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SPECIES

HABITAT

FISHING METHOD

BAITS & LURES

Striped Bass

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  • Large rivers in Spring and Fall
  • Estuaries and bays in Summer
  • Drifting with
    live bait
  • Jigging and trolling
  • Bottom fishing with bait
  • Casting to fish
  • Live bait, menhaden, eels, shad and
    sand worms
  • All types of swimming lures, plastic and rubber bait

Black Sea Bass

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  • Estuaries and Sound
  • Rock piles/reefs
  • Oyster and mussel beds
  • Pilings and jetties
  • Anchored over structure, reefs
  • Bottom fishing
  • Fishing with bait
  • Sand worms, conch, shrimp, mummichogs, silversides, mussels
    and clams

Fluke

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  • Estuaries and bays
  • Lower sections of rivers
  • Hard bottom and channels preferred
  • Drifting with bait
  • Jigging up and down
  • Casting and slowly moving jig with bait
  • Live/dead bait (bunker, mummichogs, shiners & silversides), cut squid strips, baited jigs and plastic baits

Scup

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  • Estuaries and bays
  • Rock piles/reefs
  • Oyster and mussel beds
  • Pilings and jetties
  • Anchored over
  • Structure/reefs
  • Bottom fishing
  • Live or dead bait
  • Squid or conch strips, sand worms, shrimp, and mussels/clams

Contact your local bait and tackle shop for updated fishing information
or www.ct.gov/dep/fishing for a list of bait shops

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