Wednesday, October 19, 2005


The night end with a great sunset!!!

Striper Success

Al wins the battle and boats a striper on chunk!! Nice job Al -- The only fish of the night!!!

Fun Fishing

Two friends Larry and Al both fighting for the same fish. The tide change and we decide to switch from top water to chunking mackerl in about 12 - 18 feet of water about 5 miles up the CT river!! Look at the concentration!!

Great Evening Fishing

The sound was crazy this night so we headed up the river and did some top water casting with no luck, but nice sunset!!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Great fishing Report

This is not mine!!

By Bob Sampson

If fishing were a movie, it would have had mixed reviews ranging from glowing to “raked over the coals” this past weekend into the middle part of this week. More shops reported a slow-down or sporadic action from bass, false albies and even bluefish due to the weak tides, calm bright conditions and the super-high pressure system that has dominated the region for the past five or six days. However, blackfish and scup action remain excellent pretty much across the board. The weather has been too warm, sunny and “bluebirdish,” it’s like the fish are on strike when it gets like this for too long.
Steve McKenna of Quaker Lane Bait and Tackle, North Kingstown told us that over the weekend the bass and blues he was chasing were pretty much turned off due to the bluebird weather. Even the fishing at Narragansett, where he has been whacking them all summer long, was a slow pick for him and his buddies. The false albacore seem to have disappeared off the walls at Galilee for the time being, and even the bluefish bite has been off lately. As a result, he didn’t have much to report on the positive side this week, other than the fact that scup are still around and hitting well, and there have been a few more blackfish reported by those who are targeting this species.
Earl at Saltwater Edge, Newport reported that the fishing was pretty slow in their area since the weekend, as well. There were a few anglers who did O.K. off of Cuttyhunk, but locally it was slow. A few blues are around, but even they have been hard to catch.
The only decent report he heard of was generated by Robbie who works at the store. Earlier in the week, he caught some big, teen-size bluefish in the Newport area. Other than that, he didn’t have much to relate in the way of fish stories.
Mrs. Dangelo of Maridee Bait and Tackle, Narragansett, R.I., agreed that the fishing was spotty in general over the weekend. Tuesday morning there were a few bass caught that ranged up to keeper size caught off George’s Beach, The Shutters, Matunuck, the town beach and at the mouth of Narrow River. But none of the catches were anything to get excited about.
Captain Andy who runs the Maridee Boat is catching a single tuna per day on his charters and then limiting out on bass and blues on the way in off Block Island.
Ronnie, owner of Breachway Tackle, Charlestown has also seen some slow fishing since the weekend. He noted that the bait is all stacked up in the salt pond and not moving very much. As a result, the bass have been coming into the ponds to feed. Same thing up in the bay. One angler caught a dozen fish up to 22 pounds on a 1.5-ounce Danny plug earlier in the week. Ron says that with the storm front coming in over the weekend, things should turn around and improve drastically by this weekend and into next week.
A pleasant aside has been the fact that despite the heat, there are a few big winter flounder, fish up to 3.5 pounds, being caught up inside Ninigret Salt Pond and other area ponds for the first time in years.
John Swienton, owner of Twin Maples Tackle out on Block Island, agreed that with the slow-moving tides and beautiful weather, that even at the island, like the rest of the world, it’s been slow fishing or, rather, catching. Needlefish plugs and live eels have been taking the few fish that have been reported over the past four or five days from the spots around the perimeter of Block Island. Nothing specific to report, but like Ronnie, John believes that this weekend’s unsettled weather should turn the fish back on.
Captain Don of Captain Don’s Tackle in Charlestown said the fishing has been spotty, but they are still there. It’s a matter of timing, with bites running hot and cold. There are some nice fish around, but they have been hard to catch, hitting for short periods, then it’s like they disappear. One guy fishes a spot and does well, while another angler at the same place an hour later doesn’t.
Don said the new Panther Martin Vivif swim bait, now revived in a 2.5-ounce size, has been killing the bass in the breachway. The last two hours of the outgoing tide early in the morning, around 4, has been red-hot at the Quonny Breachway, with big fish to catch if you are there at the right time. The Weekapaug Breachway has been producing fish on the Panther Martins, live baby bluefish and other such things like hickory shad or scup. Fresh Pond Rock has also been a good place to fish a half-hour or so after daylight so far this week, according to Captain Don.
He said that, surprisingly, one batch of customers reported they were still catching fluke in 30 feet of water off Quonny Breachway. Farther out in 70 or 80 feet of water around the rock piles, some decent sea bass have been taken, as well. But essentially, the fluke fishing is shot for the year.
Bill of King Cove Marina, Stonington sung a different story from most of the other places we talked to this week. He told us that they had a fair amount of blackfish coming in to the shop over the weekend. On Wednesday, two customers limited out in a short while on fish to about six pounds.
Over the weekend, primarily on Saturday, some bonito and albies were caught off Montauk Point and the Sluiceway. Kevin from the shop was over at Montauk Point on Tuesday and said there were tons of albies busting around but too many boats that kept getting in the way and spooking the fish.
Pretty steady reports of decent catches of bass, blues, albies and blackfish, both over and since the weekend. Many of the bass are schoolies, with the best one they saw tipping the scales to 38 pounds.
Cheryl Fee of Shaffer’s Marina, Mystic also echoed the fact that there are lots of happy anglers, many of whom are coming in with limits or near-limits of blackfish. They weighed in a 9-pounder on Saturday. Ellis Reef, North Hill, White Rock and Latimer Reef have all been producing. One customer limited out in 45 minutes on Sunday. The oddball catch this week was a 3-pound triggerfish, caught by a surprised porgy fisherman. The porgies have been big but not quite so many this week.
The only complaint has been that there are too many blues and that they are getting in the way of the striped bass. Eels don’t stand a chance unless they are fished well after dark, and even then many are being chopped. Cora Trimble caught a 38-inch bass Tuesday at Wicopesset on a storm shad in the middle of the day. Larry Strickland and Shawn Ross of Mystic said they ran into an acre of bluefish off the reefs and saw albies leaping from the water off Napatree Point earlier in the week. Snappers are still around and in abundance. Overall, Cheryl said that everyone who wets a line has been catching something lately.
Captain Jack Balint of The Fish Connection, Preston on the Thames said the slow tides, heat and bluebird conditions and extremely high-pressure weather have been making the fishing spotty, at best. He’s been chasing albacore, and they have been running hot and cold. He boated 18 albies on Saturday but only one on Sunday, which has been a typical scenario. He noted that all of the local light-tackle charter guys he is in contact with have been having the same difficulty.
Because the tides have been so slow lately, there have been acres of bait south of The Gut and Sluiceway at the top of the tide because it wasn’t running strong enough to pull them all the way into the Sound, a situation that creates the usually productive fishing in these prime areas along the mouth of the Sound. Temps are still up to 67 in The Gut and Sluice, which Jack says is a tad too warm for these fish. He noted that at about 60 degrees the albies go nuts until it drops to about 52, then they are gone, almost overnight.
Race Point has had sporadic showings of blues, bass and albies but nothing you can rely on. The false albacore are also showing up top anywhere along the coast from Pleasure Beach to the Quonny Breachway but not on any predictable basis. Jack recommends blind-casting in the right spots because the fish are not necessarily up top and visible, and for some reason, even the birds have been shy for the past few days.
The Thames River has also been a slow pick lately, with bluefish dominating the action.
Matt at Hillyer’s Bait and Tackle, Waterford told us that bluefishing is really good all over the place. Really big ones (10 pounds or better) have been caught on a regular basis in The Race, Pigeon Rip, Race Rock, Plum Gut and Bartlett Reef. Diamond jigs, bucktails, Kastmasters, poppers and chunks are all working well.
At sunset and sunrise big bass have been taken after dark in the Sluiceway and Bartlett Reef. Even Harkness Park has been hot. The lower Thames and Niantic River are also producing stripers, with the bass feeding on hickory shad between the bridges in Niantic. Live eels are the best bait. Shad bodies, Zoom Super Flukes, and tube and worms are taking most of the bass they see and hear about at the shop.
Blackfish have started and appear to be shaping up nicely. They weighed a 13-pounder just after opening day last week. Big humpback porgies have been taken at the Bell Buoy 6 and White Rock in the bay and also off Black Point.
False albacore are spotty at Pleasure Beach and the Sluiceway, with Deadly Dicks and Crippled Herring being the lures of choice among most anglers. At Pleasure Beach the albies have been around most days but often are out of range of the crew who are fishing from shore and difficult to catch for those outside chasing them around in boats.
Pat Abate of River’s End, Saybrook said their weekend was busy with many anglers in the shop, but the talk of fish wasn’t as active as it might have been. Pat noted that the fish are concentrated but not easy to find, but when you do, the fishing can be excellent.
The albacore were around, but hard to catch over the weekend and nearly non-existent since the weekend.
The bluefish have been running strong in the river and around the mouth of the river all week and over the weekend. The Saybrook Town Beach has been producing blues and school bass pretty much every evening. There are smaller fish in the river and slightly larger bass up to 10 pounds along the Lyme Shores. Blackfish reports have been good, as have been the porgies, which seem to be thick around every rock pile in the region.
Captain Jerry Morgan of Captain Morgan’s Tackle, Madison summed it up in a word – bluefish. He said they are all over the place and acting like they haven’t eaten for a year. From Hammonassett Beach from shore, out around Six Mile Reef, Kimberly Reef and the other rock piles in the area to Falkner Island, the action has been incredible. They are of all sizes, with some real tackle busters up to 15 pounds tearing up rods, reels, gear and people for the past week.
Blackfish action picked up since the season opener, and the scup are still hitting well just about anywhere an angler might want to drop a baited line. A few more bass are moving into the area, but they are not the real big stuff that should be showing up shortly.
Chris Fulton, owner of Stratford Bait and Tackle in Stratford, said they were catching nice bass to about 35 inches up in the Housatonic River every night all last week, but it died out when the high pressure settled in over the weekend. Now there are smaller bass and mostly bluefish.
Two false albacore in the 8-pound range were caught Monday night off Bridgeport Harbor on a Super Strike. These speedsters have been seen from the mouth of the Housey to Charles Island, but no one is catching them.
Blackfish have been on and off, with fish up to 7 pounds being brought in to the scales since the weekend. Water temperatures are 72 to 73 degrees off the river, still a tad warm for blackfish. Notice how the reports to the east, where temperatures are in the high 60s, are better than in the west where they are torrid. This situation will do a turn about some time next month.
A few anglers are taking walleyes in the two- to three-pound range from the Saugatuck Reservoir on shiners. Like everyone else, Chris believes that the cooler weather this weekend should turn things on even more in these parts.
Burt from Fisherman’s World, Norwalk said they are seeing bonito and false albacore ripping around the islands, along with bluefish and a smattering of small schoolie bass. These fish are feeding pretty much exclusively on peanut bunker. He said that school of adult bunker that had been holding fish earlier in the season was now up inside the Norwalk River, but nothing much was chasing them, probably because temperatures are too hot for any major marine predatory fish.
Once in awhile the bass that anglers are catching range up to 32 inches, but most are small schoolies. They have been catching keepers at Calf Pasture Point Beach on chunks of bunker intended for blues. Boat anglers are still catching bluefish out at Buoys 28C and 11B on chunks. The three-way worm bite on bigger bass has slowed due to the warm water temperatures.
There are a few blackfish at George’s Rock and Copps Rocks that range on up to 6 pounds, surprisingly in some very shallow water despite the heat.
It looks like at least some of the false albacore that had been providing angling opportunities in the eastern end of Long Island Sound are now ripping around in the bathtub-warm waters of the west for the time being. There is no single spot, other than perhaps Montauk Point, where you can go and expect to find albies busting on top. Everywhere else is a hit and miss deal. Bluefish are the best bet right now, but if a storm blows through the region as predicted by the weatherman, we could see everything light back up like it did two weeks ago when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia passed by us off the coast.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Kissing Fish ewith striper story to follow

Bottom line - When you see to bait fish working to top in the river, immediately use top-water plugs and enjoy the action!!!

Next post will be AL and Larry's striper story!!

Blue Fishing Fishing Adventure

Hello All,
We went out Saturday AM and headed towards Hatchets Reef in seach of some Progies or Blue. Strong wind and waves beat us up, so we settled for relaxing in the river. We head up to the first cove up from the 95 bridge and drift a few time and got nothing. Make a long story short, we followed bait fish into the cove and threw top water plugs for awhile, still slow. Then, Dave hit a nice blue on a plug and had another big hit soon after that. Then it was time to call it a day!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blue Fish Frenzy

I have read report after report about bluefish feeding at the mouth of the CT river. There are so many it's almost impossible to get to the stripers. My opinion, is why fight it, have fun catching blue!!! Use top water popper and have fun with a light action pole!!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Detailed Fishing Report Hurricane

This isn't my report. I found it on the web!!

This week everyone is anticipating the approach of slow-moving and hopefully wet, Hurricane Ophelia, which will most likely be remnants by the time it gets here. Either way, many anglers along the shore are looking for fishing to pick up in the suds after this storm passes through. For sure it will improve the very difficult freshwater conditions that inland anglers are contending with.
Thomcat Pelletier of Quaker Lane Bait and Tackle, North Kingstown said the fishing has been pretty good for stripers along the south shore reefs for their customers who are fishing the dusk through dawn bite with live baits such as scup, hickory shad and eels. Thom himself said he was catching stripers over the weekend on live bait that were in the 20- to 30-pound range. Steve McKenna, who also works at the shop, continues to do well by slinging Slug-Gos at night off the beaches in the Narragansett area.
Bluefish are all over the place. Fish of all size classes from one pound to over 10 are chopping eels, shredding soft plastics and generally raising hell with anyone who is not targeting them. One of his buddies had a bluefish take a four-inch-wide bite out of a fluke that was being reeled up to the boat on Sunday. Bluefishing is, for all practical purposes, a “can’t miss situation” along the south shore, as well as up inside Narragansett Bay.
Fluke fishing is slowing down, but there are still fish coming in from the drifts at Pt. Judith, Newport and Sakonnet in 60 to 70 feet of water. There was a 12-pounder caught over the weekend out in front of Point Judith during what was a pretty fair bite. Anglers are also taking sea bass up to five pounds while fluke fishing off the beaches.
Bottom fishermen are killing big scup off the east wall at Point Judith Harbor in closer to the rocks. One scup fisherman caught a stray triggerfish, a migrant from the south that is commonly caught in our waters late in the summer. With water temps so high, it seems like oddball species such as angel fish, jack crevalle, cobia, wahoo and even tarpon might show up in our waters this year as they have in the past during hot long summers. However, other than some wahoo reported offshore, reports of southern migrants locally have been scarce so far. No solid reports on false albacore and bonito in the area, and no one has even mentioned Spanish mackerel yet this fall.
Rob at Saltwater Edge, Newport reported that nothing much has changed since last week’s report, other than the fact that the striped bass action is picking up, with fish weighing in the mid-twenties. These fish have been hitting well on topwater baits, such as Zara Spooks and Poe’s walk-the-dog lures, as well as on larger Slug-Gos.
Lots of big eight-pound and better blues are also hitting well and are easy to find around the Newport area.
Rob heard that the albies are starting to move down along the Long Island shore, but not much in this area so far. The fact that there’s peanut bunker everywhere and some mullet up to about seven inches swimming around to bring them in and hold them when they show up bodes well for later in the fall. He thinks something big is about to happen after the hurricane blows up the coast. This week has been the calm before the storm, so to speak.
John Swienton, owner of Twin Maples Tackle out on Block Island, told us the big waves stopped earlier in the week, so anglers could get back out to fish. One friend from Line Sider Charters caught seven big bass just south of Southwest Ledge up to 42 pounds on Tuesday by drift-fishing with live eels. Everyone else on the ledge was getting fish, as well.
John went to Black Rock with a buddy and easily limited out using eels over the weekend. There are loads of big fish around the island at the present time and plenty of bait in the form of anchovies and baby bunker to keep them around for a while. The area around Sandy Point is also producing fish to 20 pounds and better on poppers and swimming plugs.
There are bluefin tuna southwest of Sharks Ledge, running between the 90- and 120-foot line. These fish are in the 20- to 50-pound range, and most are being caught by trolling offshore lures such as Hex heads, Green Machines, etc. The false albacore are still ripping in and out of New Harbor with the tides at the Coast Guard station and vicinity.
Fluke fishing was slow this past week, due more to the lack of anglers targeting them than to lack of fluke. There are good numbers of sea bass being caught along the west side of the island incidentally by fluke anglers and by a few sharpies who are targeting sea bass around the rock piles and drop-offs that hold them in high densities.
Captain Don of Captain Don’s Tackle in Charlestown, Rhode Island, reported low angler activity levels so far this week, but the weekend saw plenty of activity and catches of bass, bluefish, porgies and fluke from Quonny Pond and vicinity.
There are some very big slammer bluefish around ranging from 12 to 15 pounds being caught off the shore from Charlestown Breachway down to East Beach and the Andrea Hotel at Misquamicut.
The Watch Hill Reef complex has been producing consistent catches of both bass and bluefish, mostly on eels and by trolling with tube and worms, although anglers tossing plugs are taking their share of smaller fish. Fred and Trish Dewolfe of Westerly caught an 18-pound bass off the Charlestown Breachway at two in the afternoon on a tube and worm. These things are so easy and effective they break all the rules. My son caught his biggest bass to date, a 33-pounder, using a tube and worm on a hot July day at around 3 p.m. at dead slack low tide, a time I wouldn’t bet on being able to catch a dam porgy. Yet over the years, we’ve consistently caught decent stripers at times when they weren’t supposed to be biting.
Fluke are still being caught along the south shore but at a greatly reduced pace over the past week or so. Bigger fish have been caught in 60 to 70 feet of water off the beaches, with smaller fish coming in from the salt ponds where they appear to be chasing peanut bunker. One customer and a friend caught fluke of 27 and 29 inches and about nine pounds while fishing out off the shore from Weekapaug Breachway over the weekend. No one has been out fluking so far this week.
Bill Jolley caught a 3-pound weakfish off Weekapaug Beach on Sunday using a Kastmaster. Another angler took a 5.25-pound sea bass in 50 feet of water off the beaches while drifting for fluke.
The Swamp Yankee Classic Tournament is underway. This is an event that runs from September 5 through November 13, with weekly prizes for both bass and bluefish in the shore and boat divisions.
There are still some good scup around the breachways, as well as off the beaches and local reefs, for anyone who wants fast fishing action and edible fillets.
As of Wednesday, the surf was kicking up, so many anglers are anticipating good action as the effects of Hurricane Ophelia are felt.
Don at King Cove Marina, Stonington told us they have been seeing tons of bluefish and some good striper catches from the waters between Watch Hill and Stonington. One kayaker caught a 46-incher, along with eight other keepers while trolling a tube-and-worm rig on Tuesday evening. Everyone who has gone out lately has been taking some nice bass and blues off the reefs, as well as from the Stonington flats.
Fluke action has died off big time throughout the eastern Long Island Sound area, with many anglers switching over to sea bass or scup for their frying material.
Kevin, who fishes out of the shop, said he spotted schools of tunoids off the reefs on Monday, but they were not on top long enough to get a hook into them. Customers and the guys at the shop are hopeful this may be a sign that this fall’s albie run is finally beginning. Maybe they will be about three to four weeks late, which puts their arrival about the middle of next week – or maybe due to the presence of tuna earlier in the summer they are not going to make a major showing this season.
Cheryl Fee of Shaffer’s Marina, Mystic said that two of their regulars, Sean Ross and Larry Strickland, caught a 4-pound sea bass, a pair of 7-pound blues and a 20-inch fluke off the south shore beaches and saw tunoids of some sort ripping around in the reefs on their way back to Mystic on Wednesday afternoon.
Keeper-size fluke were on the wane over the weekend, and Cheryl said that even the porgies were slower this week than they have been lately. Those big waves last week were probably a factor in the reduced angler activity and catches.
There are loads of snapper blues inside the river and all the harbors in the area, with high concentrations of bigger blues in The Race, along the south side of Fishers Island and locally out off The Dumplings, and occasionally pushing into the mouth of the Mystic River.
Shaffer’s didn’t hear anything about albies or bonito over the weekend – a sign they are still not around at levels anyone can get excited about.
Right now many of their bottom-fishing fans are patiently waiting for blackfish season to reopen on September 22. By then the fishing for this species should be improving as fall approaches. So far, all indications are that this fall’s run of tautog is going to be a good one.
Joe Balint of The Fish Connection, Preston said things have been red-hot in the Thames River for both schoolie bass and bluefish. These fish are chasing baby bunker all over the place. The blues in the river are mostly little rats, but they are a ball to catch. Joe says that after work he’s catching five fish in five casts in some places on poppers when they are bunched up and feeding. Norwich Harbor is holding big bass and chopper bluefish that are feeding on a small school of adult bunker that moved into the river a couple of weeks ago. These fish are being caught by local sharpies from the harbor downriver to the oil docks. The river is absolutely full of snapper bluefish if all else fails.
The Race and vicinity are loaded with bluefish that are spilling out into adjacent reefs and rip lines. It’s a matter of cruising until fish are encountered, then having some fun with them.
Joe says there are still a few fluke coming off Sara’s Ledge, Harkness Park and Vixen’s Ledge. But they are getting harder to catch every week.
With all the bunker in the river, I’d take a run up the Thames with some small jigs, squid strips and live mummichogs or freshly caught peanut bunker, and drift the channels from Buoy 27 on down to the mouth. There may well be many fluke to be caught with a small investment in gas and effort.
Bass action is pretty much an evening bite out in The Race if you can get through the bluefish. In along the island and area reefs the best bass catches are being made from dusk through dawn due to the bright sun and warm water temperatures.
Not much word on false albacore and bonito. There are no real hot spots to talk about, but fish have been seen or caught off Bluff Point and west to the Millstone Outflow, although not in consistent patterns so far this season.
There are still the occasional school bluefin tuna catches being made in The Race, but other areas are empty of these fish till you get nearly to the Cape.
Freshwater has been fair to slow due to the heat and low water levels. Rennie Robinson has fished bass hard lately, with only a few small fish to show for his efforts in both Bashan Lake and Gardner Lake. Some launch sites are hard or almost impossible to use due to the extremely low water levels in many lakes. Rogers Lake is a pole your way to the lake if you want to fish deal, same thing for other shallow launch sites such as Bashan Lake and across the border in Watchaug and Worden Ponds.
The Fish Connection is celebrating its 15th anniversary from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the shop. There will be food and drinks all day, and everyone is invited to stop by. There will be factory reps from Shimano, Berkley/Fenwick, Pelican Rods and more. I plan to be there to tell fish stories and sign books for anyone who wants them. The event will go on rain or shine and all are welcome.
Lou at Hillyer’s Bait and Tackle, Waterford said an angler caught a 42-pound striper between the bridges at high noon Wednesday, using a live hickory shad he snagged. A short while later this lady’s partner caught a 40-incher. Looks like the big bass have found the hickory shads’ hiding place once again this year. The bass are lying right in there as of Wednesday, providing a great chance for shore-based anglers to catch a big striped bass. Two years ago a 50-pounder was caught in this area on a live shad.
A few anglers are doing well using leadcore line and live eels off Bartlett Reef. But the guys fishing The Race are working hard for fish because they are having such a problem getting their baits and lures through all the bluefish. Bluefish were thick off Hatchett Point all weekend. There are always a few ripping around in the Millstone Point Outflow, as well.
Fluke were still being caught between the Connecticut River and Hatchett Reef over the weekend. Rich from the shop told Lou that one angler was snorkeling up inside the river and saw big fluke lying there, probably chasing peanut bunker as predicted in the nearby Thames.
Pleasure Beach was loaded with blackfish, according to Shane, who works at the shop. He was snorkeling this area with a class from his high school the other day and said the blackfish were thick around the rocks at the launch area.
No albies in Niantic Bay, yet. Black sea bass are the best bottom-fishing alternative, with Block Island producing nice catches for one guy who fishes out of Hillyer’s on a regular basis. That same person said the porgies they caught off Block Island while fishing for sea bass were the biggest he’s ever caught. Nothing on bluefins from The Race in about three days, but they are apparently still in the area.
The shore-fishing has been slow in most areas, other than between the bridges, due to the heat and bright skies.
Lou said that finally he had reports of a few blue crabs showing up in Niantic River, the lower Thames and lower Pattagansett River. I have been hearing scattered reports of crabs that appear to be moving west to east through the Sound, so all might not be lost as far as crabbing is concerned for this season. It may be worth a look at your favorite crabbing spot the next time the tides are low around dark.
Mark Lewchik of River’s End, Saybrook said he’s been on vacation for two weeks and doing a good deal of fishing near his home on Hatchett Point. He said Hatchett Point has been very spotty. There was a big school of peanut bunker coming through Tuesday morning that was totally unmolested by anything, even bluefish.
Bass and blues, mostly schoolies are in the lower Connecticut River early and late in the day chasing baby bunker like they are everywhere else. There are rumors of bonito off the West Wall, but they are reportedly not feeding very well.
The Race is loaded with bluefish, with the occasional bluefin tuna being caught accidentally. These fish apparently show up so briefly that it’s a real hit-and-miss deal in The Race, the only place in this region that still holds schoolie tunas.
Captain Jerry Morgan of Captain Morgan’s Tackle, Madison told us there is plenty of bait, both adult and peanut bunker, snapper blues and hickory shad moving in and out of the rivers and bays that have schools of bass and bluefish following them all the way.
Crabbing is peaking in the Madison area and has been good for two or three weeks. It looks like the crabs in Niantic Bay may have been part of this local influx of crabs.
Bluefish of all sizes are all over the place from Long Sand Shoal out to Six Mile Reef and Falkner Island.
Bass are starting to stir but nothing really solid as far as striper catches at this time. The fish are being caught after dark on eels, but that’s about it. No one has brought anything in to the scales much over 20 pounds.
Porgy fishing is crazy, with fish up to nearly three pounds. There are also good numbers of small fluke out off the local beaches. Rhode Island has been slower than Hammonasset Beach, according to customers who have fished both areas. Locally the fluke are still hanging around and catchable, but most are small.
The conditions are right for bunker kills in the rivers as temperatures continue to soar and fish pour into these shallow areas from the Sound.
Chris Fulton, owner of Stratford Bait and Tackle, Stratford, told us that his area is loaded with small bluefish. There were good bass around until things heated back up, now it’s small blues on poppers. Chris himself caught four bass and three bluefish on Tuesday evening after work. One angler caught a 2.9-pound porgy on a tube and worm. His customers have been fishing The Race and loading up on diamond jigs.
Fluke fishing is still good. Many are small – there may be one keeper out of 15 to 20 fluke. One angler caught two keepers out of 16 on Sunday.
Nick Mola from Fisherman’s World, Norwalk said there are tons of bluefish all over the surface along the back side of the islands from Cockenoe to Greens Ledge.
Tube-and-worm fishing is taking most of the bass in close to the islands. Bigger fish are being caught by chunking and three-waying worms in 100 feet or more of water. Porgies are hitting well off can #1 in 30 feet of water. Fluke are hit and miss in 60 feet of water off Buoy 11-B.
There were some bonito caught off the same area by anglers who saw them come up top while chunking, and they managed to sling a metal lure into the mix and get lucky. Good chunking off Buoy 11-B as well for blues and bass.
Snapper bluefish are thick in the islands like everywhere else along the coast, which means that tons of “cocktail blues” in the one- to three-pound range will be around again next summer to play with.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

This weeks reports

STRIPED BASS fishing is fair to good on the major reefs and rip areas. Again, the tube and worm combination and live lining scup, menhaden, hickory shad or eels, cut chunk bait on three way bottom rigs, and diamond jigs have been productive. The “Race” has been the most consistent area for stripers and BLUEFISH. Other spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef, Plum Gut, Thames River, Millstone Point, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the humps south of Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, the reefs off Madison and Branford, New Haven Harbor, Milford Harbor breakwaters to Charles Island, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Bluefish schools can be seen chasing peanut bunker in many of the harbors and river mouths.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Awesome Striper Action

This was some awesome top water action on the stripers!! Dave JR landed the first one then "Mully" followed with several others!! No keepers, but it was awesome to see the stripers on the top chasing the bait. The best lures were top water poppers, but also, some flippers which dove about 3-4' under the serface. Both produced nice action !!!

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