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: Groton CT Area

11-08-2001, 06:38 PM
I will be in the Groton Connecticut area over the weekend of Nov. 8, 9, and 10 anyone have the word on some wading spots or if any fish are still around at all?
I'll be down with Ian and if nothing's happening we'll go see the submarines or something.

Also, At what venue is the antique flyfishing gear show?

John Desjardins
11-08-2001, 09:05 PM
Bring binoculars if you want to see a sub. I don't think you'll get very close to one. My brother inlaw recently finished sea duty on a sub based in Georgia, and they wouldn't let any wifes go to the boat to meet its arrival. Really PO'd my sister to say the least.

I think JoeV mentioned the Thames recently, but I personally don't know any wading spots.

11-09-2001, 06:59 AM
Call Capt Jack Balint at the Fish Connection...besides chartering, he and his dad run a local shop near the 2A bridge over the Thames River and would know what's hot and what's not....
860 885-1739 ....good luck!
Send my regards!

11-09-2001, 07:02 AM
I've caught fish in the area until Thanksgiving. As far as wading places, they are kinda tough. I'll email you a few, what's the best address. I grew up in Mystic, but did most of my fishing from boats.


11-09-2001, 08:53 AM
I worked on computer systems for SeaWolf in Groton, stayed in Mystic. Security? The guards escort you into the men's room.

Also did same at Bangor NAVSEA on the Olympic Peninsula, WA. Only subs I've ever seen were the ones running on the surface out on the Straits while salmon fishing even though I spend hundreds of hours on base.

11-09-2001, 08:56 AM
BTW - the Seaport Museum is neat for Ian. There may be some tidal areas up inside the river that would provide some action. The rocks around Abbott's Lobster in the Rough before business hours might see a blitz while you're there.

And after some morning fishing - does anyone know the name of that breakfast place along the estuary? The one with the picture of the white marlin caught off the coast hanging on the wall?

11-09-2001, 09:26 AM
If your talking about the place up the river from the seaport on the water, its Kitchen Little. AWESOME! But get there early on a weekend, it only has like 10 tables and there's always a line. I would suggest also poking around down in Groton Long Pt since the summer crowd has moved out, there should be lots fewer people to bother you, especially early in the morning. The seaport is a good time, as well as the Aquarium. I haven't been since its been redone, but my parents say it is really nice inside and the exhibits are excellent. Too bad I'm not gonna be visiting my parents this weekend, I would've taken Chris around on a tour.
There is also a public dock in Noank that might get some Shad near it this time of year, as well as one of the marinas that won't bug you early in the morning. In the evening, the Mystic River is loaded with hickory's, at some points it seems as though you could walk on them.

11-09-2001, 04:10 PM
Thanks guys,
I was thinking of the old WW II sub that was there for public tours. It may not be there any more. I went om it as a kid when I lived down that way. I was also considering the seaport museum.

11-09-2001, 04:55 PM
Chris Thames river is loaded with schoolies access is tough.You might be able to poke around and come up with something.Cove on 12a under bridge always holds some school bass.Further south is a shore access spot look for dirt parking spot on side of road just North of sub base.You can also try Mason Island bridge(near Mystic) on a out going tide.Mouth of Shetucket river in Norwich on late flood or begining of ebb.They been hitting some big fish there on live hick shad.Hope this gives ya some ideas .Good luck let us know how ya did.

John Desjardins
11-09-2001, 09:29 PM
Hi Chris, I remember that sub from a visit as a kid, and from visiting the base for work as an adult. It's small size always amazed me . The seaport and aquarium are interesting places to visit as well.
You should check to find out where the marine demarcation line is to see if you need a license for the locations in Norwich. Growing up I had the regulations for Connecticut memorized, but that was long enough ago that some things are a little fuzzy. Have fun.

11-10-2001, 08:57 PM
Gosh Nick or Joev probably knows where that warm water outlet is from the nuclear plant is in CT. I recall lots of stripers and blues held up there late in the season. You guys know where it is? What's the best boat ramp?