17 July 2010

7/15 Lower Housatonic River Fishing Report

It was a dark and cloudy morning [to paraphrase the famous line by Bulwer-Lytton], but at least it wasn't raining. Clouds are good, though as the lack of brightness may cause the fish to hang in shallow water longer in the morning. Even rain, light rain, is all right...but not lightning. Fortunately, there were no rumblings on the horizon.

The weather forecast had been for clear with 5-10 kt. winds. We thought maybe the clouds would move off later in the a.m.

The fish story for the day was bluefish...but all smallish fish, and they seemed to be scattered all over the place.

Mal Y. was getting a kick out of bringing them to the boat.

Hard to take snappy photos when there's no sunlight.

The wind had whipped up to probably 15-20 out of the SE, so we pretty much hanged around the mouth of the River picking up small blues.

Cormorants tried to dry their wings in the humid air.

Don G. calls them "bats" when they're doing this.

I should have brought the bigger flash unit for the camera...would have brighteded up these on-the-boat shots quite a bit.

Ta-da! The sun finally poked its head out from behind its pillow of clouds...

...which didn't last very long.

Swan family made the best of the morning.

We tried trolling for a while, just to see if we could locate some bigger fish.

As this photo shows, we ran into one school of blues that about decimated this mini-umbrella rig.

Back home I emptied out the can with the day's damaged lures.

Bluefish aren't called "choppers" for nothing.

For those who keep fish caught on Shoo-Fly 3, Marina residents have installed a fish-cleaning station on our dock and, although it's privately owned and not part of the Marina's equipment, we've been given the opportunity to use it.

It's a good work station with hose, etc. As long as we use it carefully and clean up after ourselves, there'll be no more cleaning fish on the back hatch.

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

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