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July 6, 2020:
Joe over at River's End in Old Saybrook said most surfcasters are experiencing subpar results locally but those that put in a solid effort are sometimes being rewarded with a big fish. There was word of a 37-pounder pulled from the local surf this week; many of the large fish that had been in the river have made their way out onto the local reefs. I heard from a friend (who shall remain nameless) that he had a couple really good nights from the central Sound surf with fish to 40 pounds. It's a game of endurance; if you have the stamina to stay on it, you will be rewarded.



Previous Reports

  • June 29, 2020 Open or Close

    Joe over at River's End in Old Saybrook said surf reports have been just awful lately but the boat guys are still doing quite well and some very large fish have been taken not – at all – far from shore. The takeaway here is that successful surf fishing is going to require a lot more work than it ever has. Boaters are pulling some nice fish because they can move around and find fish, for the shore-bound angler it's going to require the dedication of time in places where striped bass have been caught in the past; the biomass is smaller, which in turn means that your opportunities to cross paths with fish are lower than ever. Some anglers have turned to fluke which has been providing good action from some of the central Sound beaches, and despite the fact that most of the fish are short, the faster action has been providing some much-needed 'fun fishing' for the shore-bound crew. Porgy catches have also been way up for the shore guys this week.

  • June 22, 2020 Open or Close

    The guys over at River's End in Old Saybrook said surf reports have been tough to come by lately. One of their regulars who fishes the surf in Old Lyme has been out every night this week and only caught a single striper. A boater coming back from Block reported big numbers of bass in the 20- to 30-pound class in very tight to the beach though... something to keep in mind.

  • June 15, 2020 Open or Close

    The guys over at River's End in Old Saybrook said surf reports have been tough to come by this week. There were no big stripers reported either. The best report came from Dock 'N' Dine where an angler reported catching about a half-dozen schoolies and two slot keepers one evening last week. There are some good-sized bass in the lower river, and some big blues too, but the bite has been unreliable from both shore and boat.

  • June 8, 2020 Open or Close

    The guys over at River's End in Old Saybrook said they haven't heard a lot of surf reports, but the ones they've heard have been good. There were two big fish taken from the shore in the mouth of the river, a 51-incher and a 47-incher. The lower river is loaded with bass, mostly small ones, but the bunker in the area have drawn in some big ones. If you're willing to put in the time, you may be rewarded.

Rivers End Bait & Tackle

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


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