01 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 01 October 2015

Striped Bass fishing is improving and Bluefish fishing remains at its peak (Fantastic)! Some of the largest bluefish of the year can be found in the lower reaches of our major tidal rivers! Look for bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools and choppers will be nearby.

Fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor.

Also, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Large striped bass have been caught trolling (8 to 12 feet) along Short Beach to Stratford Point using a SP Minnow in the bone or pearl color pattern. Try shallow water striper fishing and you be glad you did.

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains very good. They can be found mixed in with menhaden. Snappers are measuring about 6-10 inches in length.

Black Sea Bass and Porgy fishing remains excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Fishing in deeper water (80+ feet) over gnarly bottom (be prepared to lose rigs) is your best bet for bigger black sea bass. Shore fishing spots for scup Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. 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).

Atlantic Bonito and False Albacore fishing has expanded into western LIS from Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground over to the Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef. In the east, Pine Island, Bartlett Reef including off Harkness Memorial State Park and Black Point have been the spots, but, you never know when or where these speedsters will show up! Look for hovering and diving gulls and terns to give away their location. Be patient and they will come to you...try to avoid pushing them down and out of site. The key is to match the hatch. The hatch can be really small, try using a fly rod. Use nothing more than 15 pound mono or fluorocarbon (smaller the better). They love eating silversides...imitate that baitfish and game on...

Blue Crab fishing is tough and patience is the key. Remember...all egg-bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited.
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