BLUEFISH fishing has picked up with most fish weighing in the 4 to 6 lbs range. Larger 12+ lb “slammers” can be taken on fresh chunk baits in the major tidal rivers on the flood tide and the top of the ebb. Other 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. Snappers are in thick, now measuring about 8 inches in length.
STRIPED BASS fishing is best during dawn and dusk times. Live lining bunker or eels is the way to go. Trolling parachute rigs on wire is also productive. 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 is fair to good as fish start to migrate out of LIS. 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, and south off the New Haven Harbor breakwaters.
SCUP (porgy) fishing is prime time with some “hub caps” in the 15 to 17 inch range being caught off the reefs. Any of the major rocky reefs, wrecks, and rock piles will do.
BLACK SEA BASS fishing is good with some nice size “hump heads” being reported and fishing should get better as we shift into fall.
HICKORY SHAD can be found mixed in with snappers in the lower Connecticut River.
ATLANTIC BONITO are roaming around eastern LIS (Hatchett Reef, Bartlett Reef, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island). In the west, try fishing Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Diving gulls and terns are a good give away.
LITTLE TUNNY (false albacore) should be showing up any day now!
BLUE CRABBING is still good with some nice size “jimmies” being reported. The time to go is now!