The Weekly Bite: November 1 – 6

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Reports from the water are petering out due to folks calling it quits for the season and the continued poor weather. However, we continue to get word of fish being taken, especially off Rhode Island and Connecticut. This will be the last major installment of the Weekly Bite for 2010, but we’ll be back next spring when fishing starts up again. In the meantime, monitor our fishing section or subscribe to our email list, Twitter account or Facebook page, as we’ll be posting isolated reports as we receive them.



  • Have heard reports that stripers are still available in and around Boston Harbor, but that it is largely hit or miss.
  • Winter flounder season is now open, and flatties are being taken off Nantasket Beach.
  • Big fall-run pollock should be available off the northeast corner of Stellwagen Bank through the next few weeks.
  • Cod are starting to move in off Deer Island and in President Roads. The fish are eating herring, and small metal jigs are the ticket.

Cape Cod Bay

  • Tuna are still biting on Stellwagen at the southeast and southwest corners. Some anglers have done very well when the weather has cooperated. Trolled squid bars and live bait are producing.

Buzzards Bay

  • Reports are coming in of sporadic bass action along the Elizabeth Islands and off Westport. Fish up to 36” are being taken along the islands on eels, but it’s hit or miss. From Westport to Sakonnet, smaller fish in the mid-20” range are hitting small metal jigs and soft-plastics on top. Definitely some action still to be had.
  • Tautog fishing continues over the shallow rockpiles and ledges throughout the bay, but many of the popular spots have been fished out. If you want to score with big fish, target the more obscure and hard-to-find structure points.

Rhode Island

Narragansett Bay

  • A few school bass continue to be taken inside the bay, but things are pretty quiet. Not a lot of big fish available.
  • Tautog fishing has held up, although the fish are starting to move toward the ocean.
  • The Narrow River gave up a nice striper for a fly fisherman on Thursday at dawn. Apparently there is lots of bait in the river right now.

South County

Capt. Ray Stanchelek from “Cast a Fly” charters reports in:

  • “In the last 6 weeks there has been a small window of just a few days of calm. Many trips had to be moved or canceled. Much of the larger migrations passed us out to sea. We now have the last of the smaller stripers moving through along the shore chasing silversides and sand eels.
  • “Trips on Tuesday with Joe Herbert and Wednesday with Dave Pollack, and Charles Biddle had better wind conditions to fly fish. Water temps are still measuring 54 degrees, which is high for this time of year. Plenty of small stripers still around at the right places and right times. Tuesday’s fishing was consistent throughout the morning, while Wednesday’s peaked early and lasted a little more than an hour. We found most of Tuesday’s fish on structure and Wednesday’s in open water. Lots of baitfish are still holding in the ponds so it isn’t over just yet.”



  • STRIPED BASS: Reports were again mixed this week. There was still some bunker around in Clinton and Westbrook earlier this week, but bass around them were tough to come by. A few medium-sized bass were taken in that area. Long Sand Shoal is still the most consistent spot to pick a fair-sized fish with live eels being top choice. Some bass were on top at Hatchetts earlier in the week but not toward weekend.
  • Montauk once again had bass for the boats with mostly schoolies off the point. Best reports came from the Rhode Island’s south shore with good night action from Napatree to Charlestown.
  • BLUEFISH: Some random big blues are in the Connecticut River along the Ragged Rock and Great Island shorelines. The jumbos that were on Long Sand Shoal have been thinning out.
  • BLACKFISH: Most anglers came back with good reports this week, and most moved to deeper waters such as Southwest reef and Black Point. There’s still a few anglers who have mastered the art of jigging around the breakwaters that are clobbering the blacks.

New Haven to Guilford

Capt. Tom Migdalski reports:

  • On Tuesday evening, bunker (finally) moved back into New Haven Harbor with some slammer blues under them. No idea if they are still there or not.
  • As of Wednesday, blackfish had thinned a lot on shallow reefs, and places that produced easy limits of large fish the week before yielded only a few shorts this week. That said, however, the deeper reefs were still producing plenty of keepers.
  • Still disappointingly slow on slammer blues. They are largely absent from our reefs for the first autumn in memory. Harbor blues and school bass are still present in thick numbers on a few reefs, notably the Branford Beacon and Garrison’s Reef. No bunker seen in Branford Harbor at midweek.
  • Schoolie bass action should hold on our reefs until Thanksgiving.

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