19 October 2012

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 18 OCT 2012

Bluefish remain throughout LIS in big numbers. Bluefish sizes range from little harbors to monsters weighing in the mid to upper teens. Bluefish will be hanging out in coastal rivers, harbors, major reefs, and rip areas.

Striped Bass fishing has steadily improved with fish measuring in the high 40 inch range being reported caught in coastal rivers. Live lining bunker and eels continue to be very effective on large cow bass.

Striper spots 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 very good on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing has diminished slightly but is still good. Humpheads measuring up to 24 inches are still being reported caught by anglers.

Blackfish fishing season is now open and fishing is red hot! Togs are in close to shore in shallow water rocky areas, reefs, and breakwaters. Right now, shore anglers can catch some nice blackfish at any of our coastal state parks such as Sherwood Island, Rocky Neck, and Harkness Memorial.

Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito are still around off Watch Hill, Wilderness Point, Bluff Point, Pine Island area, and the Race including Little Gull Island to the Sluiceway.

Source: CTDEEP

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