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October 15, 2018:
Over at River's End word was, "The Mouth of the CT River is still producing bass with some larger fish being caught too. Topwater baits as well as eels have been producing. Long Sand Shoal continues to produce with eels during the day. One customer called us out on the water from the Shoal last Sunday reporting he had 15 bass over 36 inches. Locally in the surf we've heard the fishing has been very tough over the past week. The only decent shore report we heard was that there have been schoolie-sized fish around the Old Saybrook beaches this week. We also heard of decent fishing at the Breachways in Rhode Island. We've gotten reports of blues in the Race and Gut. There were a lot of frustrated customers who came in to replace the epoxy jigs they lost to bluefish out in the Gut last weekend! Also, the Westbrook beaches have had some although they are small in size and appearances have been sporadic. There are still a lot of snappers around and they're huge now, in the 10- to 12-inch range. One guy was catching them using tiny cubed up bunker chunks this week from the beach. Porgy action remains very good. Blackfish reports have been mixed. Only one weigh-in so far at 7.65 pounds. A few people reported great fishing with many fish caught while other people report moving around all over to catch shorts everywhere they tried. Most guys have been fishing shallow with water temps still around 67 degrees. We've gotten word that the sea bass fishing has picked up significantly with a lot more keepers now than there were a few weeks ago. One customer caught a nice limit of 3- to 4-pound fish in only 35 feet of water. Albie fishing has gotten tougher. The fish are in smaller pods and have become spookier. A few customers mentioned that the fish won't hit epoxy jigs as readily but have been taking the Albie Snax in amber much better lately. Location wise we heard of lots of albies in Mystic with a customer reporting 16 landed on Albie Snax. There were loads of albies in the Race around Valiant Shoal in the past week too. We also heard of fish in Stonington and at Charlestown and Weekapaug Breachways."



Previous Reports

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at River's End word was, "The mouth of the CT River has been good for stripers over the last week with mid-sized fish up to 30 pounds or so. Long Sand Shoal has had fish on eels during the day. There have been a load of schoolie bass on the Watch Hill reefs, and the Rhody Breachways have had some bass for the beach-bound anglers. We heard of much better surf fishing locally and in eastern CT since the last new moon. The Race has a slug of blues, as do the Saybrook and Westbrook beaches. They've been seen at times on the surface around Hatchetts too. Snapper have grown to about 8 inches now. Fluke reports have been few and far between, the Fat Lady is clearing her throat. Porgies are still hot at Hatchetts, along with several other rocky spots, still plenty of nice ones being caught. Sea bass are still here and worth fishing for, but this week shorts seemed to dominate the catches. Albies have blown wide open, GO. There have been fish at, but not limited to Watch Hill, Fishers Island, Race Rock, the Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pine Island, Jordan Cove, Niantic Bay, Black Point and Hatchetts. We heard some epic reports toward the weekend with a few boats landing 45 or more fish with tales of reels getting smoked with burned out drag washers. Pink, Olive and silver were hot colors in the Epoxy jigs."

  • September 17, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at River's End word was, "Things have really picked up striper-wise with lots of schoolies reported in many places. Still few reports of large fish out on the reefs though. We heard of daytime schoolie blitzes going on at Montauk, Westerly, and along the backside of Fishers near Race Rock this week. The mouth of the CT River was hot a few days this week for bass to about 35 inches on topwater plugs. Trolling the tube and worm has been productive around the lower river as well with fish up to about 15 pounds. Bluefish seem to be mixed with the bass in most of the above locations. Mostly small fish reported. Snappers are still biting well and have grown to a nice size now. It was a very slow week for fluke reports. One angler reported catching a bunch in Niantic one day, mostly shorts with a few keepers in only 12 feet of water. Porgy action is still hot on the usual summer reefs and rock piles. Locally, Hatchetts has been good. One customer has been doing well at the Hammonasset jetty this week from shore and we hear of excellent action in New Haven Harbor. Some nice ones were caught off of Hatchetts midweek out in about 70 or 80 feet. There were some bonito and albies around Point Judith over the past week but the best reports are coming from Montauk. We heard it has turned on pretty good over there for albies. Guys looking around the eastern Sound were striking out on albies, a few pods were sighted off of the south side of Fishers this week, but catches have been pretty scarce."

  • September 10, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at River's End word was, "Schoolies galore! We've heard of them both on top and jigged including, but not limited to The Race, Plum Gut, Hatchetts, the shoreline from Black point to the Mouth of the CT River, and in the mouth of the River. Of course there have been some jumbos at Block Island. Blues seem to be mixed with the bass in all of the above locations. Mostly small fish reported. Snappers are biting well and are growing to a nice size now. Fluke had a slow week. We weighed a 9-pound fish early in the week that came from "local water" and haven't heard much since. Porgies are very good on the usual summer reefs and rock piles. With the exception of Block or Montauk, we hear complaints that sea bass catches are dominated by shorts. Bonito was good along the RI shoreline from Watch Hill to Point Judith."

  • September 3, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at River's End word was, "Good things happening on the striper front. Both Race Rock and Watch Hill had reports of school bass crashing peanut bunker mornings and evenings. There have been similar reports of smaller fish along the shoreline from Hatchetts to the mouth of the Connecticut River. There were some larger bass taking eels at Long Sand Shoal this week. The bluefish made a surprise showing for the contest over the last week. We had many placing weigh-ins that were caught in the mouth of the CT River, along the shoreline over to Hatchetts reef, Cornfield Point, and the Race. Snappers are in heavy and biting well. This week the biggest fluke we saw here in the shop was just over four pounds. There are still some fish out there, but we didn't see any doormats. Look deep. Porgies are biting well on the usual summer reefs and rockpiles. Still plenty of sea bass to be had out there. If you're not catching, start looking at new bottom. Don't spend time in any less than 60 feet of water. Look for structure, the less obvious to other fishermen the better. A few bonito reported from the West Wall, the Rhody shoreline and Watch Hill."

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

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


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