27 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 22 October 2015

Striped Bass fishing has been fantastic nearshore as large schools of bass push bait into the shoreline. “Those are not bluefish on top busting the bait but schools of large striped bass”. Larger “Cow Bass” can still be caught on the local reefs and shoal/ rip areas. Top water plugs along with live eels or bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on three-way or slider rigs have been the ticket. Try your local beach and shore access area...stripers are pushing the “peanut” bunker right to the shoreline. Cast top water plugs and be ready for some fast paced fishing action with bass up to 38 inches reported.

Bluefish fishing remains good. The mouths of the Thames, Connecticut, and the Housatonic Rivers during flood tide may be your best bet for both stripers and blues. Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Six mile Reef, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blackfish fishing is good to excellent when it’s not blowing a gale. Try fishing areas off the beaten path instead of the popular reefs in order to improve your chances. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). It’s been a shallow water bite (6-30 feet) for now. However, the togs will move deeper as the water cools.

Black Sea Bass and Porgy fishing continues to be very good. Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS. Time is slipping away... before they migrate out of the Sound!

Hickory Shad fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

Atlantic Bonito and False Albocore fishing is still good. Points east are better as they migrate out of the sound. These small tuna are still hanging around in eastern LIS, Watch Hill area, the Race, and around Bartlett Reef (find the birds/bait).

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

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