The title says is all, folks. They are everywhere. From Westbrook to the RI boarder schools of false albacore are terrorizing small bait. The sound is loaded with a variety of bait right now. We are seeing peanut bunker in a couple different sizes and bay anchovies by the millions. As exciting as this is, it can make the fish “picky” when there is so much to choose from. take a look a the bait a single fish spit up while we were out on Tuesday.
Our advice is to GO SMALL! Little jigs will out fish large ones in schools of finicky fish. As you can see in the above picture, the 1 oz Game On EXO Jig fooled fish keyed in on small bait. These fish will mix with spanish macks and bluefish at times so be prepared to loose gear. 15 lb leader and a quiver of jigs will keep you catching more fish!
The poor striped bass! Kind of like the red headed stepchild of September when the albies come in. It’s actually refreshing that people are letting them be while the funny fish are around. If you need your striped bass fix, fear not as they are biting very well. Topwater bites are starting in the early morning hours and continuing into the afternoon most days. Fish from 20-30″ are commonplace. The Ocean Born Poppers are winning the day out fishing most topwater baits. Captain Mike Pirri of Flying Connie Charters is having luck working mojo rigs and jigs and is finding some larger fish to 40″.
Seabass seem to be raging lately and easy limits have been caught all week. Clams are the go to bait lately, so pick accordingly when you are headed out.
The 2019 champion will be crowned by the heaviest three fish bag of the weekend. Also new this year is the Big Fish CALCUTTA for heaviest fish of the tournament! Prizes for heaviest fish of the day Saturday and Sunday too!
Our raffle is shaping up to be the best yet with gear from Tsunami, Accurate, Costa, Kenyon Grills, Old Town, On the Water, and The Fisherman Magazine with more added daily!
Here are the gritty details (UPDATED 9/20):
Cost: $40 per angler with optional $50 HEAVY TOG CALCUTTA
Rules: Fish wherever you like, but be aware there will be NO LATE weigh ins. You are allowed to weigh in 3 fish TOTAL, not per day. The heaviest 3 fish bag will crown the King of the Tog. In the event of a tie, the first fish weighed in will be the tie breaker.
Registration: Call or sign up in person at our Westbrook or Old Lyme shop.
Friday (October 11th): Captains Meeting at 5pm BEER SPONSORED BY BLACK HOG BREWERY! – Pick up your captains bag and FREE GREEN CRABS (first 50 sign ups) and enter the calcutta. It is MANDATORY to attend this meeting if you are participating in the calcutta.
Saturday (October 12): Weigh station closes at 4pm.
Sunday (October 13): Weigh station closes at 3pm– BBQ, Awards, and Raffle to follow.