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."
NYPost.com

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.”
Valley.etc

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.”
CapeCodOnline.com

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."
CTPost.com

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

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

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."
EastHamptonStar.com

Fishing Report: NYC Area

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

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.”
Stuff.co.NZ

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….”
LoHud.com

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.’”
NorwichBulletin.com

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.”
NOAA

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...”
NYTimes.com

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.”
NorthShoreofLongIsland.com

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.”
NaugatuckPatch.com

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.”
BaltimoreSun.com

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."
NorwichBulletin.com

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….”
PressofAtlanticCity.com

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."
Boston.com

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).
CTDEEP

Fishing Report: NYC Area

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

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."
...Patch.com

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.
CoastGuardNews.com

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."
CTPost.com

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.”
MVTimes.com

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!”
CapeCodOnline.com

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.
CoastGuardNews.com

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.

Togs: Plug Ugly but Great Eating


”It is hard to believe that anything as unattractive as the tautog could taste so good, but that is the marvel of this species. The prime white flesh of these dwellers of barnacle-encrusted piers is as good as, or perhaps better than, any cod or striper fillet. October is the prime time to work the wrecks and rock piles for some very good eating.”
Charley Soares in HeraldNews.com

10 October 2011

We Must Restore the Bunker


”When striped bass populations were allowed to collapse along the Eastern Seaboard in the early 1990s, the economic impacts felt by the recreational fishing and coastal tourism industries were obvious. As the populations rebounded, so were the benefits to fishing tourism and coastal ecosystems.

"I thought we'd learned our lessons about the folly of overfishing once and for all.

“Apparently not.”
SeaCoastOnLine.com

08 October 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 07 OCT

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Fishing Report: Stamford Area

"Fishing in our area is terrific. Local anglers are catching lots of porgies and blackfish. And as an added bonus some albacore are being taken off Greenwich."

StamfordAdvocate.com

Smack Your Lips Over This One


”Jeff whipped up a garnish for the fish that consisted of mayonnaise, spicy mustard, garlic and two other secret ingredients. Paul Cetola assisted in the application of the sauce while Jeff generously covered each fillet with a combination of fresh green peppers, sliced tomatoes and sweet onions before they were inserted it into the club’s commercial ovens. My bride baked a full pan of roasted potatoes and prepared a casserole of cheese broccoli, both of which topped off the wild fish feast. The members ate hearty portions, many had large seconds, yet there was plenty of fish to take home for wives and girlfriends to sample.”
HeraldNews.com

07 October 2011

Fishing Report: New London Area

"Striper fishing is up and down on the reefs, but not too bad overall on a weekly basis. Drifted eels are working after dark on the reefs and also at times casting them into the rocks along the backside of Fishers Island if the wind allows smaller boats...."

Tim Coleman in TheDay.com

Fishing Report: NYC Area

"For saltwater sportsmen, the Columbus Day weekend looks like it can be as close to perfect as you can find. Most species are on the feed preparing for their long migrations, and the weather appears to be ideal, in fact, it may bit a bit too nice...."

NYPost.com

Fishing Report: Rhode Island

"Following a strong weekend of striper fishing, the bite slowed a little at midweek, said Conti. There haven’t been many feeding blitzes along Washington County’s beaches, said Ron Mouchon of Breachway Bait & Tackle, but bass as large as 20 pounds were taking swimming plugs and live bait at Charlestown Breachway, he said." ProJo.com

Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report

BLUEFISH fishing remains excellent. 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.

STRIPED BASS fishing has improved on the local reefs and tidal rips as water temperature cool. Live lining eels, hickory shad, bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup is the ticket for that trophy cow bass. Just to remember to use circle hooks when using 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.

SCUP fishing is also excellent on the local reefs and rock piles. The time to go is now! Fish in excess of 17 inches in length have been reported.

TAUTOG fishing season is now open. Green crabs, hermit crabs, and Asian shore crabs are preferred baits for hooking these hard fighting fish. Any rock pile/gnarly hard bottom or wreck is perfect tog habitat.

LITTLE TUNNY fishing has been hit or miss for these torpedoes of the sea. Fishing spots include 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.

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). In the party/charter boat fishery, the current 40 fish creel limit remains in place through Tuesday, October 11th. After October 11th and through to the end of the year, the creel limit returns to 10 fish (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).

BLACK SEA BASS – The black sea bass season is now closed.

CTDEEP

Norwalk: Coast Guard Rescues Research Vessel


”A Coast Guard Auxiliary crew rescued nine children and one adult from the 40-foot research vessel Oceanic, which had run aground in Norwalk Harbor Sunday….”
CoastGuardNews.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Striped bass: There has been a slight up-tick in the striper picture. A few reports of scattered bunker schools might mean the bass will come in to chase them.

"Bluefish: A common answer from bait & tackle shop owners when they are asked how the blues are running is this: 'They are all over the beaches.'"
CTPost.com

Bridgeport: Fishing Pier in Limbo


”Anglers, who for decades tasted both joy and frustration at the Al Bennett Fishing Pier, are hoping it will be rebuilt and lengthened.

”The 175-foot pier at Seaside Park was left a mangled wreck by Irene when the storm blew through the state the weekend of Aug. 27. The storm caused other damage to the 325-acre park. Sidewalks were smashed to bits, seawater-soaked grass died off and some salt-sprayed trees may have to be replaced, too.”
CTPost.com

06 October 2011

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

Albis will also take Fin-S Fish and paddle tails on small, light wire jig heads. Montauk Point always has good fishing this time of year, but the fishing on this side of Long Island Sound has been better lately.

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com 


Listening for the Lightning


If you’re going to be around water, it’s not a bad idea to carry a portable lightning detector with you. Expensive? Heavy? Awkward? Nope. A cheap, battery-powered AM radio will do the job.

Say you’re out on the boat and you see some clouds rolling in. Turn the radio to a station with weak reception and any sudden, loud crackling noises you hear will likely have been caused by lightning. Distant strikes will sound muffled; close strikes will be louder and more crisp.

If you actually see lightning, the sound on the AM radio will occur at the same time as the flash. This is because, unlike the sound of thunder which travels about 1/5 of a mile per second, radio waves travel at the same speed as the light from the strike…instantaneously…or 186,000 miles per second.

Because the sound of thunder is so slow compared to the speed of light, you can tell how far the strike was from you by counting the seconds between the flash or AM crackle and hearing the thunder; then divide by 5 to get an approximation of the distance in miles.

Suggestion: Don’t take chances with a lightning storm, If it’s coming your way…get out of its way. NOAA says even if the lightning’s source is 5-10 miles away, it can reach out and zap you.

This site has good information on what to do in case of lightning: NOAA

Capt. Skip

04 October 2011

The Flats Boat in…Maine?


"As I backcast, a lobster boat chugged across our path and distinctive Down East accents could be heard over the diesel engine. Releasing the fly line, I was reminded that I wasn’t seeking bonefish in the Bahamas, but casting to skinny-water striped bass on Maine’s Casco Bay.”
NYTimes.com

Note: Took the Mainers a bit of time to figure this one out? Capt. Jeff Northrop's been running a flats boat in the Norwalk Islands for the past 25 years.

We were fishing an 18-foot Hewes Redfisher out of Branford and Stratford as early as 1992.

Fly Might Work in the Salt As Well


”Fishing: Fly of the Week — High-Tie Shad Minnow: If you’ve never fished a striped bass boil at Lake Powell with a fly rod, you’re really missing out. With these large, powerful and beautiful fish slashing, slurping, smacking and working themselves and their quarry into a frenzy, it’s hard to find a more exciting fly fishing experience anywhere in the state.”
SLTrib.com

03 October 2011

October on Cape Cod


”The bulk of the striped bass population will be on the move south this month. There will potentially be millions of striped bass swimming south past Cape Cod over the next few weeks. These fish have two options when it comes to passing by the Cape. The bass can either take the long route around the backside, or take a shortcut through the Cape Cod Canal.

“To phrase it another way, there will be plenty of big striped bass within reach of boat fishermen and surfcasters.”
Barnstable-Hyannis.Patch.com

27-Foot Boat Flipped by Waves in Hamptons


”The fisherman, Chris Funari, was fishing for striped bass in the inlet when a wave swamped his boat. The outgoing current then swept the boat sideways, and a second wave flipped it over, tossing Mr. Funari into the water….”
27East.com

02 October 2011

Cleaning the Connecticut River


”Up and down the Connecticut River volunteers are cleaning up. More than 1500 volunteers in four states fanned out to do their part. They lugged tires, garbage, bottles and anything else that they could clear. Even through wet and soggy conditions.”
WWLP.com

Recipes for Striped Bass, Bonito, Tuna, and Bluefish…but None for Fat Alberts


”But of course, it goes without saying that one of the most exciting parts of the Derby is all the fish you get to eat. And the recipes you get to exchange. The only fish that doesn’t have a recipe attached below is the False Albacore or “Little Tunny.” As one fisherman said to me, “there’s a saying that goes ‘even the cats don’t like them.’” Here are some tried and true recipes for the rest. Enjoy!”
Martha’sVineyardPatch.com

01 October 2011

Fishing Report: Long Island


”This is the time of year when albies—little tunny, technically—charge through our waters, and they’ve arrived in big numbers this year, maybe the most in several years. From Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to the south side of Montauk, to the inlets of the South Shore, the small tunas have been on the feed for the last couple weeks.”
27East.com

Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report

"Fall bass fishing is just starting to pick up after a very slow September, but it is far from what it should be at this time of year. The lack of large forage food, mainly like bunker, is the reason the great mass of linesiders are staying in areas where there is more to eat. While there are occasional sightings of bunker schools in Long Island Sound, none of the harbors or rivers holds significant numbers of this important prey source."

CTPost.com

Fishing Report: Connecticut DEEP

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). In the party/charter boat fishery, the current 40 fish creel limit remains in place through October 11th. After October 11th and through to the end of the year, the creel limit returns to 10 fish (the length limit remains unchanged at 11 inches).

BLUEFISH fishing remains excellent with big alligators ravaging baitfish throughout LIS! These tackle busters are putting on some big time weight before moving off when water temperatures cool off. You can expect monster choppers weighing in the mid to upper teens and exceeding 3 ft in length! 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. This is also prime time for surf casters to hit the beaches especially at our coastal state parks for excellent fishing opportunities!

STRIPED BASS fishing is best during low light levels when bluefish are less active. With big choppers around, daytime fishing for stripers has been tough going. Live baits have been working the best if you can get through the blues.

SCUP fishing is fantastic on the local reefs and rock piles! Now with the season extension (seeabove), fishing this fall will have an added bonus!

TAUTOG fishing season opens up on October 1. The daily creel limit is 4 fish per person and theminimum length limit is 14 inches.

LITTLE TUNNY have been racing around at Bartlett Reef, Millstone Point, Pine Island area, the Race (Race Rock to Little Gull Island). Other tuna spots include off Milford Point to Charles Island area and Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground area. Diving terns are a dead giveaway of their presence.

Other regulation Reminders: The BLACK SEA BASS fishing season is closed during the month of October and reopens November 1 st. The TAUTOG recreational fishing season reopens October 1st.

CTDEEP

Fishing Report: Thames River Area

"There are a few stripers in the mix, but they tend to be smaller fish that are just under the legal keeping size of 28 inches. The Race and eastern end of Long Island Sound is turning on with mostly bluefish and scattered stripers...." Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

Fishing Report: NYC Area

"In Long Island Sound, porgies and bluefish remain the biggest attraction. Porgies can be found from City Island to Rye and even more readily farther east like around Huntington and the North Fork. Blues up to a hefty 17 pounds are handily close to home, say from the Throgs Neck bridge to Execution Light. Striped bass are being taken from 10-foot shallow waters or at 40 to 50 feet swimming with those blues." NYDailyNews.com

Fishing Report: Rhode Island

"Anglers fishing with the Frances Fleet on Wednesday caught a lot of cod in the 10-pound class with some 20-pounders and a pool winner that weighed 30 pounds. They also took sea bass as large as 6 pounds apiece. Fluke fish slowed this week.... ProJo.com

Fishing Report: NYC Area

"Reports from Sheepshead Bay have the bass and blues working the beaches from the Breezy Jetty to Debs Inlet. Porgies are jumping in the boats working the local reef. Party boats targeting bluefish have been bailing them and the night striper trips have seen fish to 25 pounds comes over the rails." NYPost.com

Seals Drown Dog


"On Aug. 27 one of their dogs, Dipstick, swam into the water. MacLeod said seals surrounded his dog, and stopped her from coming back to shore.

"MacDonald made an effort to swim out and clear a path for the dog, but failed."
CBC.ca