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The bass are running all around The Race

We have a nice run of bass in and around The Race plus some now on the inshore reefs. Fluking is best off Misquamicut with a few keepers caught some days off Millstone and Isabella Beach. Porgy season has opened but no one is fishing for them yet and you still have three days over the weekend to catch winter flounder, maybe a day saver if we get windy weather.

Captain Jack at The Fish Connection reported bass in The Race, better on the flood right now; boats landing keepers big enough you don't have to bother measuring them. There are more bass now too on the Watch Hill Reefs, those feeding on sand eels said Jack, the big run there though the light tackle boats look forward too as yet to hit high gear.

Fluking is best over at Misquamicut though one fellow had a few keepers off Millstone Point. Bass catches in the Thames from Norwich to Gales Ferry were steady but they were all schoolies; no 40-pounders like last week.

Hillyer's Tackle told me porgy season is now open. It started on May 24 and will run through September 26. You can keep 10 fish per day at a 10.8-inch minimum. You also have three days left over the weekend to catch winter flounder in the lower Niantic River: two fish per person per day at 12 inches. Last day of fishing will be May 30.

Trolling with wire and parachute jigs is working at Valiant Shoal plus there were reports of bass now at Inner Bartletts and also some trolled up at Black Point plus a few blues taking striper lures now and then around the Millstone hot water.

Roger at J&B was very pleased about the bass numbers on their charter boats from The Race plus more bass on wire and umbrellas from the inside reefs along with some blues that measured 35 to 37 inches. Fluking is slow in Connecticut, better for now over to Misquamicut, maybe some keepers off Isabella Beach?

Captain Peter Fisher of the charter boat Fish trolled up a 50-inch bass at Valiant Shoal on one of his half-day trips and there was also a confirmed catch of a 40-inch bass by one of the casting boats around Race Rock,

Allen at Shaffer's reported one of the Mystic locals trolled up some keeper bass this week on the reefs in Fishers Island Sound on deep-diving swimming plugs. There are small bass around both sides of Masons Island, those hitting poppers and small shads. Bass catches have been steady from The Race and a few more fish of late from the Watch Hill Reefs. You might also find some bass on the outgoing tide some foggy morning on the ebb tide off Sandy Point or around the rocks on the east side of Stonington Point.

Al Golinski got in his first fluke trip of the season, putting in a long day on Wednesday for his limit to 5 pounds off Misquamicut, most of the fish caught on the morning tide. After that is was a struggle through skates and too many sea robins. A couple of his friends went to Block but found those waters full of dogfish, a fact that may put the damper on some weekend fishing plans.

When Al came past the bell at Napatree Point in the morning he saw a school of 25 to 35-inch bass chasing bait on the surface but there were no signs on them on his return trip in the afternoon. Fly casters in small boats caught small bass during the week outside the mussel bar on the north side of Napatree Point over along the sandy beach leading into Watch Hill Harbor.

Down at River's End, Mark said one of the light tackle skiffs had a catch of bass on Wednesday morning on Slug-Gos a little down from the Woodlot. Worm dunkers continue to land bass on a weekly not daily basis from the DEP docks along the lower Connecticut River. The best fluke news came from locals trailering their boats up to Point Judith, not much just now from eastern Long Island Sound. His last bit of news was about a 40-inch bass confirmed around Race Rock on one of our foggy mornings.

Tim Coleman is The Day's saltwater fishing columnist.


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