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September 9, 2019:
The guys over at Rivers End Tackle said, "We've heard many reports of large schools of small bass loaded into our local area. They've been seen from Hatchetts Reef all the way west to Cornfield Point. The CT River is loaded with them as well. There are also tons of small bluefish in these same areas, often mixing together. The amount of small bait in the water is unbelievable right now! Small topwater spooks and poppers have been producing well, metal lures have also been hot. We've also heard of very good bass fishing from Watch Hill down to the Weekapaug Breachway. Similar to the bass report above, there are small bluefish in the 1- to 4-pound range loaded in the CT River as well as the surrounding shoreline. One customer showed us video of a huge bluefish blitz at the Town Beach one morning last week. Small metal lures and poppers are working well. Probably not a good time to throw soft plastics! Chop, chop! The best fluke reports have been coming from Montauk. We weighed-in a 31-inch, 11.6-pounder caught there last Sunday. A few customers have mentioned still catching some decent keepers locally in fairly shallow, 40- to 50-foot depths this week. There are still plenty of sea bass, but it will require a little more precision; fish deep structure and move around to find the best bite. Porgies are going strong. Hit your favorite spot, the fish will be there. Last weekend a few customers found bonito in pretty good numbers near Weekapaug. We haven't heard of any action recently though. Albies showed at the West Wall and Watch Hill this week, nothing local yet, but they're on their way! It's been a very good snapper year and they are plentiful in most spots; they're up to about 8 inches now. Blue crabs have been decent, but it's far from a banner year—the best spots have been the Lieutenant, Oyster and Black Hall Rivers."

Previous Reports

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    The crew over at Rivers End Tackle said, "There seems to have been an invasion of school bass, likely brought on by all of the small bait we have this time of year. Over the last week we saw sporadic schools of breaking fish on the Watch Hill Reefs, along the RI shoreline and at Race Rock. Thursday morning saw small bass chasing bait on top in Niantic Bay as well. Surf fishermen have reported much better fishing as well with so much small bait running along the shore. This week we heard of some small blues along the shoreline from the mouth of the CT River to Cornfield Point. We have a couple of reports of better fish along the shoreline from Westbrook to Madison. They were also in Plum Gut taking both topwater plugs and jigs. We're into the typical summer pattern now for fluke with success being found by fishing deep water, generally from Hatchetts Reef to Black Point. Reports from Montauk make it sound like it's not worth the run. Overall, we've seen an increase in weigh-ins for quality fish this week. There are still plenty of sea biscuits, but catching them requires a little more precision. Fish deep and look for 'off the beaten path' structure. Porgies are still going strong, hit your favorite spot and there will be fish there. We have heard several reports of bonito at the Point Judith breakwalls and around Niantic Bay, Black Point and Jordan Cove. And the first albie reports came in early this week from the same areas. Snappers are plentiful in most spots and the size is getting better every day. Kevin Faulkner's 11.45-pound fluke is leading our contest, you can still enter for $10 and you could win as much as $500. Stop in for details."

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    The crew over at Rivers End Tackle said that the river has been holding good numbers of bluefish this week with plenty of bunker in residence as well. Porgies seem to be red hot no matter where you drop your line. Cornfield Point has been the hot zone for stripers this week. The Race has had good numbers of bass and blues as well. Local fluke action has picked up this week, the shop weighed a 10.45 on Sunday.

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe over at Rivers End Tackle said, "This time of year you can spot a serious bass fisherman from a mile away. He'll look like a zombie, due to sleep deprivation. There were some bass mixed with bluefish at Valiant Shoal over the last week during night tides, and a few bass on either side of the mouth of the CT River chasing small bait during periods of low light. We heard about small blues both in the mouth and on both sides of the CT River just outside smashing small bait. If you're looking for bigger fish, we have reports of some choppers in Plum Gut both jigging and on topwater plugs. The Race has some bigger fish too. We're into the typical summer fluke pattern now, fishing deep water, generally from Hatchetts Reef to Black Point. Guys are reporting mixed results there. Sea-bassing has been a grind, as more guys are looking for them than ever before. Search for spots you believe other guys have overlooked. The fish are out there, but you're likely to find a lot of shorts in the popular spots. Of course, Block Island is the best bet. It's been another banner porgy year, with plenty of large fish. Your favorite rockpile likely has them, but we have good reports this week from Hatchetts and Black Point. We've heard several reports of bonito at the Point Judith breakwalls and around Niantic Bay Black Point Jordan Cove."

  • August 5, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe over at Rivers End Tackle said that the bass action in local waters has been pretty quiet this week; the river has been very slow and so have Hatchetts and the Sand Shoal. The best results are coming from The Race or Block Island. The Race and Gut have seen a major influx of big blues this week and they have been caught using a wide array of tactics. Closer to home, the river has seen a good push of smaller blues of late. The best fluke results are coming from waters of 100 feet or more, the area between Black Point and Hatchetts has been giving up the best catches. The river and the Shoal have been covered up with shorts. Local reports for sea bass consist of an endless supply of sublegal fish with very few keepers caught. Porgy fishing is as close to a 'sure thing' as you're going to find in the fishing world—just about every rock has a pile on it. Snappers are starting to show up now too. Blue crabbing is starting up now as well. Perhaps the craziest bit is that there were threshers caught in the Race this week and a sand tiger was caught off Cornfield. Hey, it is Shark Week...

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

Rivers End Bait & Tackle
440 Boston Post Rd
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
phone: 860-388-2283

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