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BigOutdoors
09-20-2009, 07:39 AM
MARINE FISHING REPORT

Water temperatures in Long Island Sound (LIS) are in the upper 60ís įF. Check out the following web sites for more detailed water temperatures and marine boating conditions:

http://www.mysound.uconn.edu/stationstat.html
http://marine.rutgers.edu/mrs/sat_data/?nothumbs=1
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
http://www.wunderground.com/MAR/AN/330.html

Remember to check the 2009 Connecticut Anglerís Guide for tidal information (page 52) and pages 49-51 for saltwater trophy fish award information.

STRIPED BASS fishing is good if you can avoid those pesky BLUEFISH! Striper and bluefish spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Napatree Point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef and the humps to the south, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle
 

Reminder to saltwater anglers concerning the marine waters fishing license:

A marine waters fishing license is now required for fishing in the Marine District (this includes Long Island Sound and tidal rivers south of the freshwater demarcation lines as listed on page 46 of the 2009 Connecticut Anglerís Guide).
Environmental Conservation Police will be checking for licenses and initially focusing their efforts on education and outreach. Saltwater anglers need to purchase their license as soon as possible.
The new licenses are available online (www.ct.gov/dep/fishing) and at all current vendors and DEP offices where the existing freshwater fishing and hunting licenses are sold. Please refer to the DEP website for additional information.
Ground, and the reefs around the Norwalk Islands. This is also prime time for anglers to hit the beach for some excellent shore fishing and donít forget about our coastal state parks for a variety of angling/crabbing opportunities!

SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing remains good along the coastline. Snappers are about 6 inches in length.

SCUP fishing is good to excellent on the local reefs with fish measuring 17 inches in length being common!

HICKORY SHAD fishing remains fair to good in the lower Niantic River and Connecticut River but should improve as autumn approaches.

LITTLE TUNNY (false albacore) and ATLANTIC BONITO (green bonito) are still racing around in LIS. Tuna spots include the Watch Hill area, south side of Fishers Island, Race Rock (the Race), Little Gull Island, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area and off the Norwalk Islands.

Blue crabbing is still hanging in there and now is a good time to catch monster jimmies before they move out into deeper water.

For regulation updates, please check our website www.ct.gov/dep/fishing

DEP WEEKLY FISHING REPORT
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106
www.ct.gov/dep

Cal45
09-20-2009, 07:51 PM
My son went out to the race yesterday in my boat fishing. He left the dock about 1 in the afternoon. Wife had to work the night before that's why he was late. Started hitting blues around 24" right off on diamond jigs. He said they got about 40 blues during the afternoon. About six o'clock when he had to head in (wife had to work last night also) they started getting stripers on bucktails. I guess he didn't get any but other boats were starting to catch them.