31 December 2011

”Lefty” Honored

”Born Bernard 'Lefty' Kreh in Frederick (MD) in 1925, he soars in that rarified air with other one-name icons. If you're a rock'n'roll fan and have to ask 'Elvis who?' you should have your ears boxed and iPod confiscated.

"Same holds true in the saltwater fishing world when speaking of the Left-hander. Anyone who's ever picked up the long wand has heard of Lefty, or at least his Deceiver, purportedly designed decades ago to fool Chesapeake rockfish.”


30 December 2011

Agencies Working to Protect Upper Connecticut River

”The nuclear power plant’s thermal discharge inspired the Watershed Council to establish a series of temperature loggers over the length of the river, with particular attention to the reach from Bellows Falls to Turners Falls, Mass. Temperatures in this reach are directly affected by thermal discharge from Vermont Yankee. The Watershed Council is beginning to use the information collected to create a first- ever database of temperatures in the Connecticut River, meant to also show the long-term effects of climate change on river temperatures.”


29 December 2011

Connecticut Salt Water Seminar 07 January

”The presentation will be hosted by George Poveromo -- Host of George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing on VERSUS, and Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman, and Tom Richardson -- Noted authority on fishing the coastal waters of New England and a prominent fishing writer and editor.”


27 December 2011

A Fishing Tale from Charles Walsh

”Neither of us said much on the daunting half-mile trek back to the cars. Finally, as we slogged through the chocolate pudding mud flat just off the beach, my friend said: "Hey it was better than sitting inside watching TV, right?"

"I don't know," I said, feeling the sweat turning cold on my back. "Maybe watching the soaps might have been the better choice."

"Yeah, I hear you," my buddy said. "You may be right.

“About that time, a whooshing sound startled us….”


25 December 2011


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace...this day and always.

Numbers 6:24

24 December 2011

Whales Might Be Going Deaf Thanks to Whale-Watchers

”Tourists are taken in boats to see whales from a distance of a few to hundred metres. This is a good source of income for tour operators. But the whales are exposed to high levels of noise generated by the engines of boats that often crowd around one or two animals. This has caused concern among researchers who believe that in the long run, such activities might affect the hearing capability of whales.”


23 December 2011

Politicians Introduce Legislation to Protect Long Island Sound

”Although decades of overdevelopment, pollution, dumping of dredged materials, and releases of untreated sewage have severely hurt the water quality, the Sound’s economic contribution from sport and commercial fishing, boating, recreation and tourism is estimated to be just over $5.5 billion a year. The Long Island Sound Restoration & Stewardship Act extends two complementary water quality and shore restoration program authorizations through 2015 at $325 million over the next 5 years. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) is introducing the measure in the House today.”


22 December 2011

Outdoor Recreation's Good for Connecticut's Economy

"The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently released an extensive analysis conducted by UConn's Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA) showing that outdoor activities on state lands have an economic impact of more than $1 billion a year.

"The $1 billion represents the amount spent by state residents and visitors on a variety of outdoor activities including camping, boating, fishing and hunting."


21 December 2011

Light Tackle Cuda in the Keys

We're off to Islamorada in another week and a half, and the guys down there have been taunting me with stories of the fishing...including this photo of Charley with an outstanding barracuda.

You can see from the rods/reels in the photo that they're not catching these fish on 80-pound tackle...more like 10-15 pounds.

This same day they also got into schools of cero mackerel running 10-12 pounds.

20 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Did you hear the big news?

"Striper fishing on the Atlantic Coast was just fabulous this year.

"What, you don't believe it? Well, tell it to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which came to that startling conclusion in its annual report delivered at the annual meeting in mid-November in Boston."


19 December 2011

This Is Fly—New Issue Posted

”Winter is upon us with this 32nd issue of This is Fly. Why not warm up in the Bahamas as our editor Paris Fleezanis takes us aboard the Sea Hunter in pursuit of monster bonefish.

”Still dreaming of warmer weather? Let's meet up with Rasmus Ovesen in Belize for some trophy fish. We know everyone loves a Blitz - Pete McDonald gives us the lowdown on his new book in our one on one interview. As always our gear section is jammed packed and we have released 3 new t-shirt designs of our own. Be sure to stop by the Shop after reading this issue of This is Fly.”

This Is Fly

18 December 2011

Four Fly Rods That Changed Fly Fishing

”In marketing-speak, we've been through so much ‘next generation’ graphite hype in the last 20 years that, if you actually buy the hyperbole, you might just think a rod made in the mid-1990s is virtually un-fishable.

"That is, of course, utter hogwash. No matter what anyone tells you, fly rods have not, in fact, evolved at the same techno-pace as things like digital cameras, laptop computers and cell phones.”


17 December 2011

Bearing Witness to the Perfect Storm

”October 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the original Perfect Storm, the Halloween Nor’easter that ravaged New England in 1991.

"The phrase "perfect storm" is now used to describe events beyond weather, including political shifts, economic trends, and other drastic confluences of circumstances. But at its core, the perfect storm is a case of occupational fatality—a work-related disaster that cost six commercial fishermen aboard the Andrea Gail their lives while doing their job.”


16 December 2011

Need to Be Careful About Discarding Fishing Line

”Bunches of line left on the shore — with or without a hook — can tie ducks, shorebirds and even turtles in knots, while other birds are injured after nibbling a bit of bait left on a hook and swallowing it.

"Lead sinkers, too, can poison birds that ingest them. Fishermen also cut lines that get snagged on trees, leaving hooks and lures to drift menacingly in the breeze. And some birds will even use fishing line as nesting material, which can ensnare their young.”


15 December 2011

Stamford Shellfishermen Plagued by Sewage

”Robert Griffith and Jardar Nygaard are the last commercial shellfishermen in Stamford Harbor and their boats are getting rusty.

“They've barely worked over the last year due to state-mandated shellfish bed closures, which shutter their businesses for weeks at a time after rainstorms or sewage spills. A 3-inch rainfall closes all Connecticut shellfish farms for at least a week, and high-volume sewage bypasses shut down shellfish beds for a minimum 21 days.”


14 December 2011

Zebra Mussels Expand Housatonic River Territory

”The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) confirmed Dec. 1 that zebra mussels have been found in Lake Housatonic, a small part of which is in Monroe. The adult zebra mussels were found by divers working for Biodrawversity LLC, the consulting firm hired by DEEP to survey for zebra mussels in the Housatonic River system and other nearby high-calcium content waters.”


13 December 2011

East Haven Boat Taken Back to Dock

”Once on scene, the Coast Guard rescue crew observed that the 24-foot sailing vessel’s electrical system was not operating properly, the radio was inoperable and the bilge pumps were not functioning. The mariner was able to call for help on his cell phone. Weather conditions on scene were reported as 4- to 6-foot waves with wind at 15 to 30 knots and poor visibility.”


Dog Shoots Duck Hunter in Buttocks

”… the man was hit from about 10 feet away with 27 pellets of birdshot. He says the man wasn't seriously injured, in part because he was wearing waders….”


12 December 2011

Striped Bass: ASMFC Says Everything’s Wonderful

”According to the ASMFC, recreational landings have ranged from a low of under 750,000 pounds in 1989 to a high of 30.5 million pounds in 2006, along the Atlantic coast. In 2010, recreational anglers landed over 22.9 million pounds (1.99 million fish).

”This represents a 24 percent decline by weight and a 26 percent decline by number from the high in 2006, the report said.

”Changes in landings have varied by state, with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey showing an increase in number of fish landed and the remaining states showing a 45 percent decrease on average.”

Martha’s Vineyard Times

11 December 2011

Changing Fish Diet Killing Baby Birds in Gulf of Maine

”’The birds are a barometer of what’s going on in the Gulf [of Maine]. Something isn’t working,’ he said.

”What that something is is difficult to pinpoint. Benedict is hedging his bets on either climate change or overfishing of herring. Herring need a certain temperature water to live in, he said, and if they need to dive into deeper waters to get that chilly temperature, the shallow-diving terns would not be able to reach them. As for fishing, he said trawling ships can break up schools of herring, dispersing them, also making it more difficult for terns to hunt.”


10 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"The waters of the Housatonic River may be cooling off as winter nears, but striper fishing above the Sikorsky Memorial Bridge should keep things warm up top for some time."


Feds Publish National Aquaculture Policies

”The domestic aquaculture industry (both freshwater and marine) currently supplies about five percent of the seafood consumed in the U.S. The cultivation of shellfish, such as oysters, clams, and mussels, composes about two-thirds of U.S. marine aquaculture production. Salmon and shrimp aquaculture contribute about 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Current production takes place mainly on land, in ponds, and in states’ coastal waters.”


09 December 2011

Guilford Boat Boarded…Taken Back to Dock

”While conducting a joint agency operation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), a boarding team comprised of Coast Guard and DEEP personnel noted three violations: the 40-foot fishing vessel was missing a fire extinguisher, had no day shapes and no sound-producing device.”

Coast Guard News

08 December 2011

Retired Lobsterman Learns to Read…Writes Book About Fishing Life

”When retired Stonington lobsterman Jim Henry was 91 he decided it was time he taught himself how to read and write.

“And now seven years later, at the age of 98, Henry is a published author.

“Henry recently signed copies of his just-released book, In a Fisherman's Language, at Academy Point, the senior housing project where he lives.”


07 December 2011

Fishing Isn’t All Luck, but…

”A few minutes later, Chris called out that he had a fish on. The boy fought the fish for less than a minute before it broke off, and when he retrieved his line, he determined he was bitten off by a bluefish. His father cut off the remainder of the leader and tied on one of his homemade wire leaders. Chris baited up and made another cast. Not five minutes later, the youngster set up again, and this time he battles the fish to the finish and finally works it up onto the shore. His father assists him in the landing, and in the unhooking process, he detects another leader in the bluefish’s mouth, the same one that Chris had lost a few minutes before.

Charley Soares in HeraldNews.com

06 December 2011

Fly Fishing Fairfield County

”It’s also grown out of my experience on these local rivers. The number of times I’ve come off the Norwalk River in Wilton Center and people have asked me, ‘what are you fishing for?’ When I tell them wild trout I get this incredulous look.”


05 December 2011

Deadliest Catch Is In New England, Not Alaska

”National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health figures reveal that from 2000 to 2009, New England's fishery for sole, flounder, monkfish, pollock, haddock and cod takes far more lives. Our region's 26 fatalities are more than twice the total for crab fishing.”


04 December 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column

"herewith we offer the Fishing Column's 2011 Guide to Gifts That Fishermen Might (No Guarantee) Actually Use.

"We asked area bait and tackle shop owners to suggest gifts for anglers in two price ranges: under $25 and "the sky's-the-limit dream gift."


Fishermen Have Been Around for A While...At Least 42,000 Years

”Mankind has always liked to fish and now there's evidence the hunting skill goes back 42,000 years in Asia… The site that we studied featured more than 38,000 fish bones from 2,843 individual fish dating back 42,000 years…


03 December 2011

The Big One Got Away...Taken By the Feds!

”’We didn’t try to hide anything,’ Rafael told The Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, a famous whaling era port 50 miles south of Boston. ‘We did everything by the book. Nobody ever told me we couldn’t catch it with a net.’

“A fish that big is hugely valuable, prized by sushi-lovers for its tender red meat. A 754­-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000.”

Salt Lake Tribune

02 December 2011

Bass Pro Charged with Discrimination by EEOC

”The EEOC has sued Bass Pro Outdoor World for employment discrimination claiming that it did not hire people because of their race (African-American or black) or national origin (Hispanic or Latino).”

Note: Being charged and being found guilty are two different things.


01 December 2011

New England Seal Deaths to Be Studied

”NOAA announced today that the high number of seal deaths that have occurred along the New England coast since September has been declared an 'Unusual Mortality Event.' This will enable the agency to direct additional resources to further investigate the cause of these seal deaths.”

30 November 2011

Cape Cod Recreational Fishermen to Reduce Catch

”The Cape Cod Salties is a fishing club made up of more than 300 members. As responsible fishermen who love our sport, we are concerned about the sustainability of the striped bass population….

”To that end, the Salties recently voted unanimously to encourage all members to practice catch and release or, at minimum, reduce fish catch from two fish per day, currently allowed by law, to one fish per day.”


29 November 2011

Surfcaster Shop on Sniffens Lane in Stratford

”Growing up in the Lordship section of Stratford, Wells has spent more hours fishing the waters off Russian Beach and the Stratford lighthouse than he cares to remember. It all started in the late 1950s when his father rented a house one lot away from the Stratford lighthouse."

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

28 November 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 25 NOV

Both Charlie W. and Val S. joined me on Shoo-Fly for the last trip of the season...last in Connecticut, that is. I had to get her prepped for shipping to the FL Keys as the truck will arrive to take her south this coming week.

I forgot the camera on Friday, so have only this one shot that Val grabbed of the last striper of the season. Not a big fish, but pretty...as most striped bass are.

So we're looking forward to the Keys and promise to publish lots of photos from there...God willing an' the crick don't rise.

25 November 2011

Fellow Describes Why We Do Shallow-Water Fishing

”When Babe suggested we go deep sea fishing I should have given it more thought before agreeing. Such as: No. For one thing, I didn’t think about what time I’d have to get up in the morning for such a venture. And for another, we don’t have enough freezer space to store $80 worth of fish—which is what we hoped for after paying the captain that amount to take us out. And there’s the fact that I don’t know how to fish, nor do I particularly like to handle them.

”What the hell was I thinking? Oh, I remember… how nice it will be to drift on the ocean in the sunshine with my thermos of gin and tonic and catch a nice, fat tuna. Ahi…

”Yeah, that’s it. Below is the condensed version of how the whole episode played out in my head:”


24 November 2011

Seafood Mislabeling: What’s On Your Plate May Be What They Told You

"Scrod is a term that used to mean any small white-fleshed fish caught off the coast of New England…. Nowadays there's a sort of a legend that if the word scrod is spelled with an "h"--that is s-c-h-r-o-d--that means it's haddock, if it doesn't have an "h" then it's cod. And who's going to tell the difference?"

Shoo-Fly: I know a fellow who is involved with the Boston fish markets. He says that scrod is left-over white fish, that is, cod, haddock, pollock, etc. that has not been sold by the end of the market day. Nothing wrong with it...it's just that there's no such thing as a "scrod" swimming around out there.

23 November 2011

Connecticut Lobstermen Seek Other Work

”’We're losing a heritage,’ said Crismale, 61, the leader of the Connecticut Commercial Lobstermen's Association. Some argued last year that the species was rebounding, and fishermen fought back a proposal for a five-year ban on lobster fishing....”

22 November 2011

Salt Marsh Losses on the Rise

”According to a new national report, our nation is losing salt marshes three times faster than previously reported in 2006. The vast majority of this loss is due to relative sea level rise and the effects of coastal storms, highlighting the vulnerability of these valuable habitats.

“For the lower 48 states as a whole, the overall trend in wetlands was a loss of about 62,300 acres between 2004 and 2009. Wetland restoration and creation increased by 17 percent since last reported, but at the same time wetland loss increased by 140 percent, resulting in a net loss. The reasons for this are complex and potentially reflect economic conditions, land use trends, changing wetland regulations and enforcement measures and climatic changes.

”With wetland losses outpacing gains by such a wide margin it is clear that wetland restoration alone cannot safeguard our nation's wetland heritage; we also need to reduce losses by increasing protection of our wetlands.”

To learn more, read the news release or the full report — Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 2004-2009


21 November 2011

Avco Plant on Housatonic Could Become A Resort

”The federal government put Stratford's Army engine plant on the auction block Friday for the third time this year.

“Milford-based real estate developer Bob Hartmann said he's the only bidder.

“Hartmann, 63, of Hartmann Development, is touting a $1 billion plan to develop the former Army engine plant into a resort destination.”


Man Overboard Near Moriches

”...a Good Samaritan reported a capsized vessel with one person in the water….

”The man was not wearing a life jacket.”


20 November 2011

Commercial Fishing Trip Ends Early

”The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island boarded the 31-foot fishing vessel No Frills, finding numerous safety violations. Infractions included no fire extinguishers and no distress signals on board.

“The fishing vessel was escorted by cutter Jefferson Island to a safe harbor….”

Note: All gasoline powered boats, except outboards, less than 26 feet and of open construction must carry one B-I, U. S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher. All gasoline powered boats 26 feet to less than 40 feet must carry two B-I or one B-II U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers. Boats 40 feet to less than 65 feet must carry three B-I or one B-II and 1 B-I U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.

19 November 2011

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

STRIPED BASS fishing for schoolies has picked up throughout LIS especially on the shoal and rip areas around river mouths. Most fish being caught are about 22 to 28 inches in length. As water temperatures decline further, school stripers will be moving into coastal tidal rivers in big numbers for overwintering. As of now, live lining pencil sized eels or creeker mummichogs on slider fish finder rigs are the way to go. Just remember to use circle hooks to avoid gut hooking.

BLUEFISH fishing is just about over although there are some stragglers still around. Fishing warm water discharge areas from power plants is worth trying for both blues and stripers.

SCUP fishing is also dwindling quickly as water temps fall.

TAUTOG fishing season has slowed down on the major reefs. You may be better off trying less popular obscure fishing spots that have not been picked over.

HICKORY SHAD can be found in the lower Black Hall and Connecticut Rivers. Small silver spoons, shad darts, willow leafs and jigs work well on these acrobatic “Tarpons of the North”. Regulations reminders:

SCUP - The scup fishing season continues through to the end of the year. The daily creel and length limit remains the same (10 fish per angler and 10 ½ inches). Note that the party/charter boat creel limit is now 10 fish per day (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).

BLACK SEA BASS – The black sea bass fishing season also will remain open for the rest of the year.


Fishing Report: NYC Area

"We are nearing the deadline for saltwater anglers to bring home some fish for special Thanksgiving feasting. As a matter of fact it may only be another couple of weeks before water temps slide below the magic 50-degree mark when fish start migrating away in earnest."


Reintroducing Striped Bass...to the Mississippi River!

"A small striped bass has a big job in the Pascagoula River: to go forth and multiply. Scientists with USM's Gulf Coast Research Lab, along with the DMR, have been working to release once plentiful striped bass back into its native Mississippi waters.

"This fish was here. It was an indigenous species up until the early '50s and then it went away. We're trying to get them back. We'd like to have them back...." [WLOX.com]

17 November 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"With water temperatures in Long Island Sound falling into the temperature range (low-to-mid 50s) when bluefish start thinking about taking Jet Blue for the tropics, anglers start thinking about striped bass, a fish with more taste for chilly waters. Meanwhile, there are still enough porgies and blackfish around to make trips targeting either species worthwhile."


16 November 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 15 NOV

Not many boats left in the marina to keep Shoo-Fly company.

An overcast day...not much of a day for taking photos...and it was chilly out on the water. I had on an insulated undershirt, a flannel shirt, an insulated vest, and a windbreaker...and was just comfortable.

Charlie W. and I fished hard for four hours, mid-day, figuring the water would be warmer and the cloudy skies would keep the fish in shallow.

We landed 24 schoolie stripers.

Not a bragging-size fish in the lot...but they appeared all to be fat and healthy.

Our boating season is winding down. Soon we have to prepare Shoo-Fly for her trip to the Florida Keys.

Keep yer hooks sharp!

Coast Guard Finds Hidden Compartment on New Bedford Scallop Boat

”’Installing a hidden compartment on any vessel is a violation of U.S. law,’ stated Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander, 1st Coast Guard District. ‘Hidden compartments have a history going back to the days of prohibition; probably before. Fishing, recreational, and other commercial vessels have been used to smuggle booze, drugs, illegal migrants and other prohibited goods….’”

15 November 2011

A Really Interesting Article About Menhaden

”Eventually, after the Civil War, when menhaden were used to make oil for industry in addition to their uses in farming, the drop in the menhaden population became so catastrophic that commercial fisherman rioted in Maine, burning down a "menhaden reduction" factory in 1870.

"The Maine legislature outlawed the menhaden reduction industry in 1879, but it was too late for their state, as menhaden have never returned to Maine waters in the numbers they were found in before.

"(The 'reduction' industry is named for its role in reducing menhaden to commodities -- oil, solids and meal -- not for reducing the population of fish in the sea... although it does both rather effectively.)”


”During its meeting last week, the ASMFC agreed with its scientific advisors and set more conservative fishing standards to help menhaden stocks recover. The fishery, the largest on the East Coast by weight, has exceeded the designated "safe fishing target" every year since 1960. As a result, the population is at less than 10 percent of historic levels.”

Fly: The “Backwoods Baitfish”

”Next time you find yourself in a quandary about what baitfish pattern to use, tie up a couple of these.... Wrap a thread base directly above the hook point. For the foul guard, cut a short piece of 40-pound mono and tie in one end at the base of the hook. Fold the other end of the mono over to form a loop, and wrap until secured....”


14 November 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column

”There was some good news and some bad news for recreational anglers over the past week. Here is a roundup of some of that news starting with the good -- not great -- news of an up to 37 percent cut in the allowable menhaden catch…. The shortage of bunker, one of the striped bass' most important forage foods, made for a generally poor bass fishery this year.”


13 November 2011

Protecting Striped Bass

Note: This report is from 2011; for the latest information, please go to:

”Striped bass is the Holy Grail of serious saltwater anglers in Connecticut, so it's not surprising that many of those fishermen were incensed this month when conservation police arrested two men in Stonington and charged each with taking four more fish than allowed.

“The daily creel limit, or take, is two fish per angler, and the twosome came ashore with a dozen striped bass, according to Col. Kyle Overturf, of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's conservation police.”

12 November 2011

Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

"Pursuit of blackfish seems to be Sound idea in Western Long Island...a hearty 11-pounder caught Tuesday...."


Another Look at the Bunker Situation

”By weight, menhaden are caught more than any other fish on the East Coast. Safe fishing targets for menhaden have been exceeded every year but one since 1955, with no corrective management action. The population is now less than 10 percent of its historic level.

”As the menhaden population suffers, so do the coastal economies in more than a dozen states, where thousands of commercial and recreational fishing businesses rely on the predatory fish that depend on menhaden as a staple.”


”During its meeting last week, the ASMFC agreed with its scientific advisors and set more conservative fishing standards to help menhaden stocks recover. The fishery, the largest on the East Coast by weight, has exceeded the designated "safe fishing target" every year since 1960. As a result, the population is at less than 10 percent of historic levels.”

11 November 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Don't stow that gear for the winter quite yet. With saltwater fishing tapering off (except for the shocking arrival of bunker in Bridgeport Harbor followed by some large stripers feeding on them), this may be the week to get out and chase some trout or another freshwater species that is intent on fattening themselves for the coming cold.

"Fall is the best time to fish for trout. The fish are active all through the day but especially in the late afternoon when they move into the deep pools to feed."


New London Area Fishing Report

"Our spring-like weather brought out lots of fishermen this week, including yesterday when many anglers in small boats without radar waited for the fog to lift so they could get out after blackfish and the last of our striped bass."

Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Thames River Area Fishing Report

"The recent snowstorm and the resulting runoff clouded the waters of area rivers and Long Island Sound, slowing activity levels of fish and fishermen. Local anglers are catching mid-sized to small bluefish averaging 3-6 pounds...."

Bob Sampson in NorwichTimes.com

New York Post Says "Last Call for Saltwater Fishing"

"Those long afternoon shadows tell us that time is short if you want to get in your last licks at saltwater fishing. Reports, especially from local party boats have been good for stripers, blackfish and sea bass."


10 November 2011

Finally, Some Action Taken to Protect the Bunker

”During its meeting today, the ASMFC agreed with its scientific advisors and set more conservative fishing standards to help menhaden stocks recover. The fishery, the largest on the East Coast by weight, has exceeded the designated "safe fishing target" every year since 1960. As a result, the population is at less than 10 percent of historic levels.”

NOAA Award Will Aid Long Island Communities and New York’s Shellfish Industry Threatened By Toxic Algal Blooms

”NOAA has awarded $125,614 for the first year of an anticipated $591,082, three-year project to New York scientists researching new methods of monitoring and predicting Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) caused by the toxic algae Alexandrium and Dinophysis.

”Eating shellfish tainted with toxins from these marine algae species can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) in humans.”

ASMFC Shelves Reduction of Striped Bass Harvest in Chesapeake Bay

”’I think it was appropriate,’ said Ed O'Brien, an official with the Maryland Charter Boat Association and the National Association of Charterboat Operators. ‘It puts pressure on the states to look at their own management to make sure they're doing all they can to protect the fish.’

”But supporters of the measure warned that the vote just delays the inevitable.

"’We will wake up in two years — after the next stock assessment — and find out that things are much worse than they were, and that the needed cuts will be much bigger,’ said Bradford Burns, founder of Stripers Forever, a non-profit conservation group.”

09 November 2011

October Was Warmer than Average, But…

”An early season storm brought heavy snow accumulations to the Northeast on October 29-31. Several locations broke October snowfall records, including New York City’s Central Park, where 2.9 inches of snow accumulated.

"The highest snowfall amounts were further inland, with more than 30 inches accumulating in western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The heavy, wet snow falling on the autumn foliage, combined with strong winds, caused havoc across the region.

"The storm received a preliminary rank of Category 1 on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS), which takes into account snowfall accumulation in populated areas, making it the only ranking storm to occur during October on record.”

”Decline in Three Key Fish Species….”

”Three species of once ubiquitous little fish that support the rest of the North Atlantic marine ecosystem are being seriously overfished either deliberately or as bycatch, prompting recent calls from a variety of interest groups for fisheries regulators to take action to prevent their collapse….

“Atlantic menhaden, along with alewife and blueback herring….”

08 November 2011

07 November 2011

Are River Herring Endangered Species?

NOAA Seeks Information on River Herring for Review on Whether Listing Under Endangered Species Act is Warranted; Information due Jan. 3

NOAA has determined that a petition to list alewife and blueback herring, collectively referred to as river herring, under the Endangered Species Act presents enough scientific and commercial information to merit further review. As a result, the agency will conduct a formal review of river herring population status and trends.

NOAA will work with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to utilize information in their ongoing stock assessment for river herring. NOAA will also consider information contained in the petition, published literature and other information about the historic and current range of river herring, their physical and biological habitat requirements, population status and trends, and threats.

To ensure that the review is comprehensive, NOAA is soliciting information pertaining to river herring from any interested party. Information must be received by January 3, 2012.
Federal Register

Fairfield County Trout Fishermen May Be Interested...

”Described on the cover as "a comprehensive guide to all the rivers and streams in your own backyard," the 200-page book takes a detailed look at the 20 Fairfield County trout streams and rivers listed in the 2011 Connecticut Angler's Guide.
Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

06 November 2011

Fishing Solo

”Another consideration of fishing alone is the fear factor. If you are nervous about being out on the river, bay or ocean alone it probably has a lot less to do with fear and much more to do with caution. I would much rather fish and hunt with a careful individual than an experienced yet reckless skipper. There is also a world of difference between fear and respect, and I approach all such solo ventures with the utmost caution. I have no desire to test my capabilities or to prove my manhood. The only people I have to answer to are my family, and, although they are not overly enthusiastic about my solo excursions, they understand my need for them.
Charley Soares in TheHeraldNews.com

05 November 2011

NYC Area Fishing Report

”We are in the midst of Big “B” season: blackfish, bluefish, black sea bass and striped bass. For the full saltwater scene, add cod and porgies. And as the water continues to cool, fall fishing will continue to get bigger and better. That goes for boats in Long Island Sound and out of South Shore marinas.”

New London Area Fishing Report...Connecticut State Record Blackfish Caught

”… weighed in the monster, a 23.55 pound giant tautog caught by 83-year-old Ken Owen of Fairfield in 23 feet of water on the south side of Two Tree Channel. They also weighed in a 14.6 pound black, this on top of the recent 18-pounder caught from shore at Jordan Cove.

”School stripers are along the beaches on some days, best early or late in the day from the mouth of the Thames to Hatchett's Point, hitting small swimmers and poppers. After dark there is always a chance at a larger bass this time of year for people that bundle up and keep at the long hours, possibly getting only a hit or so per trip but that might be the biggest surf fish of the season.”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

04 November 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

”Just how cold the water has to be before the blues pack up and head south is a highly subjective point with anglers, but few would disagree that it happens somewhere between 57 and 52 degrees, so current conditions should keep the choppers….”

Significant Ozone Hole Remains Over Antarctica

”The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on September 12, stretching 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on October 9 when total ozone readings dropped to 102 Dobson units, tied for the 10th lowest in the 26-year record.”

03 November 2011

Bluefish Begin their Migration South as Water Cools

”…no fisherman can dispute that bluefish are fighting machines, and pound-for-pound can match the scrap of just about anything that swims. Despite the strong flavor and bad habits, on the right tackle, bluefish of any size are always fun to catch.”

02 November 2011

Salmon Anemia Hits West Coast Fishery

” This past week, the disease Infectious Salmon Anemia (or ISA) was first discovered in wild salmon off the coast of British Columbia.This was something people in the anti-farmed salmon camp have been anticipating, perhaps even greeting the news as validation. In the last decade ISA mutated from its benign wild state in densely-packed populations of farmed salmon until it finally became a virulent epidemic.

"The disease has done serious damage to the European farmed salmon industry; the Chilean salmon industry was leveled and is only now starting to hobble back to life. Until now, though, ISA had not reached the heartland of the world’s last truly robust wild salmon populations. British Columbia and Alaska are home to wild runs of hundreds of millions fish a year and contribute billions of dollars to the region’s economy. Should ISA make the jump from the farm to the wild in those parts we will be facing a serious economic as well as a potential ecological catastrophe.”

01 November 2011

Removing Marine Debris from the Sound

”Restoration of the Long Island Sound marine habitat took a major step forward today with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's announcement of two grant awards to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County (CCE) to identify and remove more than 118 metric tons (260,000 lbs.) of marine debris, including abandoned lobster pots, from the Sound.

"Through these awards, provided by the Fishing for Energy Fund and Long Island Sound Futures Fund, CCE will employ up to 45 local lobstermen to identify and remove derelict fishing gear, reclaiming more than 40,000 acres of the sea floor of the Long Island Sound.”

31 October 2011

Oysterfish, Blackfish, Tog, Tautog…

”And blackfish do grow large. The current rod and reel record is a 25 pounder caught off Ocean City, N.J., in 1998. Blackfish up to 10 pounds are fairly common especially off Montauk and the North Fork, but most fish you will catch range from 3-6 pounds."

30 October 2011

O’Sullivan’s Island Goes Educational

” Did you know that three different types of Herring fish use the lower Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers for mating grounds? That’s one of several facts that walkers along Derby’s Greenway trail will now be exposed to — after two large informational signs were installed along the walkway this week.”

29 October 2011

Connecticut DEEP's "Sound Outlook"

"This special issue of Sound Outlook focuses on Tropical Storm Irene and the coastal hazards associated with this and other major storm events. The issue will highlight the vital role the Connecticut Coastal Management and Flood Management Programs play in hazard planning and storm response, explore the damage that occurred to Hammonasset Beach State Park during the storm, investigate the implications of storm-related flooding on water quality and infrastructure, and identify several tools that coastal residents and municipalities can use to prepare for future coastal hazards."
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Stripers on the Cape Year-Round

” Striper fishing is a year-round deal on Cape Cod now. Guys catch them in the inlets when there's a foot of snow on the ground. Seasons end. But fishing goes on, with the moon and the tides, eternal.”

28 October 2011

Fishing Report: New London Area

"It's the old, familiar refrain for this time of season: in between windy, rainy weather, we have some good fishing for those with boats still at the ready. Black fishing is fair to good along most of the inshore coast along with the last of the bass and blues plus the opportunity to run over to Montauk, where - as of Wednesday - the casting for school bass was excellent."
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Five minutes later, Mike lifts a sleek 24-inch striper from the water. 'Nice,' he says, displaying the fish with evident pride. After removing the barbless hook from the bass' jaws, Mike lowers it into the water, gently releasing his grasp. With a swish of its tail, the fish disappears into he shallows."

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

"For most area anglers, the Thames River is the best game in town for both bluefish and striped bass."

Fishing Report: Long Island

“It measured 47 to 48 inches according to the marks on my rod, but it didn’t look like a 50-pound fish. The 48.35 I’d caught was really wide. This one didn’t look that wide, but if you’ve never seen this before, a really large bass, when he came in, the top of his head and back — that submarine gray, a beautiful specimen. I leaned toward letting him go, a beauty. I put him back in the water and he took off."

Fishing Report: NYC Area

"There is one thing about salt water fishing -- when one door starts to close another one starts to open."

Lefty Q & A

”Not long ago, I was fishing for bonefish with a friend. He can throw a 90-foot cast with a nice loop on a calm day; however, a brisk side wind prevented him from presenting the fly properly. The wind blew the fly way off course. Do you have any tips for a scenario such as this?"
New Issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

27 October 2011

Stripers Have Returned to Capistrano...er...Stratford

Word comes from Charlie W. that stripers have finally reached local shores on their migration south. Shoo-Fly has been off the water for several days attending to critical family matters, however, we hope to have a first-hand report on the striped bass's return by next week.

Equipping Your Kayak…Down Under

”To get the fish aboard with the minimum of fuss. I use the gaff for the bigger fish I intend to keep, and one of the new generation of silicon rubber-mesh nets for those I intend to release (the rubber material stops hooks from getting stuck in the mesh). I’ve tried fish ‘grippers’, and while they are very effective at controlling the fish, I find they can sometimes be a liability if fishing in rough conditions close to the backwash.”

26 October 2011

Three Rescued from Long Island Sound by Helicopter

”As choppy waters rose around them, three Queens residents stranded on a rock in Long Island Sound were rescued Wednesday afternoon by the Westchester County Police Aviation Unit and marine units from the Rye and Greenwich, Conn….”

25 October 2011

RI Teen Lands 52-lb. Striped Bass—With a Speargun

“’I think it’s a lot more humane than fishing with a rod and a reel,’ Hunter said. ‘If you don’t get what you want, you just throw (the fish) back in the water and it probably dies on the bottom somewhere. In speargun fishing, you work hard and you pick the one you want.’”

24 October 2011

NOAA: September Was a Warm One

”During September, a persistent upper-level weather pattern brought above-average temperatures to the western third of the country, below-average temperatures to the central United States, and above-normal temperatures to the Northeast.”

23 October 2011

Recipe: Striped Bass Poached in Spicy Soy

”I love using this method with striped bass, which has the added bonus of being a local fish, but you can use any firm white fillets or steaks. It's also a great way to cook mackerel or bluefish, other locals. As the fish cooks, the soy sauce turns it a...”

22 October 2011

Fishing Report: New London Area

”In between bouts of very strong winds, there were fishing opportunities both off our shores and over at Montauk. Included in the catches were a very large blackfish and some great action using light tackle for schoolie bass and false albacore in the rips on the east end of Long Island.”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Fall Run: Still Ahead? On Now? All Over?

”…this year's fall finale of bass has created...tension among anglers. Will the run continue to build around the Island or are we on the downside of the season for fly- and light-tackle anglers? The jury is out and opinions are split as to where we are in the fall fishing cycle. Some feel we are being prepped for an extended season as fish continue to slide down through our area from New England. Other opinions would suggest the best has already happened and we are now on the downside of the annual migration south.”

Fall Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Stocking in Naugatuck River Begins

”The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Inland Fisheries Division will be stocking approximately 400 broodstock Atlantic salmon into the Naugatuck River, Mount Tom Pond, the Shetucket River and Crystal Lake in Ellington.”

Record Striped Bass Certified...but Plight of Stripers Should Not Be Overlooked

”Myerson told the Hartford Courant that he was 'happy to get the record for Connecticut. This is huge for the state.' But while we are cheering for Myerson, let's not overlook the irony that his world-record bass was caught this year, arguably the worst of several successive years of very poor recreational striped bass fishing."”
Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Connecticut’s Oystermen Need Help

GROTON, Conn. (AP) – “The damaged docks and scattered oysters left after Tropical Storm Irene tore through Long Island Sound this summer reveal only some of the problems Connecticut oystermen face in trying to rebuild their industry along the Mystic River.”
Associated Press

21 October 2011

Striped Bass Juveniles Abundant in Chesapeake

”After several years of discouraging results, Maryland fisheries officials say the number of juvenile striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay this summer was the fourth highest in the 58-year history of their annual census.”

20 October 2011

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

"Marine fishing overall is good. Most anglers are hanging around area reefs, using green crab for bait and catching blackfish. Charter boat anglers and those who like more active fishing are cruising the reefs, Fishers Island and The Race or chasing birds to catch the stripers and bluefish feeding voraciously on any bait in the region."

19 October 2011

Record Striped Bass Certified by IGFA

”Jack Vitek, world-record coordinator, met with IGFA president Rob Kramer and conservation director Jason Schratwieser early Wednesday to go over the details one more time, and then authorized the record. Vitek said the IGFA recently requested what he called testimonials from Myerson and the weighmaster that certified the catch….”

18 October 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 OCT

Don G.

Capt. Skip

Charlie W.

Weather's coming in.

You Could Have Owned Your Own Island

"NEW YORK—As far as private islands go, New York City's Rat Island isn't exactly luxurious. It's really just a pile of rocks that once housed quarantined typhoid patients.

"But the island sold at auction Sunday for $160,000. Real estate agent Ozzie Crisalli says he doesn't know what the buyer has planned for it.

"Rat Island is located off City Island in the Bronx. It boasts 360-degree views of the water and measures about 2 1/2 acres -- during low tide."

16 October 2011

Top Surfcasting Areas

”Clad in chest waders, full wet suits, or, in some macho cases, just a bathing suit and a windbreaker jacket, these weather-be-damned fishermen feel the approaching cold weather in their bones. They also know that the fish out there in the boiling suds feel the coming cold and are voraciously feeding to fatten up for the coming migration to warmer waters. “Here are my choices for the top surf-casting locations I have visited on the Eastern Seaboard:”
Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

15 October 2011

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

BLUEFISH fishing remains excellent. There are “Gator-sized Blues” to 16 pounds being reported every day. The usual fishing spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Pigeon Rip (area north of Plum Island), Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Charles Island area to Milford Point, Buoy 20 off Stratford, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and the reefs off Stamford. Please note: there are schools of adult Bunker in the western sound.
STRIPED BASS fishing continues to improve on the local reefs and tidal rips as water temperatures cool. Many large “Cow Bass” up to 57 pounds have been weighed in while fishing the “Hunters Moon”. Live lining eels, hickory shad, bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup is the ticket for those trophy-sized monster bass. Please use circle hooks when fishing with live bait. Circle hooks reduce “gut hooking” and most of the time the hook lodges just in the corner of the fish’s mouth for an easy release and years of great fishing.
SCUP fishing is also excellent for these “Reef Slammers” on any local reef and or rock pile throughout Long Island Sound. The time to go is now! Fish in excess of 18 inches in length and three pounds have been caught. A great fish to introduce children to some exciting”Deep Sea” fishing and family fun! Squid, sand worms, conch and small crabs are the bait of choice.
TAUTOG fishing season is now open. Green crabs, hermit crabs, and Asian shore crabs are preferred baits for hooking these hard fighting “Reef Bullies”. Any rock pile/gnarly hard bottom or wreck is perfect tog habitat. Smaller rock piles or structure in shallow water (10-15 feet) produce larger-sized fish early in the fall fishing season. One must be willing to move from reef to reef and be patient while fishing for these wonderful fish. Please be considerate of other anglers and their boats…so everyone can enjoy this great fishery resource.
LITTLE TUNNY fishing has been awesome for ”Albies”, or “Hard Tails”, as they feed heavily on Atlantic silversides before migrating south. Fishing spots include Montauk Point, Bluff Point, Pine Island area, the Race (Race Rock to Little Gull Island), Bartlett Reef, Millstone Point, Black Point area, and the Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area.
BLUE CRAB continues to be good in the lower Connecticut River, especially for “Jimmies” up to 8 inches spike to spike. Try the DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme for some fun in the sun and good crab fishing.

Regulations reminders:
SCUP - The scup fishing season has been extended through to the end of the year. The daily creel and length limit remains the same (10 fish per angler and 10 ½ inches). Note that the party/charter boat creel limit is now 10 fish per day (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).
BLACK SEA BASS – The black sea bass season is now closed (will re-open November1st).

Fishing Report: NYC Area

"Blackfish have joined porgies, bluefish and striped bass on the autumn's angling agenda."

Fishing Report: Long Island

"While the striped bass, bluefish and porgies have been receptive to this warm October, blackfish (tog) have looked for cooler locations, causing fishing predictors to conclude that togging can only get better as the water cools."

Coasties Grab Illegal Drift-Netter…2,600 Miles Out to Sea…with Rats

The Bangun Perkasa’s crew reportedly abandoned their fishing nets and attempted to leave the area once they spotted the helicopter flying above them. The vessel was determined to be operating without valid flag state registration, and seized as a stateless vessel for violations of U.S. law. A Munro boarding team determined the vessel had more than 10 miles of drift net, 30 tons of squid and approximately 30 shark carcasses aboard. They retrieved the abandoned net and began the lengthy escort toward Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

During the transit, the Coast Guard boarding team discovered rats aboard. The Coast Guard understands the serious ramifications that may occur if an invasive species is introduced to the local ecosystem; therefore, the Coast Guard is working closely with state, local, tribal, and agency partners to ensure all precautions and procedures are being followed to mitigate the rat infestation aboard the Bangun Perkasa before it will be allowed into port.

14 October 2011

Fishing Report: New London Area

"Once the wind goes down, it might be a good time to head over to Montauk for some great casting for striped bass and false albacore. And, if that's not your passion, we have some good black fishing developing from Stonington to the west, those spots with range of smaller boats."
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"When winds blow east the fishing is least, the saying goes, and this week was no exception. While the winds were slightly below gale force, they were strong enough to build 3- and 4-foot swells that smacked boats around and made trips into the Sound's open waters in anything but a tugboat a real adventure. With any luck those evil easterlies will be gone after the rains that ended the week and fishing will make a strong comeback."

Making Fishing Plugs on Martha’s Vineyard

”The lures Coast Guard Machinery Technician First Class Scott Maccaferri builds in what little spare time he has combine the elements of his life: fishing, the ocean, and manual skill.

Scott follows in the tradition of 19th century Island duck hunters, men who knew how to work with their hands and used available materials to create decoys to hunt ducks. The end result combined form and function.”

13 October 2011

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

”We originally intended to fish the southwest corner of Block Island, a prime area for large striped bass this time of year. A later start forced us to fish the south side of Fishers Island where we landed five school bass and one keeper in the low-30-inch range. The problem was we fished during the worst time of day, 10 a.m. through mid-afternoon….”
Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

Man with Pending Striped Bass Record Boats 3 Stripers Totalling 200 lbs

”…Greg Myerson, he of the pending world-record striper, took Boat Angler of the Year. All Greg did was weigh three fish with a combined weight of 199.98 pounds. Three stripers, nearly 200 pounds ... Yikes!”

Coast Guard Rescues MA Fisherman

The Coast Guard crew transported the fisherman to the Annisquam Yacht Club where they were met EMS who took the man to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.

The man’s father told Coast Guard watchstanders that his son’s core body temperature was in the 80-degree range when he was brought to the hospital, but was up into the 90’s within an hour.

The fisherman reported that his boat capsized and he was in the water for approximately four hours before being rescued. He was not wearing a life jacket or survival suit.

11 October 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 13 SEP

The tale of this day's fishing was winds gusting 20 from the East and high tide pulled up by the full moon.

Resulting in very rough water and few photographs as the photographer had to spend a lot of the time hanging on to the helm.

Also resulted in certain areas being nearly under water.

But we got a few fish in the boat. Water looks flat in some of these pics because we were hiding behind a lighthouse.

Nice fish...no giants, but not bad.

Mare's tails and mackerel scales foretell the weather for the next few days.