30 November 2009

11/30 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

29 November 2009

How Seagrass Helps Long Island Sound

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

Read more at Nature.org

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

28 November 2009

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Good Striper Story

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

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

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

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

Read more in WashingtonTimes.com

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

27 November 2009

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

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

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

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

Read more about this book at CoastGuardNews.com

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Mark Sosin’s Autobiography Published

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

Read the review in WVMetroNews.com

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Book on Stripers

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

Read the review at: Cleveland.com

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

25 November 2009

11/25 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

24 November 2009

Striper Fishing in New York City

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

Read more at Forbes.com

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Photo: Source

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

23 November 2009

Kayaks, Tuna, and the “Nantucket Sleigh Ride”

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

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

Read it in NYTimes.com

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Photo: New York Times

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

22 November 2009

We're Killing the Oceans

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

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

Lengthy article from WorldSentinel.com

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Latest issue: SaltWater Sportsman Magazine online

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Angry about License and Fee Increases

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

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

Article from MyRecordJournal.com

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Bacteria and Red Tide

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

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

Read more from NOAANews.NOAA.gov

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

21 November 2009

11/20 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

19 November 2009

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters...Got A Fish Story?

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Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

New online edition available at FFSW

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Got A Fish Story to Tell?

“The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk wants to hear your fishing stories and to see your fishing pictures. The only catch — about sharing your big catch — is that it has to be about fishing on Long Island Sound.

“The request comes as the Aquarium plans its next major exhibit, which will explore our fascination with fish, particularly catching, eating and protecting the fish of Long Island Sound. The exhibit will feature large game fish from the Sound in a 30,000-gallon tank while exploring the relationship and connections we have with fish and fishing in the Sound.”

Read more at 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 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 November 2009

11/18 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Stripers: 9, Val and Skip: 2



Sorry about my article not being in this week's issue of The Fisherman. Apparently the editors must have picked up a story that they liked better for the current issue...so my dull tome about fly-leader construction got bumped to...another date, I guess.

That's why they pay fishing editors those big bucks...gotta make those critical publishing decisions.

The sub-title of this post [Bass: 9, Val and Skip: 2] tells the whole story for today: We had nine hits in five hours on the water and got only two fish to the boat.

Safe to say the hits were from small fish that either couldn't get the baits in their mouths or were too sluggish or overfed to be bothered with inhaling our offerings.

So, you've got more scenery to look at as there were no photo-worthy fish caught today.

Top photo: Empty docks are a sure sign of the end of the season.

Next photo: So's the sun being so low on the water at two o'clock in the afternoon.

Third photo: Two cygnets that have not yet molted out of their youthful brown feathers [or perhaps they were children of parents that smoked?]

Bottom photo: The George Washington Bridge carries US-1 over the Housatonic River between Stratford and the Devon section of Milford.

You should get Uncle Dick to tell you about jumping off that bridge to go swimming when he was a young whippersnapper.

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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 November 2009

11/16 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Our Season’s Approaching Its End

We’re down to the last few hearty anglers…the last few who are prepared to brave the cold at this time of year to go fishing. Some of our regulars have snowbirded it to Florida [Mal Y.]; others say they don’t own enough clothing to keep them warm on the boat at this time of year [Roy P.]. Others don’t respond to emails…or they’ve just got too much to do to tear themselves away from…the kitchen stove, the fireplace, and their hot toddies, maybe.

Well, that’s all right. You don’t have to be crazy to go out on the Lower Housatonic River and Long Island Sound at this time of year…but it helps. Which at least partially explains our final, hardy group: Don G., Rich N., Val S., and Charlie W.

Charlie W. and I fished on Monday. We waited to go leave the dock until 1100 when the sun was fully up and shining on the water. But 50°F is chilly…especially when the winds are northeast at 15 kts...and sun or no sun, it was cold out there.

There were birds diving over fish right at the Marina, so we fished under them and landed 20-22 small stripers...and one shad. Should have taken a photo of the shad as looking back, we're not sure if it was a Hickory Shad or an American Shad. Either way, it was the first shad I've seen for quite some time, and hopefully a sign that these fish are coming back to the Housatonic in numbers. Large Hickories are good fighters and they jump like tarpon...they're particularly a blast on the fly rod.

But, as said, these were all small fish so we decided to move on in hopes of finding bigger, badder stripers.

Mistake.

The old saw about never leaving fish to find fish applied today. Although we fished many of the usuall fall haunts of the striped bass, we found only a scattered few, and nothing of any size...no photo-worthy fish. Thus the photos of scenery.

Still, it was great to be on the water. The clouds were beautiful and the color of the marsh grass is now approaching that of burnt copper.

And we wound up with maybe 25 fish for the day, which isn't too shabby...so it was another great day on the water.

Boat will be in the water until December 1 on which date it gets hauled for the winter. If you're nuts enough to want to get out fishing, we've got only a few days left. Let me know.

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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

Amazing Popularity of Saltwater Fishing

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“Because of the high gasoline costs, saltwater recreational anglers took an estimated 85 million fishing trips last year, down slightly from the 93 million trips estimated in 2007.

“NOAA said these anglers caught an estimated 464 million fish in 2008, also down a bit from the 475 million caught in 2007. However, that the decreases were moderate reflects stability in saltwater angling.”

Article from WahingtonPost.com

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

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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 November 2009

Forgot to Mention…

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Neglected to mention this:

On November 10 when Val. S. and I were fishing in Long Island Sound just off the mouth of the Housatonic River, we saw a seal chasing bluefish. Beast didn't get close enough for us to get a photo or a description...and he didn't take any fish off our lines...but that's the first seal I've ever seen in the Sound.

Was reminded of this when I read Charles Walsh's article on this subject in The Connecticut Post. Read it in the hard copy...have been unable to find the article online yet.

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Angler Hooks Bluefish, Loses Lure

Here's a video of Val S. taken on 10 NOV...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk-Sv9qQLuI

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“AS CHESAPEAKE BAY GOES...

“The Chesapeake Bay, as the fish swims, is more than 400 miles from the coast of Maine.

“But no place is more important when it comes to saltwater sportfishing in northern New England.

"’That's the generator of our striped bass,’ said George Lapointe, commissioner of Maine's Department of Marine Resources. ‘That's where they go to spawn and that's where they grow up. So if the Chesapeake Bay suffers, we suffer too.’

“And Chesapeake Bay is suffering.”

Read more at MorningSentinel.MaineToday.com

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NOAA Scientists Catch Rare Giant Squid

“Scientists from NOAA’s Fisheries Service have captured a giant squid while conducting research off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. This is only the second known giant squid obtained from the Gulf of Mexico – the first was collected in 1954 off the Mississippi Delta where it was found floating dead at the surface.”

Article from NOAANews.NOAA.gov

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

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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 November 2009

Watch Next Week’s Issue of The Fisherman

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Next week’s issue of The Fisherman...New England Edition, Number 47, November 19, 2009...will contain an article written by Capt. Skip on making fly-fishing leaders.

Regretably, the magazine is not available on the Internet...one has to purchase it for $2.00 from a local tackle shop...such as Newtown Bait & Tackle.

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We've added a video to our November 10th fishing report, below, thanks to Val. S.

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How Windy Was It?

On Friday the NOAA buoy in central Long Island Sound recorded winds to 27.2 kts. [31.3 mph] With gusts as high as 50.5 kts [58.1 mph]. Check the buoys in the "Fishing Links" section of our left frame.

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TU Offers Free Fly-Tying Classes

“Free fly-tying classes: The Naugatuck/Pomperaug chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold fly-tying classes at the Southbury Stop & Shop from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9, 16 and 30. Classes are free and open to the public. If you have your own gear, bring it. If you don’t, you may use an instructor’s.”

Reported in Rep-Am.com

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TU Offers Program On Atlantic Salmon Fishing

“Connecticut's Naugatuck River salmon program will be the topic of the Tuesday, November 17th meeting of Trout Unlimited Nutmeg Chapter. Tim Wildman, from the Department of Environmental Protection, will be the speaker. The program was begun after the Naugatuck River had been restored by the local Trout Unlimited chapter and other community organizations about 15 years ago.

“The club meets at the Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St., Black Rock, Bridgeport. The meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m., is free of charge and open to the public.”

Noted in ConnPost.com

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Catch Fish Right at Home: Raise Tilapia!

“’They don’t want to bite a hook. They will outfight a bass because they don’t want to be caught, but if you have the right bait, you can catch them with a hook,’ he said.

“’The trick is to use hominy or bread for bait. “You take a piece of bread, form it into a ball, place it on the hook and then wait,’ he said.”

Story from ProtLaCavaWave.com

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

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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 November 2009

October ’09 3rd Coolest on Record

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Thank goodness for global warning!

"The October 2009 average temperature for the contiguous United States was the third coolest on record for that month according to NOAA’s State of the Climate report issued today. Based on data going back to 1895, the monthly National Climatic Data Center analysis is part of the suite of climate services provided by NOAA.

Report from NOAA.gov

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

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Lobstermen Can’t Make A Living in Connecticut

“A record number of pounds of lobsters were caught in waters of the Long Island Sound in 1998. Ten years later, it hit a record low.

“And that's not the only record low; just over 200 lobster licenses were issued this year which is down from 700 in 1980. And, it's estimated that there are only five full-time commercial lobstermen in state.”

Story from WTNH.com

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NOAA Deploys Smart Buoy

"NOAA deployed the seventh in a series of smart buoys to monitor weather conditions and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay today. The buoy, located at the mouth of Severn River near Annapolis, Md., will be used by commercial and recreational boaters to navigate safely and provide data for educators and scientists to monitor the Bay's changing conditions.”

More info at NOAA.gov

CTSWF: Note that ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com has links [check the left frame] to several buoys in Long Island Sound; by clicking on these links you can get the latest information on wind speed, air temp, and water temp.

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CT DEP’s Final Fishing Report of the Season

Apparently unaware that fish are caught in open water all year-round, CT DEP says,
“THIS IS THE FINAL REGULAR SEASON 2009 FISHING REPORT (reports will resume next spring).

“OCCASIONAL REPORTS WILL BE ISSUED DURING THE ICE FISHING SEASON.

"THANK YOU, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY FISHING!”

Report is at CTDEPFishingReport

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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 November 2009

Saving the BOFFFs

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BOFFFs: Big Old Fat Female Fish

“Some might snip that releasing lunkers only makes sense in a wealthy place like the United States, where your next meal isn’t something you have to catch. But from Caribbean islands like St. Lucia to the Bering Sea, fishing communities are learning that a balanced effort — leaving breeding-size fish uncaught or breeding spots untouched — is the best path to healthy harvests.”

Read more in DotEarth.blogs.NYTimes.com [Scroll down to 9/20 post.]

Photo: Has nothing to do with this article, but we've noticed that readership goes up when an image is included in the post.
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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 November 2009

11/10 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

Val S. and I had a great day out on Long Island Sound today. We fished alongside Don G. and scored some nice fish.

See the video: Fisherman loses large bluefish while searching for Boga Grip

Bad weather coming in. Looks as though we'll be off the water for a few days.

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY
AFTERNOON...

WEDNESDAY: NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 4 TO
7 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS THIS MORNING.

THURSDAY: NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 7 TO
10 FT... BUILDING TO 9 TO 12 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRIDAY: NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. SEAS 10 TO
15 FT.

SATURDAY: NE WINDS 25 TO 30 KT...DIMINISHING TO 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 10 TO
15 FT...SUBSIDING TO 8 TO 11 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.



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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

Cold Warning, CT Wildlife, Across the Atlantic in A Flats Boat

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Coast Guard Issues Cold-Water Warning for New England

“...the Coast Guard is issuing a cold-water warning to late-season boaters, paddlers, hunters, and fishers. Water temperatures are rapidly declining, greatly increasing the dangers of sudden, cold-water immersion. “We recently had two commercial fishermen survive the sinking of their boat in….”

From CoastGuardNews.com

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Connecticut Wildlife…

…magazine published by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection…issue available online at:

Click here Connecticut Wildlife

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Across the Atlantic in A 21-Foot Flats Boat

“Two brothers recently completed an 8,312-mile voyage that took them across the Atlantic in a 21-foot open boat, hoping the feat will help them raise money for charities that benefit wounded soldiers."

Read about it at SoundingsOnline.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

09 November 2009

Lure Choices and An Online Magazine

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The Basics of Saltwater Lure Choices

“While there are numerous varieties on the market, the following information will supply you with the basics to help you decide or at least to make an intelligent guess. Many anglers spend hours trying to determine the best fishing lures for a particular body of water or situation. Put simply, it does not need to be so complex. We place more burdens than are necessary simply because there is such a diverse choice for the fisherman.”

Read at IslandPacket.com

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Saltwater Sportsman Magazine Online

“10-year-old Alan Guild, Jr. lands a potential world-record 55-pound striper while fishing in Connecticut...”

See the Magazine at SaltWaterSportsman

Photo is from the online magazine.

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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 November 2009

Connecticut Post Has the Fishing News

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The Critters We Have to Deal With

“…swimming about 10 feet off the beach staring at us with those doggy eyes. The second the seals saw the fishing rod bend they would take off like lightning…and steal the fish right off the hook. Brazen was the only word for it.”

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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Connecticut: $3 Million in Conservation Grants for Long Island Sound

“Last week, top federal and state environmental officials announced 33 grants to state and local government and community groups under the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (Sound Futures Fund). The $1,011,878 will be leveraged by $1.92 million contributed by the recipients, providing a total of nearly $2.94 million for on-the-ground conservation in Connecticut and New York.

“Connecticut did well in the latest round of funding. A total of 19 Connecticut projects will receive funds totaling more than a half million dollars.”

Story from ConnPost.com


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Fishing in the Winds of November

“…even when the wind blows icy, November can present some terrific angling opportunities on Long Island Sound. True, there are days when only a fool or a glutton for punishment would venture out on the water, but when the sun shines and the wind eases just a bit, November can be a terrific time to fish before the really icy weather sets in.”

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

07 November 2009

The Fly Rod Goes to Sea

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Fly Fishing Not Hard to Learn

“To this day I still have spin clients pick up or glance at the fly rods that are always rigged and ready on my boat, and say, 'I always wanted to try this, but I heard it's really hard to learn.'

"Well, that's not true in the least.”

From Cape-Coral-Daily-Breeze.com

Photo by Val S.

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Shallow Water Ideal for Fly Fishing

“Every species of fish inshore, nearshore and offshore will strike a properly presented fly.

"If you have resisted trying the 'long rod' you are missing out on a great part of the sport.

"Many pick up the fly rod and immediately are deeply hooked for a lifetime.”

Read in LehighAcresCitizen.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

06 November 2009

11/05 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

04 November 2009

11/3 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

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Rich N. and I departed from Newtown Bait & Tackle about 0930 on Tuesday and headed south to Stratford.

On arriving at the Marina we could see gulls diving near the ends of two of the docks...looked as though there was action right in the slips.

Sure enough, there were unknown numbers of small stripers feeding between the docks and out into the River.


We caught twenty to thirty of the little rascals...but that got a little boring, so we headed out into the marsh to see if we could find any larger, more interesting targets.

The marsh held the usual contingent of mute swans and brant [small geese], but on the last of the incoming tide, there wasn't much going on fish-wise.

Out at the mouth of the River the wind, from the southwest, was increasing in intensity. Blowing in from the SW it was rolling down the Sound all the way from Manhattan...so our hopes of getting around the corner and over to Russian Beach, Long Beach, and Bridgeport Harbor were dashed on the side of the boat.

It would have been a tough run, and besides, we were finding fish in the River so there was no real need to head out into the gale.

The Coasties came along and stopped a boat that was coming up into the River. We figured they'd be over checking us next, but they took off toward New Haven without stopping us.

I think there's this thing about wearing life vests all the time that tends to keep the law away from Shoo-Fly 3. They look over, see we're wearing the vests, and figure they'd be wasting their time checking us...maybe.

At any rate, it's an interesting concept; any readers who are planning to bring in controlled substances via the water might like to try wearing life vests to see if that helps keep the law away.

So we caught more stripers out at the mouth of the River and then headed back toward the Marina. Couldn't resist stopping to catch a bunch more of the smaller stripers...just to finish off the day. They're a lot of fun on a 7-wt. fly rod.

No bluefish this day, but we later heard from Charlie W. that he hooked a large blue while fishing from his kayak off Cedar beach...but the beast bit him off. Also, forgot to mention that we brought in one schoolie striper that was hit, right at the side of the boat, by a large bluefish. The chopper made a real mess of the striper's tail.

Speculation: These small stripers may be some of the fish that winter-over in the Housatonic River. If so, we should be getting reports of them being found further up-river as the month progresses.

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

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Check these links for more information:

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

03 November 2009

Fly-Fishing Magazine, Kayaks On the Sound, Hudson

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Wild, Beautifully Done Online Fly-Fishing Magazine

You gotta check this out: This Is Fly

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Kayaking Growing in Connecticut

“As the sun set over Long Island Sound last Thursday, casting a flood of red and orange light over the gentle, glistening waters of Greenwich Harbor, members of the Stamford Kayaking Meetup Group gathered for a post-work paddle. After reminiscing about prior SKG trips -- the group has been paddling along the Gold Coast together for three years….”

Read in GreenwichTime.com

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Kayaking the Hudson

“’Ten years ago, there was one shop that sold kayaks on the river, Atlantic Kayak Tours in Saugerties. Now there are more than 20 shops,’ says Scott Keller, avid kayaker and tireless promoter and developer of the Hudson River Valley Greenway’s water trail the length of the river. For the last nine years, Keller has headed the great Champlain-Hudson paddle.

“In August, 37 kayakers propelled themselves from Fort Edward to New York City, camping along the way at designated state and local parks.“

Read about it in TimesUnion.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 November 2009

Harrowing Ordeal Off the Cape

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“Merl knew the weather was supposed to kick up in the late afternoon but hoped to get in a day's fishing for sea scallops and be back in port before the worst rolled in. They were nearing the end of a 12-hour day, when the scallop drag hung up on something solid underwater.”

From CapeCodOnline.com
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Some States Still Allow Commercial Fishing for Stripers

“Unless you've been away for an extended period of time, you probably know that Maryland watermen - the people who use nets to catch their fish - are not exactly in love with recreational anglers. They believe the fish-for-fun crowd gets in the way and perhaps catches striped bass that the netters could market.”

Read the whole article in WashingtonTimes.com

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Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Magazine online at: FFSW

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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 November 2009

Where'd All the Bunker Go?

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"If there is a big story about the 2009 fishing season in Long Island Sound, it is this: no bunker.

"All summer, the lack of large schools of adult bunker has baffled anglers who endured an almost total absence of surface bluefish blitzes and meager bluefish catches in harbors and river mouths."

Charles Walsh writing in ConnPost.com

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State Revises Consumption Guide

“The good news revealed by the sampling program is that levels of polychlorinated biphenyl compounds (PCBs) and mercury in both striped bass and bluefish in Long Island Sound have declined. As a result of those and similar observations in other Atlantic coast states from Maine to Maryland, fish consumption advisories for the Sound were changed this year by both Connecticut and New York.

“Specifically, the changes involved recommendations that low risk groups may increase consumption from one meal every two months to one meal per month of striped bass and bluefish greater than 25 inches long. The Advisory continues to instruct those in high risk groups (pregnant women, women of childbearing age, nursing mothers and children under the age of 6) to NOT EAT large bluefish (over 25 inches) or striped bass. Fish consumption advisories are released by both states on an annual basis, usually in June.

“Connecticut’s current LIS fish consumption advisory is posted on the Connecticut Department of Public Health website at www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/environmental_health/eoha/pdf/ificatchit09-english.pdf. New York’s current advisory is posted on the New York State Department of Health website at www.health.

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