30 October 2009

10/30 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

10/29 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

Stonington, CT Rescue...Mitten Crabs

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Coast Guard Rescue at Stonington, CT

“A Wilmington, N.C., native was rescued by the Coast Guard after his boat grounded on rocks in Bartlett’s Reef near Stonington, Conn., around 6:45 a.m. today.
“Victor Smith, 63, was rescued by a Coast Guard Station New London response boat crew after his anchor chain broke and the vessel became grounded. There were no injuries or pollution reported.
“The vessel began taking on water and became submerged before a salvage company could recover it. The company will send a crane and barge to recover the vessel this afternoon.
“Smith recently purchased the vessel in Falls River, Mass., and was in the process of sailing back to Wilmington when the incident occurred.”

From Coast Guard News

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New Chinese Invasion: Mitten Crabs

“Chinese mitten crabs may be found in both freshwater and salt water. They are walking crabs that can emerge from the water to move upstream of barriers and are capable of moving several hundred miles upstream from saltwater. They spend most of their lives in freshwater rivers, migrating to brackish or salt water to reproduce. The young move upstream, sometimes spending 2 to 5 years in freshwater.”

Source: 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

28 October 2009

Fly Fishing is Like Bow Hunting?

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“At the risk of sounding like a salesman, I'd like to again tout the virtues of fly-fishing. Maybe I can pique the curiosity of an angler or two enough that they might be tempted to give it a try. But be warned: Fly-fishing can be very addictive.”

Article from DelmarvoNow.com

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Fish Bypass on Tingue Dam in the Naugatuck River Is a Go

“The Tingue Dam, constructed in 1763 and measuring 150 feet long and 5 feet high, is the last of eight dams that had long blocked fish access to upstream spawning grounds. The fish bypass channel will complete the restoration 32 miles of historic fish habitat. It is expected to enable the return of more than 20,000 adult American shad and 30,000 adult river herring annually, and to increase angler harvest of sea run brown trout.

"The by-pass will be the first of its kind and scale on the East Coast, and is expected to serve as a model for similar projects in other states. The area will be open to the public for self-guided tours, and will feature informational kiosks describing fish habitat and explaining other resource issues."

Item from 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

27 October 2009

Dolphins on Long Island Sound

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“This past summer, a pod of nearly 200 bottlenose dolphins made their way into LIS, truly a rare event. The first sightings occurred on June 25th off Glen Cove, NY. Carol DiPaolo of Hempstead Harbor reported, “June 27, about 10:30 AM, in the Harbor there were about 100 dolphins majestically diving in and out of the water as they made their way past Rum Point north to the Glen Cove breakwater.”

A smaller group of dolphins was spotted off City Island in the Bronx. The dolphins were chasing fish, most likely bluefish or menhaden (bunker), as schools of those species observed in the Sound prior to the dolphins’ arrival were noticeably diminished afterward. The dolphins reappeared briefly on June 29th near Copp’s Island in the Norwalk Islands, and are thought to have later exited the Sound by way of New York’s East River.

Experts say it’s been at least 30 years since bottlenose dolphins were seen in the Sound during summer months, and that these sightings may be evidence of improving water quality in the estuary.

Source: CTDEP

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Atlantic Salmon Update

DEP’s Inland Fisheries Division stocked 1,100 2-5 lb broodstock Atlantic salmon into the SHETUCKET RIVER and the NAUGATUCK RIVER. An additional 200 salmon were released into CRYSTAL LAKE (Ellington) and MOUNT TOM POND (Morris/Litchfield/Washington), 100 fish into each lake.

All the broodstock Atlantic salmon available for stocking in Connecticut this fall were stocked last week (October 13th-16th). This is a departure from previous years of the program, when smaller batches of salmon were stocked on multiple occasions from mid-October into late November. This change was necessitated by the need to conduct essential maintenance of hatchery ponds at the Kensington State Fish Hatchery.

For the third consecutive year, DEP has stocked several lakes with broodstock Atlantic salmon. This fall, DEP stocked two lakes, one in western Connecticut (Mount Tom Pond) and one in eastern Connecticut (Crystal Lake). Beach Pond and Mashapaug Lake are the other lakes that have been stocked with broodstock salmon at least once since 2007.

Broodstock atlantic salmon regulations and areas summary:

The recently stocked broodstock salmon are already providing some good action for anglers. A number of catches (and lots of strikes) have been reported from the Naugatuck River, and jumping salmon are reportedly putting on a show for anglers at Crystal Lake, with at least five 2-5 lb salmon weighed earlier this week. Some action is also reported from the Shetucket River, but nothing’s been heard from Mt Tom Pond yet. Several recent catches have also been reported from two lakes stocked last spring, Mashapaug Lake and Beach Pond.

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

26 October 2009

Fly-fishing's Last Frontier: Salt Water

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“Inside every nymph-casting, freshwater fly-fisherman lurks the desire to catch something bigger than a 12-inch brown trout. If he or she is honest, like captain Bill Baldus, the fly-fisherman will admit that catching big fish on fly in saltwater is an ultimate goal.”

Read on at: MiamiHerald.com

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After Salmon on the Mighty Naugatuck River

“Ron and I choose to wade the river because as we are preparing our tackle at riverside, a large fish breaks about 25 yards downstream, sending a small geyser of water into the air. That splash gets our hearts pounding and hastens our entry into the river. From the size of the splash, it almost has to be one of the breeder-stock salmon."

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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Long Island Fisherman Rescued

"A man who fell overboard while fishing alone a mile off Long Island's southern coast says he thought he might drown as he drifted in the frigid sea for an hour.”

From: WCBSTV.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

24 October 2009

Flounder, MV Tourney, and the Weather

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Winter Flounder Regulation Set

...effective November 1, 2009.
Sport Fishing - Winter Flounder
Minimum length: will remain unchanged at 12 inches total length.
Daily Creel Limit: 2 fish.
Open Season: will remain unchanged: April 1 through May 30.

Source: CTDEP

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"The 64th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby...

"...ended Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony at Nectar's night club in Edgartown. The main drama was the awarding by chance of a new boat to one of the four shore division leaders and new truck to one of the boat division leaders."

Story from MVTimes.com

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Changing Arctic Affecting Air, Ocean, and Everything in Between


Despite the fact that summer 2009 had more sea ice than in 2007 or 2008, scientists are seeing drastic changes in the region from just five years ago and at rates faster than anticipated. The findings were presented today in the annual update of the Arctic Report Card, a collaborative effort of 71 national and international scientists.

From NOAA News Releases

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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 October 2009

10/21 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Don G. and I scored a half-dozen bluefish, mostly in the 5-6 lb. range, plus this one which scaled 12 lbs.

Proceeding to a different area, we boated 51 striped bass...all small fish and none worthy of a photograph...but all a lot of fun...many on flies.

I'll tell a friend or two where these fish are, but you'll have to e-mail me to ask.

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Article Reflects How Many Get into Fly Fishing

"Many consider fly-fishing as a sort of 'specialty'-type of fishing that's not for everyone, but that's really not true. Young, old, rich, poor, beginner, or seasoned professional, anyone who wishes to add a new dimension to their angling can get into fly-fishing because it really doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment or long-term practice. It's very possible that someone can find themselves catching fish after fish and having the time of their lives the very first time they venture out on the water with a fly rod. Fly-fishing IS for anyone whose primary objective is to have FUN when they fish."

Read more at DelMarvaNow.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

20 October 2009

10/20 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Charlie W. and I struck out in a couple of the usual spots before we finally ran to another area.

We latched onto a school of small striped bass...caught 30 of them.

Many of the fish were take on flies.

Some readers will be able to tell where it was we caught these fish by what they can see in the background of these photos.

The Brant [small geese] have arrived already; they'll probably be around for several weeks before heading to their wintering grounds.



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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

Stripers in Maine...Father Shoots Son

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Mainers Concerned About State of Striper Population

“Striper fishing along the Maine coast was off this summer for a second straight year, they say, and concerns are growing that the recreational fishery could face a painful decline.

"’I'm worried,’ said Doug Jowett, a guide who takes customers fishing in Casco Bay and off Cape Cod. ‘It's going to be declining steadily because nothing is being done to improve it.’"

Article from MorningSentinel.com

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You Could Understand If He Had Been Playing Rap Music

“San Antonio police are investigating the wounding of a man after his elderly father allegedly opened fire when the victim refused to stop drumming. Police said the son, in his 50s, suffered a non-life threatening head wound early Friday while at the home the men share. Police said his 83-year-old father was detained on an aggravated assault charge....”

Story at: 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

19 October 2009

El Niño and An Oil Spill in West Haven

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El Niño Will Be Messing with the Weather this Winter

“El Niño in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean is expected to be a dominant climate factor that will influence the December through February winter weather in the United States, according to the 2009 Winter Outlook released today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Such seasonal outlooks are part of NOAA’s suite of climate services.”

Article found at NOAA

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Coast Guard Responds to Gasoline Spill in West Haven

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound is responding to a gasoline spill which was reported late Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, in West Haven, Conn. The Coast Guard is assisting the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the spill, which is estimated at approximately 5,000 gallons. The leak reportedly came from the Wishert Mobile facility [...]

Read at: 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;
Milford, Connecticut

18 October 2009

New York Reciprocity, A Job, and Aspirin

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New York Reciprocity

“New York: A saltwater license is not required for New York waters until October 1, 2009. Thereafter, New York will permit CT Marine Waters license holders to fish in the waters of Long Island Sound lying between NY and CT. Reciprocal privileges in other New York waters (ex. Block Island Sound) still need to be determined by New York officials.”

Source: CT DEP

Graphic: Dotted line shows NY border; click the graphic to enlarge

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Want A Job?

“As part of NOAA's new effort to reach out to anglers, build a stronger partnership, and address anglers' concerns, we will create a new senior position in NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service — a special advisor for recreational fisheries. NOAA is now seeking applications for this advisor who would work directly for the assistant administrator of the fisheries service, the position I hold.”

From: GloucesterTimes.com

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Not About Fishing…but!

Was unable to verify this via Snopes or Urban Legends, but it sounds good.

Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve under the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep aspirin by your bedside?
About Heart Attacks

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm.
One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards:
- phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by OR CALL 911!!!!
- say "heart attack!"
- say that you have taken 2 aspirins.
- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and...
~ do NOT lie down ~
A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved.


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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

17 October 2009

Tautog, Atlantic Salmon, and Fishing Licenses

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Tips for Blackfish


“Here are ten tips to help you have a great fall tautog fishing season. Some of these you may have read this spring but they are worth repeating.”

Read more at WarwickOnLine.com

Photo: Val S. caught this 7-9 lb. blackfish from his sailboat. I asked if he'd whacked it with the centerboard, but got no reply to that.

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Atlantic Salmon

“Last week the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced its schedule for its annual fall stockings of surplus broodstock Atlantic salmon.

“This fall the DEP's Inland Fisheries Division plans to release a total of 1,100 salmon into the Shetucket River and the Naugatuck River.

“An additional 200 salmon will be released into two lakes, Crystal Lake (Ellington) and Mount Tom Pond (Morris/Litchfield/Washington).”

From ConnPost.com

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How Much Is Connecticut’s Resident Marine License?

“We’ve seen our resident marine fishing license launch in June at $10, increase to $30, and go back down to $10 in October! In the process, a newly implemented $15 one-day resident license has been eliminated for obvious reasons, as was the $50 marine fishing/firearms one. This does not bode well in the face of anglers who comprise a large part of the electorate and endorse fish and wildlife conservation.”

Read more: Waterford Times

CT DEP on Marine Licenses

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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 October 2009

Of Ice Cubes, Bureaucracy, and a Fishing Report

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Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

“Late October and November is a time only the hardiest of anglers are willing to venture out in the cold and rain. Those who do wear layers of insulated clothing and carry hand warmers. But the rewards can be some great fishing -- blackfish, sea bass or, with luck, a cow striper.”

Read the whole report: ConnPost.com

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MV Derby Throws Bluefish Out of Competition

“The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby committee Saturday removed from the competition a bluefish that Stephen Pietruska of West Tisbury weighed in on Monday. The fish would have taken over the top spot in the boat bluefish division.

“The Derby committee based its decision on the presence of ice cubes found in the stomach of the bluefish….”

From: MVTimes.com

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Connecticut Shooting Self in Foot?

“Millions in fees collected annually from sales of hunting and fishing licenses - fees that doubled in the new state budget adopted last month - will now go into the state's general fund rather than directly toward wildlife conservation projects….

“To be eligible for the federal grants, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and known as Pittman-Robertson Act funds, states must agree that all fishing and hunting license fees they collect will go to the state's agency that oversees wildlife initiatives, said Diana Weaver, spokeswoman for the federal wildlife service's New England office.”

From TheDay.com

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Allowable Landings for Certain Species Set for 2010

“The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recently sent out its table of total allowable landings and limits for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass and bluefish in 2010. What I often wonder: How do the government scientists and biologists come up with their numbers concerning recreational fishing totals, let alone keep track of what is….”

Article from: 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

13 October 2009

10/12 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Val and I got out on the water late in the morning on Monday, at about mid-tide and dropping. As you can see from this view of Charles Island, it was generally a cloudy, cool day but without much wind; there was some blue sky hovering at the eastern horizon, but we saw little of that during the day.

I had caught three small stripers before Val arrived; these fish have been camped at the marina for more than a week now. They're spunky, but not much of a challenge.

We ran over to Milford harbor which proved fruitless and then picked up some smallish blues back on the breakwater.

Val was itching to try for some blackfish, so we decided to run for MiddleGround as we could anchor up there for him to dunk the blackfish's favorite delicacy while I could cast for blues/stripers.

The latter didn't work out too well. Had one large fish on that ran the drag for several seconds before cutting me off...undoubtedly a bluefish.

MG is a definite blackfish-fisherman's Mecca. You can see from this shot that boats of all sizes were anchored up in the lee of the lighthouse

Fishing for blackfish is a completely different activity than chasing bass and blues. You anchor up and dunk a half of a crab over the side using fairly stout tackle as the blacks [also known as tautog or togs] tend to get under a rock or ledge as soon as they know they're hooked...and you have to haul them out of there.

Val has his own system for catching togs which works pretty well; he caught a half-dozen including two keepers, and we saw no one on any of the other boats catch a thing.

So we finished the day with stripers, bluefish, blackfish, and one black sea bass...all of which were returned to the water...except the two keeper togs. They went home to Val's for dinner.

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

11 October 2009

Marine License Fiasco Shows How Our Lawmakers Operate

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“For being really down and dirty, the annual process of making a state budget is second only to cleaning the grease pit at Eddy's diner. In the case of the marine license fee, the Legislature's secretive budget-writing crew emerged from its down and dirty session having TRIPLED the marine license fees to $30 for in-staters and a whopping $60 for out-of-state fishers.”

This is a really good article: Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

Photo: MiddleGround, by Val S.

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CT DEP to Stock Trout

“The DEP expects to release more than 36,000 trout into selected waters throughout the state by the end of October. Among the areas scheduled for stocking this fall are twenty-two lakes and ponds, eight Trout Parks, and sixteen rivers and streams including 14 Trout Management Areas (TMA).”

From: ConnPost.com

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September Saw Above-Average Temperatures

"The September 2009 average temperature for the contiguous United States was above the long-term average, according to NOAA’s monthly State of the Climate report issued today. Based on records going back to 1895, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides.

"The average September temperature of 66.4 degrees F was 1.0 degree F above the 20th Century average. Precipitation across the contiguous United States in September averaged 2.48 inches, exactly the 1901-2000 average."

From: NOAA

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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 October 2009

Nothing to Do with Fishing, but***

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“Scientists have discovered a potential retroviral link to chronic fatigue syndrome, known as CFS, a debilitating disease that affects millions of people in the United States. Researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI), located at the University of Nevada, Reno, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Cleveland Clinic, report this finding online Oct. 8, 2009, issue of Science.

"We now have evidence that a retrovirus named XMRV is frequently present in the blood of patients with CFS. This discovery could be a major step in the discovery of vital treatment options for millions of patients….

"The discovery of XMRV in two major diseases, prostate cancer and now chronic fatigue syndrome, is very exciting. If cause-and-effect is established, there would be a new opportunity for prevention and treatment of these diseases….”

Full story at: NIH.gov

***you never know when information such as this might be helpful to someone.

Photo: Cat with CFS

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Calling All Muggers

"DERBY — O’Sullivan’s Island is ready for visitors to enjoy its scenic river vistas.

“City officials held a grand opening ceremony Thursday, and a new sign welcomes people to ‘O’Sullivan’s Island Recreation Park and the Derby Greenway. ‘The site, at the end of Caroline Street, had been off limits to the public for years because of contamination, but the ominous sign that had warned people away is gone.”

Story from: NHRegister.com

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Eastern CT Fishing Report

“Blackfish season got off to a good start, people eager to get out more, but unfortunately the high winds and seas forced many to cancel their plans and stay home or put an extra dock line on their boats tied firmly to the docks.”

Tim Coleman writing in TheDay.com

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CT DEP Fishing Report

“DEP’s Inland Fisheries Division will be stocking 1,100 2-5 lb broodstock Atlantic salmon into the Shetucket River and the Naugatuck River….”

Read the full report at http://www.wtic.com/Department-of-Environmental-Protection-Fishing-Rep/5405142

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Possible Impact of Licenses, Fees

“Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the agency told legislators about the possible impact the fee increases could have on visitors. The DEP oversees a system that in 2007 had 6.6 million visitors to 43 parks and campgrounds and about 1.2 million more to 12 state forests.

"’We did urge them to think carefully and explore all options,’ Schain said. ‘When things cost more, do people sometimes buy less? Yes that's true.’”

Article from: Courant.com
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More Money Needed for Long Island Sound Restoration

“Additional federal funding is essential to returning the Long Island Sound back to health, environmental advocates and officials said Tuesday at a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. to assess the future of cleanup efforts already underway.”

Read more at: LongIslandPress.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 October 2009

Moses Wheeler and Jigging

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Housatonic River I-95 Bridge Repairs Will Run Through 2011

“Heavy equipment has begun clearing the area behind The Dock shopping center to start work on the eventual replacement of the Moses Wheeler Bridge.

“The 51-year-old span carries Interstate 95 over the Housatonic River between Stratford and Milford.”

Read about it: Acorn-Online.com

Photo: That's the Moses Wheeler I-95 bridge in the background, behind the open US-1 bascule bridge.

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Bring Your Lure to Life

“Take something as simple as a jig—dressed or undressed. Drop it and it just descends to the bottom. Twitch it a bit and you’ve given it life. Add a little scent, cut bait, or color and you’ve animated it even more. Cast it and, like a puppeteer, your imagination fulfills a Gepetto-like dream where a lure can dance like Pinocchio.”

Read more in TheDay.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 October 2009

10/6 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

Lots of Dink Stripers in the Water

Charlie W. and I snuck out on the water for just a couple of hours on Tuesday. I was at the boat early, cleaning the console and relocating the fly rod holders to where they could be put to use without getting in the way of casting.

After working on the boat for twenty minutes or so, I heard a splash, looked, and saw rings left by a surface-feeding fish. Grabbed the bait-casting rod and caught five stripers on swim batis right off the dock, then one on a fly, before Charlie arrived...but they were all small fish.

Out on the water it was very slow, except where we bumped into groups of the dink stripers. But Don G. came in off the Sound from MiddleGround with a mess of good-sized bluefish; he said both blues and stripers were operating out there.

We saw the telling "mares tails" in the sky that predict rain. Forecast is for gusts to 40 kts. [46 mph] so we'll be off the water for a few days.

Nothing else to report, but it was a great day on the water just the same.

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Eastern Connecticut Fishing Report

“Down river, to New London fishing from boats is a mixed bag, with anglers catching progressively more schoolie stripers and a good number of bluefish from the rock walls, to Fort Shantock, to the flats and down river to New London Harbor.”

Tim Coleman writing in TheNorwichBulletin.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

05 October 2009

Politics and Fishing...Talk about Getting Skunked

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Connecticut Governor, General Assembly Told to Take Hands Out of Cookie Jar

“Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today informed Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative leaders that funds raised before today for the Long Island Sound license plate program cannot be diverted into the General Fund.

“Blumenthal said the Long Island Sound license plate fund qualifies as a charity under state law, requiring the state to expend moneys consistent with promises made to donors. Drivers purchased the plates on the understanding the additional $50 to $125 cost would fund programs to protect Long Island Sound.

“The General Assembly changed the law so that as of today all proceeds from the license plates go to the General Fund. Blumenthal said that law is valid, but all moneys collected under the program before October 1 must be spent on the Sound.”

Read more at CT.GOV/AG

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Rell Veto Halts What Would Have Been Another $50 Million in Fee Increases

“Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s decision to veto a bill that would have raised state fees by about $50 million is a temporary port in a storm… she found it “incredible” the Democratic-dominated General Assembly was trying to boost fees less than a month after passing a $37.6 billion budget that included $1 billion in fee and tax increases….

“Among the fee increases that would have taken effect today without Rell’s veto were…A super-sport license, which includes fishing and some forms of hunting, would have climbed to $116, twice the existing fee.”

Story from NorwichBulletin.com

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Fishing Licenses: $30 to $100 in Connecticut

“…effective Thursday (Oct. 1) the cost of a resident saltwater fishing license is $30. An all-waters license is $50 and a one-day, resident saltwater license is $15.

“The non-resident saltwater license is $60 and the freshwater is $80. An all-waters license for non-residents is a whopping $100….”

Tim Coleman writing in TheDay.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 October 2009

10/2 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Stripers Starting to Trickle Back Into the Area

Photo: Fog tresses hung over Route 8 on the way to the boat in the morning.

Charlie W. writes: "It's 44 degrees and sunny as the boat pulls out of its slip and heads toward the ever-widening mouth of the Housatonic River.

"With the weather over the last few days more like late-November than early October, we have on more layers than a dish of vegetable lasagna -- long johns, thermal undershirt, fleece pullover, heavy outer shirt, all encased in a zipped up windbreaker. We are warm, but if we go overboard, we will go straight to the bottom."

Photo: But the fog cleared by the time we got out on the water.

Shoo-Fly: I was going to write up this trip for this blog, but Charlie W. beat me to it. You can read the full story at:

ConnPost.com: "Fish play hide and seek, but another grand day on water"

Photo: As long as the sun was out it was fairly warm on the water, but a bank of clouds approached.



As Charlie relates in his article, MiddleGround didn't work out for us, nor the the much-touted Milford Harbor.



Wasn't until we got back to the mouth of the Housatonic River that we finally found some fish.

Photo: Charlie said it sure felt good finally to get a fish on the hook.

Photo: Largest schoolie of the day fell for one of Capt. Skip's Toothy-Critter Flies...trolled off the stern of the boat. Fish put up a good scrap on the 7-wt.

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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 October 2009

Court Blocks New York SW License

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New York Fishermen Put NY’s Saltwater License on Hold

“Three East End towns went to court Wednesday and temporarily blocked the state Department of Environmental Conservation from implementing a new law requiring saltwater fishing licenses.”

Read about it at Newsday.com

Photo: Exposed reef at low tide, Scarborough, Maine

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NOAA to Close Recreational Fishery for Black Sea Bass for Six Months Due to Overharvest

NOAA announced Wednesday the temporary closure of the black sea bass recreational fishery in federal waters north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., for 180 days in response to recent landings data that showed recreational fishermen may catch more than double their annual quota by the end of the year. The closure will commence Monday, October 5, 2009.

From: NOAA News

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Stratford Waterfront Board Wins Honor

“ The comprehensive vision of the Stratford Waterfront and Harbor Management Commission to improve use of the town's coastal resources has earned the agency an award for Waterfront Achievement from the Connecticut Harbor Management Association.

“All harbors, waterfront commissions and municipalities throughout the state are eligible for the award, which is not handed out yearly but only when CHMA feels it is merited. It was last awarded three years ago to Milford.

“Stratford Waterfront Commission Chairman William Rock was presented the award last week at the CHMA's annual dinner meeting in Branford.”

Read more 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