Pat Abate and crew at River’s End Tackle in Old Saybrook offer the following report for the week of November 9, 2012.

Things have settled down after both storms with relatively calm seas forecast and warming temps for the next few days. Reports of fish have been scant with very few souls venturing out. From the amount of phone calls we got this morning it seems like the waters will be busier this weekend.

Today’s report will be brief since we haven’t heard from many anglers.

STRIPED BASS: Early in the week we heard of small to medium-sized bass just west of the Connecticut River around Cornfield Point and Hens and Chickens Reef. Birds were working them with leadhead jigs being the most productive. I spoke with the guys over at Hillyers this morning and they said that the bass were also at Bartletts and other inshore reefs but not much action at the Race. Reports from the Branford area had good numbers of schoolies on the reefs there.

Montauk has small to medium bass, reports from RI have been scant. I don’t think it’s over by a long shot but bear in mind that the fish are gathering in ever growing schools and there’s a lot of empty water between those schools. Hang in there.

BLUEFISH: No reports

BLACKFISH: We got a few reports early in the week of smaller blacks off the Clinton reefs with lots of shorts and enough keepers to make a limit. Similar reports from the Waterford area.


  • 1st: Tom LeMirel, 14.75#
  • 2nd: David Teffs, 11.05#
  • 3rd: Andrew Ferrara, 10.15#

PORGIES — no reports


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