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November 13, 2017:
Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the water temps dropped a good amount this week and the blackfishing really picked up. Several fish over 10 pounds were weighed-in toward the end of the week. The key seems to be to fish around 20 feet of water. Albies seem to be pretty much all gone; that temp drop seems to have sent them packing. Striper reports were few and far between.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said the area between Niantic and the Thames is loaded with small bass, small blues and tons of albies feeding on the surface. It's been insane out there. It's November and Andrew says he's refilling the pegs on the epoxy jigs and Deadly Dicks every day. A few guys have found random teen-sized bass in that area as well. Blackfishing has been pretty good, when the wind allows you to get out. Limits are fairly common if you move around, the weird thing is that there haven't been any big weigh-ins all season... the shop tourney has a 9.8 in the lead.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said it's hard to believe that it's practically November, because the fishing is still very good. The albie action in Niantic Bay is as good as it gets right now. And there have been good albie reports from points east of there too like Ocean Beach and the Thames. Divers have reported seeing some really nice bass between Harkness and roughly Ocean Beach. One contributing factor might be that the Thames still has bunker and the Connecticut River doesn't. And after the rains at the beginning of this week, the Connecticut River could be done for the year—as of Sunday the river was loaded with schoolies. There have been some blues at Six Mile, but not many other places. Blackfish are smoking hot right now and they are shallow. Sea bass action has been really good in the deep waters south of Fishers and Race Rock. There are still nice porgies around too.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said water temps are higher than normal and this has a lot of the blackfish guys scratching their heads. The spots that usually have fish at this time of year are simply too deep right now. If you move to shallow structure (5 to 15 feet) you will do better. The bass up in the river left with the bunker and now there are acres of schoolies left in their place. Adjacent waters have some better fish now though. Albies are widespread; you can literally find them almost anywhere in the Sound. Reports from places like Niantic Bay have told of a finicky bite, but out around Watch Hill the results have been better. Blues have been pretty much nonexistent. The best sea bass reports are coming from depths of 120 to 140 feet.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Andrew at Fishin' Factory 3 said tog fever is in full effect. The season got off to a good start, the fish are shallow—12 feet or less and jigs are scoring best. Even the shore bite has been red hot. If you're a 30-year tog veteran, don't be stubborn; don't stay on that rock you love in 30 feet of water, move shallow and hook up—the fish will be on your pet rock in a few weeks. The bunker have thinned out considerably in the mouth of the river, probably due to a hard drop in water temp this week. The shot of bigger bass has thinned too and so have the blues. In their place are acres of tiny bass—a good sign for the future we hope. If you can find a pile of adult bunker you will probably find a wolfpack of bass or blues with them. The better bassing seems to be east of the river right now. Albie fishing is still popping off. So many guys have taken their first albies ever this year—Andrew says he can tell when guys come in and buy one of every color Epoxy Jig. Sea bass is slow and dominated by shorts. Blue crabbing is still pretty good inside the mouth of the river.

Fishin' Factory 3

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

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