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The following report was provided by the CT DEEP:

Hurricane Sandy gave us quite a jolt! Use extreme caution when venturing to fish along the coastline or from a boat. Shore access areas maybe unsafe to fish and the amount of debris in the water make it hazardous to navigate rivers and coastal waters. Fishing prior to Sandy was overall very good to excellent for many species. This abbreviated report describes the fishing before Sandy.

Bluefish: Bluefish action was still very good throughout the Sound with good-sized fish weighing in the lower teens common.

Striped Bass: Striper fishing before Sandy was excellent, with “cows” reported in the 50” range and 40-plus pounds being caught on the reefs and rip areas.

Scup: Porgy fishing was still good on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass: Fishing was good in deep water (90’-plus) over gravely, hard bottom. Humpheads measuring 18”-plus were being caught around slack tide.

Tautog: Blackfish action was going “gangbusters” until the storm hit. “White chinners” weighing 8 pounds were not unusual.

Hickory Shad: These fish showed up in the tidal rivers just before the storm and the fishing was excellent. Huge hickories in the 20” range were being reported.

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