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 The following report was provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for the week ending October 19, 2012:

Striped Bass: Striper fishing has steadily improved with fish measuring in the high 40” range being being caught in coastal rivers. Live-lining bunker and eels continues to be very effective on large cow bass. Good striper 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.

Bluefish: Blues remain throughout Long Island Sound in big numbers. Bluefish sizes range from little harbors to monsters weighing in the mid- to upper teens.

Scup: Porgy fishing is still very good on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass: Sea bass fishing has diminished slightly, but is still good. Humpheads measuring up to 24” are still being reported caught by anglers.

Tautog: Blackfish season is now open and fishing is red hot! Togs are in close to shore in shallow rocky areas, reefs, and breakwaters. Right now, shore anglers can catch some nice blackfish at any of our coastal state parks such as Sherwood Island, Rocky Neck, and Harkness Memorial.

False Albacore: Albies are still around off Watch Hill, Wilderness Point, Bluff Point, Pine Island area, and the Race including Little Gull Island to the Sluiceway.

For Current Connecticut Recreational Fishing Regulations: Anglers should consult the 2012 Connecticut Anglers Guide which is now available at most Town Clerks Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. Current regulations, electronic versions of the Angler’s Guide and additional information can all be accessed on the DEEP website by CLICKING HERE.

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