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  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Rivers End word was, "As of Friday afternoon, the fishing in the river was gangbusters. There are both schoolies and mid-sized fish in there, birds and bait blitzing. But, the water is slightly off color now. Sooner or later the runoff from the downpour over the last few days is likely to screw things up. There have been fish along the shoreline on either side of the mouth of the CT River for the last week, and I'm guessing the fish in the river will join them when the runoff hits. There have been some nice-sized blues mixed with the bass along these same shorelines. There are still plenty of sea bass around, but lots of complaints about too many shorts. Shorts dominate the blackfish catches too, but it's still worth going. You'll have to weed through some fish that don't quite make the mark. The better fish are still reportedly in shallow water, 20 feet or less. There were some really good albie reports earlier in the week from Plum Gut. Friday morning, we heard that there are still plenty of fish along the Old Lyme beaches and along the shoreline in Niantic and Waterford. The fishing is good for multiple species, get out there before it's too late!"

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Rivers End word was, "Sometime over last week the bunker dropped out of the lower River, and for the most part, the fish followed. There has been some action along the local shoreline, but too many guys have been parking illegally and accessing the water through private property and the residents have taken notice—expect to see a rash of 'No Parking' signs pop up over the winter if this keeps up. We have heard no reports for local bluefish this week. Sea bassing is still pretty good if you don't mind fishing deep. Blackfishing is good but more shorts than last week. Most guys are still catching best up in the shallows. This week's fish to beat is 10.70. Albies are still going strong, but picky. We've heard of them from Old Lyme to Pine Island and over at Watch Hill too."

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Rivers End word was, "This past week has produced some of the best light-tackle striper fishing of the season in the river. We've heard several reports of bass on top, sometimes blitzing and smashing topwater plugs. Guys have been scoring fish on eels at night and first light as well. Most of these fish are schoolies, but we've heard of fish as large as 30 pounds from the breakwalls to Essex. We have also heard of fish along the shoreline on either side of the CT River. There are some blues mixing in at times as well. Sea bass guys are doing well on jigs, the bite seems to be picking back up again. We're off to a decent start for blackfish, but reports vary. We have spoken to guys with easy limits of nice fish, as well as some reports from guys who "worked for 'em, and didn't quite get a limit". The best reports came from shallow water, 5-20 feet or so. Don't forget to stop by and register for the blackfish contest. Porgy reports have been scarce this week, but you can bet that they're picking away at blackfish baits all over the Sound. Albies are still going strong. Over the last week there have been fish around Fishers Island, in Niantic, along Seaside, and the best fishing sounds like it's still along the RI beaches."

  • October 2, 2017 Open or Close

    Over at Rivers End word was, "The best bass fishing of the whole year is going on right now. We've heard excellent reports all week from both shore and boat. Bass are loaded in the lower river and around the surrounding shorelines. There have been daytime blitzes of both bass and blues hammering the bunker schools all week and topwater poppers and spooks have been the most productive lures. Boat guys have been catching lots of fish by the CT River breakwalls at the mouth and out at the local reefs too, including Hatchetts, Cornfield and Long Sand Shoal. One customer brought in a 27-pound bass and numerous 16-pound bluefish caught at the Shoal a few days ago. From the surf we heard of daytime blitzes going on between Misquamicut and Watch Hill early this week. The River is also loaded with big bluefish. There have been epic bluefish blitzes all week in the lower river with bluefish attacking the bunker schools. We saw an amazing video from a customer from a few days ago of bass and blues tearing into the adult bunker right at the Causeway. Saybrook Point has been good too with lots of bluefish being caught this week. There also have been blitzes going on around the Fenwick stretch of shoreline just west of the river mouth. Sea bass are still going strong. We've heard reports of really good numbers of sea bass being caught but it seems shorts have been dominating catches lately. One customer caught over 100 seabass with only six keepers in the mix. Porgy action is still very good. There have been a lot of reports of albies racing all around the sound this week. We've heard they are solid in Plum Gut and the Sluiceway. They've been sighted in many local areas this week including Hatchetts Reef, Crains Reef, Southwest reef and around Pine Island. We heard of a few bonito caught too around Pine Island."

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

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


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