Finally The Fish Are On The Hunt!

Sand Eels Invade Western Long Island Sound


Sorry for the lack of reports these past few weeks?the fishing has been so good we forgot to write. Safe to say that finally the warm sun decided to flick the switch on for summer and it was exactly what the fish needed. After a banner year last year with the mass of sand eels all over our home waters of southwestern Fairfield County, who would of thought that this year may top it? Well, all signs are pointing that it will. We have never seen so many densely schooled sand eels from Greenwich, CT to Stratford, CT., as well as across the pond in Long Island

All week we have been drifting with the sand schools mostly fishing epoxy head sand eels tied by Pete V. and Eric Peterson. Bass to 21 lbs have been the norm when the bluefish give us some reprieve. With all of the blues around, the shore angling along Westport and Fairfield has definitely been nothing to write home about, but over the course of the past few days, the numbers of bass being caught locally is definitely on the rise.

Captain Steve was out this A.M. and had several keepers on mushies as well as some sand eel patterns. Sgt Colonies fished Eaton’s Neck all A.M. testing out his new trolling motor in three feet of water and had bass up to 12lbs on the long rods.


In the middle of this week we also saw some bait disturbance that was reminiscent of peanuts like the fall but after tossing a cast net at them, we were surprised to haul in a few 6-7 inch silver side patterns, very untimely at this time of year to be that size. So back to the vice we went.

Combine the amount of adult bunker we now have in the local area, with the infestation of sand eels and mix in some silver sides and we have quite the recipe for some big bass to stick around and start following some flies. The last week of warmer weather has definitely got these fish moving east and they have a lot of reason to stick around with all of this bait present. Heck, we even had a 19 inch fluke fall for a sand eel in 12 feet of water last weekend.

Farther to our west in places off of Greenwich like Todd’s Point, the scene has been much of the same, where bass have been pushing sand eels up on to the beach with a mix of fish in the mid thirty inch range.


All signs are pointing to a continuing trend so the time is now, get on out there or call the shop to book a trip of a lifetime!

Tight Lines.

Westport Outfitters Crew


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