Service, eliciting a grateful murmur and loud applause at Sunday’s crowded awards ceremony.
First place went to the “Frayed Knot” team, led by Captain Richard Lipsitz of North Kingstown with a 51-inch striped bass caught by Wendy Northup of Block Island at sunrise.

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