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November 13, 2017:
Over at Hillyer's Tackle Jon said that the blackfishing is holding strong. The weather this week kept a lot of people at home, but the guys that went did pretty well. The last couple weeks have been filled with shorts, more shorts than normal, but the last few days have been seeing a lot more keepers and 20 feet has been the hot zone. Some of the better spots have been Goshen Reef and Bartletts. Sea bass are still out there but fading—same story with porgies. Bass and blues have been pretty scarce this week—again the weather hurt efforts. Albies seem to be thinning way out now.



Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Bad Lou said there are tons of albies around and guys are loving it. Bass action has been very good from the River to Bartletts to Two Tree, they've heard about big numbers of schoolies and seen keepers from 28 inches to 30 pounds this week. Shore guys are doing well on plugs from several local locations. Matt had a nice limit of sea bass in the deep waters off Niantic this week. Porgies are still thick at the Spindle. Blackfishing has been good, no giants so far, but good numbers of 6- to 9-pounders with a few over 10. Everyone is stoked about the warm start to November and the warm water.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle the sea bass bite was still pretty good at places like Bloody Grounds, Gull Island and Bartletts. Porgies are still around, Plum Gut and Race Rock have been the hotspots. Blackfishing has been solid at Two Tree, White Rock, Race Rock and pretty much any other place that has rocks. Bass fishing has been good inside the harbor, first and last light, most of the fish are small but there are a lot of them. Albies are still going strong; Black Point, Pleasure Beach and Harkness have been good.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Matt said he would rate the blackfishing so far this season as 'okay.' Guys are getting some nice fish but they are having to weed through lots of shorts. The guys fishing in 30 or more feet, seem to be dealing with fewer shorts. Striper action has been very good inside the Bay and out in the Sound. Boris from the shop caught and released a 30-pounder this week off Black Point. Albies are still around and cooperating. Bluefish action has been decent. Sea bass limits are fairly easy to come by if you don't mind putting in some effort. The fishing has been good overall and tends to remain good through the first two weeks of November here in the eastern Sound.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Hillyer's Tackle Matt said blackfish season started off pretty good. The weather kept many people off the water through the week, but by the weekend, the wind had dropped off and people were doing pretty well. There's lots of short fish and the bite has been shallow—but keepers have been pretty easy to catch and fish up to 9 pounds have been weighed-in. This bite will only improve as the water temps drop. Sea bass action is still good if you're willing to do some hunting. Stay off the popular spots and find some good bottom in 110 to 150 feet of water. Porgy action is still very good; Race Rock has been good, Montauk and Block are dynamite. Albies are thick still, there's so much bait around that it's hard to predict when they might leave or where they'll pop up next. But they are popping up inside the Bay, even inside the River, as well as Millstone, the mouth of the Thames, Pleasure Beach... if you go looking, odds are you will find them. Bass fishing is also very good and the fish are in tight. Seaside, Bartletts, Millstone and the Niantic River have all been giving up catches of bass. It's the fall, it's a great time to be fishing—don't let it pass you by.

Hillyers Tackle

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


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