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New England Surf Fishing Reports
DAVE ANDERSON-NE Surf Highlights
August 10, 2020 - 18:45:33
Sharks are becoming more and more prominent, and its not just a Cape Cod thing either. So yeah, surf sharking is definitely the newest fad on the beach with nearly every guy that can cast a surf rod trying to track down a 12-footer and a baitrunner reel. Browns, duskies and sand tigers are being taken from beaches all along Nantucket and Vineyard Sounds, and out on the islands as well. But this week we heard about a supposed mako taken from the sand in Rhode Island and many other shark sightings around the breachways as well. Craig Cantelmo, of Van Staal fame, warned me that the sharks theyve been seeing on Long Island over the past few seasons would soon be invading the southern New England beaches, and it appears that he was right. The best striper fishing is still out on the outer Cape beaches, the secret is fishing where the seals arenttons of bait in the form of bunker, sand eels, mackerel and peanuts is fueling a great bite that seems to be getting better every week.
Its still been a tough task pulling a good striper from the surf in Connecticut, but there are other species to chase. Bluefish seem to be enjoying a resurgence over the past week with many low double-digit fish caught from shore. And shad have moved into the Thames; these fish are more fun than theyre given credit for, if you match your tackle to the size of the fish. Lastly, porgy action continues to impress local anglers as just about every rock in Long Island Sound is a bona-fide porgy hotspot.
Rhody waters cooled down a bit striper-wise this week as the tropical storm swept the slate clean for most surfcasters. In Newport there had been a good run of larger fish before the storm, but since that time the bite has transitioned to mostly fish under 30 inches. The inundation of chub macks continues, just as robust as it was prior to the blow. Something that has changed though is the number of sharks patrolling the South County beaches, there have been several reports of sharks entering and exiting the breachways and even a supposed shore-caught mako. Thinking twice about swimming to that rock yet?
I wish Tony Stetzko was still alive because hed be so fired up about the fishing this year. The Cape beaches have made a return to their former stature with bass running the bowls and bars from Nauset to P-Town and great catches reported all along that stretch for the third week in a row! Bunker, mackerel, sand eels and peanuts have been fueling the bite and, for me, its just great to see things returning to way it was when my old friend Tony used to ply those beaches every night.