28 September 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 27 SEP 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good. Schoolie striped bass in the 5-8 pound class with some large holdovers, are still feeding in close to shore where all the bait is. Dusk and dawn have been the most successful times to fish and poppers have been the winning ticket. Reports are streaming in from the banks of the Housatonic where anglers are getting a real workout catching and releasing striped bass.

Other excellent locations this week for stripers have been Norwalk Harbor, Seaside Park, Gulf Beach break-wall and pier, Calf Pasture Beach, Walnut Beach, Todd's Point, Cummings Beach in Stamford and Charles Island (fishing from the sandbar is strongly discouraged as it is quite dangerous due to strong rip tides).

Bonito and False Albacore fishing is very good. Little Tunny (False Albacore, “Albies”) have been reported at Plum Island, Watch Hill, Napatree Point, Barn Island, Jordan Cove, Goshen Reef, Sunken Island, Middleground, Norwalk Islands, South Benson Pier, Stratford Shoal and Sasco Beach. These lightning fast fish are so quick and schools move so fast, that it’s best to grab a pair of binoculars and watch for birds above feeding on leftover bait.

This week False Albacore have been caught on Deadly Dicks, Zoom Super Flukes, Sluggos (4"-7"), Castmasters, Hogy Epoxy Jig and Albie Snacks. Although false albacore are poor for eating - just catching one will give you such a fight you will be bragging about it for weeks. There’s a good chance your local party boat has run into a few schools treating customers with a great day of fishing.

BLUEFISH fishing has improved a little. Bluefish schools are scattered but there are some real “alligators” to 16 pounds out there. Mixed in with striper schools are large bluefish schools which are popping up throughout the western Sound including Middle-ground, Norwalk Islands, Sherwood Island, Compo Beach and Silver Sands State Park. They are feeding on just about any bait or artificial lure you offer them. They can also be found in good numbers the eastern sound (find the birds).

More recently good numbers of bluefish can be found in the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. The “Top-water” bite continues to be very good, look for the “blow-ups”. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

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

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