07 December 2016

• An Historic Bluefish Blitz

“It was the biggest fall bluefish blitz I have ever seen,” says Bushell, who has owned the renowned bait shop for 47 years. “It lasted three days straight…

“All I saw were thousands of beached blues, dozens of broken rods and reels, and an untold number of snapped lines….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorLife

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06 December 2016

• Big Fish: Line Crimping Done Right

“Most experienced saltwater anglers who pursue large gamefish like marlin, tuna and wahoo will agree that one of the most frustrating things that can happen is to have the connection between your line and leader fail during an intense battle with a trophy-sized adversary…

“This is a particularly common occurrence while using a wire leader, unless that link has been reinforced with a metal crimp, sometimes referred to as a swag....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltFishing

Photo from Cabelas

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05 December 2016

• Striper Feeding Blitz

“The striped bass now were mercilessly pressing their prey against the beach. Broad tails were viciously slapping about and baitfish leaped for their lives…

“Moms, dads, and little kids were now getting into the action from the beach, casting lures of all shapes and sizes with immediate results. It was joyful pandemonium....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastHamptonStar

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04 December 2016

• Latest Info On Atlantic Salmon Fishing

“Anglers are allowed to fish for salmon in the Naugatuck River from the confluence of the East and West branches in Torrington, downstream to the Housatonic River in Derby…

“Anglers may also fish for Atlantic salmon in the Housatonic River downstream of the Derby Dam. The salmon are typically stocked into two designated Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Areas on the Naugatuck River....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Dick Alley in The Hour

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03 December 2016

• Fishing Report: CT Shoreline Area

“…both the bait supply and certain fisheries are holding their own even as water temps are slipping. With blackfish (tautog) season scheduled to close on Wednesday, Dec. 7, ‘tog pullers are taking advantage of windows of opportunity...

“Not only have ‘togs staged on the offshore reefs in 35- to 40-foot depths, they have been taking crabs in about 15- to 20-foot depths, as well....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Zip06.com

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02 December 2016

• Fishing Report: Long Island...Rhode Island


• Long Island


“Leaves are falling to the ground, there is a bite to the early morning air, the sky is dark before quitting time, and now there’s snow on the roof of my car...

“At least for me, the 2016 fishing season is over....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastHamptonStar





• Eastern Sound…Rhode Island


“Tautog fishing remains strong in the lower Bay and along the coastal shore...

“…managed to land eight keepers to 20 inches off Newport. The ratio was about six or seven short fish to every keeper 16 inches or larger....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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01 December 2016

• Excellent Article On Striped Bass

“The migrations and habits of oceangoing fish like striped bass remain a mystery even today. Unraveling their secrets consumed me. What prompted schools of stripers so willing to feed one day to shut off, or even disappear...

“Was the fishing really 'least' when the wind was from the east? Why were some current rips so attractive to fish, but others, nearly identical in appearance, so often barren? Did barometric pressure really matter….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewYorkTimes

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30 November 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 28 November 2016

Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:



On Monday Charlie W. and I ran into one of the most amazing three hours of fishing either of us can remember. We were working the breakwater with jig/plastics when Charlie spotted birds out over the Sound. We lit out to see what was going on:

Birds working all the way from the mouth of the Housatonic to Charles Island.



The Garmin showed what was going on below the birds.



From that point on we were constantly into fish.


They weren't big fish, largest was 25 inches, but they were on the feed and hitting about anything we threw at them.


I got out the 7-weight and caught a bunch with it.

Got this photo by setting the Canon for a delayed exposure and then putting it on the top of the console...explains the tilt.



The traditional chartreuse/white Clouser minnow did the trick. This one's looking a bit bedraggled after being worked over by a half-dozen stripers.



Maybe the largest fish of the day.


We were doubled up on several occasions.

Did have to keep moving Shoo-Fly to follow the action which slowly dissipated as the afternoon went on.



They say you should never leave fish to find fish...but on this day we left fish because they'd worn us out...at least they'd worn me out.

It would appear that this is part of the annual fall pattern as the stripers return to the Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, and to a lesser extent the Housatonic River for the winter. Hopefully, it's just the start of a long migratory season.

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29 November 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Connecticut Job Picture Continues to Falter

“With an estimated loss of 7,200 jobs in October, Connecticut's labor market may be headed for its worst year since 2009, according to a monthly report released by the state Department of Labor…

“If these monthly reports are sustained when more data comes in, Connecticut will have added just 3,200 jobs over the past 12 months....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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28 November 2016

• Maine’s Worms Go On Your Hooks

“Working a couple of hours on either side of low tide, the state’s 700 or so licensed worm diggers wade out onto tidal flats along the coast and harrow the mud searching for two different kinds of polychaetes, bloodworms and sandworms…

“Last year, the diggers landed some 396,000 pounds of bloodworms worth about $6.25 million and 206,000 pounds of sandworms worth about $1.57 million. That’s just about $7.8 million for marine critters that most people have never heard of, or thought of, unless they angle for saltwater fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MDIslander

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