Mid-LI Sound Report: 7.29.12
Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook sent ths report for the waters off the Connecticut River and Mid Long Island Sound for July 29, 2012.
Striped Bass: Reports have been slow the last few days with anglers reluctant to dodge the evening thunderstorms. The Race had good evening and through the night action earlier in the week and might continue if you have weather clearance. Similar, but both early day and night action was at Long Sand Shoal strictly with bait. Bunker, porgies and eels have had their times on the menu. On and off this season it has been one of the more consistent local spots.
Schools of bunker and hickory shad have been found in the Connecticut River up to Essex and in the Sound from Cornfield to Hatchetts. Most of these schools have been unmolested.
Some schoolies have been on Bartletts and mini schoolies have been in some of the estuaries in and near the Connecticut River. Most of these fish don’t show on top, go deep.
A few bass are being taken from shore at Saybrook Point mixed in with the blues.
Bluefish: Most of the local reefs have smaller blues on them. Southwest, Six Mile, Cornfield and Black Point plus most other reefs have 2-5 pound blues. Even the Race has the small guys. Some of the better sizes are the loners in the Connecticut River.
The WICC Bluefish Contest is scheduled for the weekend of August 24-25. We have applications now and will be a weigh-in station.
Snapper Blues: A bright spot, seems like a good run of ‘em this year. The DEP Piers, Saybrook Point, Causeway and most estuaries coming into the Connecticut River have been good. There’s a lot of small bait around to keep them active.
Fluke: Locally, it’s been a slow fluke week. The Connecticut River is worthwhile for some action with less than even odds for a keeper.
Similar reports are coming in from Waterford. There were some very good catches reported from Block Island last weekend.
Porgies: It’s a very good porgy year for both size and quantity. The big reefs such as Hatchetts and Black Point have been good and the smaller ones such as Cranes have also been worthwhile.
Blue Crabs: Good to very good reports have been coming in from the piers in the Connecticut River and even better in the coves. This looks like a crab season not to miss.
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