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Eastern Long Island Sound

Capt. Bob Turley
June 4, 2001
Long Island Sound - Saltwater Fishing Report

This past week, the Fairfield coastline seemed to be the hot spot for fly fishermen in the area. Striped bass and Bluefish have followed a large school of sand eels here, and have taken up residence in the area.

Jennings Beach and Pennfield Reef have provided anglers with good evening action. This area can be accessed from the end of Reef Road in Fairfield; the beach offers a number of jetties you can fish and some large flats that you can wade at low water.

Pennfield Reef offers good evening and night fishing, the reef runs southeasterly from the point at the end of Reef Road to the lighthouse about a mile offshore, more than half of the reef allows wading at low water. Close attention must be paid to the tide here, you can fish this spot two hours after high tide working your way out as the tide falls and then work your way back as the tide starts to rise. I always recommend using a compass when you wade out into large areas like this, the fog can roll in very quickly and catch you off guard.

The New Haven area has also been good this past week; some keeper size Striped Bass have been taken on the fly and a number of large Weakfish too. It seems that the spring migration of Weakfish has started and I hope it will be as good as last year.

Conservation efforts have paid off with this fishery. In the early eighties Connecticut had a very good fishery for Weakfish in western Long Island Sound. Large schools of these fish would feed on the surface at night and provide anglers with consistent action. As the nineties approached, the Weakfish were almost nonexistent in Western long Island Sound. Through the efforts of organizations like CCA, new net technologies, size and bag limits, this fishery is making a strong come back there in Connecticut.

Good Luck Fishing

Capt. Bob Turley

North Coast Charters

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North Coast Charters specializes in fly and Light Tackle Charters for Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito and False Albacore. I also offer Light Tackle diamond jigging and buck tailing trips for Striped Bass and Bluefish in the Race and Plum Gut. Fluke, Blackfish and Sea bass fishing. Evening Bass fishing trips to local Islands and reefs in eastern Long Island Sound. We are located in the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. We fish Connecticut, New York and Southern Rhode Island. waters

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Capt. Bob Turley / North Coast Charters
Docked at Ragged Rock marina on Ferry Rd
Old saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: 203-378-1160
Alt. Phone: 203-913-3984
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