20 August 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 August 2016

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Fishing has been "all right" this summer...not great...but OK. We've been averaging about 20 fish per trip, but nothing of any size...mixed schoolies and blues.

But there are reasons for this: I don't get up at the crack of dawn to go fishing any more...leaving that to the younger folk..and...we fish only inshore, in shallow water; I mean 20 feet deep is a lot of water to us...and...we fish 98% artificials. So, during the summer, if you want to catch larger fish, you have to go out at dawn or dusk in deep water and fish chunk bait. I don't do any of that.

Andrew C. and I went out on Thursday and, after catching and releasing the usual 20-30 schoolies and small blues, we ran into a large school of decent-size bluefish feeding on the surface.

We threw topwater plugs at them and they responded as only bluefish will...6-8 pounders. Not gators, but really nice, hard-fighting fish.

One of the schoolies. Hooked a couple of the big blues on flies [note I said hooked...not landed!]

The bluefish were a blast. We released all the fish.

Day started cloudy but turned sunny...and hot. Another great day on the water.

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