26 April 2012

Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Report

Striped Bass fishing is good in the major coastal rivers and even on the local reefs for keeper bass which is earlier than usual for this time of year. Live lining eels or snapping wire with parachute rigs dressed with pork rind is the way to go for larger stripers on the reefs and rip areas. Just remember to use circle hooks when using live or dead bait to avoid gut hooking. Schoolie hot spots include the lower Pawcatuck River, Thames River from Norwich down to Montville, Connecticut River by Great Island (Wood Lot), and the Housatonic River.

Light spinning tackle enthusiasts and fly rodders have been scoring high numbers in the catch and release category. Fishing the early morning dawn patrol on an ebb tide makes a big difference.

Tautog fishing season has been red hot this spring on the local rock piles, wrecks, and breakwaters with double digit heavy weights being reported. Asian shore crabs have been the choice bait.

Winter Flounder fishing has been good in the Niantic River and in western LIS in the Westport to Norwalk area. Fishing the channels and chumming heavy is key to catching.

White Perch fishing is good in the Connecticut River at the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier in Old Lyme and the Lieutenant River by Rte 156. Coves in the Pawcatuck, Thames, and the Housatonic Rivers are also producing good catches.

Bluefish are just right around the corner even though anglers have been catching fish for a while at the Millstone warm water discharge.”

Connecticut DEEP

Nessie Caught On Sonar?

”Image produced when his vessel was in the Loch's Urquhart Bay showed a long moving object that had followed the boat for more than two minutes.
“'The object got bigger and bigger and I thought ‘bloody hell’ and took a picture with my mobile phone.
“'There is nothing that big in the Loch. I was in shock as it looked like a big serpent, it’s amazing. You can’t fake a sonar image. I have never seen anything returned like this on the fish finder.’”


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