11 June 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 11 June 2015

STRIPED BASS fishing is awesome...with some very large bass being reported (50 inches and more). Doesn’t matter what time of the day...daytime fishing under bunker schools is hot. The western and central sound is fantastic. The bass will be heading east as we speak. Porgies or trolling a Tube and Worm (red) have also produced. Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point (15 to 30 feet), Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island to Essex), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, Stamford Harbor and the Cows off Stamford.

BLUEFISH fishing is fair. No real consistent action for trophy “choppers” yet. Early morning and evening times are best especially for some top-water fishing action. Try Millstone and mouth of the CT River for “Harbor Blues” (16 to 24 inches). Other bluefish spots include the Race, Sluicway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, bouys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. SNAPPERS will soon be arriving in the tidal creeks and rivers.

FLUKE fishing is good overall and getting better with some real “doormats” being caught. You got to spend some time getting “keepers”...there are a lot of “shorts”. The summer flounder are feeding on and chasing squid. LIS anglers reported fluke from 3 to 5lbs being common, with an 11 pounder being the largest to date. Anglers targeting fluke report that searobins and skates appear to be in plentiful supply (bait stealers). Fluke spots include the typical fishy locations: south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Off Seaside and Waterford beach, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area (Clinton Harbor), Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River (Milford), and around the Norwalk Islands. Since squid are abundant, offering a live or frozen one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab doormat fluke! Try drifting with a white or pink Bucktail Jig and attach a Berkely 3”- 5” Gulp (Swimming Mullet) in chartreuse, green, white or pink. Pink colored imitation squid have also been producing well...2015 CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report No. 9, 6/11/2015 Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person. Note: New York has the same summer flounder regulations as Connecticut. However, Rhode Island is already open with an 18 inch minimum length and an 8 fish daily creel limit. Since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York please make sure you abide by the state with the most restrictive regulation when crossing (by boat) state boundaries.

PORGY fishing is improving as the summer approaches...with large “Reef Slammers” measuring 10-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island) and Niantic (Bartletts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Jennings and Penfield beach, Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “Panfish of the Sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid/conch or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information (see page 14 of the 2015 CT Angler’s Guide).

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is good. Fishing over deep water structure in 80 to 120 feet around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. Angler’s reporting them to be everywhere, including sand flats. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...14 inch min. length, 3 fish daily limit from June 1st to August 31 and a five fish daily limit from September 1 to December 31st. Berkley Gulp (swimming mullet) on a jig works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is FANTASTIC. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is fishing for summer flounder (fluke). With many fish measuring over 20 inches and barking up a storm. West Haven sand bar and local beaches have been producing for shore anglers.

WEAKFISH fishing is fair with trophy “squeteague” found throughout Long Island Sound! Look for weakfish along the Branford/Guilford area through to the West Haven Sand Bar and over to Woodmont/Milford and Stratford. Gardiners Bay/The Peconics (North Shore of Long Island) are always a good early season fishing spot. Black Point/Niantic is heating up for this relative of the drum family. White Bucktails are the lure of choice.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is slow in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.It’s anybody’s guess as to where they go... Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass, menhaden and harbor blues. Flood or Ebb tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster (single hook), small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors.

WHITE PERCH fishing is very good for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River,
upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River,
Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and a small piece of sandworm fished
on the bottom are the keys to success.A 14 inch 2 pound white perch was caught at Ferry Landing State
Park in Old Lyme on a sandworm this week.

BLUE CRAB fishing is fair to good in the tidal creeks. All sizes of crabs are around...a good sign for the upcoming summer months of crabbing (good winter survival). There have been some large “jimmies”

reported (nine inch carapace width). Should be a very good crabbing season.

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