22 September 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 20 SEP 2012

Overall, marine fishing has been on the slow side this past week. However, this week’s storm should really stir things up!

Bluefish fishing remains very consistent as expected during this time of year.

Snappers have virtually vanished from the tidal creeks.

Striped Bass fishing is good during early morning or evening times. Live lining bunker or slinging live eels is the ticket for a cow bass. Just remember to use circle hooks to reduce gut hooking. Bluefish and striper fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point including Niantic Bay, 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, upper New Haven Harbor, 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.

Fluke fishing remains extremely slow.

Porgy fishing is prime time with hubcap sized fish being reported!

Black Sea Bass fishing has slowed down slightly. There is still a ton of sub-legal fish being caught and released which is a good indication for future years as long as the survival rate is high. So when fishing deep water, try slowing down on cranking in that line and also use circle hooks to insure releasing fish in good condition.

Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito are buzzing around eastern LIS from Watch Hill to Wilderness Point, Pine Island area, the Race, the rocky point and beach area at Harkness Memorial State Park, Bartlett Reef, Jordan Cove to Millstone Point, and off Black Point.

Blue Claw Crabbing has slowed down but still some huge jimmies can be taken especially now in late summer-early fall.

Source: CTDEEP

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