Wednesday was a perfect day to be outside, and it was particularly perfect for fishing off the rocks at West Wharf Beach in Madison, CT.
Hong from West Hartford, who was there with a friend, also from West Hartford, snagged a bluefish. Tom from Guilford, fishing nearby for blackfish, watched Hong reel in his catch, admired it, and estimated it at about 12 to 13 pounds. The state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection reports that bluefish catches are at "about peak,"
BLUEFISH are throughout LIS and fishing is about peak and remains excellent. There are “Gator-sized Blues” to 16 pounds being reported every day. This is prime time for surf anglers to hook up with some monster choppers roaming along the Connecticut shoreline. Please note: there are schools of adult Bunker throughout the Sound and lower rivers/estuaries...so the feeding frenzy is on!
Tom wasn't having much luck earlier in the day snaring any "reef bullies," as the DEEP refers to blackfish, which can be elusive and are known for being "notorious bait stealers." After getting robbed several times, Tom just switched out his hook for another he thought would work better, and said he was willing to be patient.
Two women, one from Newington and the other from Southington, walked down from the Surf Club, and checked to see how the fishing was going, but they were mostly interested in taking home some pictures.