The Fisherman Magazine Weekend Video Forecast 6/17/2021 - New England
New England Editor, Dave Anderson brings you all the breaking news on what’s happening around the Northeast fishing scene. The Canal saw its first big push of heavyweight stripers this week with several reports of 40-, and even, 50-pound linesiders landed from the banks of the Big Ditch. Narragansett Bay is still pumping out big stripers as well, even with water temps eclipsing 70 degrees, the abundant bunker schools are keeping them happy and healthy in the bay. Fluke fishing has come alive in a big way on Nantucket Shoals, where double-digit fluke are coming over the rails at an alarming rate and doormats to 15 pounds have been reported! Block Island is poised to break open, huge schools of sand eels showed up over the last couple days bringing bluefish, bass and fluke with them. It’s June, is there a better time to be fisherman in New England?
Karen over at AW Marina in New London said the Thames continues to hold bass and local anglers continue to catch them. There are some larger fish in the mix as well with fish to 45 inches reported thi...
Karen over at AW Marina in New London said the Thames continues to hold bass and local anglers continue to catch them. There are some larger fish in the mix as well with fish to 45 inches reported this week. Places like Fort Trumbull, Pleasure Beach and Avery Point are producing fish. The porgy bite is on now too at all three of those locations and there were reports of a few fluke being taken from the rocks at Avery Point as well.
Andrew from Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown said the mouth of the river has seen another push of stripers this week, he felt that the bulk of these fish were in the 25- to 36-inch class, but there were some big ones up to 40 pounds reported. Eels have been the method of choice for most of the surf guys looking for a big one. But some decent action can be had if you throw SP Minnows or Red Fins from the beaches around the mouth, there are plenty of large schoolies and slots around that will happily take those plugs or a rigged Slug-Go. And you never know, you might hook something.
Over at Rivers End Tackle in Old Saybrook there was word that the surf bite was on the rise. Eel-slingers have come back with reports of 20- to 30-pound stripers with fair regularitythe largest confirmed catch was a 32-pounder, but there were rumors of much larger fish being caught.
Over at Captain Morgans in Madison weakfish continue to bite well at places like West Haven Sandbar, but any spot with decent tidal exchange is worth a try. Most of the shore fish are being caught using small swimming plugs like SP Minnows, Mag Darters and Hydro Minnows or small soft plastics on jigheads like ZMan Swimmerz, Bass Assassins or Zoom Flukes. More stripers have moved into local waters this week with some solid fish into the 20-pound class reported from shore. Live eels have been a popular way to hook a bigger fish, but some anglers throwing large soft plastics have also connected with some good ones. The lower tidal rivers are loaded with smaller bass right now too, which has been great for the light tackle and fly guys. Dropping tides have been hot for the stripers while the weakfish bites have favored the flood.
The guys at Bobby Js in Milford said some larger bass have moved into local waters, but they have mostly been caught by boaters so far. Chunking with fresh bunker or squid might be an excellent way to connect with a big girl from shore. Bait has not been an issue locally, squid and sand eels have been abundant and theres been some bunker moving in over the last few days as well. A good bet for anyone looking to catch a few fish from shore would be to fish the Bird Sanctuary at the mouth of the Housy. Weakfish are still biting well at West Haven with some blues to 10 pounds in the mix. Fishing any spot with moving water at first light might be good for a few topwater bass and/or blues.
The crew at Fishermans World in Norwalk said they saw a major influx of smaller bait along the beaches this week. All that bait has kicked the surfcasting action up a few notches from the local beaches. Fish can be caught any time of day, but your best chances for blitz action are first and last light. The inlets at either end of Sherwood Islandthe one that feeds into Compo Cove and the one at Burial Hill Beachare both producing bass at night and both have produced weakfish in the past. Most of the bunker that were in local waters have headed east ant taken the bulk of the really big bass with them. But dont bet on the fact that they are all gone, stay the course and put the time in, you will likely be rewarded.
It seems Richard Johnson liked the publicity last week because he hit me up again with a cryptic text. He said he made three trips this week from the central Connecticut surf. Two trips were successful, one brought up the skunk. He fished artificials twice, and one of those nights produced the skunk. But he said he landed a 28-pounder on a Super Strike Darter and lost a fish that felt heavy on the old Surf Asylum Reel Eel. He then spent a considerable amount of time chunking which produced several large dogfish and two nice stripers; a 26-pounder and a big one at 43 pounds. He said he even had a few new friend requests on social media which he thought must have been a result of last weeks report. If you find him on Facebook, dont be offended if he never accepts your request, hes kind of like that. More
Editors Note: The water temps in the Bay have shot up above 70 this week and, while there are still plenty of bass up there, it wont be long before they make their big exit. There have been report...
Editors Note: The water temps in the Bay have shot up above 70 this week and, while there are still plenty of bass up there, it wont be long before they make their big exit. There have been reports of pushes of large bass moving out through the east passage this week and boaters fishing Newport and Jamestown have reported finding some large bass in tight. Most of the surf guys I talked to that fish those rocks have found slow fishing but I know one guy that hit a good pile of 20-pound class fish last week and you can bet there are others.
Matt over at Snug Harbor Marina said the surf guys fishing the beaches have been reporting hit and miss fishing with mostly smaller fish. The exception being the breachways which have produced the occasional larger fish. The guys fishing the rocky shores of Narragansett have found a few more better fish, but they are working for them. At least one fish in the 30-pound class was taken from the area of Black Point this week. Daytime anglers are still finding blues, most of them are in that 4- to 6-pound bracket and not many over 8 pounds have been reported recently. Guys soaking bait from the West Wall are catching plenty of scup with some schoolies as well. They hadnt heard any weakfish news over the past seven days.
Abbie over at Quonnie Bait and Tackle in Charlestown said they saw an increase in slot stripers in the breachways late in the week and many shore guys were cashing inthere were a few over slot fish reported as well. The beaches are still producing good numbers of bluefish, especially early in the morning. Scup are in and biting well along the breachway jetties and rocky stretchesthey also heard some good reports from the West Wall. There were a few weakfish reported from shore this week as well. Overall the shore guys are catching well.
The crew from Watch Hill Outfitters in Westerly said some bigger bass were moving in for the boat crowd and that should mean some better fish for the nighttime surf guys as well. Watch Hill and Nappatree Point should be areas of focus for surf guys this week with Weekapaug Point also being a good spot to try. Guys throwing eels should have the upper hand, but when the tide gets moving Super Strike Darters and North Bar Bottle Darters will catch well. The breachways have been producing mixed sizes of bass for the night guys but this push of larger bass could show up in any of these outflows as well. Daytime fishers are connecting with good numbers of blues in the 4- to 6-pound class and a few schoolie bass. Bait dunkers are catching scup like crazy from the jetty and rocky spots, there have been a few fluke taken from the breachway rocks as well.
My friend Ben D checked in again and said his week was slow. He had heard a few boat guys were catching some nice fish close to shore in the day but the bite wasnt translating after dark. The fish he was catching were taking bucktails and needles but they were all on the smaller side this week. I wonder if those fish that the boats were catching were on bunker schools, I have seen it many times when the day bite is crazy and then the fish sleep all night long! More
Word from Surfland up in Newburyport was that the bass bite has been really good this week with a wide mix of sizes. There are reports of schoolies, from micros to 26 inches, on the beaches taking wor...
Word from Surfland up in Newburyport was that the bass bite has been really good this week with a wide mix of sizes. There are reports of schoolies, from micros to 26 inches, on the beaches taking worms on the bottom. The high tides at sunrise in the mouth of the Merrimack have been producing some really nice fish, including several north of 40 inches. Up inside the Merrimack there are still shad running, and some large bass are up there keeping them company, there has been word of some large stripers up to 40 pounds being caught from the shores of the river.
Out on Cape Cod Simeon from Blackbeards Bait & Tackle out in Eastham said a few guys are pulling keeper bass from the outer beaches, but its been mostly a bait thing. Guys throwing swimmers are pulling more 20- to 26-inch bass. The bite on the bay side continues to improve and represents your best shot at pulling a slot fish or larger from the sand. Some anglers have pulled some fish on topwaters like the Bobby Rice Bomb at first light. Night guys are still leaning hard on the SP Minnow. Bait fishers seem to be doing best on mackerel chunks or squid.
Over at Goose Hummock in Orleans, blues continue to ravage bait schools on the Sound beaches with West Dennis Beach mentioned as one of the scenes of repeated action. The inlets along that stretch all have blues intermittently with some bass showing after dark. The Bay beaches continue to out-produce the ocean beaches but that should start to level off soon. Along the National Seashore its been mostly schoolie bass with some slot fish in the inlets and estuaries. But you never know what you might find along these storied beaches.
Taking the ferry to Dicks Bait and Tackle out on Marthas Vineyard word was that bass fishing continues to pick up, but its been tough to find consistent bites on fish over 26 inches. The best place to look has been the north shore, where surfcasters throwing needles, darters and eels are finding a few better fish in the dark. The pond outlets and bridges are still holding lots of school bass with the very occasional slot fish mixing in. These fish will crush small soft plastics or light bucktailsyou might get a few on topwaters at first light as well. Wasque has had some blues for the beach crowd, large metals like Hopkins and Kastmasters have been hooking their fair share, with topwaters like Roberts Rangers and Super Strike Little Neck Poppers also getting smashed.
The guys at Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore said its been tough for the morning crowd but the hardcores that fish multiple nights per week are sticking some good ones after dark. Nearly all of these fish are coming on jigs with Savages leading the chargebut any larger paddletail will work. They had word of a 48-inch striper taken down at the east end this week and several others in the 40-plus inch class as well. Outside the Canal, the Bay beaches have fish, but they are mostly smaller. But with Barnstable Harbor starting to heat up, keeping an eye on the inlets and Sandy Neck would not be a bad idea.
AJ at Red Top Tackle in Buzzards Bay said that the Canal has been on the slower side overall, but some nice fish are being taken by the guys that dont mind putting in a lot of time. There were reports of fish into the mid 40-inch class, mostly taking paddletail shads and other jigs worked along the bottom. There has been no shortage of bait, mostly in the form of bunker, but it seems that most of these baitfish are sticking around the east and west ends. There have been some, short-lived, flare ups at the west end at the end of the west tide. Surf guys fishing Buzzards Bay have been finding mostly short fisha few reports of 20-pound class fish here and there.
My buddy Greg Taylor checked in with some news from the North Shore of Massachusetts. He said that he had been sent up there for a while for work so he took on the challenge of finding fish in a new area. He set himself up in an area with some good current and got right to catching fish. He nailed a 24-pounder and lost a heavy fish that he couldnt gain any ground on! He didnt give me any details on where this happened, but I included this report here because it shows that there are a lot of nice fish moving up north of Boston right now and if you were looking for a reason to get out there and fish, let this report be that reason. Greg has fished these waters for one day and hes catching, dont let him show you up! More