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November 18, 2019:
The guys over at AW Marina said blackfish reports have been decent this week with good action in the river and out in the Sound. There have been schoolie bass in the river as well and the fishing is still very good. The shop is well-stocked and will continue to sell bait through the end of blackfish season. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Previous Reports

  • November 11, 2019 Open or Close

    Karen over at AW Marina said blackfishing just keeps on getting better with great catches from inside the Thames, the local reefs and Fishers. There have been lots of nice fish taken this week, the best one a 10.2-pounder for Paul Hinkle. It's been good enough that people were even braving the painful cold temps on Saturday morning. Schoolies have been chasing peanuts up and down the Thames all week, even stopping at the AW docks a few times where a few dockers nailed them from the planks with a keeper in the mix. There's been lots of bait around and even a few straggler bonito. Karen's brother Dave has been moved from the ICU to a long-term care facility and is making slow progress. Karen wanted to say thank you again for all of the thoughts and prayers on his behalf, it means a lot.

  • November 4, 2019 Open or Close

    Karen over at AW Marina said that the Halloween storm really shook things up locally. But the blackfishing was solid in spite of the big blow Margaret Rux nailed her personal best at 11.75 pounds and her husband Nord had a nice one just over 8 pounds to go with it. Shore blackfishers have been hooking some big ones too from the shores of the Thames and then out along the adjacent rocky stretches. A spear fisherman had a 13-pounder reportedly taken in tight to shore. Striper guys have been reporting a massive influx of very small bass; we're talking under 20 inches. A few nice sea bass were reported on blackfish rigs and there are still some nice porgies around as well.

  • October 28, 2019 Open or Close

    Karen over at AW Marina said blackfishing has become very popular and the well-known local hotspots look like pop-up marinas on the weekends with dozens of boats anchoring up on choice bottom. Results have varied, but by most accounts the fishing has been very good. The shop is loaded to the gills with all of the rigs, jigs and crabs you could ever need, so get down there, stock up and put a few chinners on the deck. Some nice sea bass continue to mix in with the togs too making for a nice bonus fishery. There was even a 3-pound porgy taken at the mouth of the Thames by an unsuspecting togger. The best tog of the week was caught by 'flukin' Pete Lewis with a 10.75-pounder. The Thames is loaded with small stripers, but anything over 26 inches is a unicorn right now. Cod action at Shark Ledge has been so-so with lots of shorts, very few keepers, some large sea bass and piles of dogfish—it might be wise to give that another week or three before trying.

  • October 21, 2019 Open or Close

    Karen over at AW Marina said she and Jeff like to say that they are 'the crabbiest people in all of New London!' Blackfishing is off to a good start and green crabs have been flying out the door as fast as they can scoop them! Anglers are scoring well from shore and boat, inside the Thames and out front on the rocks. One of the best fish of the week was a 9-pounder taken in the Thames from a kayak. Some nice sea bass have also been taking the tog-intended crabs—one angler brought in a 19-incher that ate his crab in 15 feet of water this week! The storm seemed to pack the Thames with stripers and there have been huge flocks of birds feeding on bait being pushed to the surface by acres of schoolie bass. Albies made an encore appearance after the blow as well and several anglers reported catching well. Porgy action is slowing a bit, but it's not over just yet. Overall the fishing has been great. Karen, again, wanted to thank all of those that offered prayers and thoughts for her brother Dave. He's off the machines now and breathing on his own; doctors estimate that his recovery could take as much as a full year. He still has a long road ahead so keep those positive thoughts coming.

A. W. Marina

A. W. Marina
178 Pequot Ave
New London, CT 06320
phone: 860-443-6076

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