A Fishing Surprise in Long Island Sound

Fishing in Long Island Sound

Got A Surprise while fishing at Long Island Sound.

I went fishing for Alewife and use them for bait for Bluefish or Stripped Bass. I reached my favorite fishing site, prepared my long fishing rod and started casting my medium action fishing rod with medium size spinner reel.
In about 10 minutes I caught my first alewife. I hooked the snapper on the long fishing rod with a 4oz weight and casted it about 50 feet from the shore as live bait. I always like to keep the fishing line as straight as possible when fishing with bait so that I can see the slightest action on my lines. I waited about a minute for the bait and the weight to land on the bottom and then I started to reel in slowly to make the fishing line straight. As the line was almost straight, I felt like there was some quick fishing action on the line, but I thought it was the live bait I was using. Then the movement got a little too strong to be done by the Alewife I had on the hook. I was confused for few seconds then thought “Let’s check the bait”. I reeled the fishing line back in and to my surprise the Alewife had lost its tail. It was a clean cut job. Looking at the cut and considering how fast it happened I could guess its nothing but a blue fish to blame. This kind of cut in such speed can be done by either a blue fish or a shark. I know in these waters there are a lot of blue fish roaming around and in rare occasions there might be some sharks preying too. I casted the bait the way it is and got busy with the medium action rod.

Nothing happened the next half an hour and then I got something heavy in my medium action fishing rod. I started reeling it and to my surprise it felt like a rock. I was super excited. As I was reeling it, I was thinking it has to be a big Sea Robin. Blue fish or Stripped bass will fight hard and will have a lot of movement. Sea Robins are bottom feeders, will be heavy and wont fight a lot except for opening their wing like fins and try to stay down in the water. I had 8 pound fishing line in that reel and started to worry it might break. Fortunately the Sea Robin gave up and I landed it safe. Without much effort I got the hook out of its mouth and threw it back into the water. I was using a medium size Kastmaster in this line which is the best for Alewife fishing.
As I am fighting with this Sea Robin, my long rod showed no action at all. I started casting the smaller rod and caught two Alewives in about 20 minutes. And then notice heavy action in my long rod. I knew its something big. As this fishing rod is heavier and I have 30 pound line in it, I reel it fast without much trouble. And to my disappointment its another Sea Robin. It’s a lot bigger than the first one and the favor it does to me was getting the bait. I throw this one back and cast the line with another of my Alewife in the hook.

The tide was getting really low, it was also getting dark and with darkness came the swarms of mosquitoes. At one point the mosquitoes started to make me dance and I thought this is it. Let get the hell out of here. I reeled back the light rod and started packing up my tackle box with the heavy rod still casted just hoping a last minute action. I was done packing up all my fishing stuff except for the heavy rod. I stood behind the heavy rod just hoping to see a last fishing action in the line but nothing happened. I gave up all hope and grabbed the rod started to reel in and then I realized that the line feels heavy. My heart jumped. “Could it be a fish ?” I start reeling slowly and to boost my excitement I get a strong pull on the line. Yeaaa it is a fish. The line was about 60 feet into the water and I am reeling in with a steady tension on the line but the way the fish is fighting it doesn’t feel like a blue fish or bass. It is definitely a bottom feeder, it feels kind’a like a Sea robin. At this point I was determined to see what fish it is even if it’s a sea robin I wanted to reel it in as it’s the last catch of the day. When the fish was about 15 feet from me my excitement got another boost by the view of ghostly shape of beautiful flatness. It’s a flounder. What a catch. I reeled it in, landed it right on the flat rock I was standing on. It’s a legal size to take home. I quickly put it in my fishing bucket, unhook it and start walking to my car. What a catch.

I took it home, cleaned and fried it whole with just a pinch of turmeric and salt, then got rid of the bones, scrambled and mixed it with a lot of onion, a bit of mustard oil and green chilly. It tasted awesome.
Flounder fishing is fun, especially if you know where they are. Flounders love squids. For flounder fishing I recommend use the half round flounder hooks with minnow and a slice of squid. Use weight depending on the water current, I usually go with 4oz weight. Cast it and wait. If fishing from a boat, cast it, let it drop onto the bottom and wait, move it every two three minutes. I usually lift it up about a foot and drop it. Flounders are hunters so people catch flounders with many different type of baits. In the southern States anglers use rubber minnows to catch flounders. A lot of times a slice of Alewife or blue fish will work just fine. A small fish of almost any species may work as it worked for me that day.

Anglers must be very cautious of flounder teeth when handling them. Flounders have razor sharp teeth that can bite off flesh from anglers hand easily. Use gloves or hold the fish with a paper towel or rag and unhook carefully. A lot of times flounder will put up the final fight when angler is unhooking the fish, so getting a good grip on the fish when unhooking is important.
Different states, even different fishing site may have different size limits to take home a flounder. Be aware of the legal size requirement when fishing.