June 21st - Warmer weather and bigger fish!

Warmer weather and bigger fish! The CT River is the hotspot for big stripers right now. The topwater bite is the name of the game, with the best producers being the 24/7 Mully and the fish stick pencil. There are plenty of big fish around, but the schoolies are still being caught on light tackle in the creeks. The reef bite has been on and off for the past few weeks. Some days they are loaded, some days the reefs are a desert. The best lures/baits for enticing those finicky reef stripers have been live eels, fresh-chunked bunker, and GT eels in 9.5” rigged on a jighead. The seabass bite is finally heating up, at least to the standards set in years past with size and quantity of fish. Evan Kamoen and friends had 70-80 keeper seabass in their last trip, slow pitch fishing Daiwa FK jigs. 70-80 feet of water on rocks or wrecks is what you want to look for, popular spots have been six mile reef and Outer Hatchetts reef. Slow pitch jigs, bucktails and clam have been the top producers. Porgies are mixed in with the seabass, and have been moving into their shallow summer holes. Porgies are being caught from shore and boat, in good numbers and size. The fluke fishing is also heating up, with doormats being caught around Fishers Island and Faulkner’s Island. Bucktails with gulp have been the hot bait, but squid and spearing on a fluke rig always works. Bluefish have been mixed in with the stripers and have been turning your eels into cigars, fish from 15-30” have been common, but bigger blues are being caught out east. BHO fluke-fest signups are open, and you can weigh in your trophy catch!