Striped bass fishing remains good with better quality fish coming after dark. The harbors have been giving up good fish. Long Sand Shoal and Bartletts gave up some heavy fish as well. Drifting eels and live lining bunker have been the most productive methods lately. Bluefish are literally all over and the mouths of our tidal rivers have been very productive as these fish chase bait in. But don’t overlook the harbors as an option too. The CT river continues to produce quality gators for many shore anglers. Dunking chunks or live lining bunker is the way to go. You may even get a decent bass thats hanging below schools of blues. The Race and local reefs gave up good fish as well. There is a lot of bait around right now, find it and you’ll find the fish. Snapper blue fishing is excellent right now and you should turn you attention to harbors and tidal creeks/rivers. These fish are a lot of fun on ultralight tackle, get your Kastmasters ready! Fluke reports were slow with only small keepers this week really. Scup fishing is still ridiculously hot with some huge fish being landed lately.
Hatchetts, Bartletts and Black Point were all productive again this past week. Black Seabass fishing has been great still with some good reports coming from Middle Ground and Falkner Island. Bonito and Albies continue to draw attention from CT anglers to travel just over the border into RI. A lot of people have been out there so you gotta keep moving until you find some fish. Schools of fish will pop up and they will disappear just as quick.
We had a pretty good week on the Otter for bass and monster blues. Last Wednesday Steve Prinze and crew got several bass to 40.5 inches.On Saturday Juan Carlos and friends limited out on bass to 44.5 inches. Saturday night’s trip with Jim Parrillo and crew limited out on bass to45.5 inches along with some 34 plus inch blues . Sunday’s 2 trips yielded more big blues than bass,the biggest bass on Sunday was 43 inches. This morning’s trip was one shy of keeper bass We had 8 bass total.The biggest 3 were 40.5,44,and 45.5 inches which was released. Lots of 12 to 15 lb blues in the mix.Fall fishing is looking to be excellent this year.Good luck out there,Capt.Bruce
The Middlebank II
What a week we’ve had! Porgies, porgies, and more porgies! Although there were a few trips where we put the anchor in and picked away, drifting once again proved to be most effective. There seems to be endless schools of peanut bunker in our area and that goes for hatchling mud crabs as well. Our porgies have been coming up stuffed to the gills with them and it is likely the reason they hit the baits better on the slide. Hard bottom in 25′-35′ where there is good tide flow has been prime real estate for feeding scup. On occasion we also took advantage of frenzied bluefish and dropped diamond jigs to them. Our anglers had a ball battling these awesome fighters and brought blues to 14lbs over the rails. While summer has come to it’s unofficial end with the passing of Labor Day we look forward to what autumn will offer.