Experienced anglers like to catch bait early and get to their fishing spots by sunrise. After making bait, we frequently head to Bartlett Reef, a boulder-strewn reef, to free-line bunker. It's a short run from Niantic Bay, which usually holds bait and has a state-run boat launch. It's common to encounter mayhem: big bass boiling, tail slapping, and chasing the baitfish, frequently right next to the boat. Just look for areas with large boulders and good current flow, a simple process considering the countless reefs and rocks strewn throughout Long Island Sound.