Something for everyone at Montauk lately
Once the wind goes down, it might be a good time to head over to Montauk for some great casting for striped bass and false albacore. And, if that's not your passion, we have some good black fishing developing from Stonington to the west, those spots with range of smaller boats.
Captain Jack Balint took his charters over to Montauk on the recent long weekend for excellent catches. On Sunday the party had their 8-bass limit to 25 pounds in 45 minutes then spent the rest of the time catching scup. On the Monday morning trip, two anglers landed 21 albies and 24 bass from 28 to 42 inches. On the afternoon charter for two retired Navy people, they landed 36 stripers before heading back at 5:30 p.m. The Tuesday trip landed the same quality numbers.
Please keep in mind you might hit some rough weather on the way back so it pays to make this run in a bigger boat, and let's not overlook the $4.50 to $4.85 per gallon gas most area anglers are burning to make this run.
Back home there are a few bass and blues casting into the rips at Watch Hill and perhaps a few lone albies off Bluff Point. There are some small and medium blackfish around White Rock and the Stonington breakwater plus some jumbo scup on the south side of Fishers and north of Race Point.
Thames River shore anglers continue to catch blues on chunks plus the state just stocked 500 salmon in the Shetucket, those perhaps a day saver if it's too windy to go out into the Sound.
Don at King Cove said the bass catches from the Watch Hill Reefs have dropped way off but in their place are good numbers of jumbo porgies and increasing numbers of blackfish now that water is cooling a bit. You might also see some small pods of albies off Watch Hill but it's better over at Montauk.
Captain Allen at Shaffer's Marina reported his slip customers had some nice blackfish catches over the long weekend. One of the better ones was made by Steve Java and Donna Harmon plus some quests. Together they landed 16 blacks to 23 inches fishing off Paddle Rock in 8 to 10 feet of water on the south side of Ram Island.
Other good spots were in 15 to 25 feet of water off North Hill and the small hump to the west of can #1, that latter probably has room for one, maybe two boats, first come, first served. You might have some problems this weekend said Allen with a windy forecast in the works and also full-moon tides.
He hasn't seen many bass coming in but shore catches of porgies from Mystic River Park are still worthwhile for those without a boat but those numbers are dropping as time goes on said Allen.
Mark at Hillyer's Tackle said all the popular blackfish spots got hit very hard over the long weekend so it's best to scout up other rocky humps off the beaten path for best chances. Trollers are catching some bass early in the morning off Harkness Park and Inner Bartletts. Porgies are big right now, perhaps the biggest of the season. There was little news about false albacore; that fishing might be over in local waters for the year.
Evan at J&B said their charter boat is catching some bass very early in the morning trolling Gibbs swimmers on wire at both Inner Bartletts and Black Point. Catches from The Race were okay on a weekly basis but they had some flat spots on certain daylight trips. Most of the blackfish locations right in the bay, handy to smaller boats were hit hard over the long weekend. The best reports he got were locations around Hatchett's Point and Hatchett's Reef.
Captain Brad Glas of the Hel-Cat said the porgy fishing was excellent but will close by press time so they switched back to bass and blues from 9 to 3 every day until the end of this month. This is usually a good time of season to get in one last trip before Mother Nature brings fishing to a halt.
Al Golinski made a trip over to Southwest Ledge over the weekend, finding some new sea bass spots, catching about three-quarters of a cooler to 3 pounds in roughly 80 to 110 feet of water on the north side of the ledge on an ebb tide. Please keep in mind Al left from a Rhode Island port and fished in Rhode Island waters were sea bassing is still open. It's closed down in Connecticut for the time being.
Tim Coleman is The Day's saltwater fishing columnist.
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