Category Archives: Local Reports

SEPTEMBER 16 2018

Since our last report we’ve been out a half a dozen times, doing very well with porgies, short sea bass and the occasional keeper fluke.  On one of the trips we ran into a school of small bluefish and were able to enjoy some top-water action.  The blues were only in the 1-2 pound class–but welcome nonetheless as the 2018 season was disappointing for anglers hoping for large blues.

Today we fished with Jim Babashak of Wilton and his son, 11-year old Danny.  (Shown with his catch below.) They did well with porgies and a half a dozen sea bass, one coming in at 20″–as well as a stray bluefish–all caught while bottom fishing.

 

We hope good action will continue and we’re looking forward to the annual arrival  of striped bass in late October or early November.  My Bonnie will be in the water until the end of October, when our marina will close down to begin its long-overdue dredging project.

AUGUST 29 2018

We’ve been telling you about the bountiful porgy catches throughout this month, and Dan Welch and his party caught some of those scup; he sent us a photo of the Thai Porgy Stew that they enjoyed for dinner last Sunday evening.

Here it is.  Doesn’t it look great?

And last night I microwaved some porgy filets in pico de gallo sauce.  It was delicious.  To microwave porgies and other small filets, cover them in your favorite sauce and heat them in the microwave 3-5 minutes, depending on the power of your unit.

AUGUST 27 2018

We’ve gone out several times since our last report; again, large porgies were extremely plentiful.  Today we also got fluke, sea bass, and a half dozen sea robins.

Lots of bunker schools and small bait are all over the place, so maybe large bluefish and stripers will be attracted to our part of L.I. Sound over the next several weeks.

AUGUST 13 2018

Rain, rain and more rain.

We managed to slip in one trip yesterday and caught the usual crop of porgies and small sea bass, etc.  Again, no bluefish around our part of the Sound; hard to understand this situation, but we’re still hoping they’ll arrive along with the big striped bass in a few weeks.  We’re not alone with this dilemma; all the other local boats are dealing with the same scenario.

AUGUST 8 2018

We’ve fished several times since our last report, and the results for each trip were quite similar.  PORGIES.  Lots of porgies.  Of course, we got some small sea bass and fluke, but no bluefish–which is very unusual for this time of year.

Striped bass can be caught at night–and a few schoolies in the early morning.

JULY 20 2018

We fished on Thursday with co-workers Blake Paris and Lance Wika of Stamford, along with Norwalk residents Lindsay Merchant Henke,  Adam Henke, and Akshar Crupta.  We were busy for six hours bringing in porgies, fluke (including a keeper dropped at the boat,) some sea bass and  sea robins.  Sixteen porgies were kept for a barbecue dinner. 

On Friday we went out  with Patrick Gillespie, his brother, Ed, and nephew Daniel–along with Pat and Ed’s mom, who lives in Eastchester NY.  They caught lots of porgies, some fluke, and a sand shark–a special treat for Daniel, who’s a novice angler.  He’s shown below, holding a nice porgy.

JULY 18 2018

Today was cool and windy, but we left the dock at 8:30am with Dr Steve Eliot of Weston and his friend, Ben Cohen–entertaining his grandchildren, Josh and Ethan, visiting from Costa Rica.  They hauled in porgies nonstop and kept six for their evening barbecue.

JULY 15 2018

Although the weather reports were less than ideal, we sailed with Myles Wolfe and his young family at 10am.  The thunder storm never arrived, and although it was a bit windy and cool, the family brought in a passel of porgies and took home lots of fish for a family barbecue.

JULY 14 2018

Today’s results were better than we’d seen for the past several trips. We sailed in the morning with Chris Skoczen of Fairfield CT and his sons, Luke and Ben.  They caught a mess of porgies, two fluke,  and sea robins.  All the fish were released.

JULY 11 2018

We’ve been out a few times since our last report. The weather’s been fairly good, but the fishing is fair to middlin’. Some porgies and sea bass, the occasional keeper fluke, schoolie striper, and the always-reliable sea robins.