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  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    The big Tog-Tober Tournament hosted by Black Hall Outfitters was a great success this past weekend. The top boat fish was a 10.8-pounder for Dan, while kayak honors went to Chris D. for a 7.2. The Barbie Rod division, with proceeds going to the Sound School, was taken by Tom O. with a 4.98-pound tog. Local blackfishing has been very good all week with the breakwalls from Stonington to Stratford producing fish. Bunker made a major exodus from the river this past week, and they seem to have taken a lot of the bass with them. Albies can still be found popping up throughout the Sound, and a lot of tog fishermen have been keeping a rod rigged and ready for when the speedsters pop up.

  • October 9, 2017 Open or Close

    From Gene and Nick at Black Hall Outfitters we hear that there has been some pretty good bass action around the mouth of the Connecticut River thanks to the bunker that have been dropping down and out. There have been solid reports of albies from Waterford to points west of the Old Saybrook with some big-time blitzes around Rocky Neck at times this week. Looking ahead, blackfish season opens locally on October 10 and the shop's Tog-Tober Tournament is set for October 14 – 15; call the shop for more details and to sign up.

  • September 25, 2017 Open or Close

    From Gene and Nick over at Black Hall Outfitters we got word that false albacore, bluefish and bonito have been found pretty consistently over by outer Hatchets and in front of the Old Lyme beaches. The albies can be super stingy, but the 5-inch Zoom flukes in pearl white have been the best bait for them. It's also important to run a fluorocarbon leader for your best shot. Striped bass have been hot the past week. Topwater plugs like the Doc and the Doc Jr. have hammered them at the break wall right after sunrise. If you can get though the bluefish, some good catches have been made with live bunker and eels on the reefs. Sea bass are plentiful with countless limits being caught consistently over the past week and it seems like you can fish any hump and catch fish of all sizes. Outer and inner Hatchets and the Middle Grounds have been red hot. Anywhere from 40 feet all the way down to 150 feet is producing on squid or hi lo jigs with Gulp mullet. Blue crabbing has slowed down due to the storm but local crabber Sean H went out Sunday and got 19 keepers. Don't pack up your crabbing gear yet because they are picking back up due to the beautiful weather! On the sweetwater side of things, fish are starting to move into offshore structure near deep weeds. X-Zone lures, especially their drop shots, dominate the fall stage. This is also the time of year to break out the big swimbait to catch that lunker bass!

  • September 18, 2017 Open or Close

    Nick at Black Hall Outfitters reports that, "Sea bass have been red hot in local waters. Any structure from 40 to 120 feet deep seems to hold fish of all sizes. The 7 B's fishing charter has been hammering them the past week with full limits every day. Fluke have unfortunately slowed way down as the sea bass have taken over. A few fish here and there have been caught, and when they are they seem to big really good-sized. Striped bass and bluefish blitzes are common and the gator blues are in locally. There has been multiple reports of local anglers catching 10 blues over 10 pounds back to back right out off the Saybrook Lighthouse. The bass are mixed-in with them and are all keeper size. Albies have been reported closer with sightings off of Black Point and Hatchets reef. The blue crabs are still running strong in local estuaries and at Calves Island. As we gear up for fall we want to remind everybody that our 4th annual TogTober Blackfish tournament will be October 14 - 15 this year and we hope for another amazing weekend."

Black Hall Outfitters

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


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