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July 16, 2018:
Over at Hillyer's Tackle the one and only Bad Lou (he's the baddest) said the striper action really caught fire this week. School bass were being caught just about anywhere a person can wet a line. But the Race has been on fire after dark with nice bass in the 20- to 50-pound class. Day fishers there are still scoring well on teens and 20s with nearly no interruptions from bluefish. Fluke fishing picked up considerably this week, most local hotspots were producing some fish and anglers reported many 7s and 8s with a 10.25-pounder caught by the famous Fred Douglas topping all contenders this week. Sea bass action has started to find its groove this week; try the Bloody Grounds, Hatchetts and Black Point, look deep. Porgies are still not totally filled-in yet; Pleasure Beach has some, but the deeper rock piles have been the best bet for bigger fish. Blues are scarce. Blackfish action has been picking up also, a few fish to 5 pounds weighed-in. One local angler reported catching 24 mackerel behind Fishers this week, and Lou was able to confirm those catches because he was that local angler!

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle word was that striper action was good out in the Race for those three-waying bucktails and eels, fish from the teens up to 50 pounds were reported from that area this week. Schoolie action is widespread, boat, shore, bait, lure... they're all hitting. Fluke reports are a bit of a conundrum; they aren't around in numbers, but the fish being caught are mostly on the larger side—so if you don't mind doing the work, the rewards are worth the effort. The sea bass bite is finally starting to find its groove, the fish are out in 60 to 100 feet and the bite has been pretty good. Porgies can be found on just about any rock pile right now, clams or worms will get the job done. Bluefish are scarce, other than the tailors hanging at the outflow.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    The Hillyer's Tackle report came from none other than 'Bad' Lou himself. He said that the schoolie action caught fire this week and they were being caught just about everywhere and the shore guys were having a ball. Bigger bass have been out in the Race taking three-way rigs, these fish have been mostly solid fish from the teens up to 30 pounds. Hatchetts has also been giving up some decent bass catches. "Flukies" as Lou calls them, have not been super abundant this week; the deeper waters between Hatchetts and Black Point have been marginally better, but still not great. Porgy action, on the other hand, has been strong all over. Bluefish have been noticeably absent, just a few here and there. Sea bass have been filtering in now too, finding a limit still requires some work, but fish to 23 inches were taken this week.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle 'Bad' Lou said fluking has picked up off of Hatchetts and Black Point—there have been some really nice fish in that area this week. Guys fishing inside the Bay have been catching some nice fish also, but they are putting in some time to fill limits. The shop weighed a 9.35-pound fluke for Frank Wunschel and another 8-pounder was also brought in this week. Sea bass action has been good off of Bartletts and in the New London Dumping Grounds. Bass fishing remains steady around the Thames and out in the Race.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle 'Bad' Lou said the good striper fishing lasted all week in the Race with fish in the 30- to 38-inch range. Bartletts and the power plant have also been good at night for stripers. Guys heading to the CT River have also been scoring on stripers in the same size class. Fluking slowed way down at the beginning of the week but was heating up again by the weekend. The south side of Fishers finally picked up. Some big ones came from Outer Bartletts and deep off of Black Point. The shop weighed a couple good ones too with an 8.8 for an unnamed angler and 10.8 for Mike Henson. Sea bassing is still dominated by shorts locally; a few keepers are being caught, mostly in deep water off of Black Point. Porgy fishers are finally connecting with consistency at places like Pleasure Beach and Black Point, that fishery will only get better now. Blues have been scarce, but there are some at Millstone most days.

Hillyers Tackle

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

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