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  • July 16, 2018 Open or Close

    From the crew at Black Hall Outfitters at both their Old Lyme and Westbrook shops, the big word this week is "striped bass." That's technically two words, but you get the idea! From the local reefs to Block Island, bass fishing is as good as it gets right now... for the boat anglers. Shore-bound fishing is spotty at best. Stack the odds in your favor with live eels and head out at nights. Black sea bass action remains excellent with fish hitting everything from squid on a hi-lo rig to metal jigs bounced off the bottom. Fluke fishing was steady this week; the fish are moving into deeper water so don't stay shallow if you don't find action right away. There are still little to no local reports of bluefish as they appear to almost have skipped entering the Sound this year.

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    From the crew at Black Hall Outfitters, we got word that the striped bass bite in the Connecticut River was good throughout the week, although it seemed to slow down by the weekend. (Perhaps due to all the boat traffic?) Outside the river the fish are finally begin to move into their summer haunts as the local reefs are holding fish. Bunker rules the roost during the day, but an uptick in live eel fishing was seen this week. What has been noticeably absent from local water are large bluefish. Snappers can be found but the big girls still haven't come in droves. For a "sure thing," head out mid-Sound for black sea bass and target waters of 80 to 100 feet with some structure. Limits have been rather common with this gamelan. Fluke are still being caught on the shallower side with 40 to 60 feet being the preferred depth range. Blackfish are really biting well and can be found in the shallows. Asian crabs are out-fishing green crabs at this point. Be sure to visit both the Old Lyme and Westbrook shops for all of your fishing, boating and paddle sport needs!

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    The word at Black Hall Outfitters this week is fluke and striped bass! First up with fluke, the 4th Annual Fluke-Fest went off in style over the weekend with tough conditions on Saturday giving way to more favorable fishing on Sunday. The top fish by boat were 7.5 pounds for Paul and 6.6 pounds for Mike, while the top two spots by kayak were 5.25 pounds for Nick and 4.875 for Chris. Anglers fishing locally reported having to weed through lots and lots of just-barely-shorts to find a keeper or two, while anglers willing to travel a bit—whether by boat or kayak—fared much better. Striper-wise there was a noticeable uptick in local action as bunker moved down in the river and they drew some decent bass with them. Both artificial lures like the Doc and live-lined bunker produced good action by both kayak and boat. Be sure to check out both Black Hall Outfitters locations in Old Lyme and the new shop in Westbrook.

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Chris from Black Hall Outfitters said the local fluking has been decent, but you have to be ready to pick through some shorts to find a few keepers. The waters between Fishers and Montauk have been the most consistent, although the early part of the week saw some big fluke landed south of Block before dogfish rolled in and ruining the fun. If you're looking to test your fluke skills, be sure to sign up for this weekend 4th Annual Fluke-Fest taking place June 23 – 24. Fishing is open to all waters, but the fish must be weighed-in at the Black Hall Outfitters 2 Westbrook store (362 Boston Post Road at Wetmore's Marina, Westbrook, Connecticut), which will also serve as the tournament headquarters. Sign-ups will be accepted at either the Westbrook or Old Lyme locations. The entry fee is just $25 per angler, and the event wraps-up with a cookout, raffle, awards ceremony and live music from BHO favorite, Jake Kulak and the Low-Down on Sunday afternoon at BHO2. For more information and to register, please call Black Hall Outfitters today at 860-434-9680 today!

Black Hall Outfitters

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


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