Our plan is to fish for blackfish (tautog), which are up there in full force right now. When the tide really kicks in and makes bottom fishing challenging, we'll then go after bluefish and striped bass on top water plugs and flutter-style jigs.
Blackfish is a hugely popular fish in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, ugly as it may be! It's a member of the wrasse-family and its habits parallel that of our grouper: hangs around pronounced structure, pulls hard and requires stout tackle to "horse" them out of structure. Plus, they're excellent table fare.
I've yet to fish for or catch a blackfish, so I'm excited over the opportunity. And I've fished Long Island Sound when the blues and bass were solid, and know how much fun that can be.
I just need to survive the cold!
I'll send updates from CT.