31 July 2010

Academy Fireams...Milford, CT



• 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.”

Academy Firearms


• 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.”
MSNBC



• 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.”
Boston Globe


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

30 July 2010

Friday, 30 July 2010



• In New York, Anglers Are Actually Getting Something Back for Their License Fees


“There are a lot of you out there who are not happy with having to pay for a saltwater fishing license in New York, but at least some of that money is going to go good use.

“Using funds from the state saltwater fishing license and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux), the Department of Environmental Conservation will enhance 11 previously identified reef sites. They also will add one new one...."
New York Post



• Eagles Among Us


“Their hunting technique is to soar over the water or perch at its edge until they spot a fish coming near the surface, then a long slow glide down with a thrust of their feet forward and a quick clutch of the talons. The fish is carried away to a perch in a tall tree and devoured.”
MassLive.com



• The Battle of Bunker Kill



“Almost every day this summer, outboard-powered boats with Massachusetts registry numbers cruise around Black Rock harbor. Manned by two or three men, the boats use portable sonar to locate a bunk school in the harbor. Then, large 15-foot diameter-weighted cast nets are expertly tossed over the schools. When the nets are pulled in, more often than not they are full to overflowing with thrashing menhaden, known locally, of course, as bunker.”
Charles Walsh in the Connecticut Post


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

29 July 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010



• 5-Year Lobstering Moratorium Killed


“A proposal to ban lobster fishing over a vast stretch of the East Coast was killed Thursday after lobstermen said it would do "almost biblical" damage to the industry.

"The board that advises the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on lobster rules voted instead to consider lesser reductions in the catch — or no new restrictions at all.”
Associated Press




• BUI: Boating Under the Influence: Oxymorons to the Rescue!


“Governor M. Jodi Rell announced last week that the state will be stepping up enforcement of laws against boating under the influence (BUI) this weekend as part of a regional effort known as ‘Operation Dry Water.’”

[Shoo-Fly: Don’t know who came up with Operation Dry Water…must be the same person who invented “slightly pregnant,” “governmental integrity," and “congressional ethics.”]
Stamford Advocate




• Striper Fishermen: Recreationals vs. Commercials



“Tensions flared over one of the Atlantic coast's most prized sport fish last night in East Setauket as Long Island fisherman argued over a proposal to increase commercial fishermen's share of the striped bass harvest.”
StripersOnline.com


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

28 July 2010

Yet Another Oil Disaster?




“Coast Guard responds after dredge barge hits oil wellheadfrom Coast Guard News by cgnews.

“NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an allision between a towing vessel and a wellhead in the Barataria Waterway at approximately 1 a.m., Tuesday.

"The tug vessel Pere Ana C, pushing the dredge barge Captain Buford Berry, allided with the wellhead while it transited the Barataria Waterway.

"The wellhead is currently emanating oil and natural gas into Barataria Bay.”
Coast Guard News



• Salt Water: You Never Know What You’ll See Next



“There are great white sharks in Cape waters. Last week, the tackle shops and coffee spots were buzzing with the story of the guy who was releasing a striper when a white came up and snapped it, nearly from the fisherman's hands”
Cape Cod Times



• Fly Fishing Boston Harbor


““Everybody thought Boston Harbor was a dirty poop hole, if you want to call it that,” England said. “But it’s full of life. I mean, I’m seeing seals eat stripers over at Charlestown Bridge.”
WBUR Boston



• New Salt Water Sportsman Online Issue



Can be read now…
Salt Water Sportsman


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

27 July 2010

Tuesday, 27 July 2010



• Saltwater Kayak Fishing in Maine


“Certainly, there always have been fly fishermen who fished from kayaks, but increasingly there are those who take it to the open ocean and target stripers, bluefish and bigger, said Taylor, president of the Casco Bay Anglers Club.”
Maine Sunday Telegram



• “Q: How has saltwater fishing in Maine changed?”



“A: Commercial fishing has changed how we fish. Years ago, there wasn't much for groundfish. Now that they have stopped fishing for them commercially in many areas, there are a lot more cod and haddock. Commercial fishing has wiped out most of the baitfish in the Gulf of Maine, and the lack of baitfish has changed the pelagic fishery (sharks, tuna, etc). We now target species that aren't harvested commercially.”
Maine Sunday Telegram



• Housy and PCBs



“Then we heard the bad news. GE may be ordered to cut down the trees, remove both banks, dredge the river bottom and excavate 3-to-4 feet of flood plain soil. The shade would be removed, the banks would be rip-rapped, and new soils brought in from somewhere else. Fifteen miles of the river banks could be altered as well as the entire river bottom. Within this area are 28 known rare and endangered species, approximately 60 vernal pools, various amphibians and a diverse bird population and they are there because of the existing habitat.”
Berkshire Eagle


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

26 July 2010

Monday 26 July 2010



• Surprise: 17-Foot Boat with 6 Passengers Capsizes!



“Branford officials say six people were rescued by fellow boaters after their vessel capsized in Long Island Sound when it was hit by a rough wave.”

Wanna bet on how many were wearing life jackets?
New Haven Register




• Hard-to-Believe Headlines Department


“36 Children Rescued from Capsized Boats near Manasquan Inlet. Local police with the assistance of the Coast Guard rescued 36 children, ranging in ages from 7 to 16, from the water after approximately 25 to 30 small sailing boats capsized in the back bay of Shark River, N.J., during a two-week sailing camp Monday.“
Coast Guard News


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

25 July 2010

Sunday 25 July 2010



• Ebb Tide in The Race


“Your best chance for a bass or blue in The Race right now is the ebb tide, and if you pick the right spot in our waters, you have a chance of a keeper fluke, maybe a sea bass and loads of porgies on most of our near-shore rock piles.“
Tim Coleman writing in TheDay.com



• CT DEP [Yawn] Fishing Report #14 [7/22]


“STRIPED BASS and BLUEFISH fishing remains fair to good. The usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef (Fishers Island Sound), lower Thames River, the Race (by Race Rock and Valiant Rock), outer Bartlett Reef, the Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, warm water discharge from Millstone Power Station, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor, buoys #18 and #20 off Bridgeport, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Black Rock Harbor, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, Smith Reef and the reefs off Stamford and Greenwich. SNAPPER BLUE fishing is good in the tidal creeks although the fish are only 4 to 5 inches in length.”
http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/fishing/weekly_reports/fishreport072210.pdf


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

24 July 2010

7/23 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report



If you read the 7/20 fishing report, you've already read this one. Same story...just substitute "Jim W." for "Don G."



It was overcast and flat calm on Friday morning, so Jim and I headed east.



We stopped off at Milford Harbor to check that area out, but nothing was going on.

Lone fisherman off Gulf Beach didn't appear to be having any luck.



But when we got to the rocks further east we found small stripers and blues that gave us some fun for an hour or so.

No photographable fish on this trip...just as on Tuesday.



Don't know what this tug was up to; seemed to be meandering around New Haven Harbor trying to find something to do.

We saw schools of small baitfish all over the place outside New Haven Harbor...but nothing feeding on them.



Further up in the Harbor all seemed quiet...but we did locate a few blues out at the Harbor entrance breakwaters.



Can't resist taking photos of cormorants. They're fascinating birds...as long as they don't perch and poo on your boat.



These gentlemen were sporting the latest in T-tops for their boat. Jim and I figured that they must fold it down when they run at speed.

It started to rain on us, but we had rain jackets and it never got heavy, so it was quite pleasant out there. Don't mind rain...as long as there's no lighting with it.



We hope to fish Shoo-Fly 3 early next week after which we'll will be out of action for a while as the captain undergoes some medical procedures.

Will keep you posted.


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

23 July 2010

Friday, 23 July 2010



• Massachusetts Commercial Striper Season Open



“In spite of the hot weather and warm water that can make midsummer striper fishing a challenge, successful commercial fishermen often manage to fill their weekday limit of 30 bass over 34 inches. So how do they do it? Almost all use natural bait, including eels, mackerel, pogies, and sea herring, fished either live or fresh-dead. They also focus their efforts on deepwater structure, which is where big bass will retreat to find cooler water and avoid the summer sun.”
Boston Herald



• Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea


“Welcome to Estuaries.Gov where we aim to advance estuarine and coastal literacy. Explore these living classrooms and laboratories - our estuaries -, discover their importance and beauty, and learn what you can do to protect them.”
Estuaries.gov



• Omega Protein vs. Menhaden



“Omega Protein Corp., which employs about 300 people during the May-to-December fishery, is allowed to catch 109,020 metric tons of menhaden annually from the Virginia portion of the bay. The catch is processed at its Reedville plant into meal used for animal and pet food and into omega-3 fish oils sold as heart-healthy food supplements.”
Business Week

22 July 2010

7/20 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report



Don G. and I lit out from the lower Housatonic about 0700. Nice overcast, light wind, looked as though it would be a good day.




MiddleGround proved a complete bust [unless you like catching porgies on jigs], so we ran over to New Haven harbor.




Finally got into some fish there...although they were mostly small.




Fish were congregated around the various rock piles.




Water was just loaded with jellyfish.

New Haven area also hosted dozens of schools of small baitfish...but nothing was pushing them...nothing was feeding on them.




Don hooked the largest fish of the day, a striper that threw the hook at the side of the boat...so no photo.

Would have been a photographable fish though.




Charles Island looked like a big cucumber sitting in the water as we headed back to Stratford.


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

21 July 2010

Media...Media...Media



• Outdoor Channel Grabs Three Saltwater Fishing Shows


“America's leader in Outdoor TV, today announced three new and highly acclaimed fishing shows. "Madfin Shark Series," "Spanish Fly" and "Zona!" will come to Outdoor Channel in 2011. Formerly on ESPN2, these three established shows enhance and solidify Outdoor Channel's commitment to the popular saltwater fishing genre. “
PRNewswire.com



• ESPN Online Saltwater News


“Some might be small, but size doesn't matter to Steve Wozniak as he closes in on his worldwide quest to catch 1,000 species of fish.”
ESPN



• Trout Unlimited Newsletter Online



Trout Unlimited


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

20 July 2010

Eating Fish...and the Oil Spill



• Eating Fish Safely…in Connecticut



If I catch it, can I eat it?
CT Department of Public Health



• The Oil Spill and Connecticut’s Shellfishery


“Over time, pollution coupled with overfishing has devastated Connecticut's fishing industry. Yet recently the tide has turned; the numbers of oysters and clams harvested are slowly rebounding.
“Both an increased demand for local product, and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico provide the impetus for growth. Still, changing people's perceptions about Connecticut shellfish is hard.”
Wilton.Patch.com



• Stamford Advocate Fishing Report


“Last week's hot, muggy and often stormy weather kept most anglers off the water. And for good reason. Why risk your life when even the weathermen don't know what's going to happen from one hour to the next?”
StamfordAdvocate.com


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

19 July 2010

Connecticut Post Had 3 Articles Related to Fishing on Sunday



• Long Island Sound Catch to Include Moonfish, Lionfish, and Lizardfish



"Long Island Sound represents a kind of dividing line between the warm-adapted species of the North Atlantic and the cold-adapted ones.... So what's happening is that the warm-adapted species are expanding their range up our way, while the species that are in the southern end of their range are being pushed out; they need to find colder water."
Connecticut Post



• Charles Walsh on Commercial Fishing


“It is time the federal government, which is less sensitive than states to voting and lobbyist pressures of the commercial fishery, made the striper a non-commercial game fish. Instead, the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission is going in the other direction, entertaining a serious proposal to INCREASE the striper commercial harvest. Local hearings on the proposal are over but your voice can still be heard. Connecticut's ASMFC reps will vote on the measure, so call or write your state representatives and senators urging them to oppose the proposal. Written comment can be sent until Oct. 1, 2010, to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005.”
Connecticut Post

The third article was not available online; it concerned the lobster and the effects of warming waters on that species.


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

18 July 2010

Sunday, 18 July 2010



• CT Lobstermen Not Happy with Proposed Fishing Ban


“About 200 Connecticut lobstermen spoke out Monday night against proposed measures that would affect the state's lobster industry, including a five-year ban on setting traps in Long Island Sound.”
Courant.com



• Flying Stripers?



“A fresh striped bass fell from the sky in Milton….
Boston Herald
Yes, I know that's an eagle.



• First Half of Year Connecticut’s Warmest


“This is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record, according to a recent analysis of average global temperatures for the first half of 2010 by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.”
Examiner.com


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