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November 12, 2018:
Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the river is blown out thanks to the runoff from all that rain. But there is a big glut of school bass outside the Thames from Goshen to Bluff Point. Millstone has tailor blues. Blackfishing has been very good when guys can get out, the better fish have been coming from 35 to 40 feet; Andrew had two 8's and a 9 this week at those depths. He also said there were still some nice sea bass off the south side of Fishers.

Previous Reports

  • November 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said there are tons of schoolies around, pretty much everywhere you look. Some of the spots with the thickest schools are outside the Thames, Pine Island and Harkness—most of the fish are under 20 inches but there are a few fish up to 40 inches in the mix. As of Thursday there was at least one pod of albies still around Niantic. Togging has been decent when you can get out. Local waters have been covered up with shorts, but there were fish to 8 pounds reported, Andrew stuck an 8 inside the Thames on Monday. Hickory shad have made their way into the CT River, you can get them on darts or small tins behind Pine Island and down at the DEEP Dock. The shop is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, stop by for whatever you need.

  • October 29, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said crabs are flying out the door on the days people can get out. The results have been good, the south side of Fishers has been hot for togs, and plenty of local rock piles are producing as well, anywhere from 10 to 30 feet. November is the time to catch a giant so stick with it. Albies were still around before the storm, but a big NE usually chases the albies out at this time of year, so we'll see. Schoolie bass are all over the place from the breachways to local waters. But the river is blown out, thanks to the runoff from the storm.

  • October 22, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the wind kept a lot of blackfish guys off the water but the shore guys crushed them this week—you don't need a boat to do well on tog! A few boat guys did well around the Thames and Ledge Light this week, but most stayed in. The mouth of the CT River was decent for bass again this week with a handful of fish approaching 30 pounds reported. There are tailor blues mixed in and even some hickory shad in the mix there too. Porgies are still around but the focus has shifted to tog, water temps are still stuck around 65 so they're not going to disappear just yet. Albies are thick in Niantic Bay and around the Thames, there is still time to get that last adrenalin rush.

  • October 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said in spite of the horrendous water clarity, the mouth of the river has been good for bass to 25 pounds this week. It's been mostly a day bite with large, noisy topwaters being the best bet. The Gut and the Race are the only spots producing consistent bluefish reports. Albie reports have been spotty locally, the best reports are all coming from Rhode Island—Watch Hill to Charlestown. Sea bass action is picking up again in deep water with some nice ones also reported from the shallows on crabs intended for tog. The lowdown on week one of blackfish season has been that it was decent—not lights out—but decent. Shorts dominated local catches, but the guys that moved around found their limits anywhere from 10 to 30 feet of water. The shop weighed-in a 9-pounder and a few 8s this week, but most of the keepers were in the 16- to 20-inch range. A few limits were reported from shore on jigs this week too. Porgy action is still good but has definitely slowed a bit.

Fishin' Factory 3

Fishin' Factory 3
238 East Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
phone: 860-344-9139

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