Connecticut Fishing Report- September 15, 2022

Peanut bunker flood the Eastern L.I. Sound, albies and bluefish follow the bait, and black sea bass fishing improves in deeper water.

Connecticut Fishing Report

Matt, at Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook told me that there has been some epic striper fishing in the area over the past week. Peanut bunker and butterfish are around, with the peanut bunker being thicker than he’s seen in years. The bass aren’t having any trouble finding them, and that has created some epic topwater blitzes that have lasted for hours at times. The blitzing fish haven’t been huge, but there have been some nice slot class fish mixed in.  Small topwater offerings, expoy jigs, small tins, and small soft plastics have been doing the trick. The larger bass are still hanging around the shallow inshore reefs, and are willing to hit live eels and GT’s during the dawn, dusk, and nighttime periods. The false albacore have been sporadic in the Sound, but a few lucky anglers have managed to locate a few this week. There’s plenty of bait for them to harass, so hopefully they arrive soon in better numbers. Sea bass and scup have been plentiful, and can often be found under the large schools of peanuts if you drop a jig below the blitz.  

Matt Stone continues to make it happen, catching big stripers from the kayak by constantly trying new methods in new waters. (@sunrisekayakfishing)

Heather from Black Hawk Sportfishing reports that they had another strong week of September fishing. Limits of jumbo porgies have been all over the boat during their day trips, along with some nice sea bass in the mix. Many of the trips have seen a nice mixed bag, with porgies, sea bass, a couple fluke, and some bonus triggerfish. The afternoon bass and bluefish trips remain as consistent as ever, with steady gator blue action and some nice bass chewing after dark. They will continue to run their bottom fishing trips every day except Monday, which is when they will be running bluefish trips. Their after-work trips have wrapped up for the year, and they would like to thank everyone who came out for a trip this season. They will continue to post new trips on Monday nights at 8 p.m., so be sure to check their website and grab tickets before they run out! 

Dan, at Dan’s Bait Tackle and Charters in New London told me that the bluefish are dominating the late summer local catch, with plenty of gators hitting diamond jigs at The Race and Plum Gut. Drifting live bait or fresh chunks has also been a productive way to find some bluefish, and some better bass if you can get down past the bluefish. Surfcasters working the night shift are still finding nice stripers on eels and plugs locally. Some nice false albacore feeds have been taking place throughout Rhode Island, and have started to move into the eastern Sound sporadically. When you find them, they have been willing to eat deadly dicks. A late fluke push has been taking place in the area, with many anglers finding a handful of large keeper fish this week on peanut bunker tipped rigs. Scup anglers are still finding plenty of success, even from the shore at the city and state piers. 

Captain Mike Roy at Reel Cast Charters reports that the fishing has remained good in his neck of the woods, as we roll into the fall run. The number of striped bass seems to be improving, and they big fish are starting to be more willing to hit a large artificial offering. Topwater plugs at low light periods have been producing well, while live baits continue to fool the larger fish after the sun comes up. There are still a ton of bluefish around, and they are big, which is providing some great light tackle action. The false albacore action hasn’t blown open just yet around the eastern Sound, but they are seeing more fish blowing up on each trip, and we should be seeing bigger feeds soon. Sea bass action continues to improve as the water cools, and it’s a great way to finish off a trip. Give Captain Mike a call soon to set up a fall trip before he’s all booked up! 

Joe at Diorio Guide Service was happy to report that he was able to get into some nice false albacore action this week, and some of it came rather close to home. The schools of bait are enormous, so there shouldn’t be any slowing down in the upcoming weeks. Locally, they also had some great trips targeting stripers and bluefish, with multiple stripers to 35 pounds on most trips. Live bait continues to be the best bet, but more fish are falling for topwater offerings each week. Joe is looking forward to targeting albies, bonito, and stripers this week, so be sure to book a trip with him before it’s too late.  

Fisherman’s World in Norwalk reports that the Western Sound fishing has actually found room for improvement this week, as the water temperatures start to drop a bit. Bluefish continue to dominate the catch for most, with strong topwater action of gators blasting bait on most days. Both shore and boat anglers have been cashing in on this bite, and the fish will eat just about any offering. The striped bass action has also been consistent, with some fish mixed in with the blitzing bass, and the better bass coming around the deeper water structure during low light periods. Diamond jigging around the usual structure like 11B and 28C has also still been producing some solid bass during the day. The sea bass fishing has improved quite a bit this week, especially in 40- to 60-feet of water, and there are still some nice fluke hanging around the peanut bunker schools. A few sporadic Spanish mackerel reports have filtered in, and there hasn’t been much word of albies or bonito. The porgy fishing has remained excellent for both shore and boat anglers on sandworms and clams.  

Connecticut Fishing Forecast

Last week’s northeast blow seems to have helped the hardtail bite, and since it has stopped the tuna fishing has fired back up. 

Connecticut anglers are starting to see a trickle of false albacore, but it hasn’t blown open just yet. There are football field sized schools of peanuts all over the Sound, so here’s to hoping that we aren’t too far away! While albie blitzes have been sporadic, striped bass blitzes have been common, as they seem to have found those peanuts. Fishing after dark has also worked out well for those that are doing it, with some big striped bass being reported from CT surfcasters and anglers drifting eels on the shallow reefs. The resurgence of bluefish also continues, with strong reports of 12- to 15-pound fish from Norwalk to The Race. The cooler nights seem to have helped the sea bass bite in 40- to 60-feet of water, while the scup bite shows no sign of slowing down. The blue crabbing has also been very strong in the lower CT River tribs and the Western Sound tribs for those looking for a nice change of pace closer to home, and there should be no shortage of snapper bluefish in the same locations 

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