No doubt about it, the catch of the week was 93-inch stingray weighing more than 50 pounds that Domingo Garcia of New London caught while fishing from the shore at Waterford's Harkness Memorial State Park!
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's weekly fishing report for September 5 highlighted this impressive catch. I don't know if there are any more out there like that but here's what else you'll find in Long Island Sound now.
DEEP Marine Fishing Report
BLUEFISH fishing was on the slow side (basically for almost everything) over the holiday weekend but that should change. The usual bluefish spots include the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island eastern point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.
STRIPED BASS fishing was also on the slow side even for anglers live‐lining baitfish! Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.
SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing remains fair to good. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island, off the Stonington breakwater, around Seaflower Reef, mouth of the Thames River, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, humps off Hatchett Reef, south side of Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, south off New Haven Harbor breakwaters, and off the Norwalk Islands.
SCUP (porgy) is the bright spot of the fishing report with good to excellent fishing throughout LIS! Any of the major rocky reefs and rock piles scattered throughout LIS will have scup on them!
BLACK SEA BASS fishing is good in eastern LIS and excellent in Block Island Sound.
BLUE CRABBING is still hanging in there but time is running out!
Just a Reminder – The blackfish (tautog) fishing season is closed in Connecticut!
For Current Connecticut Recreational Fishing Regulations: Anglers should consult the 2013 Connecticut Anglers Guide which is now available at most Town Clerks Offices, DEEP offices and at tackle stores selling fishing licenses. Current regulations, electronic versions of the Angler’s Guide and additional information can all be accessed on the DEEP website at: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing.