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September 9, 2019:
Over at Fisherman's World Max said that everyone is clamoring for albie info, but there really wasn't any info to give. There have been rumors, but that's it. For now, people are scratching the itch by binge-buying epoxy jigs and Albie Snax while trying not to show how close they are to going crazy from the wait. Schools of 2- to 5-pound blues can be found almost anywhere right now—but the islands are loaded with them. Snappers are in Norwalk Harbor, at the mouth of the Saugatuck and throughout the islands. Schoolie stripers are thick at the Triangle and Eatons Neck; most of the fish are under 28 inches, but there are few into the mid 30-inch class mixed-in. Porgies are still smoking hot and being caught from shore and boat; the best results have been coming from a little deeper water this week, though. Sea bassing remains very good on most of the local deeper wrecks. Fluking is still pretty good locally, there are some nice fish up shallow and more out in 30-plus feet.

Previous Reports

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    Over at Fisherman's World Mike said they had heard a few local bonito reports from Penfield Reef and Cockenoe Island. Albies are still a few weeks out. Bass and blues have been more active this week as the water temps dropped a few degrees. There's tons of small bait around and the schoolies have been having a field day smashing them in tight to shore along the beaches, rivers and estuaries. Porgies are still red hot from shore and boat. Fluke action continues to move deeper with ledges in 65 to 80 feet of water being the best spots to find keepers. Sea bass action has been good on most deep wrecks. Snappers are picking up, but the average size is still small at around 5 inches.

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    Over at Fisherman's World Mike said that big blues were taking chunks in the middle of the day at places like 11B and 28C. Deeper water has been the best bet, even better if you can set yourself up on some kind of deep structure. The topwater bite out around mid-Sound is still ongoing as well, these fish can be found finning on top over 100 feet of water when it's flat, and they will hit most large, splashy topwater plugs. Striper action has been mostly a nighttime thing and chunks have been the top method, most of the fish are in the teens up to the low 20-pound range. Schoolies are in pretty heavy in the harbors, rivers, along the beaches and in tight around the islands; they'll take most methods. Guys looking for sea bass have been doing pretty well fishing deep wrecks—bucktails tipped with squid have been a go-to bait. Porgies are thick tight to shore, anyone fishing in 10 to 20 feet should do well, shore anglers as well. Fluking has been up and down this week, the best catches have come from ledges in 50 to 70 feet of water. Snapper blues are all over the local estuaries, they are pretty small right now, but they grow fast. There have been some rumors of bonito caught off Fairfield, let's hope they keep coming west!

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    Over at Fisherman's World Max told me that striped bass action has been best at sunrise and sunset and into the nighttime hours. Guys dunking chunks at night are finding nice fish around the islands. Schoolies with some keepers can be found blitzing on all the small bait around the islands in the morning. Small swimmers and spooks are working well. The diamond jig bite at 11b for big blues has been great with some bass in the mix. Blues have been hot from 11b to 28c and in the mid-Sound behind the islands. Sea bass bite is a lot better on the deep water reefs and wrecks over 50 feet; diamond jigs and hi-low's with clams and squid have been working best. Fluke fishing is steadily picking up, reports of nicer fish shallow drifting live snappers will catch some quality fish. Drifting on the backside of the islands with Gulp and a bucktail is working well. Porgy fishing is great shallow and deep water wrecks. Places like Budds Reef, 28c, and deep water wrecks.

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    Over at Fisherman's World Max told me that big bluefish have been filing into local waters and taking up residence both in the deep waters mid-Sound - finning there and taking topwaters and umbrellas - and now 11B has also lit up with choppers on the reef and in the rip. Some of these gators are running inshore after dark and taking chunks and plugs cast in tight around the islands - some better bass in the 20- to 35-pound class are being taken there as well. In the mornings and evenings the islands have been hosting regular blitzes of blues in the 2- to 6-pound class and stripers to 30 inches. Porgies are thick on most pieces of structure - depth seems to be a non-issue with great reports coming from depths between 10 and 60 feet. Sea bass action has picked up, particularly for the guys fishing deep wrecks, 80-plus feet. Some decent fluke have moved up shallow too, presumably following the snappers - one angler hung a 7-pounder on the scale taken from 20 feet of water on a live snapper.

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Fisherman's World
2 Fort Point St
Norwalk, CT 06855
phone: 203-866-1075

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