28 September 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 27 SEP 2012



Autumn has begun and fishing is picking up for some species and slowing down for others as falling water temperatures and longer nights trigger fish to put on the feedbag before migrating to warmer climes.

Bluefish fishing remains very good to excellent with large choppers weighing in their teens continue to bulk up before moving offshore and south. Page 4 of 5

Snappers are still around in the main stem of the Thames, Connecticut, and Housatonic Rivers but time is running out! The Thames River is your best bet, especially at the Fort Trumbull State Park fishing pier and DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.

Striped Bass fishing is good and will only get better as water temperatures drop and bluefish start departing. Still plenty of bunker around in the tidal rivers, coves and harbors along the coastline. Live lining bunker is the choice bait for large stripers.

Fishing spots for both stripers and bluefish include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, off 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, and New Haven Harbor.

Also Milford Harbor jetties/Gulf Beach, 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.

Porgy fishing is still prime time especially from shore. Any type of structure, rock pile, or piling will have scup around it. Also, this is a good time of year to take advantage of fishing at DEEP Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites where the total length limit on scup is 9 inches! To learn more about these very special designated fishing areas go to our web site at http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/marinefish/fishmap.htm and find a location close to you!

Black Sea Bass fishing is good with humpbacks in the 3 to 5 lb range being reported. The number of sub-legal fish being caught is still very high so remember to slow down on reeling in that line when fishing deep water.

Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito can be found chasing bait on the water surface. Be on the lookout for diving terns and gulls giving away their presence from Watch Hill to Wilderness Point, Pine Island area, the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Jordan Cove to Millstone Point, the Black Point area, Hatchett Reef and Sixmile Reef.

Fluke fishing is extremely slow!

Blue Claw Crabbing is slowing down as the water temperatures decline. Blue crabs move off into warmer deeper water as shallow coves and tidal creeks chill off.”

Source: CTDEEP


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