5 pound weakfish weighed in at a local Club caught "on the other side" and a 3.5 pound seabass and two 3.5 range Weakfish were weighed in also from "up east", bluefish in the 6-8 pound range are everywhere, Porgy fishing is still hot, a Cortney's bait and tackle customer weighed in a 2.6 porgy and a local fishing legend weighed in an almost 3 pound Porgy from middleground and a 7 + pound fluke taken from an undisclosed spot, near Falkners Island off Gilford I've heard of making a move but....geezz. Small seabass are covering some bottom areas , best strategy is just plain move, they are so agressive nothing else seems to be able to get to the bait . We'll have revenge when they grow to legal size. Local fluke reports are none and some smaller fish just shy of 17 inches at sunken island and bouy 18 and 20 areas and also middle ground, one big change is the fish are reported as thin my personal experience about a month ago is that they were fat, I don't know what that means. but they are due here and judging from the report and weigh in of that 7 pounder big fish maybe passing through soon. Striped bass are still in the area most are perfect size for some nice filets and a 28 pounder was taken under the bunker in Bridgeport Harbor live lining. Cortneys Bait and Tackle has the jumbo japanese mackerel, flash frozen bunker and butterfish order up your flats now for the coming weeks tournaments.. You can sign up for Stratford Boat Owners Memorial Tournament at Cortney's the enteries will be picked up Thursday so sign up before then. BTW they have a picnic after the weigh-in included with the entry fee so everyone is a winner.
Unofficial local contest winners.
The Congratulations to locals Danny Bocchino 15th and Paul Ziobo - Port Prize. Both fishermen didn't give up and caught their winning fish during the last few hours of the contest with a common sense change of tactics, they have been on the winners list consistantly in the past. Congratulations also to Dylan Grant 17th, Jeffery O'hara 18th and Vicenzo Poskiewizz who won the Stratford Bait and Tackle Port Prize
"sitting in deep water with a chunk of bait waiting for a fish to swim by doesn't cut it" that is a quote.
The bluefish were following their "here today, gone tomorrow" pattern. Most fish with the exception of the top five were in the 13.8 to 14.5 range and were picked up randomly everywhere, it was definitely a numbers game if you were chunking.
Not everyone was in the contest and fishing for bluefish. Porgys were still biting at Middle Ground dispite the huge fleet of boats. Porgy fishing if it can possibly get any better than it has already this year should pick up in the next few weeks. There are reports of blackfish being caught along the New Haven breakwater. Striped bass are out there every day, key word there is day. 10-18 pound fish are hitting in the mornings at first light in Bridgeport Harbor area, Black Rock Harbor area and anywhere within 1/2 mile of the mouth of the Housatonic and Milford Harbor. Cortney's Bait and Tackle has large Mackerel and quick frozen bunker these quality baits hold together on the hook. Just a reminder - In deeper water have your bait on the bottom, draw your leader right up to the sinker slide after you drop your line, then let out a few feet.
Cortney's Bait and Tackle has plenty of bait for anyone who needs some. With the absence of sandworms, clams are king as far as porgy go, clams are still out fishing squid, squid is outfishing clams for seabass and weakfish, for the cost I'd bring both. Fluke and some weakfish are here and being weighed in for local club contests, you could pick them up at "20" or Sunken Island / Fairfield beachor any of your local spots drifting or anchored and jigging.
If you are chunking bass or blues and anchored try drop a jig tipped with squid, or a porgy rig over and keep yourself busy.
Bunker schools are showing in the very early am, instead of snagging a livewell full and leaving, before you go rehook one and liveline it where you caught it, this is the time of year when the BIG fish start staying with their prey.
People are pretty quiet, no one wants to talk about their favorite Bluefish spot. No reports from the Housatonic or deeper water. Bunker are in Black Rock Harbor and Bridgeport Harbor. Cortneys Bait and Tackle has the large Mackerel and flats of quality bunker, we'll be open during the tournament hours so if you need bait we're there. If you are going to snag bunker get up early, first light they go to the bottom, if you see a single splash cast at it and let your snagger drop deep that seems to be the best tactic. I'd bring some bait with me the more people in the harbors looking for bait, the less likely you are to get a few. Porgy are still around Middle Ground, Sunken Island and especially the rocky bottoms around Charles Island and the harbor. people are drifting with clams and squid to find the fish then anchoring up and chumming. Nice size Fluke 18-20" are around structure and drop offs, hitting jigs rigged with a squid strip, keep moving around if and when you find them they hit instantly. Cortneys Bait has large quality squid packed two per pack ( 9 - 11 inches) There are Striped Bass 10-12 pounds around the mouth of the Housatonic picking up mackerel and bunker chunks, change out your bait if you're not getting bites don't waste your time nursing a washed out bait. We have plenty of bait after 10-15 minutes change it out..
Porgys biting around Middle Ground Light and Penfield StripedBass around Bouy 18 are up to 22 pounds not many blues. Cortneys Bait and Tackle has Flash frozen bunker, flats of high quality bunker and large mackerel and butterfish are here if you run low on bait we will be open all weekend.
Blues up to 13.5 pounds in the area of Charles Island along with striped bass, porgy are biting at middle ground and Penfield Reef to 2.25 pounds clams are out fishing squid strips Cortneys bait and tackle has 2pound packs of clams for 12 dollars and 9-11 inch squid 2perpack
Picked up Bait at Cortneys Bait and Tackle @ 4.45 when it opened and was out on the water at 5:15 Loads of bluefish between 8-10 pounds and Striped bass about the same size , in 45 foot of water off Charles Island, Day break ,dead high and the bite was on, the fish were taking Cortney's Bait and Tackle's frozen bunker and jumbo Mackerel chunks. There are definitely bigger fish in the mix as far as the stripers go, best idea is to get out there early and often, before they disappear. The bite lasted about an hour and a half, then slowed down, during that time we went through 4 mackerel and 6 bunker. I should have brought more bait it would have picked up again when the tide started to run.