June 1, 2010
The month of May saw some good fluke fishing in our area. We only managed to make it out only a few times but fortunately the good fluke fishing has continued into June! We have been able to get anywhere from 20-40 fluke per trip but with the size limits we have only been able to actually keep a few. Either way, it has been fun catching. Best baits have been chartreuse teaser bucktails tipped with squid strips and mummies...Here are a few pics from a
Week of April 18, 2010
Well it certainly has been a long winter and it was good to finally get back on the saltwater. We managed to get out and fish for some of the spring season blackfish. The water temperatures in the Sound are still a bit cold and both trips this week produced a slow but steady bite. Each trip we boated about a dozen fish with a couple nice sized keepers making for some tasty meals. We also enjoyed a couple of beautiful sunny days. This was one of those weeks where it was just great to be out there and to get into a few hard fighting blackfish
June 21, 2010
The fluke fishing is phenomenal. There are lots of sand eels hanging out on the shoals and they are being fed on by both birds and the fluke. There are also schools of small blues and big porgy around and if we drift into a school we are catching some of the biggest porgy I have ever seen. Many of the fluke are on the short side but we are still managing a few keepers. My favorite rigs has been the 3 ounce white bucktail trailed with a white bucktail teaser and this combo has produced many doubles. Below are a couple pictures of Colin, Julien and Tommy. They were a great crew and the fluke kept them pretty busy today.
June 14, 2010
Recently, it has been tough to decide whether to go fluke fishing or to go bass fishing as the stripers have been steadily moving into our area over the past few weeks. Many bass are still covered in sea lice indicating they have recently migrated into Long Island Sound from ocean waters. Luckily we have also had schools of bunker in our area giving us prime bait to use but they are a bit hard to find. But, we have been able to cash in the few bunker we can get for a few nice size stripers.
July 17, 2010
We have switched over to looking for bass and bluefish in the past few weeks and done a pretty good job of finding both. Both morning and evening trips have been producing fish with the evening being a bit more productive. We have been lucky to have good schools of bunker in the area and they have been the bait of choice. Fish have come on both live bunker and on chunks. Some days have been better than others but thats the way fishing goes I guess. The most exciting action has been fishing in and around the bunker schools themselves but the local reefs have been producing fish also. Things are definitely heating up and it is a good time to get out there. Here are a few recent pics
July 25, 2010
One sentence sums up this past week... big bluefish are here and they are hungry. Although striper fishing has slowed down quite a bit in the past week or so, we have been able to fill the void and keep the rods bent over by catching up to 13 pound blues. They are feeding very heavily on large schools of bunker in the morning and evening and are giving us some exciting fishing opportunities. Watching these blues attacking the bunker schools is amazing and when you get one on your line you are in for a ride.
July 31, 2010
We have had another week of some of the most intense bluefish action I have seen in quite some time and this is thanks to some generously large schools of bunker we still have in our area. As long as the sun is up the bluefish are ferociously feeding on these bunker and it is a amazing and exciting sight to witness. Reeling in just a few of these angry, hungry bluefish has been enough to give some of my recent clients tired arms.
August 25, 2010
This month started well with both larger bass and blues being caught but slowed considerably. This extraordinarily hot summer has begun to take its toll on both water temperature and fishing in the sound. Most of the bunker we have been blessed with are gone and most of the bass and blues have moved to deep water and are tougher to locate. This recent storm and many days of wind have also kept me off the water recently. Fortunately, small bait fish are beginning to show up in numbers and bringing with them small blues which are a blast on light tackle. Larger fish are still being taken on trolling rigs and bottom fishing for porgy and sea bass has been consistent. I am looking forward to October and the start of blackfish season...my favorite time of the year!!
October 2, 2010
Its finally here! Fall black fish season opened up yesterday and it started with a bang. After not being able to fish as much as I would have liked during September, I was eager to get out and bend my rod over bringing in some big togs. I headed out with a couple good fishing buddies and fished the afternoon flood tide. It started a bit slow with only a few sporadic bites in my first spot, but after making a few moves I was able to put us onto fish and we enjoyed some non-stop action for nearly two hours! We boated a total of 25 black fish including a 4 man limit. It was a beautiful day and a great day of fishing.
October 10, 2010
With water temperatures in the 63-65 degree range, the blackfish bite is optimal and now is the time to get out there to get into some of these hard fighting fish. I had a great group of guys on the water yesterday for an all day charter and we all had a blast. The bite was furious and aggressive and I went through an astonishing 9 dozen crabs. In many instances, the baits were hit and hooks cleaned within seconds of hitting the bottom! As sneaky as these fish were, though, my clients quickly picked up the feel of the subtle hits and managed to stick a 3 man tog limit and many throwbacks in the mix. We boated over 40 fish total and had a phenomenal day of October fishing!
November 3, 2010
We had an awesome blackfish bite throughout the month of October and thus far it has continued into early November. Water temperatures are way down to about 55 degrees mid day but the blackfish are still aggressive and feeding heavily on just about any type of crab you put in front of them. Some of my old faithful spots right here in Milford are still producing some monster togs. With the forecast calling for some cold nights, I only expect them to remain in the shallow water for a few more weeks and then its off to their deep water winter homes. We got a quick limit on Wednesday and I have enough fish now to try that new blackfish chowder recipe!