08 February 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day 41


For a more thorough review of Sunday, read Saturday's blog. Same weather, same darned wind, boat stuck in basin for another day.

Wind's been howling out of the west at 20+ kts. for 36 straight hours now.

Click on any pic to enlarge.

Leaving us with exciting things to do such as go from one flea market...

...to another.

Actually, I found a brand-new fishing shirt that retails for @29.95 for a mere ten bucks and a good knife-sharpening steel for four dollars.

If you like historical fiction [this is not a non-sequitur; I spent the rest of the day on the couch reading] the series of three Jeff Shaara books beginning with The Rising Tide [I'm on The Steel Wave now] and ending with No Less Than Victory is absolutely enthralling. It's very true to the historical events centering on the European Theater in World War II and gives fascinating insight into the minds of the major players [both at the drawing-boards and in the foxholes] in those events.

Sunday's sunset wasn't very promising. Forecast is still for some improvement over the last two days:

Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas beyond the reef 2 to 4 feet...except higher in the Gulf Stream. Seas inside the reef 1 to 2 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop.

Perhaps we'll be able to get out and do some fishing?


Bill Dance’s Saltwater Fishing TV Show

“Every year I get press releases about "new" plastic worms, "new" spinner baits and "new" rod-and-reels that are gonna set the industry on its ear. They always look sharp, and I'm sure they work fine. But the truth is, most of them aren't new at all. They're just polished-up versions of the same stuff we've been using for years, designed more to hook fishermen than they are to hook fish.”



Connecticut Issues Marine Recreational Fishery Statistics Survey…Part 1

“An estimated 506,796 marine anglers made 1,906,933 fishing trips in 2008. Twenty percent of anglers were non-residents. Total catch was estimated at 8,017,988 fish and creeled catch at 1,652,241 fish for 2008. Five species: bluefish, striped bass, scup, summer flounder, and tautog comprised about 90% of the estimated total and creeled catch.”

Shoo-Fly: 8,017,988 fish caught in 1,906,933 trips means an average of 4.2 fish [of all species] per trip. In our next blog we’ll give the average numbers of bluefish and striped bass caught per trip.

Source: CTDEP


Sound Outlook

The winter issue of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s newsletter about Long Island Sound is available at:

Sound Outlook


Lady Fly-Fisher Loves Salt Water

“Anita Arguelles’ love for fishing began several years ago in Memphis. The love has turned into a passion for fly fishing, and taken Arguelles, a mother of one, to a new level. The Ocean Springs resident became the first woman to win the Historic Ocean Springs Saltwater Fly Fishing Club Angler of the Year award.”



Blame in Striper Dispute

“The wily striped bass - admired by New England fishermen for centuries - nearly disappeared from East Coast waters in the early 1980s. A series of fishing moratoriums restored the stocks, and today a Cape Cod scene is not complete without surfcasters trying their hand against the powerful fish.

“But the number of young stripers in Chesapeake Bay, where many of New England’s fish come from, is mysteriously beginning to slip again, a warning sign that the population could be in trouble.”


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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