New England Fishing: Westbrook, CT, Blackfish

 

We’re still fishing—and filming! That’s right, the crew of New England Fishing TV just wrapped up another shoot, this one involving the fantastic fall blackfish (tautog) fishery that exists in Long Island Sound.

toms-big-blackfishServing as guide was Captain Chris Landry, a blackfish expert who also works at Atlantic Outboard in Westbrook, CT. We met Chris at the Westbrook Marine Center, whose capable staff launched our Pursuit C260 center console with the help of a forklift. A short run into the Sound put us over a top-secret wreck in 60 feet of water that Chris insisted held a pile of beefy blackfish.

He was right. Moments after setting up on the wreck and sending down 2 crab baits, we were hooked to a pair of keeper ‘tog. But that was only the beginning, as 10 minutes later, host Tom Richardson landed a brute estimated at 10 pounds—his personal best blackfish! The action continued fast and furious for the better part of the tide, with Chris providing hours worth of valuable advice on how to locate and catch blackfish. Back at the dock, he also covered the right tackle to use and how to set up a clever wreck-anchor system. Lastly, Chris wrapped things up by putting on a clinic on how to fillet blackfish. Suffice it to say that the NEF crew will be eating well for the next few days!

You can catch the Long Island Sound blackfish action this winter when New England Fishing airs on NESN. Stay tuned to NewEnglandBoating.com for show times and dates.

 

We’re still fishing—and filming! That’s right, the crew of New England Fishing TV just wrapped up another shoot, this one involving the fantastic fall blackfish (tautog) fishery that exists in Long Island Sound.

toms-big-blackfishServing as guide was Captain Chris Landry, a blackfish expert who also works at Atlantic Outboard in Westbrook, CT. We met Chris at the Westbrook Marine Center, whose capable staff launched our Pursuit C260 center console with the help of a forklift. A short run into the Sound put us over a top-secret wreck in 60 feet of water that Chris insisted held a pile of beefy blackfish.

He was right. Moments after setting up on the wreck and sending down 2 crab baits, we were hooked to a pair of keeper ‘tog. But that was only the beginning, as 10 minutes later, host Tom Richardson landed a brute estimated at 10 pounds—his personal best blackfish! The action continued fast and furious for the better part of the tide, with Chris providing hours worth of valuable advice on how to locate and catch blackfish. Back at the dock, he also covered the right tackle to use and how to set up a clever wreck-anchor system. Lastly, Chris wrapped things up by putting on a clinic on how to fillet blackfish. Suffice it to say that the NEF crew will be eating well for the next few days!

You can catch the Long Island Sound blackfish action this winter when New England Fishing airs on NESN. Stay tuned to NewEnglandBoating.com for show times and dates.