31 October 2010

New, Better CPR Technique




The link below goes to an important video regarding the latest CPR procedure...takes only six minutes to watch it.

You never know, a life may be saved utilizing this new procedure. Certification is not required to use this technique.

University of Arizona, College of Medicine



And He Says He's Going to Eat the Whole Fish


A "North Bergen resident...caught an Atlantic striped bass near the George Washington Bridge on Sunday that weighed 50 pounds, 7 ounces."
NJ.com





Guess it was pretty unlikely that it would have been a Pacific striped bass.
At least, if he had to kill the fish, he's going to eat it.

30 October 2010

Fishing Reports



• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report


“Hard to believe that October is almost over. Seems like only a couple of weeks ago we were fly-fishing for those spring stripers and waiting for the blues to show up. Still, with at least another full month to go before we can skate to Long Island from Bridgeport, the fishing overall remains fair to good.”
Connecticut Post



• CTDEP Report [10/28]


“STRIPED BASS and BLUEFISH fishing is “good to excellent” with this warm spell and the waning Hunter’s Moon. Trophy-sized bluefish and stripers are being caught throughout Long Island Sound. Bluefish up to 38 inches long and weighing 17 pounds and stripers in excess of 48 lbs/52 inches are being reported. The usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef and East and West Clumps (Fishers Island Sound), 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, Harkness Memorial State Park, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Duck Island area, Sixmile Reef, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Falkner Island area, reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area and the sand spit at Silver Sands State Park, lower Housatonic River, buoys #18 and #20 off Bridgeport, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and Stamford and Greenwich Harbors. Drift fishing with the tide during the day using menhaden (bunker) or eels on three way rigs have been scoring well on very large “cow” bass and “alligator” blues. Please use circle hooks when using live bait.

“TAUTOG (Blackfish) fishing is excellent with “Reef Bullies” over 13 lbs being reported in the Marine Fisheries Trophy Fish Award program. Fishing bottom structure/wrecks/reefs is key along with using fresh bait such as hermit crabs, Asian crabs, clams and/or green crabs. Keep moving from spot to spot until you find them. Start in shallow water (less than 20 feet) and move out into deeper water if fishing is slow. Lots of fishing pressure (boats) will slow the bite. Tautog can be finicky and bite very lightly….concentration and braided line work well. Jigs have been very effective this fall.

“HICKORY SHAD fishing has improved for “CT Tarpon”. Best spots include the lower Connecticut River (Baldwin Bridge and the DEP Marine Headquarters). Silver colored willowleaf (long shank hook soldered onto a 1 inch willowleaf blade) is the lure of choice. Shad up to 22 inches and 3 pounds have been caught.”

CTDEP



• Western Long Island Sound Fishing Forecast


“This Halloween weekend, anglers can count on scaring up plenty of their species of choice. That includes blackfish, bluefish and striped bass. Party boats with Research Set Aside permits also can add sea bass and porgies to the mix.”

NYPost.com




• Eastern Long Island Sound Fishing Report


“Our black fishing remains very worthwhile in between bouts of wind, though not all areas produced those really big tautog that look so good in photos at work the next day. Big blues are still around but striper fishing, both beach and boat, could be better unless one heads over to Montauk.”

Time Coleman in TheDay.com

29 October 2010

Thursday Fishing: Wind, Wind, Wind


















Despite howling winds, we got some "eater-size" bluefish and had fun with a bunch of small striped bass.

Connecticut Fishermen Can Get Credit for Double License Fees Paid in 2010



“Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that hunters and anglers who bought 2010 licenses after fees had been doubled can apply for a credit toward purchasing lower cost 2011 licenses beginning December 1.

“Full details about the license credit – including eligibility, the amount of a credit and the process for obtaining it – are available at www.ct.gov/dep/sportsmenscredit

Source: Governor’s Office



• Future Dinners: Chinese Tilapia?


“At the end of a wooden pier, a squat red machine the size of a dishwasher hums along with the din of nearby cicadas. The fish-feeder is tossing grain pellets into one of Chen Haiping's nine fish ponds, each as long as a football field, in the town of Shuixi, in China's Guangdong province. It's breakfast time, and thousands of tilapia are thrashing their tails and sticking their mouths into the air to get some of the soy-and-corn mixture. Chen, a 32-year-old former duck farmer with a wispy mustache, has been running this farm for eight years. “
BusinessWeek.com

28 October 2010

Your Government in Action: May Increase Commercial Striper Catch




“On Nov. 9, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will vote on the proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota for striped bass, and though the National Marine Fisheries Commission voted against the increase, the recreational fishing community thinks it still can pass.”

NYPost.com

27 October 2010

Winds May Push Weekday Fishing to the Weekend

WED
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS UP TO 25 KT.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FT. PATCHY FOG THIS MORNING WITH VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.
SHOWERS EARLY THIS MORNING...THEN SHOWERS WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
TSTMS.

WED NIGHT
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING
TO 5 TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT THIS EVENING...THEN
SUBSIDING TO 1 FT OR LESS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE EVENING.

THU
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

THU NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT. SEAS 2 TO
3 FT.

FRI
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI NIGHT
NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT...DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT IN THE EVENING... THEN 1 FT OR LESS.

SAT
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT. SEAS 1 FT OR LESS.

SUN
W WINDS 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING N. SEAS 1 FT OR LESS.
WINDS AND SEAS HIGHER IN AND NEAR TSTMS.

Housatonic Valley Association Publishes Brochure




“The map promotes the special places of the Housatonic River, from its headwaters north of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, south to Kent, Connecticut….”

Torrington Register Citizen

Housatonic Valley Association

26 October 2010

An October Fishing Trip





"The only question in the minds of the two anglers aboard was whether to head up stream or toward the mouth. It was after all mid-October...a time when striped bass might be returning to their up-river winter haunts in deep holes."
Charles Walsh in the Connecticut Post




“…more than $1 million in federal funds will be used to continue or expand “pump-out” programs along Long Island Sound to provide boaters with a convenient and environmentally safe way to dispose of sewage from their vessels.”

“New projects this year span the coastline of Connecticut and include two important upgrades and one new construction in Milford. A brand new pump-out boat offloading connection and dock are being funded at the municipal sewage treatment facility in Stonington Harbor as well as a new pump-out station at O’Sullivans Island in Derby on the Housatonic River. The grants will also support construction at the Darien Boat Club in Noroton Harbor and the purchase of a new pump-out vessel in Mystic.”
Middletown Press

25 October 2010

Striper Reproduction Below Par…Again



“A new survey finds striped bass reproduction was below average for the third straight year in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay.”
WashingtonExaminer.com



• Winterization Errors Can Damage Boats


“Storing ashore can freeze an engine block with an unexpected cold spell. Storing in the water may keep the engine block a little warmer.

“Petcocks in the engine block may be clogged when you tried to drain the engine for winter.”
CoastGuardNews.com

24 October 2010

"Fishing Report: Reviews All Over the Map"




“There are times when fishing comes easy, times when the finny creatures fairly leap into the boat. Then there are times when fishing is as hard as putting sweat socks on a rooster. Depending on whom you ask and how that person's most recent outing went, the fishing during the third full week of October was either terrible or sublime. A middle ground was hard to find, even at Middleground.”
Charles Walsh writing in ConnecticutPost.com



• NOAA Reopens Nearly 7,000 Square Miles In the Gulf of Mexico to Fishing


"NOAA…reopened to commercial and recreational fishing 6,879 square miles of Gulf waters about 180-200 nautical miles south of the Florida panhandle, between the Florida-Alabama state line and Cape San Blas, Fla. This is the ninth reopening in federal waters since July 22….

“The total area reopened today is about 3 percent of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and 29 percent of the current closed area, as last modified on October 5. No oil or sheen has been documented in the area since July 13. At its closest point, the area to be reopened is about 110 miles southeast of the Deepwater Horizon BP wellhead.”
MarlinMag.com



• CTDEP Fishing Report [10/21]


“Bluefish and Striped Bass fishing is ‘red hot’…when the wind cooperates! Trophy-sized bluefish and stripers are being caught throughout Long Island Sound. Bluefish over 36 inches long and weighing in the upper teens and stripers in excess of 45 lbs are being reported. The usual hot spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef and East and West Clumps (Fishers Island Sound), 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, Harkness Memorial State Park, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Duck Island area, Sixmile Reef, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Falkner Island area, reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area and the sand spit at Silver Sands State Park, lower Housatonic River, buoys #18 and #20 off Bridgeport, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and Stamford and Greenwich Harbors. Drift fishing with menhaden (bunker) or eels on three way rigs have been scoring well on very large trophy-sized fish. Use of circle hooks is recommended when using live bait.

“Tautog fishing is excellent with “Reef Bullies” over 14 lbs being reported. Fishing gnarly bottom structure/wrecks is key along with using fresh bait such as hermit crabs, Asian crabs, clams and/or green crabs work well. Keep moving from spot to spot until you find them. Start in shallow water (less than 20 feet) and move out into deeper water if fishing is slow.

“Hickory Shad fishing is fair at best. Best spots include the lower Connecticut River (Baldwin Bridge), Niantic River and Clinton.
Connecticut DEP

23 October 2010

Housatonic River Boat Launch in Milford Closed for 8 Years




This is because of the I-95 Housatonic River bridge replacement project, which includes construction of a new boat launch.
Source: CT DEP



• Eastern Long Island Sound Fishing Report



“Our black fishery is in good form right now with the fish biting well from most spots between Hatchetts and Watch Hill. In addition we have some large blues along the shore at times plus Montauk offers lots of bass on top on some days if you don't mind fishing in a crowd of boats.”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com



• MV Tournament Finished



“The 65th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby concluded Sunday afternoon before several hundred fishermen and well wishers gathered in….”
Martha’s Vineyard Times

21 October 2010

Oy Vey!

LONG ISLAND SOUND WEST OF NEW HAVEN CT/PORT JEFFERSON NY-
852 AM EDT THU OCT 21 2010

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON

THURSDAY
SW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING W 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS
UP TO 25 KT LATE THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 TO 2
FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS LATE THIS
MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON.

THURSDAY NIGHT
NW WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. GUSTS UP TO 25 KT IN THE EVENING.
SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

FRI
W WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

FRI NIGHT
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT. GUSTS UP TO 25 KT IN THE EVENING.
SEAS 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SAT
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT...INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. SEAS 1 FT OR LESS...THEN 2 TO 3 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

Gulf Seafood and the Danube River



• Gulf Fish Kill “Not Caused by the Deepwater Spill”

“This photo shows a portion of a massive fish kill in the Bayou Chaland area of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, taken on September 10, 2010. Plaquemines is Louisiana’s southernmost parish, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Counted among the dead fish were pogie, redfish, shrimp, crabs, and freshwater eels. A statement issued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released the day after the fish kill stated the fish died from low oxygen levels and was not caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”
Discover Magazine



• Government Withholding Info on Gulf Seafood Testing?

“National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and FDA officials maintain they've provided results of ongoing Gulf seafood safety tests with the utmost transparency. But outside scientists, eager to perform independent evaluations of the government's findings, complain the information released contains far too many unknown variables that preclude peer review.”
RawStory.com



• First Dead Fish Showing Up in Danube

“Budapest - The first dead fish have been sighted in Europe's second-longest river, the Danube, following a spill of toxic mud in Hungary….”
News24.com

19 October 2010

Old Lure Was a Great Investment



•[A Good Read!]


“More than 50 years later Steve was thumbing through the pages of On the Water fishing magazine and saw a terrific looking custom surf rod designed to cast the new braided lines. It was expensive, and Steve is a frugal man who had always believed in saving for a rainy day.”
Martha’s Vineyard Times

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• MA Pump-Out Boat Not Named “Poop Sloop”


“Salisbury, Mass., has a new sewage pump-out boat, and its name is more than just clever: It's also good advice.”
StarTribune.com



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• Kayaker Attacked by Cuda


“The Coast Guard and Tow Boat U.S. rescued a kayaker who was bitten by a barracuda near Big Pine Key, Fla. Sunday evening.

“At approximately 5:15 p.m. a 45-year-old female and her male companion reported they were kayaking in a two-person kayak when a barracuda jumped into the vessel and bit her in the chest, then jumped back into the water. She appeared to be suffering a possible punctured lung and broken ribs.“
Coast Guard News

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• Makes Sense to Me


Question: Why do SCUBA divers always fall backward off the boat?
Answer: Because if they fell forward, they’d still be in the boat.



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17 October 2010

Zebras In the Housatonic River



“The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species, have been discovered in Lake Zoar and Lake Lillinonah, two large impoundments on the Housatonic River.”
Litchfield County Times



• Salmon In the Naugatuck River


“Next week, DEP will be releasing 100 salmon into the Naugatuck River. The broodstock Atlantic salmon stocked in Connecticut are raised in state and federal….”
Stamford Advocate



• GE to Remove PCBs


“General Electric Co. said today it will remove PCBs from the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts, but still maintained it would be best to leave these carcinogens buried in the river sediment.”
Boston Herald

15 October 2010

MA Report Says Stripers Still Up in Maine



“It seems like it's the bottom of the ninth ... but saltwater fishing is still surprisingly good. And reports from up North are great, with stripers still in southern Maine, meaning that we still have a few weeks and a few more nice waves of fish heading our way before it's over.”
ItemLive.com



• Out on Long Island…


“As the middle weeks of October near, anglers found themselves thinking more and more about surfcasting. This is not because the fall run was yet firing on all cylinders…. Rather, the almost relentless 10 to 15-mile-per-hour winds from the northerly quarters that kept most boaters off the bay….”
EastHamptonStar.com



• Lobster Die-Off Underway in Sound?


STAMFORD -- Some local lobstermen say a lobster die-off is under way in western Long Island Sound, the likes of which they haven't seen since their industry was decimated beginning in the fall of 1999 when 95 percent of the lobsters in the Sound died.

"It is a repeat of 1999…."
AmericanChronicle

Oy Veh!

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY
EVENING


THU NIGHT
NE WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT...BECOMING NW 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 1 FT OR LESS...THEN 2 TO 3 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SHOWERS WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS UNTIL EARLY MORNING...THEN SHOWERS LATE. VSBY 1 TO 3 NM.

FRI
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 25 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS UP TO 35 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS.

FRI NIGHT
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. SEAS 2 TO4 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SAT
NW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

SAT NIGHT
NW WINDS 20 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 KT...DIMINISHING TO 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 3 FT.

SUN
W WINDS 10 TO 15 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 KT. SEAS 1 TO 2 FT.

NOTE: A KT [knot] is 1.15 mph, so 40 KT is 46 mph.