30 September 2011

Got a Spare $265k? Own Your Own Island in Long Island Sound!

”"You've got privacy, the view of the Long Island Sound, the tranquility, the sunsets, all that romantic stuff," he said. "You can set your lobster traps right outside your front door."

“The islet, which the city has appraised at $265,000, is zoned residential.”

29 September 2011


”A bluefish has jaws that move back and forth in a shearing motion, which allows a modestly sized individual to cut out chunks of flesh from larger prey. Henry Bigelow and William Schroeder, in Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, noted that the bluefish ‘is perhaps the most ferocious and bloodthirsty fish in the sea, leaving in its wake a trail of dead and mangled mackerel, menhaden, herring, alewives and other species on which it preys.’”

28 September 2011

The Fall Run

”Artie, Andy and Danny saved their vacation for the fall run but Russ was a sheet metal worker without a paid vacation and I was self-employed so we had to earn our “pay” by catching enough stripers to pay our bills and not pilfer any money from the family budget envelopes.

"Some falls were gang busters. We were into bass from the first to last day and the price they were paying for stripers held up, then there were seasons when we scratched for every fish and rather than celebrating our success at the Fo’cs’le with burgers, fries and cold Narrys we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches right out of the jar and quenched our thirst with tap water.”

27 September 2011

Going Fishing? Be Sure to Put On Your Solar-Wind-Plasma Block

"EARLY AUTUMN GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that erupted from NOAA Active Region 1302 on Saturday September 24 in conjunction with an M7 strength solar flare, arrived this morning at 1237 UT (8:37am Eastern Time). It has kicked off moderate (G2) geomagnetic storms for low latitudes, but high latitudes are seeing severe (G4) levels of activity.

"Aurora watchers in Asia and Europe are most favorably positioned for this event, though it may persist long enough for viewers in North America. The bulk of the CME missed the Earth, meaning the storm intensity and duration are less than what they would have been in the case of a direct hit. Region 1302 remains capable of producing more activity and will be in a favorable position for that activity to have impacts on Earth for the next 3-5 days."

Kayaks In Salt Water

”But your rod is not long enough to lead the fish around the boat and because you’ve tightened your drag quite a bit to handle these feisty fish, you hold on and watch in horror as the strength of this bluefish tips you and your kayak over in frigid water.”

26 September 2011

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Not Going As Scheduled

”The Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes 4 broad goals, 12 specific measurable goals with deadlines, and 116 actions to restore the bay by 2025.

“To achieve the broad and measurable goals, federal agencies, often in collaboration with the watershed states and other entities, are responsible for accomplishing the actions. However, not all stakeholders are working toward achieving the Strategy goals. The watershed states are critical partners in the effort to restore the bay, but state officials told GAO that they are not working toward the Strategy goals, in part because they view the Strategy as a federal document.”
U.S. Government Accountability Office

25 September 2011

Charles Walsh’s Column: Lou Tabory on the Menhaden Crisis

”Over the summer this column has highlighted the menhaden crisis several times. Today we are turning the column over to Lou Tabory, one of the country's most expert fishermen, a pioneer of saltwater fly fishing, and a longtime advocate for improved fishery management. A Ridgefield resident, he is the author of four books, hundreds of feature articles in national magazines and an instructor at many fly fishing schools and seminars over the past 40-plus years. Here is Lou's take on the crisis:”

Online Magazine

New issue of Salt Water Sportsman is now ready.

More Invasive Species to Contend With

Connecticut Shellfish Threatened by Invasive Sea Squirt?

”Its diminutive name is deceptive; the sea squirt could cut a swath of destruction along the Connecticut shoreline. Or it might just end up being a run-of-the-mill nuisance.

“In any case, the invasive species is moving westward, and there's not much stopping this small, rather unpleasant-looking sea creature.”

Invasive Asian Shrimp: What’s It All About?

”The Asian shrimp was first found on the U.S. Pacific coast in the 1950s, but not found in Connecticut waters until 2010, when it was spotted in the Mystic River off Mystic Seaport. Since then it has been found widely distributed throughout the Sound....”

24 September 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 21 SEP

The photos tell it all. Click on any photo to enlarge.

Fishing Report: Cape Cod

” Quite a few giant bluefin tuna have been taken inside Cape Cod Bay recently, with one fish allegedly topping the coveted 1,000 pound mark. Enormous bluefish, as well as cow striped bass are coming within reach of the surfcasting crowd. False albies are all over the place on the southside, the tautog fishing should start heating up soon, and there are blue sharks just about everywhere in Cape Cod Bay.”

Bunker Hearings in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Old Lyme

”The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Public Hearings on Atlantic Menhaden management. These hearings have been scheduled to take place in Bridgeport, New Haven and Old Lyme in an effort to provide convenient locations for fishermen to attend.

"The Draft Addendum proposes establishing a new interim fishing mortality threshold and target (based on maximum spawning potential or MSP) with the goal of increasing abundance, spawning stock biomass, and menhaden availability as a forage species.”

Fishing Report: Long Island’s North Fork

”Both Montauk Point and the waters off Orient have been producing striped bass, porgies, bluefish and the occasional false albacore. The reef off Shinnecock has given up recent fluke, sea bass, porgies and some triggerfish. Best of all, there's tons of bait in our locality, always faithfully followed by predators in search of a meal. Even blue-claw crabbers are giving a generous thumbs-up to this year's season. And the 'Fall Run,' is just days away.”

Fishing’s Hot Near Boston

”Big stripers and some monster toothy bluefish sniffed out the pogies in Boston Harbor late this week. At around a pound of oily flesh, a pogy is a mouthful of a meal, and that’s why they consistently attract the biggest of the bass. Snag a few pogies with a weighted treble and live-line them around your favorite striper spot for a shot at your biggest bass of the season.”

Note: Pogy = Bunker = Menhaden

Recipe: Striped Bass In Savoy Cabbage With Bacon-Butter Sauce

4 ounces smoked bacon, cut in to 1/4 inch wide strips
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup clam stock
1 large head savoy cabbage
4 (6 ounce) portions striped bass fillet
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
Fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
8 sprigs fresh chervil, optional

23 September 2011

CTDEEP Extends Porgy Season

”The recreational scup fishery closure scheduled to occur on September 27 (October 12 for Party/Charter vessels) has been suspended. The recreational scup fishery will remain open through the end of 2011.

“For anglers fishing from shore or on private vessels, the minimum size (10 ½") and bag limit (10 fish) remain unchanged during the extended open season.

“For paying passengers fishing from a party or charter vessel (P/C), the current 40 fish bag limit remains in place only through October 11. Thereafter, the bag limit returns to 10 fish. The 11 inch minimum size for P/C fishermen remains unchanged through the rest of the year. “
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Fishing Report: CTDEEP

BLUEFISH fishing remains good to excellent in the Race, Sluiceway, and Plum Gut. Other spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, humps south of Wilderness Point off Fishers Island, 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.

STRIPED BASS fishing has picked up and can be found at the same areas mentioned for bluefish. The only problem is trying to get a hook bait or lure past those toothy critters.

SCUP fishing is prime time for trophy “hub caps”. Clam baits have been working well for those “panfish of the sea”.

Also, BLACK SEA BASS have been an added bonus on the scup grounds. Bucket mouths to about 4 lbs have been reported.

LITTLE TUNNY have been crashing the rips in eastern LIS from the Race (between Race Lighthouse and western Fishers Island) over to Little Gull Island and of course Montauk Point, NY for anglers willing to travel. Other inshore tuna spots include Bartlett Reef over to Black Point.

Fishing Report: Long Island, NYC, etc.

”The East End of Long Island is enjoying phenomenal fishing right now. There are big bass being caught off Montauk and Orient Point and porgies over 4 pounds are in the Peconics, in the Sound along the North Fork and at Montauk, where there is also a nice mix of sea bass.”

Fishing Report: Rhode Island Area

”A large school of striped bass were feeding on skipjacks off India Point Park Thursday morning….

“Schools of menhaden moved into Greenwich Bay this week, attracting bluefish as well as bass up to 44 inches…the action was between Goddard Memorial State Park and Chepiwanoxet Point…. Smaller bass were hitting tube-and-worm rigs off the southern side of Gould Island.”

Fishing Report: New London Area

”Many of our area fishermen were busy chasing the false albacore around while others landed large bass after dark on live eels. Others choose to catch lots of sea bass on the rocks and wrecks off the Rhode Island beaches or the west side of Block Island”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

”…the bluefish have been hitting well for a while and lately some good-sized stripers from keeper-size to the mid-40-inch range have been hitting chunks of bunker and mackerel.”
Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

”If you simply must have some fast and furious action, head east toward Stonington and Watch Hill, R.I., where reports of fantastic runs of false albacore continue to come in. One Westport angler who made the trip emailed that his arms were aching from so many hookups with the powerful tunoids. Flies were taking more albies than plugs.”

Friday's Weather

One of the major Internet weather sites provided this forecast for Friday the 23rd:

Friday: Showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Wind chill values as low as 120 below.

We thought this was a bit pessimistic for September, especially in light of the next article, below, and decided to disregard it.

Earth: 8th Warmest August on Record

”The globe had its eighth warmest August since record keeping began in 1880, while June through August was the seventh warmest such period on record. The Arctic sea ice extent was the second smallest for August on record at 28 percent below average.”

NOAA Fisheries Releases the National Bycatch Report

"NOAA Fisheries released the agency's first comprehensive effort to collect regional data for a nationwide report on bycatch in federal U.S. commercial fisheries. The report provides a baseline for measuring bycatch and establishes a consistent, comprehensive methodology for future studies.

"Now available on the NOAA Fisheries website, the report provides bycatch estimates for 481 species, including marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, and fish. It also presents bycatch estimates for 81 fisheries, which are defined by a combination of area, species, and fishing gear.

"Moving forward, the agency will continue to collect data on bycatch in preparation for the next edition of the national bycatch report scheduled for 2013. Future editions in the report will be used to monitor changes and trends in bycatch, including as a result of new regulations, bycatch reduction devices, changes in fishing patterns, and population fluctuations in both targeted and bycatch species.

21 September 2011

Bunker, Mendhaden, A Fish By Any Other Name….

”Omega Protein, based in Houston, Texas operates a reducing plant in Reedville, Virginia, which is also the base for its fleet of ten ships and eight spotter planes. Menhaden, travelling in huge schools, are located by the planes, then a pair of netting ships deploy purse nets that capture as much as 50,000 pounds of menhaden at a time to be vacuumed into awaiting factory ships.

"Last year, according to ASMFC, Omega Protein's Reedville fleet took an estimated 200,000 tons of menhaden, 80 percent of the catch along the Atlantic, operating largely in Virginia-controlled portions of Chesapeake Bay up to 3 miles offshore and limited portions of North Carolina. The other 20% was harvested for bait, primarily by Maryland, New Jersey and New England watermen.”

20 September 2011


"It's been said before and it's being said again .. Nessie is alive under the waves of Loch Ness.

"Once more the notoriously shy Loch Ness monster has been reportedly sighted in Scotland's deepest loch. This time close to a commercial fish farm."

Zebra Mussels in Western Connecticut

”Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) are small bivalve mollusks native to drainages of the Black and Caspian Seas in Russia and Eastern Europe.

“They were first introduced to the United States during the late 1980s in the ballast of ships passing through the St. Lawrence Seaway, and are now one of the most ecologically significant invasive species in North America.”
Connecticut DEEP

18 September 2011

Next Endangered Species: Commercial Fishermen

”There's no question that the number of jobs available in many fisheries declined in recent years, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this will continue. But unlike other industries in which job loss is driven by economic decline or market contraction, in fisheries, productivity is limited by just one thing: fish. Not enough fish means not enough fishing.

“And anything that causes a decline in jobs is ripe for political pressure to end the slide at any cost, particularly in a down economy. Yet here's the fundamental problem: There's not a single politician in the world—not a president or prime minister or poobah—who can regulate, dictate, or legislate more fish into existence.”

17 September 2011

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

Sometimes the pictures tell the whole story...

[Click on any photo to enlarge]

Bluefish Tourney: More Details

”Mitchell Staschke of Guilford won the top prize of $25,000 with a 15.41-pound blue that he caught off his hometown. Staschke was fishing with his son-in-law Wayne and weighed his fish in at Captain Morgan's.

“Staschke is no stranger to the WICC tournament. He won first prize once before in 2001.

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

BLUEFISH fishing remains good to excellent in the Race, Sluiceway, and Plum Gut. The reefs are coming alive with STRIPERS as the fall migration kicks in.

Fishing locations for both striped bass and bluefish include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, humps south of Wilderness Point off Fishers Island, 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.

After the storm events, SCUP fishing has finally returned to normal on the local reefs and rock piles.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is awesome in Block Island Sound.

LITTLE TUNNY and ATLANTIC BONITO are in eastern LIS from the Race over to Montauk Pt., NY. Other tuna spots closer to home include Niantic Bay over to Millstone Pt.

Regulation Reminders:
The TAUTOG recreational fishing season is closed from September 1st through September 30th inclusive.
SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season is closed.
CTDEEP http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/fishing/weekly_reports/fishreport091511.pdf

Quick Dinner: Mediterranean Striped Bass

”Oil a cast iron (or other overproof pan). Season a striped bass fillet with coarse salt and pepper, and place skin side down in pan.

”Cook for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Turn fish over and place pan in oven that has been pre-heated to 375 degrees. Cook fish an additional 8 minutes (time of course depends on thickness — use your judgment)….
Rest of recipe is at LoHud.com

16 September 2011

Fishing Report: Rhode Island Area

”Large numbers of small bass have been biting clam worms fished off the bottom at Sabin Point…. Many anglers are catching between 15 and 30 fish a night, but keepers are rare…. Schoolies, and occasional keepers, have been biting near Pine Hill and Gould Island….”

Fishing Report: Boston Area

”Trying to imitate the food source as closely as possible, matching its size, color, shape and movement, is usually the best way to draw a strike, except of course, when the fish unanimously decide that it isn’t. That’s when going in the opposite direction — casting a big, splashy pink topwater plug when the bait is clearly small, silvery baitfish — can work wonders. The important thing to remember is that the fish are in charge, and they’ll tell you what they want, never the other way around”

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

”The blues are smashing poppers, stick baits and metal spoons. One factor is the very encouraging influx of bait in area waters, including mullet, butterfish and baby bunker. There are even a few adult menhaden in the harbors.

"If you are still dithering over getting out to chase the blues, maybe the great photos of recent mid-Long Island Sound blitzes on Capt. Skip Persson's blog…ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com will get you off the couch.”

Telling How Old a Fish Is

”DEP marine biologists use several techniques to age different species of fish so their rate of growth and reproduction can be tracked.

“Fish grow faster when the water is warm, but grow slower, or not at all, when it is cold. Various growth periods show up differently on the fish’s scales, bones, or other ‘hard parts.’”
Connecticut DEEP

15 September 2011

Bluefish Tournament Results

”It seems that it might be the second year of a heartbreaker for Anastasios Makropoulous in the Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth as he was edged out late on Sunday by a bigger fish once again.”

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

"It’s getting to be the time of year when sportsmen are deciding whether to hunt squirrels with their .22-caliber rifles and air guns, go after deer with a bow; pound the surf for striped bass and bluefish; or cast area lakes for bass, northern pike, walleyes and, in a couple of weeks when the temperature drops and fall stocking begins, trout."
Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

Fishermen Will Please Refrain… From Flushing…

”It's official: no more releasing raw sewage in all 1,320 square miles of Long Island Sound….

"On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave New York state the authority to designate its half of the estuary as a no-discharge zone, making it illegal for boaters to flush their septic systems into the Sound.

"Connecticut's side of the Sound has been a federally sanctioned no-discharge zone since 2007,”

13 September 2011

Ask Lefty:

”The Clouser Minnow is one of the most versatile patterns around. Are there others you feel are as versatile and effective?”
New issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters now online

Fisheries of the United States - 2010

”NOAA Fisheries released its Fisheries of the U.S. report, an annual snapshot of the landings and value of U.S. fisheries.

“This year it contains some good news - landings were up and the value of those landings was up. U.S. commercial fishermen landed 8.2 billion pounds of seafood valued at $4.5 billion in 2010, an increase of 200 million pounds over 2009 and an increase in value of more than $600 million from 2009.”

12 September 2011

Fishing Report: Rhode Island

”The fish would occasionally take soft plastic lures, but they preferred eels, he said. Some small bluefish were biting, too, but the larger choppers were not around.”

Bluefish Tourney: Last Year’s Winner’s Tips

”’The best way to find fish is to learn how to troll,’ he said. ‘Try to troll in an area where there’s structure. A point, a hard bottom.’

“He says that the fish aren’t always in the ‘classic points that are obvious.

“’Invest some time,’ he said. ‘You start to find areas where they’re biting.’”

11 September 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 SEP

Think maybe some flotsam and jetsam piled up on the Marina dock during the hurricane?

Click on any pic to enlarge.

Nope. According to the definition in Wikipedia, this junk doesn't qualify: "Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo.

"Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore."

This was the first time I was able to get to the boat since the hurricane. Bad weather, no electricity, days behind on publishing requirements, family responsibilities all conspired to keep me away from the water. Until Saturday.

Just had to get on the water...so I put in an emergency call to Charlie W. to see if he could break away for a few hours.

As luck had it, he could.

Northern tarpon?

Nope. Bluefish.

Skimmers "...are the only birds with distinctive uneven bills with the lower mandible longer than the upper. This remarkable adaptation allows them to fish in a unique way, flying low and fast over streams. Their lower mandible skims or slices over the water's surface ready to snap shut any small fish unable to dart clear." Wikipedia

We found scattered bluefish...but nothing that would have won the tournament.

Blue made a fish-shaped hole in the water when it came down from a jump.

"The Great Black-backed Gull...is the largest gull, bigger than a Herring Gull. It is 71–79 cm (28–31 in) long with a 1.5–1.7 m (5–5.7 ft) wingspan and a body weight of 1.3–2.3 kg (2.9–5 lb), though large males regularly exceed this weight. It is bulky, and has a powerful bill.

"The adults have black wings and back, with conspicuous white 'mirrors' at the wing tips. The legs are pinkish, and the bill yellow with a red spot." Wikipedia

Charles Walsh on 9/11…Plus 10

”Right now, hundreds of boats are vying for the $25,000 first prize in a Long Island Sound bluefish tournament sponsored by a Bridgeport radio station. Some of those boats will drop their baited lines in areas where, 10 years ago, a strange column of ugly gray smoke could be seen twisting above the New York City skyline to the west.”

10 September 2011

Fishing Report: NYC Area

”Saltwater anglers found out very quickly that Hurricane Irene did little damage to the good action we enjoyed prior to the storm.”

The Oceans Have an Image Problem

”When we go down to the shore and look out at the waves, do a bit of bodysurfing, maybe watch a blazing orange and pink sunset, then swing by the fish market and pick up a fresh, local, sustainable filet of something white and flaky to bring home and fry up in the pan, we don’t see what’s really taking place beneath the surface.

"We don’t notice the decades of habitat degradation from coastal development and polluted runoff. We don’t see the microscopic organisms struggling to build their shells and skeletons in acidified water that dissolves them almost as quickly as they grow. We can’t comprehend that the populations of fish and marine life we experience today are such a far cry from the teeming ecosystems considered normal by even our parents and grandparents.”

09 September 2011

Fishing Report: Eastern, CT

”…weighed in a 42-pound striper caught from one of the nearby Rhode Island beaches. Others caught schoolies are various spots from Stonington to Bluff Points. Out on the reefs there were a couple days of good surface casting for both bass and blues but nobody has seen any amount of bonito. Porgies continue to bite well but fluke season is closed for the year and blackfish for the time being.”
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

”Striped bass: Brisk was the word for bass fishing as the night crews reported steady shore action from the Fairfield beaches and off Milford.”

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

"The aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee keep on lingering with rain-swollen rivers filled with debris emptying into LIS. Water coloration remains coffee-brown as far east as the Race with trees, logs, couches, and other stuff littered throughout LIS making boat navigation hazardous.

"On the positive side, BLUEFISH fishing is excellent in the Race with birds working the rip area from Race Rock to Little Gull Island. Other areas in LIS remain slow for BLUEFISH and STRIPED BASSespecially near river entrances.

"SCUP fishing has also slowed down because of all the runoff discoloring the water on many of the local reefs. For better fishing, look for rip areas and reefs with better water clarity which would be in either extreme eastern andwestern sections of LIS or the north shore of Long Island.

"The TAUTOG recreational fishing season is closed from September 1st through September 30th inclusive.

"SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season closed September 6th (last day is September 5th)."
Connecticut DEEP

You Up-to-Date on Fish Regs?

Connecticut DEEP

08 September 2011

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

“Striped bass and bluefish: As days shorten and temperatures drop, the striped bass that probably migrated further north than usual this summer due to the long string of hot weather, will peak in the near future.

“Anglers are catching a few more stripers and blues in the Thames River and the Eastern Connecticut shoreline....”
Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

Connecticut DEEP Grants to Restore Fish Habitat

”Over the last two years, DEP has administered the award of several grants that will collectively restore 28.5 miles of diadromous fish habitat in the Farmington River watershed. Species that will benefit include Atlantic salmon, American shad, alewife, blueback herring, sea lamprey, white perch and American eel. The funded projects include the eventual removal of the Spoonville Dam between Bloomfield and East Granby, the Winchell-Smith Dam in Farmington, and the Middle Street Dam in Bristol.”

07 September 2011

The Politics of Fisheries Funding

”The House proposes cutting $210 million, or 24 percent, from the 2011 budget for the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, the branch of NOAA responsible for all fisheries and living marine resources management. Not a strong start for the science-first crowd. But to really find out where these cuts will hit hardest, we have to dig deeper, down to specific programs, or “line items” that fall within NMFS’s purview.”

06 September 2011

Fishing Line Selection

”Monofilament line accounts for more than two-thirds of all fishing lines sold worldwide. ‘Mono,’ as it is often referred to by anglers, was first developed by the DuPont Company. In 1938, DuPont developed a ‘group of new synthetic super polymers.’ DuPont advertised these super polymers to be stronger and more elastic than cotton, wool or rayon.”

The Right Kayak Makes a Difference

I got to take the new Hobie Revolution 11 — a 48-pounder with a pedal propulsion system and a rudder that you can steer with your fingertips and strap onto a flats boat.

05 September 2011

The Thrills of Fishing from a Kayak

”I set the rod down in the boat and reached for the paddle. It was at that moment, naturally, that something smashed at the popper that trailed limply behind the boat. I caught a glimpse of the fish as it surfaced to take the popper. It was a large blue….”
Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Fishing Report: NYC Area

Party boats are all sailing again. They are also back up to speed with porgies, bluefish and sea bass, particularly popular quarries. By Thursday, metro waters were reported to be mostly clear and calm.

Hurricane Irene did cause Long Island Sound's Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth to be postponed

04 September 2011

Ask Lefty

”Ask Lefty Q & A:

I recently hired a guide for a day and carefully watched where he fished. I went back the next day and didn’t find any fish. What did I do wrong?”
New Issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Latest Issue…

…of Salt Water Sportsman now online.
Salt Water Sportsman

03 September 2011

Fishing Report: Rhode Island

”Bass and menhaden are in the Providence River again, says David Henault of Ocean State Tackle. Keeper-size stripers have been taking clam worms in the waters off Sabin Point, Connely Pier, and the Providence Hurricane Barrier.”

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP Report [sort of]

”Due to the impact of HURRICANE IRENE, the regular marine fishing report is not available this week. For anglers venturing out by boat into LIS, please be aware of logs and other floating debris. Large floating objects in the already flooded tidal rivers and LIS create extremely hazardous boating conditions. Furthermore, shore fishing spots (piers, docks, etc.) may have experienced storm damage and anglers should use caution when fishing from these structures.

"The TAUTOG recreational fishing season is closed from September 1st through September 30th inclusive.

"SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season is closed September 6th (last day is September 5th)."
CTDEEP http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/fishing/weekly_reports/fishreport090111.pdf

02 September 2011

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"If the number of stripers caught since Monday is any indication, these fish hate freshwater. With the exception of a couple of reports of keeper stripers taken by tube and worm trollers, the linesiders are conspicuous by their absence...."

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

”In the past, I’ve observed that after a heavy rain this time of year, the sudden freshet of ‘sweet’ water appears to kill the animals that can’t get to salty-enough waters. It’s not like a winter kill — that can be complete — but rather a situation where unlucky individuals or groups of crabs in isolated areas where they are struck by the freshwater inflow are killed.”
Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com


Fishing Report: Eastern CT

”Another customer reported three feet of sand over roads leading to some of the Madison beaches, plus another brought in reels to be cleaned after being under saltwater for 24 hours when his beachfront home in Old Saybrook was flooded. With all the runoff from Vermont starting to come down the Connecticut River…the lower part is starting to look like a floating junkyard and it will likely be a while before it returns to fishable levels.:
Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Procedures for Setting Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures for all Mid-Atlantic Fisheries are Approved

”The fish species in the Mid-Atlantic affected by this proposed action include Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, Atlantic bluefish, spiny dogfish, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, tilefish, Atlantic surfclam, and ocean quahog. Actual catch limits and accountability measures for each fish stock will be set within the respective fishery management plans for these stocks.”

”Fishing in Fairfield County"

”Summertime can present a challenge as many prime fishing spots are located within beaches that issue beach stickers for the summer months. Residents may have to stick to beaches in their town and non-residents can either spend a little more for a beach pass or seek out public piers. The Norwalk Pier is one option and the Maritime Center also has a public fishing pier.”

01 September 2011

Giant Lobster Saved from Cook Pot

”The lobster was caught weeks ago off the coast of Canada and sent in a 2-ton shipment to the New England Lobster Co. in San Francisco.

“The firm's bookkeeper, Jennifer Vargas, set out to save its life when it weighed in at 18 pounds and was estimated to be 75 years old.”