01 October 2011

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

The scup fishing season has been extended through to the end of the year. The daily creel and length limit remains the same (10 fish per angler and 10 ½ inches). In the party/charter boat fishery, the current 40 fish creel limit remains in place through October 11th. After October 11th and through to the end of the year, the creel limit returns to 10 fish (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).

BLUEFISH fishing remains excellent with big alligators ravaging baitfish throughout LIS! These tackle busters are putting on some big time weight before moving off when water temperatures cool off. You can expect monster choppers weighing in the mid to upper teens and exceeding 3 ft in length! The usual fishing spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Pigeon Rip (area north of Plum Island), Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Charles Island area to Milford Point, Buoy 20 off Stratford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and the reefs off Stamford. This is also prime time for surf casters to hit the beaches especially at our coastal state parks for excellent fishing opportunities!

STRIPED BASS fishing is best during low light levels when bluefish are less active. With big choppers around, daytime fishing for stripers has been tough going. Live baits have been working the best if you can get through the blues.

SCUP fishing is fantastic on the local reefs and rock piles! Now with the season extension (seeabove), fishing this fall will have an added bonus!

TAUTOG fishing season opens up on October 1. The daily creel limit is 4 fish per person and theminimum length limit is 14 inches.

LITTLE TUNNY have been racing around at Bartlett Reef, Millstone Point, Pine Island area, the Race (Race Rock to Little Gull Island). Other tuna spots include off Milford Point to Charles Island area and Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area. Diving terns are a dead giveaway of their presence.

Other regulation Reminders: The BLACK SEA BASS fishing season is closed during the month of October and reopens November 1 st. The TAUTOG recreational fishing season reopens October 1st.


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