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#1 RustyMorr

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 03:27 AM

Since a new season is about to begin, this is a new forum! 

 

Welcome and good luck...

 

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 03:29 AM

Since a new season is about to begin, this is a new forum! 

 

Welcome and good luck...

 

RustyMorr

Good idea Rusty! But why don't we include reports from Galilee also?


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 08:50 PM

A friend fished at Stonington on Tuesday night. Put in a good effort but got nothing.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 01:22 AM

I put in an hour on Thursday early evening (mid to high incoming tide) right after sunset. Despite attracting a crazy big ball of bait fish I didn't see a single squid. The 10 knot wind and showers made for a quick night. I'm going to try again tonight sometime after 10pm when the winds are supposed to die down. The ocean surf has bee up the last couple days so hopefully this will not drive the squid offshore.

 

I did speak to a couple commercial fisherman (deckhands) on Thursday night who had just come back from a squid run with poor results. They said they were switching to shrimp on the next run (Royal Red Shrimp aka Stonington Reds). They said last November their boat had one of its best Fall Squid halls in awhile. I was still spearfishing in November and hadn't even thought about squid fishing, oh well.

 

Oh yeah, when I went surfing friday afternoon I saw a dead porgy on the beach. 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 01:29 PM

Just got back from my 1.5 hour attempt at catching squid tonight. Calm conditions, lots of bait, and no squid seen nor caught.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 08:04 PM

Just got back from my 1.5 hour attempt at catching squid tonight. Calm conditions, lots of bait, and no squid seen nor caught.

Hopefully, with all the bait around they'll show up soon. Thinking of an experience we had there a few years ago. There were about 6 or 7 of us fishing. From dark to mid-might, Martin caught only one squid and that was it for all who were squidding. At mid-night, the cephalopods  really turned on. In an hour we got about 30. So who knows.

 

We'll be passing through next week and give a try.


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:58 PM

I've heard the same report from a commercial out of Point Judith.  We will be hitting the mooring field on Friday, if nothing, we'll motor over to Misquamicut where we've had pretty good early season luck.  Keep the reports coming.  I should be able to post on Saturday with our results.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:22 AM

I fished at the dock from 9-11 last night. Caught one in the first five minutes and the guy next to me caught one just before me and then nothing. On review the outgoing tide was probably a poor choice but going out at 2 in the morning is a serious commitment for me. A handful of others showed up and tried for an hour with no luck. Did see three school stripers swim by which was not reassuring. Early on I had talked to a captain of a commercial boat that was heading out for squid but said most of the Stonington fleet was shrimp fishing. 


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:42 AM

I fished at the dock from 9-11 last night. Caught one in the first five minutes and the guy next to me caught one just before me and then nothing. On review the outgoing tide was probably a poor choice but going out at 2 in the morning is a serious commitment for me. A handful of others showed up and tried for an hour with no luck. Did see three school stripers swim by which was not reassuring. Early on I had talked to a captain of a commercial boat that was heading out for squid but said most of the Stonington fleet was shrimp fishing. 

Thanks for the report. Hey one squid is one squid. Hopefully, an omen of what's to come. We'll be there tomorrow night. If we're not too wiped out by the traffic across the GW and the 400 mile drive, will give it a go. Looks like the high tide is around 8. So we should have a little bit of it before it turns around. Will report when we can get online. Haven't figured out how to do that through the cell phone.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 04:13 AM

If you have a laptop, you can get free wifi at any of the fast food parking lots. Wendy's, McD's, etc. I use them often while travelling. It's free and easy. Good luck up there!! By the way you can avoid the heavy NYC traffic by taking 287 north from 95 (I believe it is exit 10 on the Jersey Pike), crossing the Tappan Zee back to 95 north again at the CT/NY line. Truckers call it the "go around" and use that route often when traffic is heavy through the NYC area. It is 26 miles longer than going straight up 95 but is often faster with less tie-ups. No tolls on 287 except the Tappan Zee which is 5 bucks compared to the George Washington which is $15.


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 02:07 AM

Me and AlaskaNaturally fished the town dock from 10-12:30 with zero in the bucket. Saw a couple small schools around midnight but they weren't interested in jigs.

 

Oh well.

 

Frances Fleet mentioned doing a squid trip soon depending on weather.


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Posted 20 May 2018 - 06:41 AM

Before that we tried at Galilee for an hour with no results. It was during the day and at the bottom of the tide. Not the best conditions.

Thanks for everything lasker. It was fun eventhough we didn't get anything.
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