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Posted By Dave Anderson, July 9, 2018
Better bassing to the east is the name of the game this week as the (finally) warming waters of Long Island Sound are pushing both bass and bait out of the western Sound. (Photo courtesy of Reel Cast Charters)
For weeks now the bass bite has been mostly confined to the western Sound, especially if you’re looking for big ones. With the heat wave this past week, the fish finally started to move and several fish in the 40s and 50s were reported from the all over the Sound this week. I wouldn’t wait on this bite; my guess is that these fish are fleeing swelling water temps (TJ from Rock and Roll Charters plotted an increase from 64 to 78 degrees this week!) Sea bass action is still red hot from Southwest Reef east; west of Clinton the fish are deeper and more widespread. Fluke action was also picking up this week; the odd thing about it was that the bites have been more widespread with fewer fish and not many shorts, but those being caught have been averaging on the larger side. The big question that everyone is asking is, “Where are the bluefish?” The only spot with any consistent catches is Millstone; there have been a few flare ups in the Race, but that’s it. Blues have been very scarce.
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