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September 9, 2019:
Chris over at Black Hall Marina said, "This big blow forecast is just what we needed to really kick start the fall run. False albacore to the east of us are sure to blow in with the heavy east wind. If you are feeling ambitious, albacore are being caught on the Westerly coastline, specifically from Watch Hill to Weekapaug breachway. After a crazy first week of carrying the Game On EXO jigs, we are restocked and have all sizes and colors on the pegs. These have proven themselves quickly as a 'funny fish' slayer. Surf fishing is starting to come into its own with great fishing for multiple species from West Haven through Old Lyme. Porgies, bass, blues, and Spanish mackerel are in the mix for shore anglers right now. Deadly Dicks and Tsunami Slimwave jigs have been automatic lately. The amount of small bait in the sound is staggering and should make for an amazing month of fishing. Fluke action has finally slowed, with the smaller fish having moved west and south. Larger fluke are still around and will hit big baits, but you need to scratch and claw for a limit right now. Spoons with big strips and Gulp will put the odds in your favor. Porgies and sea bass are biting strong and have shallowed up a little lately. Faulkners Island to Townsend Ledge are holding good amounts of keeper sea bass."

Previous Reports

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris over at Black Hall Outfitters said, "More bait and more funny fish have filled in chasing schools of peanuts and silversides across the Sound. Bonito are like icebergs in that you only see about 10% of the school as another 90% stay under the surface. This is why it's important to blind cast into fishy water. Cast. Cast. Cast! You should be tired at the end of a bonito day from either catching or casting! I'd call our local striper bait "above average" right now, nice-sized bass are being caught in shallow water early and late. Night time will undoubtedly be the best time to target large fish so think eels and big soft plastics, like the 10-inch Big Occhi rigged on a light jighead or a weighted swim bait hook. Some BOMBER bluefish were weighed-in this week from shore, and they seem to be scattered throughout the Sound as well. Popping plugs are great when they are feeding under the birds, but our customers are chunking and it's been the best way to target big fish."

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris over at Black Hall Marina said, "The blues are crushing bait of all sizes from our feet on the beach to the reefs three miles out. Lucky for us, they are happy to eat metals and poppers so our customers are having a blast with fish from 1 to 10 pounds depending on the school that pops up. Vertical jigging has been super effective on larger fish as is the tried and true silver diamond jig with a tube tail, which has been flying off the shelves. Striped bass are mixed into the surface onslaught and popping plugs are doing work on these 24- to 30-inch fish. We recently restocked on the Ocean Born Flying Popper and Flying Pencils in all the best colors in floating, sinking, and super long distance (SLD). Long Sand Shoal, specifically the deeper side of the shoal is still fishing well for fluke and some very nice black sea bass are mixed-in as well. 70-plus feet combined with Gulp or diamond jigs are producing the best results. Lately the small 4-inch Gulp! Swimming Mullets are hot. Probably because the primary bait is about that size."

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    Over at Black Hall Marina, adding "No record breakers, but good fun fishing." He said Southwest Reef is a good place to start as the rips are holding this tiny bait and squid at times. "The Savage Swim Squid are perfect imitations and available in sizes to match most bait profiles," Chris reported. Meanwhile the sea bass and fluke action remains consistent which is fantastic considering how warm the Sound is right now. "Long Sand Shoal is probably the most reliable place to try, particularly the deep side of the Shoal," Chris reported. Last weekend the chub macks kept anglers busy but now the name of the game is bones! "Right now we have confirmed fish from Stonington to Hatchets Reef," Chris said on Sunday, noting the Sounds is loaded with what he called "snot bait," tiny larvae sized bunker and bay anchovies that are being slurped up by packs of hungry bonito.

  • July 29, 2019 Open or Close

    Chris over at Black Hall Marina said, "From Greenwich to Stonington, the Sound seems to be filled with bunker. Mixed schools of blues and bass are harassing them in the early morning hours pretty consistently. Topwater action remains a short window but is still providing action. Fluke have been the talk of the town with great catches on our side of the Sound. Deep water is still producing the best catches, there is no need to travel to NY or further for fish in the 5- to 7-pound class. Offshore guys are reporting a steady big eye bite, with a pick of 40- to 60-pound yellowfin in the mix. The eastern canyons are proving to be the best place to target swords as the night bite has been steady."

Black Hall Outfitters

Black Hall Outfitters
362 Boston Post Road
Westbrook, CT 06498
phone: 860-434-9680

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