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TROPIC THUNDER

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
For the most part, Southern New England dodged any major problems from Hurricane Dorian. There was some good wind and waves seen, along with a little bit of rain, but compared with those of us to the south we came out pretty good. The big fear was what it might ...

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FALL “BONUS” SEASONS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
September 1 marks the opening of the fall “Bonus Seasons” in both Rhode Island and Connecticut waters. In Rhode Island, anglers onboard for-hire vessels may harvest 50 porgies per angler from 9/1 – 10/31, and the bag limit on black sea bass increases from 3 to 7 fish per angler ...

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HARDTAIL HAPPENINGS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
This week pretty much saw them all caught in Southern New England with confirmed catches of bonito, false albacore, chub mackerel and even some Spanish mackerel thrown in for good measure. Bonito are probably well into the middle of their seasons for us in local waters. They’ve been poking around ...

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FUNNY FISH

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
This week’s reports included many references to funny fish—bonito and chub mackerel primarily—with reports coming in from the Canal, the Vineyard, Newport, the West Wall through South County, the Watch Hill Reef complex and on into mid-Long Island Sound. While most of the cathodes were made by boatmen, surf anglers ...

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HOT SUMMER FISHING

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Signs of the Fall Run have already begun to show along parts of the coast as small baitfish are schooling up and pods of bass, blues, bonito and chub mackerel have been seen gorging on them at times. Big bass are still being caught at night around Block Island on ...

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HAMMERING HARD-TAILS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
While we’ve been seeing a few bonito popping up here and there at the Vineyard, South County, RI and off the South Shore of Long Island for weeks, this week saw a major up-tick in their reporting with confirmed fish in all those places plus well inside Long Island Sound ...

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SUMMERTIME SEA BASSING

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
They’re moving deep, but they’re still quite plentiful if you know where to look and you’re willing to put in the time to find them. That sentiment was heard across the reports from Long Island Sound through Rhode Island and on into Massachusetts waters this week. Limits were quite common ...

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POUNDIN’ PORGIES!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
From boat and by shore, from Massachusetts to Connecticut and beyond, the summer scup/porgy bite is in full effect right now. Keepers are more common in most places than short fish, and you can expect good bycatch of fluke, black sea bass, kingfish, striped bass and even bluefish on the ...

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EXCELLENT OFFSHORE ACTION

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
As Offshore Field Editor, Patrick Vogt led off his emailed report this week, “Good weather equals plenty to talk about!” Up around the Cape there are so many bluefin being caught that captains have begun to play catch and release as the market is flooded and there is almost zero ...

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BASS ON BUNKER

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
For many the 4th of July signifies the transition of striped bass patterns from transient spring fish to summer residents as they settle into more consistent patterns and locations. So far 2019 has been defined by a break from the norm with big bass being seen as far as Boston ...

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