Black Sea Bass, Photo/BoatingLocal

The following report was provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for the week ending October 12, 2012:

Bluefish: Blues are present throughout Long Island Sound and fishing is about peak and remains excellent. There are “gator-sized” blues to 16 pounds being reported every day. This is prime time for surf anglers to hook up with some monster choppers roaming along the Connecticut shoreline. Please note: there are schools of adult bunker throughout the Sound and lower rivers/estuaries…so the feeding frenzy is on!

Striped Bass: Striper fishing is challenging with all of the bluefish around. However, action continues to improve on the local reefs and tidal rips as water temperatures cool. Many large “cows” to 57 pounds have been weighed in while fishing the approaching new moon. Dusk through dawn is your best chance at scoring with large bass. However, daytime/late afternoon fishing is getting better by the day. Live-lining bunker or eels on 3-way or fish finder (slip sinker) rigs is the ticket. The usual spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, off Black Point, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, Milford Harbor jetties/Gulf Beach, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, the reefs around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Tautog (blackfish): Blackfishing season opened October 10. The daily creel limit is 4 fish and the minimum length limit is 16”. Green crabs, hermit crabs, and Asian shore crabs are preferred baits for hooking these hard fighting “reef bullies”. Weighted jigs in white or chartreuse with bait are very effective. Any rockpile, area of hard bottom or wreck is perfect ‘tog habitat. Smaller rock piles or structure in shallow water (8’- 15’) produce larger fish early in the fall fishing season. One must be willing to move from reef to reef and be patient while fishing for these wonderful good-eating fish. Please be considerate of other anglers and their boat, so everyone can enjoy this great fishery resource.

Scup (porgies): Fishing is excellent for porgies on any local reef and or rockpile throughout Long Island Sound. The time to go is now! Fish in excess of 18” and 4 pounds have been caught. Most of the rocky reefs and wrecks throughout the Sound will harbor scup.

Black Sea Bass: Sea bass fishing is very good. Fish up to 26” and 7 pounds have been reported. The best time for catching these fish is around slack tide. For those anglers willing to venture further, Block Island Sound has been red hot! Locate hard (gravel/rock/boulder) bottom in deep water (80-130’). Clams are the bait of choice along with crabs. Use braided line to feel the bites along with 8 -12 ounces of weight (or a weighted jig) on a tandem rig.

Summer Flounder (fluke): Fluke fishing is slow, with few “doormats” being captured.

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