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September 9, 2019:
Matt over at Hillyer's Tackle said that, as always seems to be the case, Labor Day passed, the vacation crowd went home, the kids went to school and the fishing turned on. Some bones have been caught at Harkness this week, Spanish macs have been hauled-in at Race Rock and albies have been showing off Stonington and around Watch Hill. Things seem set to bust open any day. Local waters are teeming with bait and the bass and blues have been loving it. The Race has been the best place to look for stripers; plenty of shorts and keepers but big ones have been rare this week. Fluking is slowing way down, there are still some keepers around but the only reliable reports they heard came from Block. Porgies are still plentiful and hungry. Sea bass action has been good, but it's not lock and load. The guys that spend the time to hit a few spots are finding more keepers. Snappers are around, but it seems to be a little off from past years—we'll see if they catch up soon.

Previous Reports

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    "Good" Lew over at Hillyer's Tackle said they had weighed an 11.7-pound fluke that probably came from Montauk this week. He said that Montauk is always a good bet for fluke at this time, but was quick to add that Pigeon Rip can also be a great spot in early September. Guys fishing for fluke locally are having trouble finding keepers. But the porgy and sea bass fishery is still very much alive and doing well with great numbers and sizes coming from local waters this week; Valiant has been hot for sea bass at slack for those dipping diamond jigs. Bass has been good in the Race, the Gut and Hatchetts this week—good mix of sizes and good numbers too. Black Point has been good for the trolling crews, fishing both rips. Pigeon Rip has been teeming with 'smoker-sized' blues this week. Millstone has them too along with small bass. The mouth of the CT River has been loaded with small bass—anywhere from the bridge down to the Wood Lot. Pleasure beach gave up a few bones this week with a confirmed king mackerel as well. The chub macks are thinning out.

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    "Good" Lew over at Hillyer's Tackle said the fishing has been very good this week. Fluking has been hot in depths of 75 to 125 feet off Black Point; some nice fish have been taken including Hiram Hager's 10.3-pounder. Sea bass and porgies are biting well in a variety of spots; the humps east of the Spindle often heat up at this time of the year. Bonito action slowed down a bit from last week, but they are still around and being caught in local waters. The first albie reports are fresh from Rhode Island and they should be in the Sound within the next 7 to 10 days. Big blues have been reported south of Hatchetts and The Race has been loaded with smaller blues. The Race also has tons of stripers right now, a mix of sizes with fast action for both species.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    "Bad" Lou over at Hillyer's Tackle said the fluke fishing has really come alive over the past week. Limits have been coming in with more regularity and they've seen some really nice fish including a 10-5 on Friday morning. The waters between Black Point and New London have been holding some big bluefish. Smaller blues and some school stripers have been hanging out at Millstone. Hatchetts was loaded with bass and blues on Friday morning as well. Black Point has been red hot for porgies, chances are The Spindle is fishing well also. Bonito have been caught at Harkness and Seaside this week. Some blackfish have been coming in here and there as well. Sea bass action has been good for those willing to work through some smalls, fish to 22 inches have been landed this week.

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    "Bad" Lou over at Hillyer's Tackle said that the striped bass fishing was exceptional this week with several 30- and 40-pound bass reported. In addition to the bass there are big blues to 18 pounds and numbers of bonito too, this incredible mixed bag of insane fishing is being fueled by massive schools of chub mackerel that are serving as feed for these gamefish. The Race had a few banner days this week, but the real key is finding that bait! Fluke action has been awesome this week as well, limits were pretty easy to catch and the shop saw a lot of nice fish in the 23- to 27-inch class. Smaller blues have been abundant and Pigeon Rip and Millstone. Porgies are thick everywhere and everyone seems to be catching some big ones. The shop also weighed in an 8.5-pound tog this week—needless to say, the fishing is good!

Hillyers Tackle

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

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