• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report
“Hard to believe that October is almost over. Seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were fly-fishing for those spring stripers and waiting for the blues to show up. Still, with at least another full month to go before we can skate to Long Island from Bridgeport, the fishing overall remains fair to good.”
• CTDEP Report [10/28]
“STRIPED BASS and BLUEFISH fishing is “good to excellent” with this warm spell and the waning Hunter’s Moon. Trophy-sized bluefish and stripers are being caught throughout Long Island Sound. Bluefish up to 38 inches long and weighing 17 pounds and stripers in excess of 48 lbs/52 inches are being reported. The usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef and East and West Clumps (Fishers Island Sound), Thames River, the Race (by Race Rock and Valiant Rock), outer Bartlett Reef, the Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, warm water discharge from Millstone Power Station, Harkness Memorial State Park, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Duck Island area, Sixmile Reef, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Falkner Island area, reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area and the sand spit at Silver Sands State Park, lower Housatonic River, buoys #18 and #20 off Bridgeport, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and Stamford and Greenwich Harbors. Drift fishing with the tide during the day using menhaden (bunker) or eels on three way rigs have been scoring well on very large “cow” bass and “alligator” blues. Please use circle hooks when using live bait.
“TAUTOG (Blackfish) fishing is excellent with “Reef Bullies” over 13 lbs being reported in the Marine Fisheries Trophy Fish Award program. Fishing bottom structure/wrecks/reefs is key along with using fresh bait such as hermit crabs, Asian crabs, clams and/or green crabs. Keep moving from spot to spot until you find them. Start in shallow water (less than 20 feet) and move out into deeper water if fishing is slow. Lots of fishing pressure (boats) will slow the bite. Tautog can be finicky and bite very lightly….concentration and braided line work well. Jigs have been very effective this fall.
“HICKORY SHAD fishing has improved for “CT Tarpon”. Best spots include the lower Connecticut River (Baldwin Bridge and the DEP Marine Headquarters). Silver colored willowleaf (long shank hook soldered onto a 1 inch willowleaf blade) is the lure of choice. Shad up to 22 inches and 3 pounds have been caught.”
• Western Long Island Sound Fishing Forecast
“This Halloween weekend, anglers can count on scaring up plenty of their species of choice. That includes blackfish, bluefish and striped bass. Party boats with Research Set Aside permits also can add sea bass and porgies to the mix.”
• Eastern Long Island Sound Fishing Report
“Our black fishing remains very worthwhile in between bouts of wind, though not all areas produced those really big tautog that look so good in photos at work the next day. Big blues are still around but striper fishing, both beach and boat, could be better unless one heads over to Montauk.”
Time Coleman in TheDay.com