27 December 2009

Wish List for Connecticut Fisherfolk


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

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

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



Lobster Wars

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



Striped Bass Shrinkage

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

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

New York Post.com


Coast Guard Issues Kayak Warning

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

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



Winter Fly Fishing…Tough Through the Ice

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



Audubon Group Get $75,000 for Bird Protection

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



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.


Check these links for more information:

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

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