Pat Abate and the gang at Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook posted this recent report on fishing action around the Connecticut River and in the Sound.
- Most of the activity has switched over to a night bite on just about every reef. The Race was hot mid week but is tapering off, Bartletts has been fair. Long Sand Shoal is worth a shot at night with eels or live or chunked bunker during daylight. Bunker are thick here in the River and pretty much even thicker as you move west in the Sound. Most of the bass we’ve been weighing seem to be a bit fatter than previous seasons.
- There’s been some schoolies at the Saybrook Breakwater, mostly on the outgoing. A few better-sized bass have been on dawn patrol along Great Island.
- The Race and Plum Gut have settled down to the usual summer pattern with blues hitting on both tides at the Race and on the flood at the Gut. Pigeon Rip is also worth a shot on the flood. Black Point has also had the blues. Those big loner blues are still along Great Island.
- It’s been a week of unremarkable reports. Last weekend we weighed in several doormats including 2 over 10 pounds, but the average reports were still mostly shorts. The mouth of the Connecticut River, when boat traffic allows, is still one of the best bets for a few keepers. Even shore anglers are getting a few fluke at Saybrook Point. Outside the mouth of the Thames has also been worth a try.
- Reports from RI have been also on the short side on the south-side beaches and mixed findings at Block. Some anglers have been plagued by dogfish, while others have had clear sailing into fluke and sea bass.
- The Rivers End Fluke Contest started May 15. This is a 3 shop contest comprising River’s End, Hillyers and the Fish Connection. Top prize is $1,000 and you can enter or weigh in at any of the shops. We will also weigh in fluke for Fishin’ Factory III in Middletown. Last weeks winner was Hank Lomas with a 10.2-pound doormat.
- Most of the local reefs have a fair amount of big porgies. Good reports have come out of Hatchetts, Bartletts and Cranes Reefs, but don’t think only the larger reefs have scup. Every rockpile has some.
- It looks like the start of a good season. Early reports from the Connecticut River and its estuaries have been good. The DEP Piers, North and South Coves have had some almost full buckets.
- The season started this week but fishermen have been more close-mouthed than the fish!