30 September 2009

Southern California under Tsunami Advisory

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Southern California under Tsunami Advisory

"The National Weather Service has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the west coast of the United States with specific applicability to the southern California coastline.
The Tsunami Advisory, issued this afternoon, is a result of today’s 8.3 magnitude earthquake in the vicinity of the Samoa Islands. Tsunami advisories are issued to inform the public that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected."

Source: Coast Guard News

Photo: Reef exposed at low tide, Scarborough, Maine

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“Saltwater Angling a Sign of Coastal Vitality”

“Saltwater recreational fishing continued to provide important economic benefits to America’s coastal communities in 2008,,, Saltwater recreational anglers took an estimated 85 million fishing trips in 2008, down slightly from the 93 million trips estimated in 2007. Saltwater anglers caught an estimated 464 million fish in 2008, down slightly from the 475 million caught in 2007. That the decreases were moderate reflects stability in saltwater angling.”

Read further at NOAA.news

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One Man’s Trash…

"The landfills that dot the Connecticut landscape are repositories of cultural information likely to be of interest to future generations. These preternatural landforms are not just waste spaces. Old landfill sites have been recycled as athletic fields, parking lots and even public and commercial building sites. Windsor's will eventually be made a part of an adjacent park. The old Milford landfill — rising 50 feet above the beach at Silver Sands State Park — offers a spectacular view of Long Island Sound. Someday it will feature a pavilion for picnics and weddings, with trails and a dramatic drive to the summit."

Read the story in HartfordCourant.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

29 September 2009

Great Fishing Weather...and Other Stories

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Marine Forecast:

318 AM EDT TUE SEP 29 2009: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING

TODAY: W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT THIS AFTERNOON. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT.

WED: W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 3 TO 5 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

Photo: Low tide, Scarborough, Maine [click photo to enlarge]

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Blood, Sweat, and Fishing Gear

“Think about it. Before you even get to the fishing grounds, you're out on a boat, the decks are wet, you're sliding around and you have brought — intentionally brought — the sharpest things you own. You've surrounded yourself with hooks, knives, jigs, gaffs and more. It's a wonder anyone comes back unscathed.”

Fun read at CapeCodOnline.com

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Pair trying to catch fish net $87,000 in cash

SYDNEY (AP) -- Two Australian teenagers who found almost 100,000 Australian dollars ($87,000) in cash during a fishing trip have handed it over to police - after spending some time thinking about it. The pair discovered the money earlier this month near the New South Wales town of Nimbin - a center of hippie culture where members of numerous communes annually celebrate a festival to promote cannabis use....

Source: Associated Press

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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 September 2009

NY Anglers, CT Bluefish All Get the Shaft

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New Yorkers Got the Shaft with SW License

“Another irritant for anglers: Initial licenses will cover Thursday through Dec. 31. After that, new licenses will have to be purchased for 2010. Bill proposals filed in Albany by both Democrats and Republicans would either abolish saltwater licenses or extend the purchase deadline to Jan. 1.”

Story in Newsday.com

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Photo: View from Twin Lights toward Portland Harbor, Cape Elizabeth, Maine [click photo to enlarge]
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State Doubles Bluefish Commercial Catch Limit

“Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, October 1, 2009, the Connecticut possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased from 500 to 1,000 pounds. No commercial license holder shall possess and no vessel shall land or have on board more than this amount while on Connecticut waters.

“State regulations allow for the commercial possession limit for bluefish to increase to 1,000 pounds if less than 80% of Connecticut’s commercial quota for bluefish has been reported landed by October 1.”

Source: Connecticut DEP

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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

26 September 2009

Yes, and Now We Are At the Forefront of Supporting the General Fund

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“Governor Issues Proclamation Commending Sportsmen.

“Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has recognized Saturday, September 26, 2009, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Connecticut….

“In an official proclamation marking the day Governor Rell said, ‘Sportsmen have been at the forefront of the conservation movement for over 100 years. They showed their support for conservation by requesting taxes and special fees on hunting and fishing equipment to help pay for wildlife and fish management, habitat restoration, and other conservation programs.’”

Propaganda from ConnPost.com

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$50 to Go Fishing in Connecticut

“As predicted by many area anglers when the saltwater fishing license went into effect, the fees are going up - in surprisingly short order, even for the most skeptical. It hasn't even been a year and already the state wants more money.

“… effective October 1st the saltwater license will increase to $20 for residents. A freshwater license will go up to $30 and a combo all-waters license will be $50. Please keep in mind this 2009 license will only be good until the end of the calendar year. A new one will have to be purchased for 2010.”

Tim Coleman writing in TheDay.com

Photo: Governor and Connecticut General Assembly lurk in the background trying to figure out how they can take another bite out of Connecticut sportsmen. [Click photo to enlarge]

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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 September 2009

9/24 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Val S. arrived at the dock at 1300 on Thursday to give me a hand removing the Minn Kota trolling motor from the boat as it had become unresponsive to commands from the remote control. These motors are generally very short-lived in salt water, but at least they're expensive.

Val had been through this several times with the TM on his Pathfinder and had brought all the necessary tools; he had the six bolts out in a few minutes. Then we tried to remove the plate that fastens the TM to the foredeck. No go. Turns out it had been installed with 3M 5200 which cannot be removed by cussing at it...otherwise, we'd have had it off in a jiffy.

So Val reassembled the whole thing while I made arrangements with the Marina to get the darned thing off the boat so I could ship it back to Minnesota for repairs.

We finally got out on the water about 1430 to find that the cormorants were lined up on the breakwater laughing at us. They'd already heard about the trolling motor, obviously. And they were up on the rocks because there was no bait in the water...so that led to a few of their snickers as we became rapidly frustrated at flinging lures with no result.

We hit the usual suspect spots and had only two chomped swim-baits to show for our efforts...undoubtedly the work of small bluefish.

It was time to head for Middleground.

Water was pretty quiet out there. We arrived right at the stand of the tide, that brief interval at low and high tides when the water doesn't seem to be either rising and falling. And there were just a few boats out there.

We got into fish pretty quickly. I caught the first one, a 33-inch bluefish [photo in orange shirt, below], which would put it into the 16-lb. range [see the length-to weight conversion table at Noreast.com] which fish, incidentally, would have easily won the recent WICC Bluefish Tournament to the tune of $25,000. No fooling! Biggest fish caught in the Tournament was under 14 lbs.

Val hooked a 26" [10-lb.] battler on his home-made baby bunker fly; fish jumped several times before I tailed it and brought in on board to pose for the photo.

We fished close around Middleground which area suddenly had become populated with small boats that apparently had seen us struggling with the large bluefish.

The Osprey, a large head or party boat, also arrived, but looked rather sparse at the fishing rails. We wondered if this could be a profitable trip for the boat's owners with so few paying guests on board. Lovely boat, though...nice sounding engines as well.

The clouds with the sun behind were spectacular all afternoon. Wind was not a problem at first, but it began to blow up from the north, more strongly the longer we stayed...so we kept an eye on that as we'd be running dead into it on the 7-mile trip back to the mouth of the Housatonic River.

That's an interesting run to follow on the depth finder as there's a grand canyon between the mainland and Middleground. The bottom quickly drops from 50-60 feet to about 170 feet deep...and then comes back up again as you approach Middleground where the depth, of course, is 0.

The guy running the glaciers 10,000 years ago must have had a good time with this: "I think I'll dig out this big trench here so boaters crossing it will feel safe...and then I'll dump it all here in the middle so they'll run right smack up on it." As probably many boats did until the lighthouse was built.

The flies are a real pain at this time of the year out at Middleground. They're nasty little things, looking like small housefies, and they bite, specializing on legs and ankles as they tend to stay down in the hull of the boat out of the wind.

Can't tell you how much fun it is to be battling a 16-lb. bluefish while these flies are taking all advantage of your distraction. It's reel in a bit, then swat a fly; reel, swat...etc.

I finally put on a pair of Goretex rain pants. No more shorts out there until we get a freeze.

We had several hits but didn't land a lot of fish; in fact, Val was contending that he was the better fisherman as he'd lost more fish than I'd lost...but we're not buying that one.

The setting sun behind the clouds were speck-tack as we returned to the mainland.

Another great day on the water.


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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

Back on the Water Again

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We've been off the water for some time now due mainly to a nasty cold;; however, today we'll be back out there and hope to have a fishing report shortly.

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Dead Stripers Litter Montauk Beach

“The carcasses of hundreds of striped bass washed onto the beach at Napeague Sunday afternoon, and there is speculation that commercial fishermen were to blame.”

Read the gory story at: 27East.com

Photo: Beach scene, Scarborough, Maine

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Get Your Best Fish Story Ready…

“Visitors who share the most exciting fishing anecdotes will walk away with a Raymarine A70 6.4-inch Chartplotter, pre-loaded with US charts. ...”

Info at ConnPost.com

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Patterns More Important than Spots

” Joe Angler has fallen for one of the worst traps any angler can fall for, old information. There is a saying in the fishing world that holds true most of the time, “If you are not the one telling the fish story you are probably too late to take advantage it”.

Interesting read at: TheRecordLive.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

23 September 2009

New Fishing Tourney...and Even "Staycations" Getting Too Expensive

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New Fishing Tournament Saturday

“Attention anglers: A new fishing tournament is wading into the area. The first-ever Saugatuck Cup will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. The one-day, catch-and-release charity event will send participants in search of bass, bluefish and false albacore in the Long Island Sound.”

Read about it at WestportNews.com

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"Staycation" Costs May Have Some Staying…in Their Back Yards

“When gas prices rose, staycations were all the rage. But staying closer to home to have fun is about to get more expensive.

“’$30? I didn't know it was going that high. That's steep,; said camper Al Jelenik.”

Read more at WTNH.com

Photo: Rockbound coast of Maine, Cape Elizabeth, ME [click on photo to enlarge]

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Not Just Fishermen Hurt by States Increasing Fees

“’I think they are unaware that the rest of us are in the same boat that the state is. We’re not getting raises, our benefits are costing us more,’ said Toolan, 61, of East Haddam. The revised fee and license charges included in the fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 budgets just adopted by the legislature take effect Oct. 1.

“’Talk about staycations, they are going to make it almost as expensive as going away,’” he said of the notion that people vacation locally in light of the economic downturn.”

Story from 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

22 September 2009

Charter Licenses, Ocean Policy, Denver Fly Show

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NY Charter Captains to Pay $800 for Licenses within a 90-Day Period

“"But to inform charter captains that in two weeks we must purchase a $400 license is absurd, especially since the season here in New York is over sooner than it starts.

"’For instance, the state is closing our tautog season in mid-December, the heart of our season and they want $400 now.’

“The State of New York requires this recreational marine fishing license starting Oct. 1. This license must be renewed on Jan. 1, 2010. In New York, recreational anglers are required to pay a nominal fee at $10 for all New York residents while charter captains must pay $400 annually.”

Story at Sports.ESPN.go.com

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Unified Ocean Policy Under Consideration

“Last week, the Obama administration offered a plan to restore the oceans to better health by proposing the first-ever national policy for regulating the use of the nation's offshore waters and coastlines…holding its only East Coast listening session this week. Fishermen, community leaders, scientists and the general public will be able to comment on the administration's ocean plan on Sept. 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence.”

Article from: PublicNewsService.org

Photo: Gull, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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Denver Fly Fishing Expo Reported

“Recently returned from the Flyfishing Retailer Expo in Denver, Colorado. Exhibitor space may have been down about 25 percent from last year's show, but there is no question that some serious business was being conducted in the halls of the Denver Convention Center.:

Whole report in FlyFishinSalt.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 September 2009

Fishing Reports for Connecticut


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Fishing Report from Charles Walsh

“Some larger blues have at last reached the power lines in the lower Housatonic River…. Generally striper fishing is still just fair....”

Report in ConnPost.com

Photo: Atlantic Ocean off Scarborough, Maine

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Fishing Report from CT DEP

Striped bass fishing is good if you can avoid those pesky bluefish! Striper and bluefish spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Napatree Point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, outer Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef and the humps to the south, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, and the reefs around the Norwalk Islands. This is also prime time for anglers to hit the beach for some excellent shore fishing and don’t forget about our coastal state parks for a variety of angling/crabbing opportunities!

Snapper bluefish fishing remains good along the coastline. Snappers are about 6 inches in length.

Scup fishing is good to excellent on the local reefs with fish measuring 17 inches in length being common!

Hickory shad fishing remains fair to good in the lower Niantic River and Connecticut River but should improve as autumn approaches.

Little tunny (false albacore) and Atlantic bonito (green bonito) are still racing around in LIS. Tuna spots include the Watch Hill area, south side of Fishers Island, Race Rock (the Race), Little Gull Island, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area and off the Norwalk Islands.

Blue crabbing is still hanging in there and now is a good time to catch monster jimmies before they move out into deeper water.

Source: CTDEP
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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 September 2009

Trip to New Hampshire and Maine...2

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The Portsmouth Naval Yard services the nuclear attack submarines of the U S Navy. The subs come into dry-dock for upgrades and other servicing and the crews stay in floating "hotels" right next to the subs so they can oversee the work and receive necessary training.

The naval yard is installing a barrier-chain around one of the dry-docks that is adjacent to public waterway. Here you can see this odd-shaped boat towing a section of the barrier which will be coupled to mooring buoys already in place.
Apparently someone misjudged the tidal current in the area as the buoys were drifting all over the place when they were first installed. Guess that's under control now.

There are at least two forts dating from the Revolutionary period that dominate entrance to Portsmouth Harbor. This one has been reconstructed to some degree and sits on a high bluff that would have afforded an excellent view of any ship approaching the harbor.

Quoting from www.portsmouthnh.com: "In December 1774 Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston to warn the colonists of British plans to reinforce the fort, to protect its store of powder. The colonists however surrounded the fort and seized light cannon and 97 barrels of gun powder. Many consider the attack to be the first overt act of the Revolution, and it's thought that some of the supplies were used in the Battle of Bunker Hill."

Here's a view from Prout's Neck, a point that sticks out from the Maine shore into the Atlantic. Very private area. All access to the houses is via feeder roads controlled by electronic gates, and they have their own police force. Word is if you drive by going too slowly, they'll pull you over to see what you're up to.

We went up and down the road slowly twice, but no police pestered us...did see three cop cars including one radar trap in that small area though.

Finally we arrived at the guest house. Our family has been visiting here since about 1971 or so [as mentioned earlier]. This is the view from the large windows on the enclosed front porch which also embraces the dining area.

The body of water is the Atlantic Ocean...next stop: Portugal.

We made our usual run up to LLBean's in Freeport, ME. I was still feeling punk in the aftermath of the bug I'd been fighting and spent most of the time sleeping in the car. Caryl, however, did some good shopping both at Bean's and at a couple of the other of the myriad of shops that now surround this anchor store.

Pic is of a portion of the fly-tying materials area in the fishing section of the store. They've got about everything a dedicated fly tyer could possibly need.

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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 September 2009

Trip to New Hampshire and Maine...1

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Caryl and I took off for our annual trek to the family gathering on the southern coast of Maine. Trip was unremarkable except that traffic wasn't bad [mid-day Wednesday not being a hot travel time], and the weather provided no surprises.

This gathering used to be our family reunion. We had more than fifty persons showing up from as far away as Phoenix, AZ and filled the guest house with our group. Now however, the generation that held all those cuzzins together has about died off, so the group has gotten smaller and smaller.

But we can count an unbroken string of thirty-eight years that the gathering has taken place.

Caryl and I stopped off in Portsmouth, NH for Wednesday night. Ate dinner at Warren's lobster house, just across the river in Kittery, ME. Note that when you travel along the New England coast, everything takes on a nautical slant...including the views from many of the restaurants.

Warren's has about the finest salad buffet going...all very fresh and nicely prepared. The food is good; can't report on the drinks as we didn't have any.

After dinner we zipped up the road to the Kittery Trading Post where we each found a few necessities to purchase. KTP often has good deals on clothing, but in terms of hunting/fishing stock it falls way short of BassPro and Cabela's. Nevertheless, we seem to stop there each year.

Thursday morning I was out the door by 0600 to meet Capt. Peter Whelan at the docks of the Wentworth hotel. I've fished with Peter a number of times and he knows the waters very well in the Portsmouth/So. Maine area.

Unfortunately, the water temperature is still in the low 60s in Portsmouth...much warmer than normal; as a result, the stripers have not schooled up yet and we had little luck. And the wind was howling which kept us in the harbor area...we couldn't get out on the Ocean and run up the Maine coast. The most fish we saw were under Peter's dock. They'd come out and grab hunks of mackerel chunks, but that was it.

Nevertheless, this is a great area to fish...even if it's mostly sight-seeing rather than fish-catching.

A lot of what you see is related to the Portsmouth Naval Yard which has been operating for darned near as long as this country has had a navy.

This building is actually an old naval prison or "brig." It looks in great shape from a distance, but up close it's a disaster. There are bushes growing up on some of the roofs; windows broken or completely gone, and so on. Would be a great location for a marine research center of some sort, but the costs to renovate would probably sink such a project.

This freighter has probably come in from South America. It's loaded with salt for New England's roads this winter. In the street next to the freighter are lined up a number of trucks each to receive its load of salt and head out to the next distribution point.

More on Portsmouth's harbor and the naval yard in our next 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

16 September 2009

Rx…Wherein Lies a Tale

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I’ve been sick with some darned bug for eight days now. [Explains the lack of fishing reports on this blog.] Yesterday, gave up and went to the doc who poked, prodded, asked questions about symptoms, and decided I needed to take an antibiotic in case my cough and red-looking inner ear were signs of a bacterial infection. Left the doc’s office after 5 minutes of doctor-contact and 55 minutes of dealing with insurance and HIPAA forms.

Traipsed off to the drug store I’ve been using for the past 10 years. Clerk told me “fifteen minutes.” Thirty-five minutes later, I had the prescription. Took it home. Was about to pop one of the pills when I decided to review the three pages of boilerplate the druggist furnished with the Rx.

If you’ve ever looked at the paperwork that accompanies many prescriptions, you know there’s a section headed, DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF YOU ARE ALSO TAKING: For this Rx the list of possible bad interactions included a drug I’ll call “TickerRhythm” as that’s what it does…it keeps heart rhythms under control.

Guess who has been taking TickerRhythm for the past X years. Right. Me.

So I call the doc’s office and say “WTH?” [What the heck.] Lady has to get a note to the doc. Doc calls me back and admits he blew it but says he’s surprised that the drug store computer didn’t catch the conflict. He calls the drug store to order a different Rx for me.

The druggist calls me to apologize, but says the computer blew it. Doesn’t understand why the computer didn’t pick up the interaction as all my Rx records are on the computer.

In other words, if I had died from taking that Rx, the family would have had to sue a computer for malpractice.

Moral of the tale: READ THE PAPERWORK THAT COMES WITH YOUR Rx!

Ps.: Heart doc recently decided I had high blood pressure. I disagreed, but he insisted and put me on a BP controller. Within days I was becoming disoriented while working at the desk and, taking my own BP, getting readings like 90/50. We cut the quantity of the BP controller in half. Symptoms persisted…BP was still way too low. Cut it to the smallest amount available in a prescription. Was falling off my work chair. Stopped taking the Rx…and am now fine.

Pps.: Another time the doc wanted to put me on a different heart-rhythm controller. Picked up the pills and upon reading the accompanying literature learned that one of the potential side effects is that it can turn your skin blue. And, even if you stop taking it, your skin will stay blue…forever. Haven’t taken a single one of those turkeys.

Ppps.: Ms. Caryl and I are off to New Hampshire and Maine over the next several days. Hope to fish Portsmouth Harbor environs with Capt. Peter Whelan, and then do some surfcasting at the mouth of the mighty Spurwink River.

Lobstahs, here we come!

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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

15 September 2009

Denver Fly Show...Fishing Arrests

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“Fly Fishing Retailer Show Recap...

"The Fly Fishing Retailer World Trade Expo passed through Denver last week, and everyone I spoke with felt that this trade show was undoubtedly smaller in scope. I saw fewer exhibitors, fewer attendees, and fewer new products coming your way in the coming year.

“But I'm not ready to say that's necessarily a bad thing.”

Read the report at FieldAndStream.com

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Fishing-Related Arrests Up in Some Areas

“One man was handing what Nicklow suspected was illicit contraband to another man, who ran it back to a parked vehicle on Melrose Avenue and returned to the rock jetty for another pick-up. It happened over and over.

“Could it be drugs? Maybe it was a numbers runner taking bets.

“Nicklow, a conservation agent with the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, moved in and confronted the runner, Vincent C. Ngo, of Maple Shade. Nicklow was not even slightly surprised to find the illicit material was a fish, known as tautog.”

Interesting article at PressOfAtlanticCity.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 September 2009

Bad Stripers...Baaaaaad!

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Where Have All the Herring Gone? Gone to Stripers Everyone!

“Biologists believe dramatic drop of blueback herring in Connecticut River caused by increase in striped bass…. Blueback herring once teemed in the Connecticut River, with well more than a half million returning upstream from the ocean to spawn in some years in the 1980s.”

Read the story in MassLive.com

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NY To Ban Shad Fishing

“State regulators plan to ban commercial and recreational fishing for American shad, saying the population remains at its lowest record level despite efforts to restore it by restricting fishing….

“Shad, like salmon, hatch in rivers, spend their adult lives at sea and return to their inland birthplaces to spawn. In 2007, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission conducted a coastwide assessment of American shad and concluded that the Hudson River shad stock has declined dramatically since the 1990s.”

Story in Newsday.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

13 September 2009

Long Island Sound Fund Trashed by Connecticut Legislature

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“Sixteen years after motorists began paying premiums for special "Preserve the Sound" license plates, lawmakers have disbanded the fund that has invested nearly $5 million in a variety of education and conservation projects.

“The Long Island Sound Fund, a dedicated pot of revenue that could not be used for any other reason, will go out of business Oct. 1, the victim of "sweeps" by legislative leaders desperate for money to balance Connecticut's precarious budget.

“On that date, money collected by the state Department of Motor Vehicles that had gone into the fund will revert instead to the General Fund.”

Read about your General Assembly at work on 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

12 September 2009

NOAA Says It Was A Cold Summer

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Summer Temperatures Below Average

“The average June-August 2009 summer temperature for the contiguous United States was below average – the 34th coolest on record, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. August was also below the long-term average. The analysis is based on records dating back to 1895.

“For the 2009 summer, the average temperature of 71.7 degrees F was 0.4 degree F below the 20th Century average. The 2008 average summer temperature was 72.7 degrees F.”

Full report from NOAA

Shoo-Fly: This of course comes as a complete surprise to those of us who've been wearing sweaters and windbreakers out on the water this season.

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Vineyard Fish Derby Starts Sunday

“The 64th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins Sunday morning. Almost 3,000 fishermen are expected to enter the five-week contest.

“ Some of those who register in the Derby will fish for only a few days. A smaller number of fishermen will fish every waking hour, and some sleeping ones.”

Story at MVTimes.com

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H1N1: A Survival Guide

“H1N1 is a new flu virus of swine origin that infected people in Mexico and the United States in March and April and then spread to become a worldwide pandemic. There is no vaccine available for the virus yet, though testing of one is currently in the human phase.”

Read the full guide at: FoxNews.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 September 2009

Bluefish and Housy PCBs

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Bluefish May Have Arrived

“Wild was the scene at Pine Street and Wordin Avenue in Bridgeport Wednesday night where Black Rock Harbor reaches a dead end in a conglomeration of oil storage tanks, rotting buildings and trash-strewn vacant lots. One eyewitness estimated that at least 50 fishermen stood shoulder-to-shoulder casting to a horde of busting 10- to 12-pound bluefish that had chased a school of bunker into the blind alley at the harbor's end. With lines crossing, lures tangled and landed fish snapping all over the place, the observer was impressed that everyone stayed calm and polite.”

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

In a personal note to ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com, Charles writes:
To paraphrase Garrison K.: Well it's been a slow week on the Housatonic River. Kayaked Wednesday when you went to MG. Two-foot swells made trolling difficult and a tad scary. And no fish. The day before that I waded the dropping tide off the Milford bars with similar result. Anyway as you may have read in todays report Milford and Black Rock Harbors seem to be where the big blues are on and off. Jason Jadach of Bobby J's say the east wind will blow the bait into the Short Beach shoal and bring the big fish into the river, but the weather will likely keep us out. I got so desperate that later Wednesday I fished for snappers at Gulf Pond and in ten casts had my limit. Ate them that night fried whole after dipping in egg and flour. Fabulous.

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Eastern Connecticut Fish Report

“The east wind that started on Wednesday has cut down the number of small boaters on the water but we still have some fishing ongoing. False Albcore in particular were around in our waters, hopefully staying put until this low pressure down off the New Jersey coast that is producing the easterly moves on through.”

Tim Coleman writing in TheDay.com

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Housatonic River PCB Count Falling

“After 10 years of remediation work to the Pittsfield, Mass., section of the Housatonic River, targeting the PCB contamination caused by a General Electric plant, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the amount of contamination entering Connecticut in the river has been reduced by 50 percent.”

Article from CountyTimes.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;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

10 September 2009

A Tough Day of Fishing is Better Than....

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We Almost Caught Pepe le Pew!

Those who’ve been around fishing for a while know that a term for going fishing and catching nothing is “getting skunked.” I have no idea what the origin of that phrase is…relative to fishing that is. Clearly, if you run afoul of a skunk and get sprayed, you’ve gotten skunked…but how this translates to the water is beyond me.

Perhaps one of our readers knows the answer to this.

At any rate, Don G. and I left the marina for the mouth of the Housatonic River about 0700 on Wednesday. We weren’t expecting a lot as the weather forecast was:
“Small Craft Advisory in effect through Thursday evening for NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT...BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.”

And the forecast was pretty accurate. Winds were out of the northeast at 15-20 plus gusts. This meant that a run to Middleground would be fraught with discomfort.

So we poked around the jetties. Don had a bluefish on for about five seconds before it chewed its way through his line. I had the tail bitten off a jig over at the gun club. That was it for the River mouth.

We decided to run upriver and we tried the usual-suspect places with no result. Did see one gentleman in a rowboat who claimed to have caught a bluefish. It was funny: As we’re going upriver he calls us over and asks what time it is. We told him: 1050. On the way back down past him we went over and told him it was now 1150. He said, “No…no Thanks, but I’ve got a watch.” Maybe he had been lonely out there all alone…or perhaps his watch was unreliable and he needed to check how close it was to the correct time? Another puzzle for the ages.

Finally we traipsed back downriver and out to the mouth again. With the fishing that slow, why bother?...you well might ask. Well, Shoo-Fly 3 had a string of 47-straight trips going without getting skunked. No fish in the boat today would mean an end to that string.

Back at the breakwater Don actually hooked and landed a real live bluefish. Ta-da! The skunk was off the boat and the string continues.

Another great day on the water.

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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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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

09 September 2009

Bernie Madoff Loved the Water, and He Was a Surfcaster

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Hey! Madoff Was a Surfcaster…He Couldn’t Have Been All Bad!***

“The personal detritus of Bernie Madoff's vacation life sits with hand-written, neatly numbered FBI tags-the surf-casting rod he used in his backyard beach to catch striped bass and bluefish….”

Read the article: Money.CNN.com


[***Hope that--at one time when he was fishing—a big bluefish took a chunk out of his butt.]

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Bernie Madoff’s Long Island Beach Pad for Sale

“Those who see Bernard Madoff as an evil purveyor of excess might be disappointed by his beach house: It's not that palatial….But the 1.2-acre lot sits closer to the surf than larger neighboring homes on the southeastern tip of Long Island. And the house features a grand, columned porch with stunning views….“

Story and Pix at Google.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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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

08 September 2009

USCG Calls Off Charles Island Kayaker Search

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Presumed Dead

“U.S. Coast Guard officials called off their search Monday for Michael Krupa, 22, of Middletown, who went missing Sunday while kayaking off the coast of Milford, but Fire Department personnel continued the effort to find the man, who is presumed to have died, officials said.”

Story in Middletown Press

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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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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

07 September 2009

Kayaker Missing Off Charles Island

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Not Wearing Life Jacket

“The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local authorities are searching for 22-year-old Michael Krupa, of Middletown, who went missing Sunday while kayaking off the coast of Milford."

Read in: MiddletownPress.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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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

06 September 2009

The $30 Connecticut Marine Fishing License

Charles Walsh Tells It Like It Is

“After years of being double-crossed by politicians, anglers and other sportsmen can be excused if they lack some faith in government's good intentions. What we have learned the hard way is that what politicians and bureaucrats say is usually much different than what they do. Most thought the marine fee would double within a year or two, with the conservation fund having about as much chance of surviving as a beached bunker.

“Few, however, expected the marine license fee to triple in less than three months.”

Read the whole story 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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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

05 September 2009

Fish Forecast, Bluefish Tourney Results, and a Propeller

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Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

“If you thought the sudden turn to colder weather would turn on the fishing like a kitchen spigot, well, not quite, my friend. There are still plenty of fish to be caught, but the fall run is still a few weeks away. Judging by the average size of the bluefish weighed in for the WICC contest, the big choppers still have not shown up, choosing instead to remain in the harbors and inlets on Long Island's north shore. Nine-pound blues were the contest average.”

Read more at ConnPost.com

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Summary of the Bluefish Tournament

"A big surprise—1.11 pounds separated the No. 1 fish from the 20th. A 13.92 bluefish held on all weekend to unofficially capture the win.”

More details at: TheDay.com

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Fisherment Net…A Propeller

“A fishing boat harvesting squid for Lund's Fisheries on Ocean Drive has snagged an airplane propeller believed to be from a World War II-era military plane.:

Interesting read in: PressofAtlanticCity.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 for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

04 September 2009

9/04 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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A Few Big Blues at MG

More than forty years ago Roy P. and I worked together in [what was then called] the "personnel" department at [what was then called] the Norden Division of United Aircraft Corp. He and I have been fishing together off and on ever since then.

It was going to be a bright and sunny day, so we wanted to get out on the water before the light drove the larger fish into the depths--we departed the marina shortly after 0600.

Another reason for leaving the dock early was that it was the Friday of Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer and of the boating season, when all the owners of UseLessCrafts would be trying to unknot their boats from the docks so they could say they'd been out on the water at least once since Memorial Day weekend.

When all those tubs hit the River, fishing anywhere near the channel would be like boating in a washing machine...thus our early departure.

So we got to see a nice sunrise.

We hit the small bluefish spot and landed a bunch of them while we assessed the wind and waves to decide if a trip to Middleground would make sense. The wind was coming up a bit, but being northeast it was off the land and shouldn't be too bad, so we took off SW.

It was quiet out at MG. Not a single boat fishing the entire shoal, except for us. After a while the big party boats arrived from Port Jefferson, but until that time we had the area all to ourselves.

Unfortunately it was also quiet fish-wise. No sign of big ones on the electronic fish-finder...and they weren't exactly jumping in the boat.

We did, however, have a couple of hits and successfully landed those fish that did hook up. One of the fish darned near spooled me [ran off all the line from the reel] and we had to start up the boat and chase after each one we hooked to have a chance of landing them on our light tackle.

The photos pretty much tell the story.

The birds were on the railing at the MG lighthouse. Looked as though they were auditioning for Alfred Hitchcock.

It was a little rough heading back to the shore, but it calmed the closer we ran to the mainland...so we took off for Bridgeport Harbor to check out the alleged bunker run that was supposed to be going on over there.

No bunker were visisble, but we got a close look at the Bridgeport to Port Jeff ferry, Park City, as it left for Long Island. And we did have a few hits from smaller blues...but that was about it.

On the way back to the marina more and more boats were streaming down the River toward Long Island Sound. It was a good time to end the trip.

Another great day on the water.

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Salt Water Fishing Intro Course

“Salt water fishing course — Stratford Recreation Department and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Fisheries will sponsor a salt water fishing course open to children and adults, Thursday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m., Birdseye Complex and Saturday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Bond’s Dock; $5. Register to Sept. 11.”

To encourage citizens to buy those new Connecticut Salt Water Fishing Licences, no doubt.

Where to register not specified in the article, but probably through Stratford Rec: Acorn-Online.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 for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

03 September 2009

I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Help You

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Connecticut Post Says License Fees to Jump

“Want to fish for your dinner? A $20 inland fishing license will cost $40. Salt water fishing, which has been free, will cost $30.”

And services are to be reduced: “…state Department of Environmental Protection's Long Island Sound account, funded by extra fees on Sound-themed motor vehicle license plates, is being eliminated and the funding will revert to the General Fund.

“Dennis Schain, spokesman for the DEP, said Wednesday that the Sound account, which began nearly 20 years ago with license-plate revenue, is another victim of the state's fiscal crisis. ‘It has been a valuable program that's funded many projects to Long Island Sound and related resources, but these are extraordinary times,’ Schain said.

So the state got its foot in the door with a $10 saltwater license…giving the state now full “license” to increase fees to as much as the public will bear.

Read about this and the other ways Connecticut will help us at: ConnPost.com

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NOAA Expresses Interest in Recreational Fishing

“To that end, I’m announcing my commitment to take a fresh look at our relationship with the angling community. As a first step, I will create a new position of senior policy advisor for recreational fishing that will report directly to the assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries and be charged with addressing the interests of the recreational community within the agency as we consider policy….. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator”

Read the bureaucratic claptrap at: NOAA News

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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 for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

02 September 2009

9/02 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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The Big One(s) Got Away

I picked up Rich N. at Newtown Bait & Tackle in Newtown, CT at 0630 this morning. It was 48°F at home when I left for Newtown and fog hung over I-84 especially at the bridge over the Housatonic River.

Rich was ready to go as he'd been at the shop since who knows what o'clock providing customers with worms, sandworms, frozen sandeels, shiners, eels, and other goodies that fish love to eat. However, we'd fish no bait today...live or frozen...just plastic and feathers.

At the marina Shoo-Fly 3 was soaked with dew as the cold air had condensed on all the surfaces of the boat. She started right up, as usual, and we lit out for the mouth of the Housatonic River.

Went immediately to the spot where the small bluefish had been hanging out...just to put a bend in the rods. That worked just fine and we boated a bunch of them, including one on the 7-wt. So that was fun for a few minutes, but we were thinking about larger fare. The wind was NE at about 5 kts., which was not bad at all, so we turned the boat SW and headed for Middleground, about 7 miles out in Long Island Sound.

Things were not exactly hopping at MG. There were a couple of boats, including some large party boats, that were probably after porgies...but we saw little in the way of caught fish from them.

I had a hit from a blue that was probably 8 lbs. and got him fairly close to the boat before he spit the hook back in my face. Rich had a really big blue grab his lure. The fish catapulted completely out of the water and fell back with a splash you'd expect to see from throwing a cinderblock in the water.

The fish cut him off...through 40-lb. test fluorocarbon. I estimated the fish at 12-14 lbs.

That was it for larger fish for the day.

MG was slow, so we headed back to the River, caught some more smaller blues, and then headed through the marsh and up-River to see if anything was moving up above the bridges.

Only thing moving was a bit of color back into a few of the trees along the River bank.

It was a gorgeous day out there. Reasonably warm, no heavy wind, no clouds. Would maybe have been better fishing if it weren't such a nice day, but it was fine to be comfortable out on the water and enjoy the scenery.

Water temps on the Sound and in the River had fallen to 69-70°F.

Another great day on the water.

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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 for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel

01 September 2009

Can Fall Be Far Away?

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September 1st: It was 47°F here in Woodbury this morning...certainly a portent of autumn.

Temps such as that mean that water temperatures on Long Island Sound, now hanging in at about 71°, will begin to drop. This will encourage larger stripers to venture out of the depths and into the shallows. And, as long as the Sound stays above 55°, the bluefish will still be with us.

Should be some of the best fishing of the year ahead.

We'll be on the water on Wednesday and Friday this week and will post reports of our findings.

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Outrageous On-Line Fly-Fishing Magazine

You’ll wish only that you’d discovered it 18 issues ago.

Check it out: ThisIsFly.com

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Lobster Decline Requires Intervention

“To restore a lobster population decimated in the die-off, the Bertolfs said more aggressive intervention is needed to eliminate what they believe is the illegal harvesting of egg-bearing female lobsters and curb damage caused by commercial clam dredges disturbing the sea floor.”

Story in NewsTimes.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 for $10.00 from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.

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Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut;
fishing; charters; vacations; travel