I honestly don't think there is anything wrong with the Western Long Island Sound waters. In fact, there is an incredible amount of fishes that migrates there and big ones to boot.
I've caught my share of large stripers
in the early spring via plugs and chunks. I also caught plenty of chopper blues
on poppers, there is also huge doormats
to be had in the summer, an abundant of scups
, hot tautog
fishery, a short spurts of large weakfish
and during the late season… You've got Bonito
gorging themselves with spearing, sand and peanuts. The fall blackfish bite is also phenomenal and the last trophy sideliner migrates that path too.
What you should do?
I strongly recommend that you visit my buddy's shop (R & G Bait and Tackle) and ask for Rich. He is probably the most knowledgeable, if not the best Western Long Island Sound sharpie there is!
Tell him I sent you there… and he'll take good care of you!
Hope this helps.