• Guns, Gear, Advice, Training
This is a bit off-topic for a fishing blog, but we know that many fisherfolk are also interested in the shooting sports…and that those who don’t shoot for fun may be interested in home/personal defense. So we thought to let you know about this firearms dealer in Milford, CT
Academy Firearms can provide all the best brands of handguns and long guns, plus ammo, all related gear and accessories...and NRA-Certified training…at competitive prices.
Be sure to check out their “Guns ‘n Gear Deals.”
• Skishing…Not Fishing
“During a surfcasting tournament here in the mid-1990s, Mr. Melnyk landed a striped bass large enough to be in contention. Then word got around that he was swimming offshore in a wetsuit with a fishing rod when he caught it.
“Paul Melnyk believes that the best way to catch a bass off of Montauk, Long Island, is to jump in after it. He invented a form of fishing in which the fish pulls him through the water, as if he were skiing. Thus was born, Skishing. Christopher Rhoads reports.
"The tournament committee responded by banning fish caught while swimming. Later—after an incident involving an irate Mr. Melnyk in pirate garb, Captain Morgan rum and floating his baited line hundreds of yards from shore with a kite—it banned Mr. Melnyk.”
The Wall Street Journal
• “Plastiki” Crosses the Pacific
“A catamaran largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles on Monday completed a 4-month journey across the Pacific Ocean meant to raise awareness about the perils of plastic waste.”
• Upper Housy: To Dredge, or Not to Dredge…
“Once a dumping ground for chemicals, a stretch of the Housatonic River that winds near this Berkshires hamlet is being scoured in a lengthy, expensive cleanup. Now, dredging other parts of the riverbed is under consideration, but the fishers, bird watchers and swimmers who would benefit are wondering how much effort is too much.”
Don’t forget, a 2010 saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marine waters of Connecticut. Also, if you intend to fish above the Merritt Parkway bridge on the Housatonic River, you also need a Connecticut freshwater license. You can purchase these from your local bait & tackle shop, such as Newtown Bait & Tackle, or at Town/City Hall.
Check these links for more information:
Long Island Sound Resource Center;
Housatonic Valley Association;