Shifting over to bass

The focus is shifting to the bass and fall blitzes.  The only albie reports I know of are from Westerly to points west.  Albie’s aside, the fall run has been a bit slow.  The weather certainly hasn’t cooperated lately, but looks better this weekend so good luck.

Watch Hill and Eastern LI Sound
Capt. Roger K. Gendron of Connecticut Island Outfitters reports:

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Nice bass from Connecticut Island Outfitters

Warm front, cold front, stationary front; we had everything this past week except an occluded front (look it up in your Chapman’s).  None of it really any good as howling winds forced small craft warning flags most of the week.Finally, all the weather blew through and the week ended with unseasonably nice weather.  Feast or famine lately; at least the fish are still feasting. However all the low pressure pushed the fish off shore a bit and into deeper water.  Too deep for a fly rod I’m afraid, unless you have access to fly rod and sinking line that can throw several ounces of weighted fly, and a line that will drop to 80 feet in under 10 seconds.  Don’t have that rig? So jig!

Plenty of 4-6 lb Blues are on bait balls in 50 to 80 feet of water, with some nice fat stripers mixed in.  We were bouncing the bottom on a drift and picking up something on at least every other drift.  But don’t let your jig drag on the bottom for very long or you will be culling Sea Robbins.

The forecast for this week looks to be significantly milder, hopefully moving fish back into the structure near shore and within range of fast sinking lines.  Surface action has been inexplicably spotty, but blind casting will produce.

Capt. Mike Duclos of Tiderunner Charter reports:

October’s brilliance this year has a rival in the desires of fisherman, False Albacore…. It’s been a long time since we have seen the numbers, size and willingness to hit that we have this season. The fishing has been unreal, if you can get to the Race, Watch Hill, Orient Point or the Sluiceway you will find fish and they will bite. The exception to this has been the large schools of fish on the south side of Fishers were they are selective and tough to get in the slow moving water. The flies of choice have changed to small anchovie and silver side patterns with small deceivers or albie whore’s also working well. For hardware slingers the Deadly Dick and Cabela’s small minnow imitation have been great. We found bluefish mixed in with the Albies and caught one for every Albie hooked. Haven’t spent any time fishing for Stripers, everyone wants to catch Albies. The only problem with the abundance of these great fish is that it draws crazy people from all over the East Coast to chase them. We need to give a course on the correct way to approach a school of fish so that everyone gets chances at catching them, the run and gunners are a royal pain in the you know what. They just don’t get the right way to do things……… About five weeks of fishing left, let’s hope that the winds of October hold up for more days on the water. Have a great week and screaming reels to all.

Tight lines,

Garth Fondo

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