Connecticut Fishing Report – October 8, 2020


The false albacore bite finally seems to have picked up some steam, although areas/reports aren’t always consistent from day-to-day. Bottom fishing for sea bass remains steady, and the tautog bite has been excellent in advance of the CT opener this weekend.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Andrew, at Fishin Factory III in Middletown, told me that the Waterford/New London area still has a good bass bite, with loads of school-sized fish and fish to 30-pounds hitting topwater plugs. The false albacore remain scarce in the sound, but a few have started to show up. Rhode Island is still holding a larger mass of albies, but hopefully they are on their way in soon! There are still plenty of Spanish mackerel to take on light tackle, along with school bass and tailor bluefish. All three species can be found just about anywhere from the Connecticut River to the Thames River. Sea bassing remains pretty good, but you need to start looking to less commonly fished areas to find keepers. Andrew also mentioned that the Connecticut River has filled up with hickory shad, with some solid reports from up and down the banks of the river.

Mike Roy, of Reel Cast Charters, said that the fall run is still going strong in local waters. The topwater action for stripers and bluefish has been phenomenal, and there have been a few bonito and Spanish Mackerel in the mix as well. The false albacore have been showing up in decent numbers as well, and while most require some traveling, there have been a few more locally. There are still plenty of sea bass on the bottom structure, but you have to work a bit to avoid shorts, and Mike is starting to gear up for the tautog opener Saturday. Mike still has some open dates, so be sure to book asap before they fill!

Heather, from Black Hawk Sportfishing, told me that they were able to put together another strong week of fishing prior to the wind, and look forward to a few decent weather days this weekend. Sea bass and scup action has been great, with either limits or close to a limit on most trips. They were also able to get in another night bass trip last weekend and found an easy limit of slot bass, along with some cows around the 40-pound mark. There has also been some more codfish in the mix, which is a good sign for things to come! They will continue to post trips on their website and hope to add a few more night bass trips, so book soon!

Diorio Guide Service albies
Diorio Guide Service has been able to dial in the false albacore bite this week.

Joe, at Diorio Guide Service, told me that the fall run is in full swing. He is finding good numbers of bass locally, despite the wind. Most of these fish have been willing to hit topwater plugs and will take live bunker if all else fails. There are still plenty of large bluefish in the mix as well! He has also been able to dial in the false albacore bite this week, with good numbers of catches when the weather has allowed.

Captain Chris Elser's grandson
Captain Chris Elser got his grandson on some quality bass this week.

Captain Chris, of Elser Guide Service, has been able to sneak out whenever the weather has allowed. He found some false albacore in his neck of the woods this week, and while they were sparse, he has some hope that a nice push will come through in the next few days. Some big bluefish are still in the area and are actively hitting Exo Jigs and 7-inch Occhis. Some quality striped bass are still in the mix as well and based on the amount of bunker in the area, they shouldn’t be leaving anytime soon.

Max at Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the albies made an appearance once again, but not in huge numbers, and they continue to move around. They can be found at times around the islands or at Cockenoe Shoal, but the better action has been around Middle Ground or in Long Island waters. The striper bite has been solid around first light and after dark at the islands, with most fish still willing to hit topwater plugs and soft plastics. If you’re looking for an all-out blitz, head out to 11B or 28C to find a nice mix of bass and some gator blues.

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Rhode Island Fishing Report

The Frances Fleet in Point Judith has been able to get out whenever the wind has allowed. The weekend resulted in some quality trips that spilled into the early part of this week. They found a nice steady pick of cod on most trips and are still getting full boat limits of sea bass and some dinner plate scup. Tuesday mornings trip was well worth it for those who got out there before the wind showed up. The fleet made their way to some new grounds, and once again got a full boat limit of sea bass to 5-pounds, along with a nice showing of cod. Reservations can still be booked on their website, so be sure to book a trip before it’s too late!

Darius Diaz Boragine tog
An incredible 19.8-pound Rhode Island tog was taken by Darius Diaz Boragine this week!

Dave, at Ocean State Tackle in Providence, told me that the false albacore are still feeding voraciously throughout the state. Both shore and boat anglers are cashing in, with the only limiting factor being the recent high winds. The same can be said for the tautog bite, which has been excellent whenever anglers have been able to get out. The striped bass bite seems to have improved a bit inshore as well, with good reports coming from the beaches and breachways on diving lures and darters. There are still some quality tuna chewing offshore as well, including a beautiful 250-pound specimen that Dave was able to help land with Mike Wilk this week. Dave will be opening at 430 am this weekend and closing at 6 PM Saturday 4 PM Sunday, and he has plenty of crabs; which are still in high demand at the moment.

Captain Connor, at Tall Tailz Charters in Newport, told me that the big blow last night pushed a lot of bait out, but the bait balls and hardtails seem to have come back in full force the last few days. He’s still finding some quality albies and bonito from Sakonnet to Point Judith, with the Williamson Goname Jig being a top producer. While looking for schoolies they’re seeing tons of school bass inside the mouth of the bay. They are mainly on the small side, but there are some slot fish mixed in. Tautog fishing has been phenomenal with easy limits every trip and a few fish around the 10-pound mark. Bookings are filling quick, be sure to try and book while you still can!

Andrew Cardeiro
Andrew Cardeiro with a nice Point Judith albie.

Captain Kelly, of C-Devil II Sportfishing, reports that mother nature continued to mess up their offshore plans this week, but they were able to make a few inshore trips. The striped bass continue to bite fairly well, with a good number of 40-50-pound fish and quite a few slot fish in the mix. There are still some monster bluefish around and the false albacore action remains entertaining. Seabass are still filling the coolers, and the tautog bite continues to improve each week. Visit the live calendar on the website to book your fall dates!

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Connecticut Fishing Forecast

The constant strong winds have continued to keep reports to a minimum, but things finally seem to be improving a bit for the weekend. False albacore reports remain good in Rhode Island, and more seem to be showing up in the sound, albeit inconsistently. The striped bass have started their pre-migration feed, and good numbers of mixed sized fish can be taken on topwaters throughout both states. The stripers, some gator bluefish and plenty of Spanish Mackerel will ensure some light tackle action, even if you can’t locate the false albacore. Sea bass and scup catches remain strong on deeper structure, and the fall tautog bite is red hot in Rhode Island and is opening up in CT this weekend!

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