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October 22, 2018:
Over at Hillyer's Tackle Bad Lou came out of hiding to deliver the local report. He said that the blackfishing has been red hot this week, he said there is a lot of lee water in the Niantic area which makes it possible to get out in the howling winds. The fish haven't been especially large so far, but limits have been common with plenty of shorts in between. Keeper sea bass have been taking crabs intended for tog so those mixed-bag moments are still a very real thing. Stripers have been thick in Niantic Bay; some days have been better than others but they are around in good numbers. These fish are mostly on the smaller side with keepers mixing-in here and there and some small blues as well. Porgies are still biting well. And albies are still around too, sometimes they are up the river, other times they're outside the Bay, but they are around and still being caught.



Previous Reports

  • October 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Matt said blackfish season opened up with a decent day, guys were saying they caught a lot of shorts but keepers were coming up and about a 5-to-1 clip. As the week progressed the results got better, the fish were holding in 15 to 30 feet of water and the fishing has been good. Also, thanks to the high water temps, there have been quite a few nice sea bass taken on tog rigs. Albies are still around, the numbers are little less than last week, but they are here and you can catch them. Scup have been good in around Niantic Bay. Smaller bass and blues have been showing all around the Bay too, larger specimens can be found throughout the Race and Gut.

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Matt said it hasn't been a great week for weather, but they guys that are getting out are catching fish. Albies are still keeping local anglers busy, shore and boat. And with a good crop of small bass and blues inshore, it's been a real mixed-bag. Bigger stripers have been coming from the Race on the flood tide, Bartletts and Hatchetts have been productive too. Sea bass action is good but with a keeper ratio of about 1 in 10, you're working for your limit. Porgy action is still firing on all cylinders, bigger fish are coming from Montauk and Block. Matt anticipates a slow start to the blackfish season because of higher-than-normal water temps—but was quick to add that he said that last year and it started off red hot... so we'll see.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Matt told me that the albie hit has been very good locally; anywhere between Black Point and the Thames has been hot, the south side of Fishers has been good too. Albie Snax, Deadly Dicks and Epoxy Jigs are catching most of the fish. Local waters are loaded with bait and there are huge bodies of small blues tormenting the schools of bait. Bass fishing has been decent, Hatchetts, Bartletts and the Race—three-waying eels or bucktails has been the hot method this week. Porgy action remains very good on most rockpiles—Bartletts and Hatchetts have been especially good. The sea bass bite is still going strong; your best shot will come on rock piles or wrecks in more than 100 feet, be warned, there are TONS of shorts out there, the ratio has been about 10 to 1. Everyone is fired up about blackfish; the water is a touch warm, but it almost always starts off hot.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle 'Bad' Lou said if you have a bad case of Albie Fever you can call him for counseling at 1-800-ALB-NUTS ($2.99 per minute, billed discreetly to your credit card as Bad Lou Enterprises.) Tight schools of albies with some rogue pushes of bones have been showing in local waters all week, places like Pleasure Beach, Black Point and The Race have been producing well. Most of the well-known sea bass spots are pretty well picked over, but the guys using the chart to find likely spots are still putting some good ones in the box. School stripers have been running hot and heavy all over Niantic Bay, the river and the beaches, there are keepers mixed in, at times, the action has been fever pitch. Squid has been working very well for bait. Snapper blues are tearing up small baits inside the river, larger blues can be found at places like Bartletts and the Race.

Hillyers Tackle

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


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