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June 17, 2019:
Chris from Black Hall Outfitters sent his report over on Sunday morning, "Seems our sea bass have worked into some deeper water; 60 to 90 feet would be the target depth now. Remember to watch your location as NY waters are still closed. We are still seeing 4- to 6-pound fluke locally; the bite is steady with more shorts than keepers. The news on porgies is that some BIG ones have invaded the Sound and are happy to eat bait and jigs. Striped bass remain a bit of an enigma with most fish falling to eels during low-light conditions. The lack of bunker is wreaking havoc on local fishermen looking for the surface blitzes we have grown accustomed to seeing during late spring. The offshore bite is solid with fish from the shipping lanes to the edge. Once you find the break go with bars and HOO for a mixed bag of BFT, YFT, mahi, and big eyes."



Previous Reports

  • June 10, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris from Black Hall Outfitters sent his report over on Sunday morning, "The fluke have finally moved in on this side of the Sound. We're hearing that 30 to 50 feet of water has yielded the best catches and strip baits with Gulp! are the ticket. Black sea bass remains excellent and the fish are still in the shallows. Fish to 6 pounds have been caught in the Sound this week on everything you can think of throwing at them. Large bass are hanging around our local reefs and with the lack of big bait in the water slinging eels is the way to go."

  • June 3, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris from Black Hall Outfitters sent his report over on Sunday morning, "BIG BASS HAVE ARRIVED. Fish to 50 pounds were caught this weekend and it's no surprise as we finally had some sizable bunker schools show up. Early risers are reaping the rewards as boat traffic is putting the fish down, so get out early if you want a shot at some big bass. Sea bass is nothing short of spectacular. We weighed-in fish to 4.7 pounds this week and some dinner plate porgy in the mix too; 40 to 60 feet is the sweet spot, so, stay shallow for the best results. Keeper fluke are still tough to come by on our side of the Sound, but there are plenty of shorts to keep rods bent right now. Greenport to Fishers Island are still your closest, best bets."

  • May 27, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris from Black Hall Outfitters sent his report over on Sunday morning, "The slow start to the sea bass season is officially over. Big sea bass were found on this side of the Sound over the Memorial Day weekend. Flying Connie Charters of Cedar Island in Clinton sent us a nice shot of an awesome humphead caught in local waters. Fluke reports improved as well with lots of ALMOST-keepers being caught from Madison to Niantic. Bigger fish are still being found in the NY side of the Sound and out towards Montauk. We also got some solid reports of squid fishing to our east. A couple customers came in to get geared up with Yo-Zuri mini squid jigs to head out on the Black Hawk and had good success. The striped bass bite continues to improve with fish starting to fill in on our local reefs. Mojos and eels are taking fish day and night now."

  • May 20, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris over at Black Hall Outfitters reports that black sea bass season started off kind of slow locally. Sea robins were plentiful but that was about it. Fortunately striped bass are just about everywhere for anglers both fishing from shore as well as by boat. Soft plastics paddle-tail shads and misc. topwater produced success. A few boats bucktailing at 6 Mile Reef did well. For fluke hunters, the better reports are coming in from the Greenport, NY area.

Black Hall Outfitters

Black Hall Outfitters
Black Hall River
132 Shore Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
phone: 860-434-9680


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