31 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 28 DEC 2012

”Wishes for 2013 fishing season”:

“For all anglers, salty and sweet, we wish a great New Year when you never hear the dreaded words: ‘Oh, man, you should have been here yesterday, we really hammered 'em.’”

Source: CTPost.com

30 December 2012

• Sand Eels A Boon to Fly-Fishing

“The striped bass fishing held up on days when boaters ventured out, as schools of sea herring and sand eels are still present.

"Most of the bass being caught are on the small side, but like last week, some bass in the 15-pound range were landed. Swimming plugs, surface poppers, shads, Hogy baits and jigs were catching fish.”

Source: NorthJersey.com

29 December 2012

• Coast Guard Finds 5 Miles Of Illegal Gill Net Filled With Shark

“The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S. – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was 5 miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks.

”The species of shark seized included 225 black tip, 109 bonnet, and 11 bull sharks.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

28 December 2012

• The Great Menhaden [Bunker] Debate Continues

“They focused on a claim by the Pew Environment Group that ‘In recent years, menhaden numbers along our coast have plummeted by 90 percent.’ While I admit I am not familiar with specific details of menhaden population trends, anyone who has paid any attention at all to the ocean knows that we’re overfishing at alarming rates.

"According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 1/3 of all global fisheries are depleted or overexploited, many by more than the 90% referenced for menhaden. Shockingly, PolitiFact called the claim by Pew ‘mostly false.’ Their reasoning for this ruling is even more ridiculous than the ruling itself:”

Source: SouthernFriedScience.com

27 December 2012

• 445-Pound Yellowfin Tuna Sets Record

“After several days filled with hype and speculation, as the Excel advanced toward San Diego with a monstrous yellowfin tuna aboard, the fish was weighed Sunday morning and officially became the largest known yellowfin ever caught on rod and reel.”

Source: PeteThomasOutdoors.com

26 December 2012

• Feds Set to OK Frankenfish

“The US Food and Drug Administration said Friday that a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal salmon is 'unlikely' to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.”

Source: CommonDreams.org

Thanks to Val S. for the tip on this report. (Photo/Reuters)

24 December 2012

• Greetings!

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

• Charles Walsh’s Column – 21 DEC 2012

“Effort has begun to restore native trout in Connecticut...

”Many people do not realize that most of the trout that are so important to anglers fishing in Connecticut's rivers, streams and lakes were imported to this country years ago. America's only true native trout was almost wiped out by industrialization and the damming of rivers for power.

"In the following piece, adapted from the December newsletter of Nutmeg Chapter Trout Unlimited, former president Ron Merly talks about an ambitious effort to restore those native trout in Connecticut and other states.”

Source: CTPost.com

23 December 2012

• Fisherman Killed, Another Wounded, Fishing with Dynamite

“A fisherman was killed while another was seriously wounded when the improvised explosive device (IED) they were using for illegal fishing accidentally exploded in the seas of Barangay Sangali, this city, last Monday…

”… the victims were hurling the IEDs at the sea purposely to increase their catch when the explosive prematurely exploded inflicting injuries on them.”

Source: ZamboangaToday.ph

22 December 2012

• Study: Fish Sold Is Routinely Mislabeled in NYC Restaurants, Stores

“According to the study released by the ocean conservation group Oceana, only 39 percent of the fish obtained were accurately identified….

”...100 percent of the 16 sushi bars tested sold mislabeled fish.”

Source: MyFox8.com

21 December 2012

• November Global Temperatures Fifth Highest On Record

“According to NOAA scientists, the globally-averaged temperature for November 2012 marked the fifth warmest November since record keeping began in 1880.

"It also marked the 36th consecutive November and 333rd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.”

Source: NOAA

20 December 2012

• “Housatonic River Dredging Project Completed”

“The Housatonic River is 149 miles long and originates from two branches in the Berkshires. Over the past 36 years, since the river was last dredged, hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of eroded sediment have flowed down river, much of it deposited in the lower reaches between Milford and Stratford, hindering boat navigation.

”A recently completed dredging project cleared up much of that sediment:”

Source: MilfordMirror.com

18 December 2012

• 18 Months Later, Ciguatera Is Nothing to Mess With

“It took them a week to diagnose Ms Austrin with ciguatera poisoning.

”The toxin, which is produced by tiny organisms in tropical and subtropical waters around the Pacific Islands and northern parts of eastern Australia, sticks to coral reefs, seaweed and algae and is eaten by small herbivorous fish.”

Source: ODT.Co.NZ

Note: Wikipedia says, "Due to the limited habitats of ciguatoxin-producing microorganisms, ciguatera is common in only subtropical and tropical waters, particularly the Pacific and Caribbean, and usually is associated with fish caught in tropical reef waters. Ciguatoxin is found in over 400 species of reef fish. Avoiding consumption of all reef fish (any fish living in warm tropical waters) is the only sure way to avoid exposure. Imported fish served in restaurants may contain the toxin and produce illness which often goes unexplained by physicians unfamiliar with the symptoms of a tropical toxin. Ciguatoxin can also occur in farm-raised salmon. Furthermore, species substitution, labeling a reef fish as a non-reef fish at restaurants and retail, can complicate efforts by consumers to avoid ciguatera.

"Ciguatoxin is odourless, tasteless and very heat-resistant, so ciguatoxin-laden fish cannot be detoxified by conventional cooking.
"There is no effective treatment or antidote for ciguatera poisoning." Wiki also says it can be passed on through intercourse and breast milk.

17 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 15 DEC 2012

“What follows is a highly subjective list of warmer places one can travel to for the purpose of fishing and perhaps some vacation-style eating, drinking and cavorting between outings on the water.”

Source: CTPost.com

15 December 2012

• Sandy Hook Elementary School

We are so fortunate.

We have a grandchild in the school. James was a few classrooms removed from the shooting, but he heard the shots and was among those protected by a brave teacher.

On the refrigerator at James's house is a photo of him with his school classmates from last year.

The little girl on his left in that photo didn't survive.

Our prayer for the families and the lost:
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24

• Video: Watch This Catfish Go Orca On A Pigeon

“ Just as remarkable was how good the fish appeared to be at it. Of the 45 breaching behaviors observed, 28% resulted in successful bird capture.

”A one-in-four success rate is incredible for any predatorial attack, let alone one that transcends the water-land barrier.”

Source: io9.c0m

14 December 2012

• “Sushi kills your brain?”

“Mercury contamination levels questioned…

”BRUSSELS — Can eating too much sushi reduce your brain power? Mercury contamination in big fish such as sharks, swordfish and certain types of tuna is on the rise, and smaller traces of the toxic metal may be enough to cause restricted brain development or other health problems for humans who eat them, according to data released Tuesday.

“Although little risk has been detected in most types of fish, the authorities have long warned vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women and small children, to limit their consumption of certain species of big ocean predators.”

Source: VOXXI.com

13 December 2012

• “Norway's Rakfisk: Is This The World's Smelliest Fish?”

“Norway's five million people enjoy one of the highest standards of living, not just in Europe, but in the world. Could the secret of the country's success be connected to the local appetite for some exceedingly smelly fish?

”Take a selection of over-ripe cheeses. Place them in the midst of a pile of dirty, wet soccer kit. Leave for a week. Now you have the nose-numbing smell of rakfisk, one of the great Norwegian delicacies.”

Source: BBC News

12 December 2012

• Fast-Growing Salmon May Never End Up On Plate

“Salmon that’s been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

”After weathering concerns about everything from the safety of humans eating the salmon to their impact on the environment, Aquabounty was poised to become the world’s first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed up growth.

”The Food and Drug Administration in 2010 concluded that Aquabounty’s salmon was as safe to eat as the traditional variety. The agency also said that there’s little chance that the salmon could escape and breed with wild fish, which could disrupt the fragile relationships between plants and animals in nature.”

Source: HeraldandNews.com

• NOAA: U.S. Warmer And Drier Than Average For November

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during November was 44.1°F (2.1°F above the 20th century average), tying 2004 as the 20th warmest November on record.

The period of January-November was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States.

Source: NOAA

11 December 2012

• You Think You’ve Had Tough Fishing Trips?

“Police in Siberia are now trying to piece together a mystery that unfolded after four friends went on a fishing expedition in August in the endless taiga.

”Three months later, only two men came back from their adventure along the remote Sutam River….

”Alexander Abdullaev, 37, and Alexei Gradulenko, 35, were found alive - but only just….

”One body was found and one is still missing. The police are not certain if the corpse is that of Viktor Komarov, 47, or Andrei Kurochkin, 44.

”But they do think that the dead man was murdered.

”And the cuts on his body suggested to investigators that he was cannibalized….”

Source: SiberianTimes.com

• Homeland Security Adds Underwater Drones To Their Arsenal With Robots Based On Fish

“Flexible body and fins allow it to dart around the water like a real fish

”Meet Robocod, the latest weapon in Homeland Security's increasingly high-tech underwater arsenal, a robotic fish designed to safeguard the coastline of America and bring justice to the deep.”

Source: DailyMail.co.UK

10 December 2012

• Fisherman Hopitalized, Dies After Housatonic Boating Accident

“SHELTON -- A 55-year-old man who had been rescued from the Housatonic River after a Friday night boating accident, died Saturday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

”The DEEP declined to release the man's name, pending notification of his family.”

Source: CTPost.com

09 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column - 07 DEC 2012

“The fall broodstock Atlantic salmon stockings were completed this week. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stocked more than 200 fish into Beach Pond and Mount Tom Pond.

"The stockings brought the total number of salmon stocked this fall to over 2,000 fish. The upper Naugatuck River received 403 salmon, the lower Naugatuck got 403 salmon….”

Source: CTPost.com

• What’s New With East Coast River Herring?

River herring (alewife and blue back herring), range along the East Coast and have supported one of the oldest fisheries in the United States.

Read about the current activities to protect and restore river herring populations.

Source: NOAA

08 December 2012

• Man in Critical Condition After Falling Out of Boat on Housatonic River

“A 55-year-old man is in critical condition after he was pulled from the Housatonic River Friday night after a boat accident.”

Source: CTPost.com

• DEEP to Deny Metal Finishing Wastewater Discharge Into Housatonic

“The following public notice has been posted on the CT DEEP website:

"(Shelton) Notice of tentative determination to deny an application submitted by Auto-Swage Products Incorporated for discharge of metal finishing wastewaters to the Housatonic River."

To view this public notice, please visit: DEEP

07 December 2012

• How NOAA Does Long-Range Weather Forecasts

“It's late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in North Dakota asked
their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old
secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was
going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was
indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect
firewood to be prepared.

But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went
to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, 'Is the
coming winter going to be cold?'

'It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,' the meteorologist at
the weather service responded.

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more
firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. 'Does it still
look like it is going to be a very cold winter?'

'Yes,' the man at National Weather Service again replied, 'it's going to be
a very cold winter.'

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every
scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. 'Are
you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?'

'Absolutely,' the man replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is
going to be one of the coldest winters we've ever seen.'

'How can you be so sure?' the chief asked.

The weatherman replied, 'The Indians are collecting a @#$%-load of firewood”

Source: Unknown

• “Vietnam Sees Great Potential In Puffer Fish Exports”

”The increasing demand for Vietnamese puffer fish in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Taiwan and mainland China is opening up great potential for Vietnam’s seafood industry, said the Seafood Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.”

Source: Saigon-GPDaily.com

06 December 2012

05 December 2012

• Fishermen: Watch the Birds

“When they dip, dive and hover over the water, it can mean that fish are on top. Birds can also tell us which direction bait and predatory fish are moving. But — they can tell us even more.”

Source: FlyFishinSalt.com

01 December 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 30 NOV 2012

“Remediation ongoing to clean up 'The Gun Club'

”On the maps, it's called Stratford Point, but most anglers just call it 'The Gun Club.' Traditionally, its boulder-strewn shoreline is one of the top fishing spots on the Connecticut coast, holding large populations of striped bass, bluefish, fluke and even blackfish.

"Shore anglers set up on the boulders to cast bait chunks into the submerged rocks, while boat-borne fishers cruise close to either troll with tube and worm rigs or drift to cast lures toward the boulders….”

Read the whole article at: CTPost.com

• Snakeheads Have Taken Over the Potomac River

“Since then, they’ve colonized just about every freshwater creek along the Potomac. Now snakeheads have been spotted in the Patuxent. Snakeheads also have been found in the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers on the Eastern Shore, the Rhode River in south county and Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

”While it is illegal to have a live snakehead, the DNR encourages to anglers to catch — and kill — as many snakeheads as their hearts desire. The state has lobbied chefs to put snakehead on their menus, and there are regular snakehead fishing tournaments on the Potomac.

”The goal is to at least suppress the snakehead population. It would be impossible to eradicate them now that they are in open-water areas such as the Potomac and the Patuxent, officials said.”

Source: CapitalGazette.com

30 November 2012

29 November 2012

• “At Least One-Third of Marine Species Remain Undescribed”

“At least one-third of the species that inhabit the world’s oceans may remain completely unknown to science. That’s despite the fact that more species have been described in the last decade than in any previous one, according to a report published online on November 15 in the Cell Press publication Current Biology that details the first comprehensive register of marine species of the world—a massive collaborative undertaking by hundreds of experts around the globe.

“The researchers estimate that the ocean may be home to as many as one million species in all—likely not more. About 226,000 of those species have so far been described. There are another 65,000 species awaiting description in specimen collections.”

Source: MarineSpecies.org

28 November 2012

• “Top 10 Fly Fishing Knots” – Part 2

The rest of the… “Ten knots that will keep you connected all the way from the spool of your reel to the eye of your fly.”

Source: FFSW

• U.S. Temperature and Precipitation in October Were Near Average

According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during October was 53.9°F, 0.3°F below the long-term average.

This ends a 16-month streak of above-average temperatures for the Lower 48 that began in June 2011.

Source: NOAA

27 November 2012

• “Fish on Prozac Are Violent and Obsessive”

“Prozac’s host of side effects aren’t just limited to depressed humans.
Fish, too, suffer when the drug washes into their streams, rivers and lakes.

”When people excrete Prozac’s active ingredient, fluoxetine, in their urine, the chemical finds paths into natural waterways through sewage treatment plants that are unequipped to filter it out. When male fish ingest the drug, it seemingly alters their minds to the point of dysfunction and even destruction.”

Source: SmithsonianMag.com

• Bypass of Tingue Dam on the Naugatuck River to Become a Reality

“…a channel will be built around the dam so American shad, blueback herring, alewives and other fish can swim up the river to spawn.”

Source: Rep-Am.com

26 November 2012

• Looking Back on 2012 Season – MA and RI

“The striped bass fishing during the 2012 season was challenging, and many of the fish caught between Point Judith and western Buzzards Bay showed signs of the Myco blotches which have been prevalent in Chesapeake Bay stripers.

”The bright spot of 2012 were the huge numbers of sub-legal black sea bass, which bodes well for the future.”

Source: HeraldNews.com

• If You Like Sushi, You’ll Enjoy this Article

“The first several minutes of Sushi: The Global Catch (at the Siskel Film Center through Wednesday) lure you in with a quiet but detailed look at the extensive training required of sushi chefs in Japan.

”The seven-year apprenticeship is not for dilettantes; the first three years are spent washing dishes and making deliveries.”

Source: ChicagoTribune.com

25 November 2012

• New York Area Fishing Report

“So anglers, don’t be discouraged from enjoying our first-rate saltwater and freshwater fishing. Remember it’s peak season for blackfish and striped bass.

”Check with party boat captains for cold-weather schedules. Some switch to res-only charter bookings. A hardy few fish year-round. You might also head to Wakefield. R.I., to board one of the cod-capturing Island Current boats wintering at Snug Harbor Marina.

Source: NYDailyNews.com

24 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 23 NOV 2012

"’I've been checking the boat's fishing log,’ the angler said, expertly dropping a white, soft plastic jig a few inches from a line of eel grass 30 feet away. ‘It looks like we caught and released around 750 fish, since we started fishing in April.’

"’That's about at least one quarter down from last year's total.’"
Source: CTPost.com

• Obese Salmon Unable To Swim Upstream To Spawn

“SEATTLE—After repeatedly gorging itself on marine sea life for more than seven years, a severely obese chinook salmon told reporters Wednesday he had grown too overweight to swim upstream and reproduce.”

Source: TheOnion.com

22 November 2012

• Sandy Causes $650 Million in Boat Damage

”Estimated losses predict this storm as the single-largest disaster for recreational boats....

”More than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy….”

Source: SaltWaterSportsman.com

19 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 18 NOV 2012

“But fall, ah, that's the season of the angler. In the salt, the stripers, sensing the coming cold, feed maniacally to build reserves of energy before migrating up the estuaries to embrace the big sleep.

Source: CTPost.com

18 November 2012

• Restaurants At Mouth of Housatonic – After Sandy

“The concrete patio on which thousands dined last summer at Knapp's Landing is little more than a jumble of broken slabs, its pool of Japanese koi but a distant memory.

”Faring much better was Outriggers Restaurant at the foot of Broad Street…. Outriggers was built on pilings about 15 years ago, after far more stringent building codes took effect for shore front structures….”

Source: CTPost.com

17 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 16 NOV 2012

The dredge Currituck was at the Marina dock on Friday...fueling up for the day's work...as Charlie W. and I headed out on the River.

We were into schoolie striped bass most of the time we were out there.

Day was mostly cloudy although some blue sky could be seen intermittently.

Looked as though it could snow for a while there.

We both got fish on the fly rod.

Here's a schoolie "twofer."

I was using a two fly setup and these two stripers each grabbed a fly.

Headed back to the dock through the marsh at the end of the trip...which will be our last time on the water for 2012.

Our next fishing reports will come to you from Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Best wished to our readers for a great holiday season.

Capt. Skip

• Fishing’s Hot in Rhody

“Anglers are catching tautog, cod, scup and striped bass. Black sea bass can still be caught recreationally in state waters....

"Since Sandy many anglers are limiting out with tautog (six fish per angler) and they’re catching migrating striped bass, too.”

Source: EastBayRI.com

16 November 2012

• Connecticut: Lions and Tigers and Bears….

“As fall fades to winter, animal control officers might get a break from answering phones to hear about moose, bear, bobcat or other wildlife seen strolling through neighborhoods”

Source: Courant.com

• “’River Monster’ Threatening Ohio Waters”

“Sandusky, Ohio (WDTN) - It sounds like a fish story.

"’They were just jumping into the boat,’ says author Jackson Landers of his encounter with Asian Carp….

“But this story is no tall tale.

"’It's real,’ Landers says. ‘It's incredible.’

“If Asian Carp invade, Ohio boaters won't be the only ones who take a hit.”

Source: WDTN.com

15 November 2012

• Connecticut Fishermen: Your Fishing Budget Is About to Get Trimmed

Had an eye on a new fishing rod? May have to forget about it.

The Fiscal Cliff:

“Middle income families would have to pay an average of about $2,000 more next year, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has calculated.

”Up to 3.4 million jobs would be lost, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. The unemployment rate would reach 9.1 percent from the current 7.9 percent. Stocks could plunge. The nonpartisan CBO estimates the total cost of the cliff in 2013 at $671 billion.

”Collectively, the tax increases would be the steepest to hit Americans in 60 years when measured as a percentage of the economy….

”Under the fiscal cliff, households in the lowest 20 percent of earners would pay an average of $412 more, the Tax Policy Center calculates. The top 20 percent would pay an average $14,000 more, the top 1 percent $121,000 more.

”All this would lead many consumers to spend less. Anticipating reduced sales and profits, businesses would likely cut jobs. Others would delay hiring.”

Source: Waterbury Republican-American

And, hey! We voted to return to office all the clowns who created this impending disaster. Nice going!

• Norwalk Area Fishing Report

“Despite 65-degree weather to start the week, we know the season is getting short when the DEEP announces their final ‘regular’ fishing report of the year.

"They promise to cover ice fishing on occasion through the winter, but all of the trout and salmon are stocked, bass fishermen are storing their boats and Long Island Sound fans are getting in their last licks at stripers and blackfish as the season winds down.”

Source: TheHour.com

• Top 10 Fly Fishing Knots

“Never see another dreaded ‘pigtail,’ the telltale sign of knot failure.

”Learn all the top fly fishing knots with help from our video and step-by-step instruction.

”Five are featured in this newsletter….”

Source: Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

14 November 2012

• Housatonic River Dredge at Work

“Sand vacuumed from the bottom of the Housatonic River pours into a central hopper on the dredging vessel Currituck in Stratford on Tuesday,”

See the photos: CTPost.com

• Related Report

“The last time the river was dredged was in 1976. Since then, parts of the river are only two to three feet deep. Once the Currituck is done, the depth will be about 14 feet.”

Source: WTNH.com

• Fly Fishing: Housatonic River Attracts International Crowd to West Cornwall

“…down the whole 14-miles stretch of the Housatonic between Sharon and South Kent that offers fly fishing, there were plenty of Trout to be had.

“That’s because the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) agency regularly stocks the Hoosie with 9,000 Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout each April and September….”

Source: RegisterCitizen.com

13 November 2012

• Fall Water Temps Help Stripers Choose Habitat

“Some striped bass live year-round in the Chesapeake Bay, but most leave after they spawn in spring. They migrate to cooler waters up north along the Atlantic coast and join the rest of their ‘coastal stock.’

”Find out how water temperature helps these fish select their habitat as they move through the year.”

Source: NOAA.gov

12 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 10 NOV 2012

“Unfortunately, because menhaden make great fertilizer when ground up and their oil is refined for those "fish capsules" people take, there is a robust commercial fishery for them.

”For decades, a controversy has raged between the commercial menhaden industry that is based in Reedville, Va., where a company called Omega Protein processed millions of tons of menhaden, and environmental groups that point to studies showing menhaden numbers have dipped to their lowest level in decades.

Source: CTPost.com

11 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 NOV 2012

Val S. and I headed out onto the Housatonic River mid-morning on Saturday.

The clouds weren't really this menacing...did a little messing around with the photo to add some dramatic effect.

Probably a loon?

Lunkhead of the day.

Most of the folk we meet out on the water are friendly and exhibit some knowledge of fishing etiquette.

Not this person.

Val and I were fishing a section of the breakwater, catching striper after striper , which this person undoubtedly saw...so he came down the breakwater on his trolling motor until he was about 50 feet from us.

When I pointed out to him that he had gotten too close, all I got back was that he didn't care and he wasn't going to move.

This reminded me of three aphorisms:

• “Never get in a pissing contest with a skunk,”

• “Never try to teach manners to a baboon,” and

• “Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth closed.”

I took the suggestions offered by each of these maxims and we motored off to fish another area.

Here's Val fighting a schoolie on the fly rod.

And, although it's not a big fish, even for a schoolie, it's a real trophy because Val caught it on a fly he designed and tied himself.

Just one of the rewards of fly fishing.

Another great day on the water.

• More Striped Bass Poachers

“Charter boat captains in VB accused of illegal striped bass sales...

”VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Five charter fishing boat captains operating out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach have been indicted for allegedly selling illegally harvested striped bass.

”The Justice Department says Jeffery S. Adams, Raymond Carroll Webb, David Dwayne Scott, William W. Lowery, IV and Nolan L. Agner also face charges of making false statements to law enforcement officers and…

”If convicted, each captain faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. They could also forfeit the fishing vessels they used during the commission of any crimes…..”

Source: WVEC.com

Of course, the 5 are innocent until proven guilty.

10 November 2012

• Fishing Before and After Storms

“Many anglers believe the best time to fresh or saltwater fish is before a storm… for example in the summer before a cold front moves in.

"They believe the fish feel the difference in barometric pressure… the front moves in, the pressure drops and it triggers a feeding frenzy.

”I guess the fish sense bad weather….”

Source: CranstonOnLine.com

09 November 2012

• Final Note from Connecticut DEEP On 2012 Marine Fishing

“Last week’s report was the last full Marine report for 2012, reports will resume in the spring. Below is an important note from Marine Fisheries:


“It’s that time again! Starting December 1st, you can renew your saltwater fishing license for 2013. When you buy a license, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection asks for your phone number and address. Why? They automatically register you in the National Saltwater Angler Registry at no cost.

"By providing contact information, NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program can more efficiently conduct short random telephone surveys with anglers about their fishing habits. NOAA combines what they learn from these telephone surveys with shore side interviews to generate recreational harvest estimates which allow the DEEP to make better decisions about how to manage your resources. Also, help CT anglers remain exempt from the National Saltwater Angler Registry Fee – provide complete and accurate information when you renew your fishing license!

“Find out more about the program by visiting www.CountMyFish.NOAA.gov

“Also - Summer flounder (fluke) season is now closed.”

Source: CTDEEP

• Halloween Lobster

“The New England Aquarium says the 1-pound female lobster has an orange side and a black side, with the colors split perfectly down the middle.”

Source: Boston.com

08 November 2012

• Ask Lefty: “How to Prevent Breaking Your Fly Rod”

“Q. I take good care of my fly rods, yet over the years, I have broken three. In each case, I didn’t know why. Some manufacturers have a great replacement policy, but during the repair lag time, you are still without your rod when you might really need it.

"Can you offer any tips on preventing fly-rod breakage?”

Source: FFSW

07 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 06 NOV 2012

It was a gorgeous day out on the Housatonic River on Tuesday.

Cold? Yes...but Charlie W. and I were dressed for it.

Hands got a bit chilly, especially when dealing with the fly lines...and the wind would give one an ice cream headache if you didn't keep your head down behind the windshield when running the boat...otherwise, it was fine.

Dredge Currituck was out at the mouth of the River doing its thing.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

My best guess on this bird is that it's a black-headed variant of the barnacle goose.

Anyone have other suggestions?

[Added later: CTDEEP says it's an immature Atlantic brant.]

Notice anything missing from the end of the Housatonic River breakwater?

These birds put us onto the best fish of the day.

Almost-keepers were feeding on the surface.

Charlie brought this one in on a jig but earlier caught several on flies.

Several times we both had fish on our flyrods at the same time...doubled-up as they say.

In fact, I was using a two-fly rig and had several twofers...so guess when that was going on and Charlie also had a fish on, were were tripled-up.

This was the biggest fish of the day...fell to a chartreuse/white Clouser minnow.

Another great day on the water.

• Groups Argue About Bunker Catch Limits

“’There may have been a time when it was overfished, but it's not being overfished now,’ contended Ken Pinkard of Reedville, Va.

"A third-generation menhaden fisher and vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 representing the 300-worker Virginia fishing fleet that processes the fish, Pinkard urged making no more than a 10 percent cut until scientists could be certain how low the population is.”***

Source: BaltimoreSun.com

***Of course, by then, the bunker may be completely devastated.

06 November 2012

• Ready to Post A Memorial to Dead Fish in Your Tackle Box or On Your Boat?

“Kourda decided to act when she read an online story of a truck carrying 1,600 pounds of live fish that crashed with two other vehicles on Oct. 11. The truck flipped and the image of hundreds of fish suffocating on the roadway was shocking to Kourda.

“So last week Kourda sent a letter, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, asking the city's street-maintenance superintendent to place a memorial sign at the crash site….”

Source: OCRegister.com

• “Fly Casting Accuracy: Deliver Your Fly to Your Target Each and Every Cast”

“Accuracy skills are probably the least practiced, but ironically, these are the most important to have.

"The most common statement I hear from my students is, 'I want to work on my distance.'

"But the best way to increase distance is to start with accuracy.”

Source: FlyFishInSalt.com

05 November 2012

04 November 2012

• Despite Waterways Being Open, Coast Guard Warns Recreational Boaters To Remain In Port

“New Haven, CT: The Coast Guard reopened Long Island Sound waterways to vessel traffic this week, but cautions mariners to stay off the water if possible.

“'The ports of Connecticut and Long Island Sound were reopened to facilitate the flow of commerce back to the region,' said Lt. Jeff Janaro, a spokesman from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. 'This allows for ships carrying vital relief supplies to affected areas to deliver items, such as fuel, to those in need. Many of the aids to navigation in the Sound, on the south shore of Long Island and surrounding waterways are off station and should not be considered reliable for navigational purposes. As such, the Coast Guard strongly urges recreational boaters to stay off the water so not to interfere with emergency operations.'

“Mariners are reminded to pay close attention to National Weather Service advisories and Coast Guard Marine Information Broadcasts to stay up to date on current conditions.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 02 NOV

“As to the question of how the post-Sandy fishing will be for the next month or so: Some veteran anglers think the storm's effect may be minimal. Because there was relatively little rain associated with Sandy, there should be fewer days of coffee-colored water experienced after less intense but wetter storms.

”A visit to the rivers on Friday revealed that the water appeared to be clearing. Whether the fish come in for the bait feast can be answered only one way -- by going fishing.”

Source: CTPost.com

• Are You Sure That Fish You’re Eating Is What They Told You It Is?

Consumer Reports found that 18% of seafood samples its researchers collected from retail stores and restaurants on the East Coast last year were mislabeled (December 2011 -- http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/december/food/fake-fish/overview/index.htm).

”And, a recent Boston Globe investigation found that 48% of the fish collected from Boston restaurants, seafood markets and grocery stores was sold with the wrong species name (October 23, 2011 -- http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/10/23/onthemenubutnotonyour_plate/?page=full).”

Source: PRWeb.com

02 November 2012

• Connecticut Atlantic Salmon Stocking Update

DEEP began spawning salmon at the Kensington Hatchery this week and approximately 600 spawned salmon will be available for stocking. Tomorrow, Friday, 11/2, DEEP plans to stock approximately 150 broodstock salmon into the Shetucket River.

Next week, DEEP expects to stock another 450 fish into the upper Naugatuck (150 salmon), lower Naugatuck River (150 salmon) and the Shetucket River (150 fish).

These stockings will bring the number of broodstock Atlantic salmon stocked this fall to approximately 1, 800 fish (besides the Naugatuck & Shetucket rivers, Crystal Lake and Mount Tom Pond have also been stocked with salmon this fall). Some additional salmon may also become available at the end of November.”

Source: CTDEEP

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report - 01 NOV 2012

Hurricane Sandy gave us quite a jolt! Use extreme caution when venturing to fish along the coastline or from a boat. Shore access areas maybe unsafe to fish and the amount of debris in the water make it hazardous to navigate rivers and coastal waters. Fishing prior to Sandy was overall very good to excellent for many species. This abbreviated report describes the fishing before Sandy.

Bluefish was still very good throughout LIS with good sized fish weighing in the lower teens common.

Striped Bass fishing before Sandy was excellent with “cows” reported in the 50 inch range and 40+ lbs being caught on the reefs and rip areas.

Porgy fishing was still good on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing was good in deep water (90+ ft) over gravely, hard bottom. Humpheads measuring 18+ inches were being caught around slack tide.

Blackfish fishing season was going “gangbusters” until the storm hit. “White chins” weighing 8 lbs was not unusual.

Hickory Shad showed up in the tidal rivers just before the storm and the fishing was excellent. Huge hickories in the 20 inch range were being reported.

Source: CTDEEP

• If You Buy Asian Seafood, You May Want to Read this Article…

…unless you’re good with goose, pig, and human feces.

“The FDA inspects food shipments to the United States, including seafood shipments, but the agency's resources are limited, says Bloomberg's report. It is able to inspect fewer than 3 percent of shipments.

”Of that, reports Bloomberg, much is sent back. The FDA has rejected 1,380 shipments of Vietnamese seafood since 2007, finding filth and salmonella.”

Source: ABCNews.go.com

01 November 2012

• Fishing in Long Island Sound Will Take a While to Recover After Sandy

“Fishing itself isn't likely to return to normal for a week or more. The waters of Long Island Sound will be full of debris ranging from driftwood to wrecks and seaweed by the ton. Every cast is likely to see swimming and popping plugs tangled in weeds. Jigs and bucktails worked in the depths could get down to the fish.

”No one can predict what the fish will do in the face of such an enormous storm. They could have headed for deep water ahead of the weather fronts or they could have hung around to take advantage of the enormous amount of food produced by a big blow.”

Source: TheHour.com

• Coast Guard Reopens Long Island Sound

“Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting throughout the port due to the possibility of shoaling and debris.

”Be aware aids to navigation may be off station and/or displaying improper characteristics and should be considered unreliable.

”Report all damaged or inoperable aids to navigation to Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203)468-4401.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

• Recovery of Fishing After Sandy

“Shellfish, finfish, and the people that harvest both, are regularly devastated by hurricanes, though rarely in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. According to a 2007 NOAA report, ‘because oysters require two or more years to grow to marketable size, full recovery from these hurricanes may take years, and some oyster habitats may be lost permanently.’

”After Hurricane Katrina, 90% of Mississippi’s oyster beds were lost, and 74% of Louisiana’s were destroyed – sediment and debris covering oysters can easily suffocate the bivalve.”

Source: National Geographic

• A New Kind of Golf Shark…

This one falls from the sky and doesn’t cheat.

“Nobody yelled ‘Fore!’ at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

”The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club….”

Source: CBSNews.com

31 October 2012

• Bird Pix from Recent Fishing Trips

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Geese over the old Avco building

Mute swans

More geese...heading south...or to the nearest golf course

Probably an immature black-crowned night heron

American Oystercatchers


Canada Geese