28 September 2016

• How To Manage Your Reel’s Drag

“It’s painful to lose a trophy to a snapped line or a straightened or pulled hook when some minor drag adjustments would have prevented the mishap…

“Drag serves two primary functions: It exerts constant pressure on a fish to wear it down, and it acts as a buffer to prevent tension from reaching the breaking point of the fishing line and terminal tackle, such as hooks, swivels, and the hardware on plugs and other lures....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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27 September 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Why Younger Folk Are Leaving Connecticut...AND...A Shark Nursery

“That is why I left Connecticut a second time in 2014, this time for Dallas, and found a job in insurance. I could not be happier. Where some of my peers remain in high-cost Northeastern cities, I chose to have a much lower cost of living.

“I pay no state income tax or vehicle tax. I live in a brand-new apartment complex for far less than an outdated apartment complex in Connecticut. I can afford my student loans, my utility bills and shop for food, all while still spending my weekends out of the house enjoying Dallas' vibrant nightlife….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant


• White Shark “Nursery” Off Montauk


“After a three-week expedition in the waters off Montauk, NY, OCEARCH and its collaborating scientists have confirmed the first known nursery -- and likely birthing site -- for the great white shark in the Northwest Atlantic…

“The team tagged a total of nine young-of-the-year white sharks....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MarketWired.com

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26 September 2016

• Albies at Montauk...and...Albies On the Table


• Albies and Bass at Montauk


“Boat anglers in Montauk had spurts of wide-open albie blitzes late in the week last week...

“Over the weekend the fish were more scattered and picky but exploded in frenzies on some afternoon tides....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: 27East






• Yes, You Can Eat Albies


“False albacore, or albies as they are called in the Northeast, are prized gamefish but generally regarded as lousy table fare...

“However, I have heard from at least one reader who has kept and eaten albies and claims they are in fact good eating if treated properly. It’s not surprising, considering that false albacore are in the Scombridae family of mackerels and tunas....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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25 September 2016

Fly Fishing: Two Articles


Mark Your Fly Lines for Size and Distance

“By using a yardstick, a couple of permanent markers, and investing ten minutes of time, you can add some extremely useful information to your fly line.

“The system is simple, and requires nothing more than a permanent Sharpie marker....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman


Latest Issue of This Is Fly Online Magazine

“This is Fly Magazine's Issue 58 goes globe trekking to showcase a dynamic gang of anglers, writers, musicians, artists and photographers…

“As always, the latest installment takes readers around the world to unique destinations in pursuit of world class fly fishing....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ThisIsFly

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24 September 2016

• Fall Fishing...and...Fishing After A Storm


• Coming Up On Fall Fishing


“After the crowds thin out and the waterways have fewer boats on weekdays, serious anglers know that the fish, too, are preparing for a change. Even with shorter days and the gradual drop in temperature...

“September traditionally has the warmest water temperatures of the year. It’s during this time that fish sense a change is coming and they become much more active before, during, and after the fall spawn....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com


• After the Storm


“A storm like the one we had [recently] can change fishing a lot. Some species may leave the area totally. Yet others just won’t bite. They may not bite because the water is dirty with sand and mud that either irritates the gills of fish so they stop moving around and feeding or they simply cannot see your bait in murky, cloudy water...

“But storms also create opportunities with reefs, clam and mussel beds that get torn up with broken shells providing a feeding ground for many of the fish we target....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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22 September 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 22 September 2016

• STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good to excellent. Tis the season for catching some big bass as they feed heavily prior to their migration. Trolling jigs (Chartreuse) with a yellow pork rind and live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) and or an eel on the reefs/shoal areas at dawn and dusk will produce some nice bass (58 inches – 53 pounds, (Crane Reef). Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches.

Also,Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH bite is insane as one charter boat captain put it. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Large numbers of bluefish can be found in the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. The “Top-water” bite continues to be very good (look for the “blow-ups”. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches.

Also, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is much better in the western sound with fish measuring 8 to 12 inches in length.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE fishing is great one day and puzzling the next. They are fast movers and moving to different locations is important. However, the action in CT is heating up and many fish have moved into the western Sound. Big catches of these small tunas have been reported from Pine Island, Bluff Point, Groton Long Point to Norwalk/Darien. Shore anglers are scoring at Ocean Beach, Seaside, Harkness Memorial and Rocky Neck State Park. These small tunas are also cruising around from Pt. Judith, Watch Hill to Bluff Point (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gulls Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point. Dawn and dusk is the best time to fish for these inshore tunas.

They are feeding heavily of young of the year transparent anchovy. Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging for them also works when they are close to the bottom.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing has been good, with plenty of large ”humpbacks” being caught. You may need to move around from wreck/reef/hump to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Plan a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish off of Block Island...there are many giant-sized sea bass out there. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island and northeast of Montauk) anglers are having better success. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass.

Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Niantic, to Branford (Falkner Island) have been consistent all season. A reminder to all anglers...if you are fishing in water deeper than 100’, barotrauma can cause released fish to struggle to make it back to the bottom. A descending devise such as the Shelton Fish Descender can help assist the sea bass air bladder to recompress and get safely back down to the depths. See Fishsmart.org for more information.

• PORGY fishing is the best it has been in decades. Chumming has been very productive. Good shore fishing areas include; Morningside, and Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots).

Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles island and Fort Trumbull State Park. Fish during the high tide at these shore locations. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”.

• WEAKFISH fishing is still surprisingly good. Mystic River to the Thames River has been very productive. Falkner Island area is producing some “tide runners”. Many scup/seabass/fluke anglers are catching them while bottom fishing. Fish up to 26 inches are being reported from West Haven Beaches/Charles Island area to Norwalk. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the Black Hall River, Norwalk River and fair in the Lieutenant River, Housatonic River, Norwalk Harbor and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Anglers are still waiting for the fall bite to happen, especially shore anglers. Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Clinton Harbor River systems and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). You will also find “schoolie” bass, snappers and hickory shad can be found schooling together at these locations.

• BLUE CRAB fishing is slowing down a little in all tidal creeks/bays. Many of the large “jimmies” are still up river. Crabs are still around the pilings in the evening, especially with an incoming tide. Remember, all egg-bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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• Fishing Report: Norwalk, Boston...and...Plastic In That Filet


Fishing Report: Norwalk Area


“Albies are local… they are being caught all around the Islands, inside and outside. They’re hitting soft plastics and shiny metal like Kastmasters and Deadly Dicks...

“Small blues add to the excitement as well with top-water lures imitating an abundance of small spearing and other baitfish in local waters. Poppers, spoons and swimmers all work and don’t be surprised if te drag begins to scream when an albie grabs the lure....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour


• Fishing the Boston Area


“Thankfully, tropical storm Hermine fizzled out without inflicting any serious damage, aside from canceling most Labor Day beach plans.

“Now that the seas have settled, it seems that the storm’s effect on the fishing has been mostly positive, mixing up our inshore waters and kicking off the beginning of the fall run....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald








Want A Little Plastic With That Filet?


“As much as 12.7m metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year…All that plastic isn’t just floating about, breaking down into increasingly microplastic particles and creating an unsightly mess: it’s also getting eaten by marine life….

”Fish appear to be ‘stuffing themselves’ on plastic, which is coated in bacteria and algae, mimicking their natural food sources. Mistaking the small particles for a high energy snack, fish gobble up most small plastic particles…

”Much of that plastic ends up in the guts of fish and other marine life, and ultimately on our dinner table....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheGuardian

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21 September 2016

• Replace Those Treble Hooks With Singles...more

“After you’ve extracted treble hooks from the twentieth…fish of the day, you might be tempted to exchange those hooks for singles. It’s easier releasing fish that way.

“But in doing so you may introduce a new problem: A standard single hook installed directly on the split ring will point off at angle, interrupting the balance and normal swimming motion of the lure. This is because the eye of most single hooks is aligned at a 90-degree angle to the bend....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman


Note: An alternative is to clip off one or two of the hooks on the lure’s treble hook…or use a small split ring between the lure and a standard single hook so the hook will align properly with the lure.


Rising Tide Catches Man On Charles Island Tombolo


“Milford Firefighters rescued a man from Long Island Sound after the rising tide left him clinging to a buoy for safety.

“Around 4 p.m., Milford Firefighters received a distress call from Long Island Sound, in between Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WTNH

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20 September 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 19 September 2016

Catching up on photos from recent trips:

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Boat in drydock at Bridgeport Harbor


Daughter Deb fished with Shoo-Fly one day...

...caught a bunch of smaller bluefish...fun on light tackle.


Looking up at I-95 from the water in Bridgeport Harbor.



Cormorants fleeing as Shoo-Fly approaches.


Got a little rough on Long Island Sound last Thursday.


Still, we managed to get into some larger bluefish...here's the Capt. with an 11-pounder.


Big blues were picking off bunker from schools such as this one.


Plovers.


Wayne J. was down from Quebec and fished with Shoo-Fly for a few days.


Nice 10-pound bluefish.

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19 September 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 September 2016

Catching up on photos from recent trips:

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Grandson Jack and his mom, Sarah, joined Shoo-Fly for a trip on a windy day that kept us close to shore


Capt. with a bluefish.


Great black-backed gull; these are the largest gulls in North America.


Charlie W. with a bluefish on the end of his line...


...duly landed, weighed, and released.


American oyster catcher.


Fayerweather Lighthouse with an...


...amazing osprey nest on the roof.


Charlie W. hooked into another bluefish...


...landed and released.

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