29 June 2012

• Long Island Sound Fishing Reports - 29 JUN 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report – 28 JUN 2012

Striped Bass fishing remains good. The usual spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Live lining bunker, hickory shad, eels, scup or using fresh cut baits on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs will work for slob bass.

Bluefish fishing continues to improve with an influx of good size choppers invading Long Island Sound. Bluefish weighing in the low to mid-teens are being reported.

Fluke fishing is fair to good overall. There are some big doormats out there but you have to put your time in. Fishing locations include south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River.

Porgy fishing is good to excellent on the major reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good on the reefs/wrecks and also on the fluking grounds. Anglers targeting fluke are catching black sea bass instead.

Hickory Shad fishing is good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier. Hickories can be found mixed in with snapper blues. Flood tide is best.

Blue Crabbing is pretty hot in the tidal creeks of Stonington to Mystic and Westbrook to Madison. Some large "jimmies" are measuring from 7 to 9 inches across from spike to spike.


• Thames River-Area Fishing Report

”Anglers are taking some short stripers in the Thames River along with an occasional keeper.

"The larger bass are feeding on adult menhaden schools and have been since spring. However, rising water temperatures will eventually drive them out into cooler, deeper waters of the Atlantic."

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

• Norwalk-Area Fishing Report

”Big bass catches have been piling up for a few weeks now as the lunkers establish their summer feeding grounds. Bluefish are already settling in for summer and spreading throughout Long Island Sound.

"Before we know it, snapper blues will make their appearance and begin the downhill slide towards fall.

"For now, fishing is great.”

Dick Alley in TheHour.com

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