30 April 2010

Stripers, Yes…but Bluefish in Stratford?



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They Can't Be Here Already, Can They?


We’ve heard that a good-sized bluefish was caught on a chunk off Bond’s Dock on the Housatonic River in Stratford this week.
With River temperatures having retreated into the mid-40s, any blues in the Housy must be darned sorry they’re there...and singing, "Mercy, mercy, mercy...why did I ever leave New Jersey?"[1]


[1][Variation of “Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, Oh -- Why Did I Ever Leave Ohio?” from Bernstein’s Wonderful Town.]



Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

29 April 2010

Pheasant Tags, Duck Stamps...How About Striper Stamps?




“The exact solutions are not yet determined, but one that came up often and was roundly supported by the participants is the concept of transferable quotas between recreational fishermen and commercial fishing industries. These quotas could simply be purchased by the more valuable recreational fishing sector. The financing could be secured via government revenue bonds or by the sale of game fish stamps.”
From Stripers Are Forever via FlyRodReel.com



Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

28 April 2010

Can’t Catch Stripers? Raise Your Own!



“Whiteside brings fingerling bass in from Arkansas. They're tiny: 3,000 fish weighing a total of 30 pounds. Those 30 pounds soon grow to 300-500 pounds, and then they're put into bigger tanks. When they reach about two pounds, usually 18-24 months, they're pulled out and shipped off.”
Jacksonville.com




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

27 April 2010

Bunker...and Stripers on the Fly


Friday Fish Report


“With confirmed reports of bunker schools in Peconic Bay on Long Island's South Shore, it is only a matter of time before the first bluefish reports are heard. Meanwhile the bass are providing plenty of action for salty anglers. The rivers are chock full of herring and spearing while sand eels have shown up around Penfield Reef.”
Charles Walsh writing in CTPost.com




Stripers on the Fly


“The stripers are in and all you have to do to catch one is to present them a fly. Oh ya, and contend with people walking behind you on the beach, in the dark. The wind never goes away and when it does, so do the fish.”
HeraldNews.com




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

26 April 2010

Stripers at Montauk



Bite is Small, but On At Montauk


“Picking up where last season left off, small striped bass along the town beach in Montauk and out to Ditch Plain have been responding to offers of bucktails and small tins. Paul Apostolides of Paulie’s Tackle said people had been spotting some signs of fish in the surf since last Thursday’s bass opening day and connecting with a few."
EastHamptonStar.com



They're After Your Sport!


"It is an issue that is very sticky because a lot of recreational fishermen don't see themselves as having a large effect," Crowder said. "It has been very difficult to regulate recreational fishing because of the number of people involved and the economic importance of that industry and the perception, actively promoted by the recreational sector, that [recreational fishing doesn’t] have much of an impact."
Shoo-Fly: NOAA and that crew are up to no good. Question is, what form will their action take: More licensing [i.e., taxes] or restricted fishing?
Examiner.com

25 April 2010

New York Has Bluefish!



Bluefish Hit New York Area


"Striped bass are pouring out of the Hudson and heading east both in the Sound and along the South Shore beaches. It has been a decent start to the winter flounder season and there are bluefish showing in the New York Bight."
New York Post




Kayakers: Coast Guard Advisory


“On Monday, March 29, the Coast Guard received a report of an unmanned kayak near Port Madison, Wash. It is a situation that occurs in the maritime search and rescue community all too often. When a vessel is found adrift without its pilot and there is no way of determining whether or not an individual may be in distress.”
CoastGuardNews.com


Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

24 April 2010

Bluefish Getting Closer



Bluefish in Raritan Bay


"We also have seen the arrival of big bluefish this week in Raritan Bay and along some of our outer beaches. Surf anglers fishing Island Beach State Park reported a blitz of big bluefish on several days. The blues had pushed and pinned the bunker tight to the beach."
NorthJersey.com



In CT, Early Bird Gets…the Shaft!


"...many fishermen are complaining that they overpaid for their fishing licenses and they can't get their money back."
StamfordAdvocate.com




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

22 April 2010

21 April 2010

Can't Get Out Fishing? Read...Watch...!



Book about Stripers in Shallow Water


“One other chapter that caught my attention was ‘Tides and Current.’ I’ve always been surprised by how many anglers don’t understand tides and phases of the moon and how it all affect fishing. He clearly explains about all different tides and how they affect fishing.”
HeraldNews.com


Watch Fly Fishing in Salt Waters TV on Your Computer


There’s still time to catch Sport Fishing Television in 2010. For the first time ever, you can stream FULL LENGTH EPISODES online courtesy of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters. Watch at your leisure or share with friends – anytime and all for free!
Click here




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

20 April 2010

Fish Huggers Are Out to Kill Your Sport


“It will surprise no one to learn that fishing involves baiting an animal to bite into a barbed metal hook and then reeling that animal into an environment in which it cannot breathe. Even catch-and-release fishing is usually a deadly experience for fish that are caught.”

Hartford Courant

Here you go, fella...hug this fish!




April 15, 2010 Salt Water Sportsman Newsletter


Read the current issue




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

18 April 2010



Charles Walsh on Stripers, Clousers, and Leaking Waders


“Determined that no mere cold foot was going to stop me from fishing, I stripped line off my reel and started casting. After all, the e-mail from Captain Skip Persson the day before said he and a friend had boated almost 70 bass a half-mile down river from where I was standing.”

Connecticut Post




We Forget About the Fish Species We’ve Lost


“An historical review that I conducted...on the sturgeons, salmon, shads, eels and other fishes that migrate between fresh and salt waters revealed deeply alarming statistics. Of 35 studies of the long-term fate of migratory fish, relative abundances had dropped below 98 percent from historic highs for 13 species, and below 90 percent for another 11, with most species reaching their lowest levels in recent years.”
Countercurrents.org




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

17 April 2010

White House, Administration, and NOAA Reaching Out to Fishermen



Look Out Fisherfolk…Hang on To Your Wallets!

[They're from the Government and they're coming to help us!]


NOAA's most recent assessment found that saltwater recreational fishermen spent more than $31 billion on gross expenditures in 2006 and contributed to more than $82 billion in total sales. NOAA officials expect those numbers to go up in the next update of the report, which is conducted based on statistical surveys of fishermen.”
New York Times


Baaaaaaaaaad Fisherman!


A suburban Dallas man must serve 15 days in jail after admitting to stuffing a lead weight into a bass he caught during a fishing tournament.
TimesUnion.com




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

16 April 2010

4/14 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report


Charlie W. had the biggest fish of the day.



Although not a keeper, the 26-inch striper put up a good battle on light tackle.



Wednesday was the first day on the water for Val S. He got his first stripers of the season including one on the fly rod using a bright chartreuse epoxy-headed fly that Charlie loaned to him.




Baaaaaaaaaaaad Osprey!


A Maine utility official says an osprey dropped a branch destined for its nest onto a power line, cutting power to about 6,000 customers.
StarTribune.com




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

15 April 2010

Governor Rolls Back License Fees



Bluefish Sighted Off Long Beach…


“O'Brien also said a couple of bluefish were reported in the back bays of Long Beach Island.”

Long Beach Island is off New Jersey…which is a lot closer than North Carolina, the last place we heard the blues had arrived.
PressOfAtlanticCity.com


Governor Rell Signs Bill Into Law That Reduces Fishing, State Park Fees


New fees take effect in time for opening day of fishing season Saturday

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced tonight that she has signed a bill that rolls back millions of dollars in fishing, state park and other outdoor fees - a move that comes just in time for the opening day of fishing season Saturday.

The reduced fees are part of the broad-based deficit mitigation bill that Governor Rell negotiated with the state Legislature to close a $371 million shortfall for this fiscal year. The bill was crafted with no tax increases and no cuts to municipal aid. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed the legislation and within minutes of the Senate casting the final vote, the Governor signed it into law. The Governor said

“Tens of thousands of anglers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy their hobbies, enjoy the great outdoors in Connecticut without having to pay higher fees/ Our state parks have been the getaways of choice for generations of families and we want to keep it that way,” Governor Rell said. “This bill was a product of much hard work and great compromise and I am grateful for the Legislature’s cooperation.:

The Governor said the new law changes nearly 50 different hunting and fishing fees. For example, a fishing that was $40 now costs $28. State park fees have been rolled back nearly 33 percent. In all, the new law reduces outdoor fees by more than $5 million.

The Governor said a complete list of the fee changes will be posted shortly on Web site of the state Department of Environmental Protection at www.ct.gov/dep



Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

14 April 2010

Why You Need Good Knots



Charles Walsh On Mastering Fishing Knots


“As one of those unfortunate people who fall into the "all thumbs" category, tying fishing knots has always been, well, a problem for me. ..”
CTPost.com



Nice Striper from Lower Housatonic River


Charlie W. was able to walk to the Housy and cast a chartreuse Clouser minnow for this 32-inch striped bass.
Best fish we’ve seen so far this year.




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

13 April 2010

Connecticut Fisherfolk Bitten by Licenses




Fishing Licenses Taking Bite Out of Wallets


“Across streams and rivers, lakes and ponds, the impact of the state's budget problems is being felt keenly by the state's anglers as they prepare for opening day of trout season next Saturday.”
Hartford Courant
Photo Source




NOAA: U.S. Averaged Warmer-than-Normal, Drier-than-Normal in March


“NOAA’s State of the Climate report shows the March 2010 average temperature for the entire contiguous United States was warmer-than-average with several New England states experiencing one of the warmest March’s on record. Average precipitation for the U.S. was below normal, but heavy rainfall set March records in parts of the Northeast.”
NOAA News




Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

12 April 2010

Bluefish...and Satellites



Bluefish Are All Over the Place…


If you’re in North Carolina that is: “What a week for fishing. Bluefish, red drum, black drum, flounder, speckled trout and sea mullet have provided great action for area inshore fishermen. Offshore boats are reporting catches of black bass, grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, African pompano, wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin and even one sailfish was caught and released.”
Starnewsonline.com



NOAA’s New GOES-15 Satellite to Improve Weather Forecasting [sure!]


“GOES-15, launched on March 4, 2010, from Cape Canaveral, Fla., joins three other NOAA operational GOES spacecraft that help the agency's forecasters track life-threatening weather–-from tornadoes, floods and hurricanes--and solar activity that can impact the satellite-based electronics and communications industry.”
NOAA



Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is 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

11 April 2010

4/10 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report


Despite the chill in the air and the wind gusting to 25kts, Don G. and I went out onto the River about 1030 on Saturday morning.

We got into fish pretty quickly.

Click on any pic to enlarge.



At the power lines, ospreys have taken advantage of the human-provided structure to build their nest.

We also saw an osprey further down the River, flying directly into the wind trailing about a 2-foot long piece of paper or cloth that the bird had selected as part of the nest he/she was building.




We put more than 40 fish in the boat; again, none were keepers and all were released back into the River.

This fish Don's holding may have been the biggest of the day.



Spring hasn't yet fully sprung on the River.

In this pic you may be able to see the reddish hue of the trees as their buds begin to pop.



The hot color for Saturday was chartreuse. We had a spell of casting, casting with no hits...and then Don put on a chartreuse soft bait...and caught fish on four successive casts.

I changed to chartreuse.

Last trip it was white or silver...fish ought to make up their minds.



We didn't stay out that long...about 2.5 hours. We caught a bunch of fish, but had to work hard for them.

Frustrating when you can see them stacked up in the water on the fishfinder, but can't get them to bite.



Here's the US-1 bridge that my Uncle Dick used to jump from when he was in high school.

He survived.



Shoo-Fly 3 looks a bit lonely sitting there at the dock, but she's all set for the season now.




Stopped at Rich & Jan's Newtown Bait & Tackle on the way home where their annual pre-opening day [trout] gala was in progress. Had to park in the boonies. Fisherfolk all over the place trying out fly rods at the casting pool...etc., etc. Rich was in the fly shop setting up a 4-weight. Jan was at the counter ringing up sales.

Great store. If you haven't seen it, you certainly should.





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

10 April 2010

Lefty on Drags, and Hurricanes Coming



Fly Fishing in Salt Waters: Question for Lefty Kreh


“Q: What are the major differences between cork and carbon-fiber disc drags? Which are best suited for saltwater fly-fishing?”

Read Lefty's Answer





Forecasters Warn of Hurricanes in Oh-Ten


"The closely watched Colorado State University's Hurricane Forecast Team predicts an above-average hurricane season this year in the Atlantic. Forecasters anticipate 15 named storms; eight are expected to be hurricanes and four of those may be major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or more."

Hartford Courant



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

09 April 2010

Don't Buy Fishing Rods on Impulse



It’s Like with Golf Clubs…


“…I took a tour through the fishing department and couldn't help but notice the number of people looking over the many racks loaded with fishing rods in various lengths, colors and configurations. Many stopped at the first rack they came to and ventured no further. Most picked up a rod, maybe two, and gave them a good shake. If the tip wiggled according to some predetermined standard of flexibility, they checked the price tag. When the price and the flexibility matched, it was time to head for the cash register.”

Article from LVRJ.com




Friday Fishing Report


“Striped bass, predominantly in the under 28-inch, non-keeper class (some in the under 12-inch "rat" class) continue to be the story this week. And the Housatonic River continues to be red hot, although the bass are starting to spread out along the beaches with the unseasonably warm weather. Slug-Gos and Saltwater Assassin Sea Shads in white and pink are doing much of the damage, but flies are working too, with the usual olive and chartreuse Clousers taking a big toll.”

Read the full report: Charles Walsh writing in CTPost.com



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

2010 Connecticut Angler’s Guide is Available



A printed version of the 2010 Connecticut Angler's Guide will be available after April 7, 2010. The new angler's guide can be obtained anywhere you can purchase a fishing license or by calling 860.424.FISH (3474).
The 2010 Connecticut Angler's Guide is also freely available in digital book format from J.F. Griffin Publishing. This online version allows you view the guide, print out any pages you may need, and even email pages to a friend. By utilizing the digital version you help reduce the amount of paper that we use and also help reduce the carbon footprint involved in shipping or mailing the printed edition. The link is:
http://pub.jfgriffin.com/doc/jfgriffin/10CTFW





Available On This Website


We have all sorts of interesting information to which you can link from this website. For example, go down the left frame to "Important Links," and then click on "Tides: Stratford, CT." Takes you right to NOAA's tide tables for Stratford for the whole year.



Boating Safety: Works for Kayakers Too


In an effort to reduce the number of incidents on the water and to increase the safety of people on the water, the Coast Guard recommends the following:

•Make sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where you are going, how many people are aboard your vessel, gives a complete vessel description, details your destination and when you plan to return. Float plans aid rescuers in identifying a search area in the event of an emergency while on the water.
•Be sure to check the local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change very rapidly and boaters should keep a watchful eye on the forecasted conditions.
•The Coast Guard urges mariners to outfit their boat with a functioning marine-band radio, as cell phones are typically an unreliable source of communication due to gaps in coverage and limited battery life. Using channel 16 on a marine-band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a distress to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.
•In the event you contact the Coast Guard to request assistance and circumstances change that no longer requires emergency personnel to respond, the Coast Guard requests that you follow up to indicate the change in your status so as to eliminate a needless search effort.

U. S. Coast Guard News



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

07 April 2010

4/7 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report


First day of fishing in Connecticut, that is....

Don G. was kind enough to take me out in his boat today as Shoo-Fly 3 had not yet hit the water.



Photo shows my first striped bass of the season, caught on a Toad Fly.



We probably boated about 70 fish today; all were released. No keepers in the bunch as they have to be at least 28" to keep. This fish of Don's was the biggest of the day.



Of course, as all know, Wednesday was an amazing day in terms of weather. It hit the eighties and even the 15-20 knot winds blowing us all over the River were hot on our faces.



Some of the stripers were "rats" [small fish] but most were large enough to put up a good battle on our light tackle.



Construction repairs are underway on the I-95 bridge over the Housatonic. How this is going to affect highway travel and River travel remains to be seen.



Here's Don with another good fish.




Capt. Jeff Northrop was out on the River in his new Maverick Master Angler flatsboat, pulling them in left and right with the fly rod, as usual.





Don’t forget, a 2010 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