Central LI Sound Report: 9.1.12

River’s End Tackle of Old Saybrook, CT, offers the following report for September 1, 2012:

Striped Bass: Not much of an improvement over last week or the week before. With faster tides the action at the Race has picked up a bit if you can get through the blues. A few bass have been along the Waterford to Groton shoreline for low light casting or tube and worming. Still not much of a concentration at Bartletts. Also a few bass for bait drifters on the Old Saybrook shoreline.

Bluefish: Don’t go too far. The lower Connecticut River has been good for mixed sizes of blues. Most have been caught on bunker chunks but there have been some top water plugging when the blues have the bunker herded up. Snagging and holding the bunker out there has also been working. The Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Southwest and Six Mile Reefs also have good populations of choppers.

Snapper Blues: Just great, plenty of snappers at the Causeway, DEP Piers, Saybrook Point and the Blackhall and Lieutenant Rivers.

Fluke: We’ve seen sizes in the river drop, but there’s still some doormat activity off Hatchetts and Black Point. They are going to start migrating just as soon as the waters cool a bit.

  • Our Fluke Contest started May 15. It is a 3-shop contest. River’s End, Hillyers and the Fish Connection. Top prize will be $1000 and you can enter or weigh in at any of the shops. This year we will award 5 places. We will also weigh in fluke for Fishin’ Factory III in Middletown. Last week’s winner was an 11.30-pound doormat for Andrew Ferrara.

Porgies: Mixed reports this week with a few anglers down in their catch. Sounds like some of the reefs are thinning out, it’s much too early for them to migrate. Still very worthwhile on the big reefs like Hatchetts, Bartletts and Southwest as well as the smaller rockpiles.

Blue Crabs: It’s not going to last forever, so don’t miss this run. The best crabbing is in the lower Connecticut River coves in about 10′ of water. That being said, you can certainly fill a bucket or 2 from shore or boat behind Calves Island, the Lieutenant and Blackhall Rivers and just about any pilings you might find in the lower River.

Bonito, False Albacore: Reports came in this week of albies and bonito at Watch Hill and the south side of Fishers Island.

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