28 March 2010

Licenses, Trout Stocking, and O'Sullivan's Island

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Aerial shot of O'Sullivan's [source unknown]

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More Licensed Fishermen in ‘09


“Last year saw an increase of 1.6 percent, or 630,000 anglers in the U.S. Some believe the increase was spurred by the economic downturn that left many without jobs and therefore more time -- and perhaps need -- to fish.”

Charles Walsh writing in CTPost.com

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Good! We’ll Use ‘em for Bait

“The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is gearing up for the 2010 season. DEP's Inland Fisheries Division began its annual spring trout stocking on March 1st, and expects to have 389,000 trout stocked throughout the state by April 17, which is opening day of the 2010 Trout Season.“

StamfordAdvocate.com

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Housy Fishing Tough in March

Charlie W. says he was out a couple of times during that warm spell but since then it just been too cold. He also says they’re getting keeper stripers up at O'Sullivan's, but it is strictly a night fishery with big yellow bombers. Some reports of schoolies moving down the river.

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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 March 2010

Connecticut DEP Announces Some Bag Limits

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Common Grackle [taken by Becky]


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Under authority of Sections 26-25 and 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to meet the harvest level for efficient management and to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

In accordance with the aforementioned authority, the following changes in Department SPORT FISHING regulations will be effective during 2010:

BLACK SEA BASS
Minimum Size: [12] 12.5 inches excluding the tendril (long filament on the tail).
Creel Limit: 25 fish. Open Season: [Year Round] May 22 through September 12.

SCUP ON PARTY/CHARTER VESSELS
Minimum Size: 11 inches.
Creel Limit: [10 fish from June 12 –Aug 31 and 45 fish from Sep 1 – Oct 15]
10 fish from June 8 through Sept 6, and
40 fish from Sept 7 through Oct 11. Open Season: [June 12 – Oct 15] June 8 through October 11.

SCUP ON PRIVATE VESSELS AND FROM SHORE
Minimum Size: 10.5 inches.
Creel Limit: 10 fish. Open Season: May 24 through September 26.

SUMMER FLOUNDER
Minimum Size: 19.5 inches.
Creel Limit: 3 fish. Open Season: [June 15 – Aug 19] May 15 through August 25.

WEAKFISH
Minimum Size: 16 inches.
Creel Limit: [6] 1 fish. Open Season: Year Round.

WINTER FLOUNDER
Minimum Size: 12 inches.
Creel Limit: [10] 2 fish/ Open Season: April 1 through May 30.

These adjustments are being made in compliance with the requirements of the ASMFC Fishery Management Plans for these species. Black sea bass, scup, weakfish and winter flounder adjustments have been made in coordination with either regional or coastwide partner states. Summer flounder are being managed on a state by state basis in 2010. A 35% increase in the coastwide recreational harvest limit, coupled with this state staying within its individual harvest target in 2009 made the 35 day expansion to the open season in 2010 possible.

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Maybe He Thought It Was “Phil”

"PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - Police file public drunkenness charge against Pa. man seen trying to resuscitate roadkill.

"Police say they charged a Pennsylvania man with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway."

StarTribune.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 March 2010

Waiting to Get the Boat in the Water

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We've heard from some of our fisherfolk pals:

Don G. says he's working too much and hasn't been on the water in a couple of weeks. Was doing well on stripers up-River before that.

Val S. says he just lost a bunch of trees in the storm and the other bad news is that he's back to 5+ days at work instead of the somewhat reduced schedule he was on that allowed for more fishing time. [Work is the curse of the fishing man.]

Mal Y. is still in Florida and probably will be until the end of May; fishing on FL's west coast is still suffering from the effects of the cold spells this winter.

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Connecticut Fishing Regulatory Issues

“The Department of Environmental Protection’s regulatory package, which includes changes to marine regulations for fluke, weakfish, black sea bass and winter flounder, had not been made official as of this writing.”

Bob Sampson writing in NorwichBulletin.com

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Fishermen: The Sun Is Not Our Friend

” We fishermen know about the sun. It comes with the territory, because we tend to do most of our fishing either in the summer season or in hot, tropical locations in the winter. Unlike other sports that sometimes allow enthusiasts to participate indoors or in the shade, fishing, particularly saltwater fishing, seldom allows any relief from the sun. Unless anglers wish to do all their fishing at night,..”

DelMarVaNow.com

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Fairfield: Robbers Called Bank for Money to Go

[You can't make up stuff like this...]

“Police in Connecticut say they had ample warning of a bank robbery because the two suspects called the bank ahead of time and told an employee to get a bag of money ready.”

BostonHerald.com


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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

23 March 2010

That'll Mess Up the Fishing

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Housy to Reach Flood Stage

“The National Weather Service is predicting that the Housatonic River at the Stevenson Dam will exceed flood stage later Tuesday morning. Flood stage at that point of the river is 11 feet, where it was at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.”

GreenwichTime.com

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Under-the-Sea Census

“Using tools ranging from musty 19th-century Massachusetts fishing logbooks to powerful new sensors able to illuminate large swaths of ocean at a snap, scientists are close to completing the first worldwide tally of marine creatures.
“Among other things, they have found tubeworms that imbibe crude oil; a crustacean so shaggy it might be answering a casting call for Broadway’s “Hair’’; and a sort of singles cafe for sharks where great whites cruise hungrily for sex.”

Boston.com

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Don’t forget, a saltwater fishing license is now required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. You can purchase one from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
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Check these links for more information:
Connecticut Tourism;
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;
Stratford, Connecticut;
Milford, Connecticut

21 March 2010

Early Birds Already Out on the Water

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Time to Scrape the Rust from Your Shoulder Joints

“Last week's spate of unseasonably warm weather stirred winter-weary hearts of area anglers. And I was no exception. With a May-worthy sun on my back Tuesday afternoon, who could not resist the temptation to drive up to a favorite spot on the lower Housatonic River to make a few casts?”

Charles Walsh writing in CTPost.com

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Extreme Kayak Fishing
[Ya don’t gotta be nuts….]

“’It's an eerie feeling to be out that far in a kayak anyway,’ said Shepard, a 25-year-old electrician. ‘Even with the big boat shadowing you, it's kind of wild. And you can see these huge fish down below and a big hammerhead shark swims by.’”

HamptonRoads.com

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Darwin Right Before Their Eyes

“They compared turtles in Chesapeake Bay to turtles in Long Island Sound, which does not have commercial crab traps, and older specimens from museums. The carapaces of Chesapeake female turtles were about 15% wider than those of the other females, the team reports in Conservation Biology.”

Journal Watch

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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 March 2010

Back in Connecticut...

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Some things about the Keys we won't miss....


Car was about stuffed full....


Had more pix to post but the Blogger is running like a pig this morning.

We expect Shoo-Fly 3 will be splashed [put back in the water] this week, so if you want to fish...let me know.

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Too Much Rain?

“Normally, the prospect of four days of rain would put a smile on the faces of hardcore anglers, who realize that the barometric pressure drop that takes place as a storm system approaches usually turns on fish…. There can be too much of a good thing,”

NorwichBulletin.com

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SaltWater Sportsman Online

View here

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Fishermen Seek Help from Obama

[Don’t hold your breath]

“The coalition emphasizes that there are available administrative actions that can be taken right away to address the concerns of the sportfishing and boating industries and the nation's 13 million saltwater anglers who depend on well-managed, healthy marine fisheries.”

StamfordAdvocate.com

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IGFA Approves 51lb 5oz World Record Striped Bass


“The 51lb, 5oz striped bass he boated on the fly at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on December 17th, 2010 topped the existing 43lbs, 12oz record previously….”

HamptonRoads.com

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Home, Sweet Home

[A man’s castle?]

“Cheesecake in hand, the police commissioner personally apologized Friday for the 50 or so mistaken, door-pounding visits that police have made to the home of a bewildered elderly Brooklyn couple in the past eight years.”

SeattleTimes.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

16 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day Last

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Our "Day Next-to-Last" post had pix of people who made this year's Islamorada Journal a lot of fun to do. Here are some places and things that also helped:


[Click on any pic to enlarge]












































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Addicted to Striped Bass

“…anything that causes a man to abandon his wife, ignore his children, miss work and spend all of his free time chasing stripers should at least be in the same league as the aforementioned deadly sins. The arrival of braggin’ sized stripers is still almost two months away but with the recent spate of warm temperatures (at least for a winter crazed New Englander) and bright sunshine fishermen are beginning to display abnormal behavior. “

Charlie Soares writing in HeraldNews.com

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Sight Fishing for Stripers

“I picked out one fish and after seeing it several times surface on the count, I cast just ahead of where I thought it would be. It was almost like fishing for tarpon. Once the striper broke the surface about 12 feet from the fly, I began stripping the line in erratic way and that’s all it took. The striper broke its cadence and crashed on the fly. I caught three more that evening with the biggest topping 38 inches.”

Dave Souza writing in HeraldNews.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

15 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Day Next-to-Last

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Some of the People Who Made This Year's Islamorada Journal Come Alive







































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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 March 2010

Islmorada Journal 2010...Day 75

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Last Post from the Keys...for this Year
[Actually, there will be two more posts...of people, and then of places and things that have made this year's Islamorada Journal fun to do.]

Sunday is our last full day. Monday we'll be on the road by about 0700 on the way to catch the AutoTrain.

Saturday I took the boat back to the Marina for storage. Of course, it was blowing like mad out on the water. This first shot shows the difference in the color of the water in our canal compared to the water in Snake Creek. With the wind howling in over Florida Bay from the west, and then right up the Creek, the sediment is churned up substantially.


You can get a pretty good idea of the wind speed by looking at how a large flag is flying. If it stands straight out from the flagpole, as this one is, it means the winds are at least 20 mph.

The ride over went well enough...just got splashed on my right arm a couple of times when really big waves smacked the side of the boat.

Couldn't get a picture, but once again this year a dolphin came to say goodbye. That's two years in a row now that I've seen one on the day I take the boat back to the Marina.


Even the egrets were hiding from the winds [and in this case hanging around a bait shop hoping for a handout].


The guides' boats at World Wide Sportsman were all in the rack. No day today to take a small boat out on the water.


So, that's it for this year, folks. Our next post to this blog, God willin' an' the crick don't rise, will be from Connecticut as we get Shoo-Fly 3 back on the water to take on the mighty striped bass.

We're looking forward to seeing our family and friends.

Thanks to all of you who followed this blog and left comments for us.

Capt. Skip

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He Wouldn’t Dare!

"Today, ESPN's Outdoor Executive Editor apologized for how the story was presented, saying the article was actually a commentary.

"While it's not accurate to report the Obama administration is going to stop recreational fishing like this, it is true that the President has appointed an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. The task force is responsible for developing a national policy and strategy to conserve and manage our oceans, coasts and Great lakes."

KLTV.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 March 2010

Islamorada Journal...Day 74

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Did you ever see such a bright and shiny little boat?

I spent Friday morning cleaning Shoo-Fly 2.

She really wasn't that dirty; the fresh-water wash down we give her after each trip makes a world of difference.

There are environmentally safe cleaning products that work wonders on the mildew that tends to accumulate under hatches...but my favorite cleaning product is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If you don't know about this product, it's available at all major grocers...check it out.

So I got the boat ready for storage...and for potential buyers as we're putting her up for sale.


We went off to Lazy Days restaurant for early dinner. Had absolutely the best piece of blackened mahi-mahi I've ever eaten. The conch chowder was also terrific. My favorite Keys foods:

Conch chowder: Lazy Days
Blackened mahi: Lazy Days
Cole slaw: Lor-e-lei
KLP: Lor-e-lei
Dirty vodka martini: Snappers

It was a warm [74°] humid [98%] day which you can probably palpitate from the photo above which was shot from the back of the restaurant.

Click on any photo to enlarge.


Lazy Days's Bavarian Forest Cherry Cake desert.

Definitely a two-fork project.


Got back to the house and looked out on the dock! Oy vay!

Pelicans! All over my nice clean boat!

Shoo you rascals!

Did they do the maximum insult on the boat?

Arrrrgh!

Twice!


Chased the pelicans off. Rinsed the boat down.

Evening settled in for rain which fell off and on.

Two more days left...then we're off north to see how much the grandkids have grown.


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Eagles Nesting on the Housatonic River

“Bald Eagles continue to solidify their talon-hold in Connecticut. A steadily increasing breeding population is centered on the Connecticut River watershed, but eagles now nest in the Housatonic and Quinnipiac river watersheds as well. They’re widespread in winter, with concentrations on the state’s two biggest rivers, but they can show up almost anywhere in winter. An eagle during any month of the year remains a majestic sight, but not an unexpected one.”

Waterbury Rep-Am


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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 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 72, 73

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Becky sent this weather map. Thought you'd enjoy it too.

Click on it to enlarge.


Wednesday Jer went fishing with Wayne and me. We went back country, got beaten up by the waves, and caught a bunch of small fish out of some muds. We got the feeling that the fish may be returning to Florida Bay now that the cold snap is, hopefully, finally over. Just in time, of course, for us to leave...and Wayne & Linda will be leaving in a few weeks as well.

On the other hand, there are scientific-types who are saying that it may take Florida Bay as long as five years to recover from the record low temps we had this season.

Pic shows Thursday morning's clouds; it turned out to be a better day than the early clouds had indicated.

Bridget and Jeremy left Thursday morning...got their planes all right and should be home as this is written. Was fun having them here.


Both Egbert and Pietro stopped by for a quick visit Thursday afternoon. Guess they know we're leaving soon, so they wanted to bid farewell [and see if there was any food I'd throw to them].

Things are sort of winding down here now. I started the clean-up/clean-out of the boat and began packing up some of the countless, accumulated fishing gear for the trip back home. Friday, will finish cleaning the boat. Saturday, take it back to the Marina for storage, and Sunday, apply all the ingenuity I can possible muster to pack all of our stuff into the car. Monday, we're out of here.


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Fishing Show in RI

"The New England Saltwater Fishing Show will take place from March 19-21 and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. Industry manufacturers, guides and seminar speakers will be on hand daily."

ESPN

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Report fromCharlie W. on the Lower Housatonic River

“Made my first trip to Smith's Point [1] yesterday as temps warmed to 57 degrees (chilly NE wind). Just thought you'd like to know The Point survived the winter.

"I guess it's been tough conditions down in Florida. My friend George up by Naples says he hasn't left his house since January.

"Heard a report that the DEP police [2] handed out $2000 in no-license fines at the Derby Dam recently.

"I'm going to give the spot below the Parkway Bridge a shot tomorrow just for the exercise.” Charlie [3]

[1] a good spring fishing spot near the mouth of the Housatonic River where it flows into Long Island Sound
[2] Connecticut game wardens
[3] I'll be joining you soon; save a few for me

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NOAA: Winter Colder than Normal

No! Really! You Coulda Fooled Me!

“For the winter season, 63 percent of the country experienced below normal temperatures. In contrast to this national trend, Maine experienced the third warmest winter.

“February’s average temperature was 32.4 degrees F, which is 2.2 degrees below the long-term average.”

NOAANews


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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 March 2010

Islamorada Journal 2010...Days 69...71

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Don't Ask Me Where the Past Three Days Have Gone

"Today the hours seem like minutes, the days go by so quickly...."

I'm paraphrasing a song from a famous Broadway show here. Anyone know what show that was?

Dinner at Lorelei. Food was great…got a good waiter and all meals arrived.



Pelican attack.




Jeremy went parasailing.



Way up in the middle of the air.



Went to Shell World to get some gifties to bring home.



Jeremy caught a nice grouper and a bunch of mangrove snappers [grouper was put back; smappers came home for dinner].



Birds at the bar [click to enlarge pic].




Jeremy.



Jer had a 70-100-lb shark on the line for about a minute and a half...shark spit out the hook.



...looked at clouds from both sides now.



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Everglades: Florida vs. United States Sugar

“Efforts to restore the Everglades have picked up urgency in the last decade: the sprawling subtropical wetland, the only ecosystem of its kind, is dying for lack of clean water. Many environmentalists remain convinced that Mr. Crist’s deal with United States Sugar, even in its downsized form, offers the Everglades its best hope.

“But documents and interviews suggest that the price tag and terms of the deal could set back Everglades restoration for years, or even decades.”

NYTimes.com

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New York Herring Fishery Could Close

“An interstate commission has told New York and 14 other states to outlaw herring fishing, a staple of the Hudson River and its tributaries, if they cannot prove the fish population is stable….

“New York moved to ban shad fishing in the Hudson River last fall after its population reached historic lows. Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have already stopped herring fishing in their waters.”

RecordOnLine.com

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How to Catch Big Game Fish—From a Kayak

“If kayak fishing sounds like a surefire way to get a dunking, then check out the super-stable designs that allow men to catch 157-pound bluefin tuna from 12-foot, arm-powered boats.”

PopularMechanics.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