Stripers, Blues, Blackfish Still Biting in RI, CT

We have heard reports of some good shore fishing for small stripers along the Rhode Island ocean waters from Sakonnet to Beavertail and over to Narragansett. No one was fishing from a boat this week, however!

Pat Abate of Rivers End Tackle in Saybrook, Connecticut, emailed that stripers are still available in Long Island Sound, along with blackfish and blues. Here’s his report:

Stripers: Larger bass were tough to find this week complicated by the lack of effort due to weather. Early reports this week showed some anglers had some medium sized bass on live bait in the Clinton area. Most reports that we got were schoolies both from beach and boat. The RI South Shore Beaches had school bass runs both day and night though few fish topped the 2-foot mark. Peanut bunker and other small bait was near the beach and some larger bait was keeping the gannets diving several casts off the sand. There were some unconfirmed reports of herring under the gannets.

Schoolies are also at the Waterford Beaches and should be in the area for the rest of the month. We had several reports of good school bass action in the Branford area as well the Housatonic.

Bluefish: I know the water temps are dropping but there should be blues around in fair numbers. No reports came in this week.

Blackfish: There were still a few reports of blacks on the breakwaters this week, but even those catching are saying the rocks are pretty well picked over. Better action was had in the 30-plus foot depths of Southwest, Falkners and Black Point.

How has the end-of-season fishing been for you?

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