menhaden and blues
To begin let me explain that these are just the observations of a shore bound angler. From all the posts on many other boards N. bay seems to be loaded with very small menhaden even along the ocean front-BUT only along the west side. I haven't seen alot off Sakonnet, nor have I seen the usual blitzes in the Westport area, where I generally fish. Granted there was one small pod of blues that came into the area but for the most part its been small bass or nothing.
I am wondering if Conn.'s banning the pogy reduction boats and the large purse seiners from the waters of Long Island Sound might not be having a good effect on the fishing in N.bay. I do not remember seeing any large schools of menhaden the the bay this spring- yet we have oodles of young. These young would be following the food flow that exits the bay and like was mentioned in one report(Jim White; Nor'east Online) the flow is exceptionally good this year due to all the spring and early summer rainfall and the resulting algae blooms.
Blues are an oily fish and require their food to have a high oil content so they follow the menhaden more closely than do stripers which can feed on just about anything and survive. This may explain why there aren't alot of blues off Westport- east of Gooseberry- but there are alot of stripers because the only bait I've seen in this latter area has been sandeels.
Just some food for thought from one who would rather ctch stripers than blues. rel