19 September 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 19 September 2013


Bluefish fishing is rated good with some “choppers” hitting the scales at 14+ lbs. The Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, and Cable and Anchor Reef have been consistent fishing areas. Other bluefish spots include the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island eastern point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Striped Bass fishing is good especially during early morning, evening and on overcast days. The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Live bunker or eels and fresh cut chunk baits are the ticket!

Summer Flounder fishing is waning as water temperatures drop. However, deep water (90+ft) will still hold a doormat or two. The south side of Fishers Island, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, Falkner Island area, and south off the New Haven Harbor breakwaters are spots worth trying.

Scup (porgy) fishing is in high gear! Any of the major rocky reefs will be stacked up with scup!

Black Sea Bass fishing is also approaching “prime time” with good to excellent fishing over gnarly hard bottom areas.

Hickory Shad can be found in the lower Connecticut River and tributaries.

Atlantic Bonito and Little Tunny (false albacore) are hit or miss as usual for these wide ranging speedsters. Fishing spots include Watch Hill area, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blue Crabbing days are dwindling down but the crab quality is excellent with hard shelled jimmies packed”

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


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