River’s End Tackle in Saybrook offers the following report for June 15, 2012.
Striped Bass: Don’t give up on the Connecticut River. There are some good-sized bass at the mouth. You’ve got to be stealthy and patient to get these fish, as they’ll spook easily. Schoolie action has been pretty good at the mouth of the Blackhall River on the ebb. Bunker are still thick at the mouth.
Reports from the Race are mostly medium-sized fish, mostly on bucktails or diamond jigs. Long Sand Shoal has been on and off for bait fishing, either chunks, eels or live bunker. Probably a better shot at a big bass. Hatchetts has a few, Bartletts has been on and off.
Bluefish: Again, the most numbers are coming in from the Race and Plum Gut. Some blues—including some big ones—are being caught by chunkers at the Connecticut River mouth.
Fluke: You might say the run at Fishers Island has shortened with keepers being in the minority. If you’re going to travel, the reports earlier in the week for Block Island were good and now that sea bass is open it might be worthwhile to make the haul.
There’s fluke in the Niantic area, but most are shorts; ditto for Long Sand Shoal. Reports from the Connecticut River have been missing, but it may be worth a shot for a few keepers.
Porgies: They’re on most of the reefs, but not in the numbers we saw last year. Hatchetts and Bartletts are getting the most play, but don’t neglect Cranes and Cornfield.