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June 17, 2019:
"Bad" Lou over at Hillyer's Tackle was back on the hot seat this week and he told me that schoolie stripers are all over the place right now and guys are hooking from several locations, shore and boat. The Race has bigger fish to 20 pounds. Porgies seem to be picking up from places like Pleasure Beach, Seaside and Harkness. Fluke are widespread in local waters but not really concentrated anywhere. The 50- to 70-foot depths between New London and Harkness have been the most reliable producers this week. And while the fluking hasn't been gangbusters, those putting in the time are finding some good fish, the shop weighed-in a few 9-pounders over the weekend. Small blues are crashing the party throughout local waters, these are 'smoker sized' fish, topping out around 18 inches. Sea bassing is starting to yield results locally, keepers are still scarce but that will change soon.

Previous Reports

  • June 10, 2019 Open or Close

    Matt over at Hillyer's Tackle said these last two weekends of great fishing weather have really brought out the anglers and fishing has been pretty good for most. Striper action has been excellent in the Race, Gut and Sluice—eels at night and diamonds by day have been the ticket, no big cows have been reported yet, but keepers seem to be plentiful. Only a few blues have been mixing-in out there so far. Fluke reports have been good from the RI Beaches, the backside of Fishers, Montauk and—most of all—Block. But the bite remains inconsistent as the fish seem to be moving with the bait. As the water temps climb above 50 degrees, look for things to stabilize in most of the local hotspots for fluke. Sea bass is still a better bet to the west, they just haven't set up yet locally.

  • June 3, 2019 Open or Close

    Matt over at Hillyer's Tackle said fluking is starting to fire up. They weighed-in a nice 9.6-poundedr from Block and Stan Walas had a 12.45-pounder that did not come from Montauk or Block, but he wouldn't say any more than that. This is the time when the fluke fishing typically busts wide open, but it can be tough to stay on them. The fish are on the move—staying with bait—so spots can turn on and off quickly and moving around is a good strategy. Look for all of the local hot zones to start producing more fluke over the next week to two weeks. Right now, the windmills have been the most consistent spot. Stripers have moved into the Race and Sluice and guys fishing bucktails have been scoring well on fish from 24 to 36 inches, with more of them trending toward the lower end of that scale. Some sea bass have been caught and released in the Race which is a good sign for spots closer to home and for the New York sea bass opener on the 27th. If you're looking for some sea bass for the table, head west. The best porgy reports are coming from the other side, Greenport and Jessups Neck have been the best producers this week. There have been some short fluke in those areas as well. There are some small schoolies and blues at Millstone also.

  • May 27, 2019 Open or Close

    The guys over at Hillyer's Tackle said they weighed-in four nice fluke over the weekend, the largest going 8.4 pounds—everyone seems to be heading for Montauk or Cartwright right now. The best local striper action is still centered around the mouth of the CT River right now, but reports are starting to trickle in about increased action out at the Race. Porgy action is still red hot over at Peconic. Locally the scup bite is slow, but there are a few sea bass around now. Millstone has a load of small bass and blues at the discharge for anyone looking for a quick hookup.

  • May 20, 2019 Open or Close

    "Bad" Lou over at Hillyer's Tackle said fluke have made their way into Niantic Bay and there are some keepers to be had there. Schoolies are also showing in the Bay and River. Those looking for the best striper action should head over to the mouth of the CT River. Anyone looking for porgies should head over to Peconic Bay. Flounder seems to be just about wrapped up locally. Sea bass are moving in quick, things should fire up soon.

Hillyers Tackle

Hillyers Tackle
374 Mago Point Rd.
Waterford, CT 06385
phone: 860-443-7615

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