18 August 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report – 16 AUG 2012

Striped Bass fishing is fair to good from dusk to dawn. Live lining bunker, eels, or scup is the ticket or bouncing buck tailed jigs garnished with a long strip of pork rind has been effective.

Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent with a mixed size of fish ranging from 4 lbs to the lower teens.

The usual fishing spots for stripers and bluefish include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, Falkner Island area.

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

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent with most fish measuring 5 to 7 inches in length.

Fluke fishing remains on the slow side throughout LIS.

Porgy fishing remains good to excellent on the major reefs and rock piles.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good on the deep water reefs and wrecks.

Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito can be found cruising around on the water surface south of Fishers Island, the Race, and Little Gull Island.

Blue Claw Crabbing remains good to excellent in the tidal creeks.

Source: CTDEEP http://www.ct.gov/dep

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