31 December 2009

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 2

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Best Fishes for the New Year!

We're not exactly in the Florida Keys yet.

Nope.

To beat the nasty weather you all up in Connecticut are experiencing right now...so as not to run into it on good old I-95...we split for the South two days early and we're now in a holding pattern in northern Virginia.

As you can see, VA has not been spared the nasty stuff either. It's been hovering just above freezing here today...but roads are just wet although there are signs "watch out for falling ice" on some of the buildings.


We decided to pay a visit to Gunston Hall Plantation, the residence of George Mason [1725-1792], near Lorton, VA. The property is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is managed, for educational purposes, by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America [guess who's a member...no, it's not me!].

So who was George Mason? A very rich man [his father left him about 20,000 acres of land about 550 of which are still in use at the Plantation]. More importantly, however, George Mason authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, making major contributions to the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Bill of Rights which further contributed to the French constitution and to the charter of the United Nations. Mason's words in the Virginia Declaration can be traced through all of these subsequent documents.

Mason, however, was one of a handful of abstainers who refused to sign the U.S. Constitution because he felt it gave too much power to the federal government [would love to hear a discussion between this fellow and Mr. Obama] and failed to protect individual rights.

Mason's stand eventually helped move the Bill of Rights forward, guaranteeing individuals the right to keep and bear arms, to religious freedom, to due process of law, to trial by jury...and so on.

Mr. Mason was one important and influential dude.

So we walked down the main drive between the southern magnolias and toured Mr. Mason's home.

The out-buildings are the "kitchen" as all those duties, cooking, smokehouse, laundry, etc. were performed out-of-doors.

Weren't allowed to take photos inside the house, but the docent who led us on tour was informative. The view out the back of the house goes through the formal garden and out to the Potomac River about 3/4-mile away. Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is about 5 miles up river, to the left.

The grounds were immaculate and attracted this small herd of deer.

Would be a particularly fine place to visit in nice weather...spend some time walking the grounds...down to the Potomac maybe.

What's next?

Friday: The Auto Train [won't be able to post as there's no Internet access on the Train].

Saturday: Florida!

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Anecdote: Back up in Connecticut, before we left, I stopped at the Taco Bell drive-in window and ordered burritos. Bill came to $7.67. Wanting some smaller bills, I gave the attendant a twenty, two ones, and 67 cents. He gave me back a receipt.

I suggested it would also be nice if he were to give me my change.

He said, "oh yeah." And busied himself coming up with a ten and a fiver.

Wonder how often they actually get away with that ploy.

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Thought to pass on to you these comments we've received from friends and relatives in response to yesterday's Journal entry:

Brian K. [WA] : “Have fun and hug my Gram for me!” [Hugs R Us. Aunt Ruth in Sarasota is Brian's grandmother.]

Christine K. [VT] : “…looking forward to another season of beautiful pics!” [And we're looking forward to taking them!]

Hank D. [CT] : “…those "UFOs" are obviously traffic lights….” [Street lights! Then how do you explain the little green critters that were leaning out of the portholes and waving at us?]

Jeff N. [CT] : “Why not CUBA!!!” [Nice idea...probably a lot less expensive than the Keys...plus much unexplored fishing territory.]

Jim C. [FL] : “Looking forward to seeing you again. Happy New year.” [Jim's a fishing buddy in the Keys.]

Keith G. [CT] : “Be careful and enjoy yourselves!!!” [This from a guy who we once saw do a lap at Lime Rock in about 50 seconds flat. In contrast, my best lap ever there was around a 1:05.]

Mal Y. [FL] : “When we drove down in Sept. we took the inland route (I-81) along the Appalachians, and it was way better than the coastal route since we avoided that @##$$ road, but that was in the warmer weather. Speaking of which, it's been in the 40's too many nights- those cold fronts have been dipping farther south than usual, shouldn't be too bad in the Keys, though.” [Mal and Sue are snowbirds from Stratford, CT.]

Roy P: [CT] : “Glad you and Caryl are into the easy part of your trip. Do not know which is worse flying or driving….” [Roy and I have been fishing together since the 1960s.]

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EPA Threatens Chesapeake-Polluting States

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hoping that a get-tough approach can turn around the failing effort to save the Chesapeake Bay, outlined Tuesday ideas for punishing states that don't do their part.

“Those punishments, the agency said, will fall on states that either don't meet their goals for cutting pollution draining into Chesapeake tributaries or don't set those goals high enough.”

WashingtonPost.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

30 December 2009

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 1

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Here we go again...

Yes good folk, we're off to the Florida Keys again. Can't tell you how much we've looked forward to this day...to getting back to our friends [especially Wayne, Linda, Hans, and Jim] and to the wonders to be found in Key Largo, Islamorada, the Everglades National Park, and adjacent waters. We particularly anticipate our visit with Susan, Bill, Janice, Rod, Bob, Ruth, and Judy when we make our stop in the Greater Venice, FL Area [includes Sarasota].

Indeed, the looking-forward has reached a peak this past week as temperatures descended into the singles [below that with wind chill] and winds howled around Connecticut.

Regrettably, before we can see our dear friends and relatives, we must first TRAVEL to Florida. This starts with about 300 miles of nasty old I-95 including the scenic New Jersey Turnpike.

Don't want to gripe too long about this [actually, I'd like to open the hotel window and scream out: "THERE'S TOO MANY #$@%&* CARS ON THAT ROAD"]. In short, was probably the worst traffic I've ever experienced. Thank goodness there were no accidents or else we'd probably still be out there on that God-forsaken highway.***

Problem is, we're taking the Auto Train...and to take the Train, one first has to get to Lorton, VA. This means motoring through New York City, down the Jersey Pike, past Baltimore, through DC...into Virginia. Some of the worst @#$%& traffic known to mankind.

Why couldn't Amtrak have put the Auto Train terminal in Danbury, CT?

Of course, it wasn't all that ugly. There was a decent sunset [not up to Islamorada standards, but not bad]...and it was pretty exciting seeing that group of three UFOs flying over DC. They probably had just dropped off some Congress members...having studied their brains and found nothing but mush.

Am obviously not in a great mood at the moment, but promise to be in a better frame of mind tomorrow. We'll be stuck here in VA for another full day as our train doesn't leave until Friday morning [we bailed out of CT two days early to avoid the incoming foul weather]. But, the worst part of the trip is over [I hope].

[***Added note: Thinking about my comment about I-95 being "God-Forsaken," if we drove 300+ miles on that road and never saw an accident, probably the opposite was actually true.]

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

29 December 2009

Saltwater Loses a Friend

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“Robert Pond, a retired fishing lure manufacturer [Atom plugs] who founded Stripers Unlimited and was an early crusader for ocean conservation, died Saturday….”

SunChronicle.com

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Saltwater Fish Farming

“…marine finfish are a “largely untapped resource” for farming. Most commercial aquaculture is for freshwater fish, because marine species have much more complex life cycles. But the program is making headway with southern flounder, black sea bass and red porgy…”

StarNewsOnLine.com

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Nine Animals that May Not Survive the Next Decade

“As we come to the end of decade, there have been amazing conservation efforts to help endangered species across the globe we can be proud of. However, there are many species that ares critically endangered and several of our most majestic creatures may not live to see the end of the next decade due to poaching, habitat destruction and climate change. We don't want to see the tiger, gorilla, or the panda go the way of the dodo! Check out these endangered creatures….”

HuffingtonPost.com

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Massachusetts: In the Thick of the Saltwater License Battle

“A half hour later, I was in the office of Senator Bob Durand, who was a co-sponsor of that bill and after our meeting he symbolically tore up the proposed legislation and dumped it in the waste basket.”

HeraldNews.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

27 December 2009

Wish List for Connecticut Fisherfolk

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“Last year was not an especially good one for Connecticut anglers.

“We faced a new saltwater license and an obscene increase in both fresh and saltwater license fees.

“We also found the number of migrating fish coming into the Sound down from previous years….”

StamfordAdvocate.com

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Lobster Wars

“The recent drop in lobster prices from roughly $4 per pound to approximately $3 per pound has caused an upswing in these incidents. Fishermen have cut the fishing lines of rivals fishing in ‘their’ waters, forcing them to replace the traps at a cost of $70 to $100 each. Boats have had their engines disabled and herring dumped in their gasoline tanks, while others have been rammed or sunk.”

NaturalNew.com

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Striped Bass Shrinkage

“Despite what appears to be a healthy number of striped bass along our beaches, a recent survey said numbers and their size are decreasing.

“Striped-bass anglers from North Carolina to Maine reported a significant and continuing decline in the number of fish caught per hour and the average size of those fish, according to the sixth annual membership survey conducted in 2009 by Stripers Forever.”

New York Post.com

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Coast Guard Issues Kayak Warning

“Boston –The Coast Guard is advising paddlers and fishermen who found a kayak under their Christmas tree to exercise extreme caution in regard to the danger of sudden cold water immersion if they plan on a weekend launch….

"'With water temperatures in the 40-degree range or colder, wearing a dry suit or full wet suit and a Coast Guard approved life jacket is the only proper attire with these water temperatures,' said Al Johnson, recreational boating specialist for the First Coast Guard District. 'Whether you’re a novice paddler or the most experienced mariner, a fall into cold water is painfully shocking and systemically brutal….’”

CoastGuardNews.com

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Winter Fly Fishing…Tough Through the Ice

“Winter fly-fishing trips are always interesting. To make yours a success, advance preparation is necessary. This article describes the advance legwork you can do”

Examiner.com

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Audubon Group Get $75,000 for Bird Protection

“Among the nine [key bird habitats in the Greater New Haven area] are Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Faulkner’s Island in Guilford, the Quinnipiac River tidal marsh, East Rock Park and Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, and Charles Island and Silver Sands State Park in Milford.”

NHRegister.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

21 December 2009

Merry Christmas From Shoo-Fly 3

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Christmas Fireplace, Woodbury, Connecticut

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

20 December 2009

2009 Fishing Season…A Fizzle?

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"A Major Letdown"

“With the temperatures regularly sinking into the teens and snow finally flying, it is time to put the shrink-wrap cover on the old fishing column vessel for another year and store it in some out-of-the-way corner until the first winter flounder flutters out of the mud looking for his first meal sometime in February.

“The fishing season that was 2009? Sum it up in one terse sound: PFFFT.”

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

19 December 2009

Fishin' News

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Fishing in Connecticut…Status Report

“For saltwater fans, herring is still your best bet and striped bass is a strong runner up. Pete at Pete's Place Bait and Tackle reported that Joe Horvath and Fred Bova, both seasoned herring anglers, found fishing in Stamford Harbor to be rather slow last week. However, the folks at Fisherman's World reported that herring angling is very good at South Benson Marina and near the Norwalk Maritime Center. The new owners at Sportsman's Den said that the herring action is terrific at Grass Island.”

GreenwichTime.com

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This Excerpt Speaks for Itself:

“Gosnold plied our local waters under sail. Today, very few Cape Codders can tell the difference between a schooner, a ketch and a yawl, never mind know how to sail one, but they all know a Cigarette boat when they see and hear one roaring up and down the Sound, burning gasoline as it pollutes the environment for the sake of a few cheap thrills. A fellow I know once boasted to me that he'd run his overpowered speedboat from Falmouth Harbor to Newport in only a few hours, and I had to stifle the temptation to ask how long it took him to refuel once he got there.”

CapeCodToday.com

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Gifts for Fishermen

“…Combination fishing tool, Swiss Army knife, fillet knife and cleaning board. Fish cleaning gloves, 48-quart Ice chest, mosquito and gnat spray, gnat mask, GPS unit for boat, Power-Pole boat anchor, Cajun anchor, fishing map collection, tackle box or bag, terminal end assortment (hooks, sinkers, swivels, leaders, line, etc.), bait bucket, hooded sweatshirt, fishing shirts, cargo pants, boat shoes, waterproof boat dufflebag, spinning and/or casting rods and reels, knife sharpening tools, hook sharpening tool, rod holders for the boat, fish grilling rack for the BBQ, windbreaker jacket, modern high-tech rain suit or poncho, long nose pliers, new life jacket, battery powered line stripper, new spools of both PowerPro and monofilament line, polarized sunglasses, stainless steel thermos, a variety of fishing books on freshwater, saltwater, and offshore fishing, and the ultimate gift: a scheduled charter trip with a guide….

WWLTV.com

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Katie, 22, to Row Across the Pond


“Just after Christmas, the young Ohio native will embark on a 2,500-mile journey from Dakar, Senegal to Cayenne, French Guiana. If she completes the three-month voyage, she will become the youngest person ever to row across an ocean.”

NPR.org

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

18 December 2009

Aquarium Exhibit...Dear Santa...2010 Fly-Fishing Predictions

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Norwalk: New Saltwater Fish Exhibit at Aquarium

“Halibut, wolffish, striped bass, Atlantic cod, and spiny dogfish will be among the stars of a new exhibit starting at The Maritime Aquarium….”

TheHour.com

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Dear Santa: Please Exchange the Connecticut License Fees

“I hope, Legis-Santa, that because you know everything, who’s naughty and who’s nice, you understand that many people (who are having difficult times financially) can’t afford to buy licenses and permits when they cost twice as much. They might even be naughty and not follow all the laws you enacted.

“I’m asking that you return this year’s gift for another one that fits us better, so my friends’ children have the chance to experience hunting and fishing as I did.”

Bob Sampson writing in NorwichBulletin.com

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2010 Fly-Fishing Predictions

“I predict... and I am really going out on a limb here... that no fewer than three fly rod companies will introduce rods that they claim are ‘lighter, stronger, and easier to cast than ever before.’”

FieldandStream.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

17 December 2009

Long Island Sound’s Filtration Fish…the Next Passenger Pigeon?

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“Quite simply, menhaden keep the water clean. The muddy brown color of the Long Island Sound and the growing dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay are the direct result of inadequate water filtration — a job that was once carried out by menhaden. An adult menhaden can rid four to six gallons of water of algae in a minute. Imagine then the water-cleaning capacity of the half-billion menhaden we “reduce” into oil every year.”

NYTimes.com

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Fishladder Construction Gives Students Environmental Insight

“As a first step in their new role as participants in Rhode Island's ecological rebirth, students…are raising an aquarium full of fish, brook trout that will be released into the Blackstone River next spring. They're raising the fish now as a practice run for the monumental task of one day reintroducing shad, a fish that at one time fed the entire Blackstone River Valley….”

ValleyBreeze.com

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Stimulus Funds Actually Put to Good Use

East Lyme: “Last fall, two poorly designed, badly corroded metal culvert pipes that had been in place since the 1970s clogged with sand and began to collapse, potentially choking off access to Bride Brook for the 75,000 alewife and blueback herring who depend on it to get to and from Bride Lake, their ancestral spawning area, in the spring and fall.”

TheDay.com

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Fishing’s Just Terrific in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

“... we've had two seasons without salmon fishing, the steelhead has been listed as an endangered species and the striper fishery has just tanked….”

NewsReview.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

16 December 2009

Connecticut Saltwater Fishermen Don't Have to Mess with National Registry

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"Starting Jan. 1, 2010, most U.S. saltwater fishermen will have to be signed up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry before they go fishing.

"The good news is that the vast majority of recreational fishermen will not have to take any action to become registered. That's because they live in states that will have an agreement in place with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to automatically register licensed saltwater fishermen.

"But fishermen in some states, including Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will need to register online or by phone if they:

"Fish for or catch anadromous species in any tidal waters--these are fish such as striped bass, shad and...."

Read the whole article at NapsNet.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

14 December 2009

Eating Fish: Where, When, and How Much?

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“Mercury, also an industrial pollutant, has been directly implicated in severe neurological problems. Not all fish pose the same risk, but larger, predatory fish can have levels so high that in 2004 the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Food and Drug Administration warned pregnant women and young children not to eat four kinds of fish: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. They were encouraged to make other fish species a part of their diet - including shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish - up to twice a week.”

Boston.com

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New York Trying to Save Its Shad

“ALBANY — New York's population of American shad, a saltwater fish known by anglers for putting up a fight, is in a losing battle for its existence, but the state hopes newly proposed restrictions can help save the once-popular fish.”

PoughkeepsieJournal.com

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Florida Finally Figures Out that Bonefish Are Game Fish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on Thursday to elevate public awareness of the importance of Florida bonefish by declaring it a saltwater game fish.

ForShoreFishing

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

13 December 2009

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Hooking the Big One

“The folks at the International Game Fish Association are the keepers of angling records, and each year they produce a book of the latest update to the records for a variety of angling achievements. The IGFA maintains records for both saltwater species and the freshwater fish varieties as well.

“For example, if you like to fish with fly tackle, the official records for fly-fishing for both fresh and saltwater species are published in the book for each tippet class. There are also records for other types of tackle based on breaking strength of the fishing line being used, and there are junior division records….”

TimesUnion.com

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Repairs to Housatonic River Bridge to Take A Decade

“An engineering and construction high-wire act spanning most of the coming decade is about to begin above the Housatonic River as the state prepares to begin building a new Moses Wheeler Bridge, which carries as many as 150,000 vehicles on Interstate 95 between Stratford and Milford every day.”

ConnPost.com

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Imagining a World Without Fish

“They say one article won’t change the world, but it certainly altered the course of one couple’s life. Several years ago, after reading a piece in The New Yorker, ‘The Darkening Sea’ by Elizabeth Kolbert, filmmaking team – and married couple – producer Sven Huseby and director Barbara Ettinger set out to make a documentary film about the oceans, marine life, and the fishing industry.”

Cop15Post.com

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Glider Completes Historic Ocean Crossing

Underwater yet!

“The first-ever 7,300-mile Atlantic Ocean crossing by an unmanned underwater glider is opening up a new world of ocean technology…. The glider, launched off the coast of New Jersey last April, repeatedly dove to depths of up to 200 meters to collect data including temperature, salinity and density.

NOAA.News

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North American 2008 Cooling Does Not Change Global Warming Trend

““We found that North American coolness resulted from a strong bout of naturally caused cooling in the tropical and northeastern Pacific sea surface temperatures,” said Martin Hoerling, a NOAA meteorologist and co-author. “This illustrates how regional patterns can vary independent of the overall global average. In 2008, global land temperatures were the sixth warmest on record, whereas it was the coldest year in North America since 1996.”

More from NOAA News

Indeed, NOAA Says 2009 Will Be Among Warmest Years on Record

“•Global land and ocean annual surface temperatures through October are the fifth warmest on record, at 1.01 degrees F above the long-term average.
•NOAA scientists project 2009 will be one of the 10 warmest years of the global surface temperature record, and likely finish as the fourth, fifth or sixth warmest year on record.”

NOAA

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Maryland Cracking Down on Striper Poachers

“Something had to be done given the recent arrests of a number of commercial netters who exceeded striped-bass catch limits, ignored legal seasons and/or failed to report properly the number of fish that were trapped and sold.

“With that in mind, the Fisheries Service proposed a new penalty system, hoping it will put a stop to the poaching violations. Included in the proposal will be penalties for first-time offenders, but the punishment can vary depending on the severity of the offense. There also will be new rules for repeat offenders.”

From WashingtonTimes.com

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Eating Bluefish

“Before I was born, my parents caught and ate bluefish all summer long, casting bait off party boats in Sheepshead Bay with my grandfather and uncle. Family legend has it that one day the four reeled in 80 blues, which my mother cleaned before sticking them in the deep-freeze. My parents then roasted, baked and grilled the fillets for months without ever tiring of what my mother called their ‘sweet, oceany taste.’”a

Recipes in NYTimes.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

12 December 2009

Two Fishermen Rescued on Lower Housatonic River

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"Shelton fishermen rescued after being stranded on island"

"SHELTON -- Two fishermen had to be rescued from an island in the Housatonic River on Friday morning where they were stranded after their boat broke down...."

ConnPost.com

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Fishing Column

"Fairfield County's James Prosek, artist, writer, activist, and naturalist, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday December 15th meeting of Trout Unlimited's Nutmeg Chapter at 7:30 p.m. at the Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St, Black Rock, Bridgeport."

StamfordAdvocate.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

11 December 2009

Various & Sundry....

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Plan To Protect Striped Bass Has Vineyard Anglers Angry

“The legislation proposes not just closing of all commercial striped bass fishing in the state, but further limiting recreational fishermen to one fish a day….”

MVGazette.com

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Welcome to Our World, Massachusetts!

“More fees, fines and penalties for saltwater fishing? Once again government has tightened its grip around the citizens of this once freedom-loving nation under the guise of environmental protection.”

From: CapeCodTimes.com

Another comment:

“Enforcing this will be difficult at best. Worse, it will take maritime patrols away from the more important tasks assigned to them — enforcing maritime law, conducting boat safety checks, and enforcing fishing laws that actually protect fisheries, such as undersized fish regulations and maximum catch limits.”

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Does Limiting Catches Pay-Off?

“With Congress being urged by some recreational fishing groups to make the federal fishery management law more "flexible," the Pew Environment Group produced a report today that says catch restrictions meant to rebuild four depleted mid-Atlantic fish stocks will pay off in higher catches later on, and more money in the pockets of those who depend on recreational and commercial fishng for a livelihood.”

Read more at BaltomoreSun.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

10 December 2009

You Can Do More than Just Read Magazines this Winter

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ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Magazine

It’s free…sign up for it at: Sign-Up

Review a copy at: ESPN Outdoors

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Field & Stream: Lots to Do this Winter

“So as I think about it, winter is shaping up to be pretty busy--not even counting any trips or ice fishing or perhaps mid-winter steelheading should I suddenly have a desire for self-punishment. And maybe winter isn’t so bad after all....”

Field & Stream blog

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

09 December 2009

See the Eagles

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SOUTHBURY -- The Shepaug Bald Eagle Observation Area off River Road began taking reservations....

"Observation times are Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., from Dec. 26 through March 17. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 1-800-368-8954 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m."

Source: Rep-Am.com

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CT DEP Store Offers Holiday Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast

"The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) offers a wide variety of unique and affordable holiday gifts for children and adults. Whether you’re shopping for an avid hiker, birdwatcher, angler or hunter, the DEP Store has the ideal gift selection for any budget. Books for adults or children, pocket guides, maps, and other "environmental" gifts are available whether you shop online at www.ctdepstore.com or in person at 79 Elm Street, Hartford. Online orders placed by December 16, 2009 will arrive at your home in time for holiday gift giving."

Santas should read about it at NorwalkPlus.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

08 December 2009

Tie A Fly with CONNRI

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“The CONNRI Fly Fishing Club, a group of saltwater fly fishers from Connecticut and Rhode Island, is offering free fly-tying sessions...Dec. 13 at Rivers End Tackle, 440 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, Conn.

“The sessions are scheduled to run from noon to 3 p.m., and everyone is welcome, says Pat Abate, owner of the store.

“Abate says stripers were feeding under gannets on the Connecticut River recently.

“For information, call the store at (860) 388-2283."

From Projo.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

07 December 2009

Coast Guard Rescue Illustrates Importance of Safe Boating Practices…

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…a little common sense might also be useful.

“ The Coast Guard is using this case as an example to educate all mariners that being prepared for possible maritime emergencies will save your life. The close coordination between good Samaritan vessels, Coast Guard operation watchstanders and rescue crews were pivotal in the successful rescue of these boaters. Always have a working VHF radio aboard your vessel and monitor it continually. Before ever getting underway, assess the risks, check the weather and file a float plan. Being prepared will save your life.”

Read the rescue story at: CoastGuardNews.com

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Meanwhile...also in the News: Coast Guard Boat Collides with Catamaran

“A 25-foot Coast Guard small boat and the Thriller, a 43-passanger power catamaran, collided in Charleston Harbor Saturday at approximately 8:21 p.m.”

CoastGuardNews.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;

06 December 2009

Fishing Superstitions…Including the Banana Curse

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“During striper season, when boat captains worry about having the right bait as they head to sweet spots where the prized fish are biting, there's one thing they do not want on board.

"Bananas.

"I always make sure nobody has any bananas. They're bad luck," said Bill Bittmann, who captains the Top Shelf, a 44-foot Henriques sportfishing charter boat that leaves Cape May and North Carolina in quest of striped bass, tuna, shark, and other species.”

Story from: Philly.com

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Photo: Has nothing to do with this article, but we've noticed that readership goes up when an image is included in the post. Photo source

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

05 December 2009

Tiger: Trolling for Stripers…or Strippers?

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“The money shot isn't of Tiger casting for fish, it is of Tiger fishing for females, it isn't of Tiger trolling for striper, it is of Tiger trolling for strippers, it is not for his topwater hook up, it is for his late night hook ups, it isn't for Tiger chasin'' the bite, it is of him chasin skirts. Enough of the play on words, you get the idea here.”

Read the unwholesome tale [tail?] at: Examiner.com

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Photo: Has nothing to do with this article, but we've noticed that readership goes up when an image is included in the post. Source of photo.

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

04 December 2009

Magazines...Magazines...

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Outdoor Life Magazine Online

Site Has Nifty Calendar for Sale

“Back by popular demand, Dr. Julie Ball in her 2010 sportfishing calendar. Each month will take you away to calm seas and warm breezes, while inspiring new adventures on the water.”

See the pix at OutdoorLife.com

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Kayak Fishermen Have Their Own Magazine

"For $40 the New York-based Rod Oar Paddle brings us the paddle blade that you can slip onto the end of a fishing rod.

"The company claims that the product lets you fish and paddle at the same time, eliminating the time-waste and noise amplification from switching back and forth between paddle and rod."

Read in KayakAnglerOnline.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

03 December 2009

Montauk Fishermen, Including Fake “Captain,” Arrested

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“A Montauk fisherman faces a potential felony charge and up to $10,000 in fines for possessing more than four times as many striped bass as he was allowed to have under state environmental laws. Capt. Dave Aripotch, owner of the commercial fishing boat Caitlin Mairead, was seen unloading striped bass…. An investigation revealed that Mr. Aripotch had 93 striped bass in his possession, even though state laws permitted him to only have 21 bass, the DEC said.

“On November 18 two DEC agents, Officer Liza Bobsein and Lieutenant Frank Carbone, suspected a local fisherman of taking people fishing on his boat for a fee, even though he does not hold a state charter captain’s license….”

More about bad boys at: 27East.com
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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

02 December 2009

Zebra Mussels in the Upper Housatonic River

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“Zebra mussels have been detected in the Housatonic River as far as Stockbridge and 10 water bodies in the region are at a high risk for infestation, according to a report issued this week by the Department of Conservation and Recreation [Massachusetts].”

Read more at BerkshireEagle.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

01 December 2009

Massachusetts Mulls Stronger Striper Restrictions

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“A bill designed to help conserve the wild Atlantic striped bass would ban the commercial harvesting of the fish in Massachusetts and limit recreational fisherman to one bass per day.”

Read about it: Boston.com

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It's time to end commercial fishing for striped bass in Massachusetts...

“The commercial fishing lobby will argue that rod and reel market fishing for striped bass, the most sought-after sport fish on the Atlantic coast, is a traditional way of life that has supported Bay State families and communities since the Pilgrims first set foot on our shores. Don't believe it. Commercial fishing for striped bass today is little more than a gaping loophole that allows a handful of hobbyists to kill wild stripers and pay for their gas and tackle by selling their catch.”

Go to this page and scroll down to the 3rd item: NantucketIndependent.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

30 November 2009

11/30 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

29 November 2009

How Seagrass Helps Long Island Sound

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“’One virtue of seagrass is that it shelters juvenile finfish and shellfish that are critical links in the marine food chain,’ says Jon Kachmar, director of The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program. ‘In turn, these species clean our water, provide us with nourishing food and support important fisheries.’”

Read more at Nature.org

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

28 November 2009

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Good Striper Story

“Back when I was young and free and smelled like bait, the whoppers I encountered usually came in the form of fish stories, told and retold from the shoreline to the tackle shops and back to the beach....”

Read it at CapeCodToday.com
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ASMFC’s Numbers Called “Fishy”

"Landings from the commercial striped bass fishery have been consistently lower than the recreational catch," the commission said.

“Take that, you dirty recreational guys. Those wonderful pillars of the community, the white-booted watermen who always honestly report their catches - they do, don't they? - have trapped steadily increasing numbers of rockfish [striped bass] in their gill nets, pound nets, seines and other gear, but they've been consistently lower than those caught by sport fishermen. Yeah, right. And I have some swampland I want to sell you.”

Read more in WashingtonTimes.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

27 November 2009

Books...Books...Books...

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Not Your Father’s Coast Guard: The Untold Story of the U.S. Coast Guard Special Forces

“While the Coast Guard’s many battles at sea in the War on Drugs are widely known, its participation in the ground offensive is not. Indeed, the Guard didn’t just send its cutters to interdict narcotics-laden vessels attempting to bring their illicit cargo into Uncle Sam’s territorial waters, it sent ground troops to foreign lands to train their forces and, when necessary, directly engage the enemy.

“But to create the type of force needed was no small task and would not be without tribulation, both from within and outside the organization.”

Read more about this book at CoastGuardNews.com

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Mark Sosin’s Autobiography Published

“Eventually, Sosin teamed with an Arkansas production company to produce his first television shows. The same company successfully produced shows for Bill Dance and Roland Martin. Eventually, Sosin found an unfilled niche, coverage of saltwater fishing. He developed the Mark Sosin Saltwater Journal, the first show dedicated exclusively to ocean fishing.”

Read the review in WVMetroNews.com

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Book on Stripers

The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish (By David Kinney, Atlantic Monthly Press, 272 pp., $24) wonderfully captures the flavor of Martha's Vineyard, striped bass and the colorful characters who pursue trophy fish.”

Read the review at: Cleveland.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

25 November 2009

11/25 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

24 November 2009

Striper Fishing in New York City

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“To the north of us, dawn is lifting the veil of darkness from the Manhattan skyline, and the tall dark skyscrapers are backlit by a muted orange horizon. A few hundred yards away, an enormous container ship heads out to sea. Every few minutes an airplane screeches overhead, making its final descent into nearby JFK Airport. Directly in front of us, Coney Island's Ferris Wheel and 262-foot-tall Parachute Jump, both dormant, stand like sentinels of the harbor.”

Read more at Forbes.com

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Photo: Source

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

23 November 2009

Kayaks, Tuna, and the “Nantucket Sleigh Ride”

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“Apparently, it never occurred to the authorities that someone might be crazy enough to want to catch a bluefin while sitting in what amounts to a floating plastic chair and enjoying what Melville called a ‘Nantucket sleigh ride.’

“Since the end of July, Lamoureux has caught three bluefins this way….”

Read it in NYTimes.com

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Photo: New York Times

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

22 November 2009

We're Killing the Oceans

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"That dire vision has been vehemently disputed. But there's little doubt that the seas have seen better days. What to do about it, however — especially in New England, the economy and culture of which have for centuries been inextricably tied to the water — is a complex and contentious issue.

"Different fisheries have different needs, prognoses, and environmental and economic prerogatives that must be balanced — a process made more difficult by extremists and pragmatists on both sides."

Lengthy article from WorldSentinel.com

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Latest issue: SaltWater Sportsman Magazine online

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Angry about License and Fee Increases

“The increases make Connecticut the most expensive state for hunting and fishing in the Northeast, said William Hyatt, acting bureau chief for the state DEP's bureau of natural resources….

“The money that used to go to a conservation fund now goes to the general fund, Wyatt said, but ‘it has to come back to us.’”

Article from MyRecordJournal.com

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Bacteria and Red Tide

“If we can find a way to inhibit the bacteria we should be able to help communities around the world deal with problematic and costly algal blooms.

“…also…a gas produced by the bloom-forming algae, plays a critical role in the process of cloud formation and the ability of clouds to reflect sunlight back into space. The degree to which light is reflected in turn influences solar heating of the Earth, affecting global climate.”

Read more from NOAANews.NOAA.gov

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Check these links for more information:

Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut