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June 17, 2019:
Joe at Rivers End said the word of the week regarding striped bass is: shorts. There seems to be plenty of schoolie bass around, but where are the mid-sized fish we usually have plenty of this time of year? Bunker seem to be a missing piece of the puzzle too. My guess is that as soon as we see some large baits, well see some bigger bass. In the meantime, the school bass fishing is pretty good, and not limited to the mouth of the CT River, Long Sand Shoal, the Watch Hill reefs and The Race. Large schools of blues can be found on the surface at Montauk blitzing bait. Hoping for a better season than last year, hopefully this is an indicator of things to come. We have fluke in most of our local spots, but the fishing is inconsistent at best. A few fish here and there. Two Tree Channel had a few, Isabella has seen some decent catches, and Long Sand Shoal had a few fish. We didn't hear from Montauk or Block all week. Sea bassing has been good. Plenty of reports of coolers loaded with knotheads. Most of the action centers on the western end of the Sound, west of the CT River. Keep in mind that New York water is closed until June 23. There have been very few porgies on the regular local summer spots, but there have been some giants mixed with the sea bass. And don't forget their annual fluke contest! It's $10 to enter and you could win $500 along with prizes for weekly weigh-ins!

Previous Reports

  • June 10, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe at Rivers End told me that the bass fishing has come on strong in the Race, Gut and Sluiceway. The Sluice and Gut are loaded with smaller bass feeding on, what appears to be, juvenile sea herring. These fish are taking topwaters readily and range from 20 to 30 inches with a few going north of that mark and some blues here and there. Millstone still seems to hold the most consistent bluefishing. The CT River has been giving up some bigger bass now, Joe Diorio checked in saying that he had some nice fish on the Doc with one of them tearing the hook hanger right off the plug! Sea bass action still seems to be better to the west at places like the Sand Waves and Six Mile Reef. Fluking seems to have slowed at Montauk, Block Island is the best bet for a limit right now; there are a few at the Sand Shoal and in Niantic as well. Porgies still haven't really piled inshore locally, but Six Mile has some big ones.

  • June 3, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe at Rivers End emailed his report, "We've seen good striper fishing over the last week. There are still plenty of fish in the lower CT River where guys from boats are doing well with topwater plugs and soft plastics like Slug-Go's. From shore, guys are doing well with sandworms and bloodworms. In the Sound, there has been a pick of fish in the Race on ebb tides and some smaller fish in the Gut on flood tides. Bucktails have been a good bet there. We also heard of some bass taking eels at Long Sand Shoal, and some accidental striper by-catches around Six Mile Reef from sea bass fishermen, leading us to believe that bass fishermen would do well on the reef. The only bluefish news we've heard has been a small pile of little ones at Millstone. We have some local fluke now. Earlier in the week we spoke to a guy who was catching in Two Tree Channel, there have been some incidental catches by sea bass fishermen around Six Mile Reef, and there has been a nice slug of fluke on Long Sand Shoal too. Most of the fish there have been short, but with some fish as big as four pounds mixed-in. Block Island had plenty of flatties over the last week, but the catch was dominated by shorts. Montauk sounds like the short to keeper ratio is much better. Sea bass was slow to start, but now everyone is catching them! Go, its good. Just keep in mind that New York water is closed until June 23. Porgies are still going strong in Peconic Bay, and now our local sea bass fishermen are reporting some real slabs eating jigs intended for sea bass. And don't forget that we are having our annual Fluke Contest, sign up is $10 and you could win $500 along with a slew of weekly prizes."

  • May 27, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe at Rivers End told me that the sea bass bite came on strong over the weekend after a weak start to the season. The best action has been coming from points west and south—just shy of the NY line. Jigging has been the most productive method so far. The Gut has lots of stripers, most of them are in the low 20-inch class. It's the same story in the mouth of the CT River, with some fish to 15 pounds mixed-in. The guys fishing the mouth report that the fish are up on the flats and taking small spooks and Slug-Go's; they have become more cautious now with all the fishing pressure though so they can be tough to catch. Fluking is still a NY thing, it's been slow on our side. Guys fishing Montauk are doing the most damage, they also told me to stay away from Greenport because it has become sea robin city over there. Bunker have been very scarce so far in local waters.

  • May 20, 2019 Open or Close

    Joe at Rivers End said, "The CT River is still producing smaller bass for the shore guys fishing sandworms and bloodworms. Boat guys are finding some with soft plastics on jigheads and small spooks. Some customers this week have been happily catching good numbers of catfish, some of which are over 8 pounds. We've heard a few good reports of decent numbers of bass being caught out on the reefs off Westbrook and Clinton; one angler reported 14 bass between 26 and 33 inches three-waying bucktails. We've also heard that the reefs off of Branford have been producing stripers. Fluke reports are still spotty, but we did weigh-in a few up to about 5 pounds from NY waters—nothing local yet. Peconic Bay continues to crank out big porgies—no local catches reported yet. And don't forget to enter our annual fluke contest, it's $10 to enter and you could win $500, along with a wide array of weekly prizes."

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

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

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