23 May Fishing Report 5.22.15
Great Time to Be On the Water
The season has blown open over the past week or so. Bigger bass are in the Upper Bay eating pogies and squid. The morning topwater bite has been exciting; but the best catches have been deep. Successful anglers are using a variety of tactics from vertical jigging over structure with butterfly jigs or RonZ’s to live lining pogies around the schools or deep trolling when the bait is deep. Remember the change in regulations for 2015. One striped bass over 28 inches per angler per day.
With the sunny days of late the water temps in the salt ponds and other backwaters have been climbing and with that the start of the worm hatch has flyrodders excited. You can find worms emerging all over Southern New England. Video courtesy of Captain Jim Barr at Skinny Water Charters
Bluefish have appeared throughout the region and 12 -17 lbs versions as well. There have not been reports of the yellow eyed devil in the Upper Bay as yet; but South County anglers are catching a mix of bass and blues at the breachways. Blues love poppers and the Little Neck Popper from Super Strike and the Talkin’ Popper from Tsunami are hard to beat.
Squid fishing has picked up dramatically in all the traditional locations. Many have commented that they have had to really mix it up to fill the bucket. As a result we stock a variety of squid jigs with other designs and collors available instore. If you want to get in on the squid bite contact Captain BJ Silvia at Flippin Out Charters.
Tautog fishing has been slow; but improving with most anglers pointing to the chilly water temps as the cause. Unfortunately, the season closes 5.31 and reopens 8.1