It’s been a while since I’ve reported here, and I’m overdue for a proper review of our 2016 Spring run.
We are in a transition period now, the waters are as hot as they will be all year (around 74-80 degrees depending on time of day), the bass seem to be in a holding pattern, bottomfish are deep and finicky, and blues are sporadic. There are hints of fall becoming more evident with shorter days and cooler nights. The fall migration of striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito is looming. The harbors and rivers are chock full of peanut bunker and spearing. Eventually these fish will leave their safe haven of the hot rivers and seek the open water to make their way south, with the gamefish on the chase right behind them. It’s an exciting time of year, it can be chaotic and frantic. The fall run often brings high winds, choppy water, and fast moving bait schools getting annihilated by everyone in town. Blues and schoolie bass or false albacore slashing through schools on the surface, and older wiser and lazier bass below them picking up scraps 10-20 feet down. Even sea bass and the feared sea robin will join the party. It’s run and gun fishing.
Anyway, onto the season in review. I didn’t have hardly enough time to fish, but I managed a few (3) outings that made up for it. A stark contrast from last year. I did manage quality fish in limited time, including my personal best fish which I was amped about. She weighted in at 37 pounds. It was preceded by a fish tying my PB at 30lbs, and four others in the 36 inch range. This was the same week as last year when I had my best fish of the season at 28 pounds, the new moon in the first week in July.
This spring could be characterized by sporadic runs of really good migratory fish. It was almost as if you could tell the big schools were passing through at certain times and on the feast. The islands held some really good fish at times, and other times it was famine. As usual June provided the most consistent fishing.
Well for a striper fisherman in fairfield county, this is THE time to catch your trophy fish, and we’ve been on fish pretty good for a few weeks now since late May. Safe to say if you’re putting your time in at the bass hours, i.e. early AM, late in the day, or under the cover of darkness, you have a good chance at hooking up. We have had some solid waves of migratory fish coming through and stopping in at the islands. Hopefully some fish find what they’re looking for and stay. So far the prevalent bait I’ve seen is silversides, some really longer than usual ones up to 5-6 inches. There have also been peanut bunker around, as they have been all winter. The usual assortment of topwater poppers, swimmers, soft plastics and flies are doing the trick. When the fishing has been really good, the fish have been keyed in on these silversides for me personally. I have yet to see really thick large schools of bunker locally, but supposedly they are definitely in to the west of us, east, and out in the middle where I know guys are live lining. This weekend’s full moon tides should be one of the best times to fish the whole season. I’m sad to to say I’ve only put in 3-4 outings this season, so I wholeheartedly plan to make up for that starting tomorrow night. Of those 4, 3 have brought big fish though. Fish porn below. Tight lines!
First on fly. They were thick on small bait this night.
Kevo breaks ice with first of the year
Wishin I was fishing
Ok folks, it’s been awhile since I checked in but the spring run is on. Truth be told it has been a tough season for me so far. The weather seems to be god awful on weekends with either high winds or torrential downpour, and beautiful on weekdays when I’m kooked up in my office.
First fish came for me on April 16th, and It’s been on and off since then. Good night April 21st although I had to work for it. Good night April 28th east in Fairfield with best quality fish so far blitzing on small bait in an outflow. This past Thursday AM had some nice fish on topwater in the mouth of the norwalk river. All reports have been from shore so far except for this Thursday.
I have friends doing ok a bit west of here with bigger fish in greenwich and stamford. One well known report of a 42 lber in stamford. The usual wire trollers in greenwich are catching fish in 20s. Not my cup of tea personally. Some reports of good fish upriver in the norwalk and saugatuck a few weeks ago. I haven’t personally seen any herring or adult bunker, in fact all I’ve seen is spearing 4-5 inches. I may have missed the herring run upriver. In JBay in Brooklyn the fishing seems to be excellent. Guys on Housy are doing ok, not killing it recently it seems. It sure seems to me as though we had sort of a ‘false start’ in that the water temps are here (mid 50s), but the big bait is not. The rain has slowed things down a bit.
This weekend I will be going full bore. Late night tides and approaching full moon SHOULD in theory turn things on. I’ll be likely doing plugging and fly casting during day hours and chunking at night with some plugging mixed in. I will be focusing on the mouth of rivers/creeks, and possibly out in the islands. Hoping to find the bait and let that dictate my efforts.