31 March 2012

Coast Guard Cutter Ventilate Repatriates 38 Haitian Immigrants Found in Bridgeport Harbor

The crew of the Ventilate located an overloaded 25-foot sailing vessel approximately 1 mile south of Pleasure Beach, Sunday.

Once on scene, a total of 38 Haitian migrants were safely transferred to the Ventilate from the sailing vessel, which had been taking on water throughout its voyage.

Ventilate crewmembers towed the sinking sailing vessel to Captain’s Cove Seaport as it posed a danger to navigation.

USCG LCDR Bernie Gill reported that once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants are provided with food, water, shelter, and basic medical attention; they also have the choice of receiving a tattoo of the Ventilate on the upper arm, should they wish to do so.

The migrants’ sailing vessel is open now for viewing by the public at the Seaport; viewers pay $5.00 to go on board, and are given a tin can so they can do a little bailing during their visit.

Coastal Report Letter

30 March 2012

12th Severed Foot Washes Up at Short Beach

Yet another severed foot, this one in a jogging shoe, has been found on the shore in Stratford. This one was found by Black Rock fisherman, Roger Caudal, who was surf-casting near the old marker foundation.

It is possibly the twelfth-such discovery in the last four years to wash up on beaches near the mouth of the Housatonic River. Most of the remains have not been identified, but two of the feet are believed to have belonged to men who had been reported missing.

Oceanographers have determined the bodies originated somewhere along the River. The first foot was discovered in August 2007 on Charles Island in Long Island Sound. A week later, another foot was found on Short Beach. Since then, they have turned up with bizarre regularity

State CSI officials request that any fisherman finding a severed foot report this to the local authorities as soon as possible.

Connecticut DEEP says any fisherman found using such a foot --or a portion thereof--for bait will be arrested and fined.

For Further Information

29 March 2012

Man “Held Captive” By Crocodile in Housatonic Marsh

Where there's one, there's probably two or three or more.

A Woodmont man has been rescued after a three-day ordeal trapped in marsh grass where he was stalked by four-meter crocodiles, a report said on Friday. Terry McFinn, 65, was in the Nell’s Island marsh when he became isolated this week, the newspaper said.

McFinn told the newspaper he saw huge saltwater crocs lurking in the waters, with one lunging at a muskrat sheltering on the bank nearby. "I thought to myself, 'Well, there's a warning, there's a crocodile there. Where there's one, there's probably two or three or more.’”

Experts from Connecticut DEEP said fishermen could likely expect to see all sorts of critters coming up from the south with the warm weather we experienced this winter.

DEEP asked that fishermen please not feed any crocodiles they may encounter.

Read the Full Article Here

28 March 2012

"Long Izzie" Is Long Island Sound's "Nessie"

Does Long Island Sound Have A Resident “Monster”?

You’ve heard of Loch Ness’s Nessie and of Bigfoot. But do you know about Long Izzie? Hundreds claim to have seen this serpent, similar to the Loch Ness monster.

"It was as big around as my thigh," said fisherman Peter Latraline of Devon. "I'm 100 percent sure of what we saw. I'm not 100 percent sure of what it was."

"It made my hair stand on end at the time," said Stratford fisherman Bob Scales. "It just didn't fit anything -- any creature I had seen." Scales said they never saw the entire body. "What we saw always stayed at the surface and parts of it would come above the water, like the back of the nose or the head," he said.

Click for the full story

Long Island Sound Eels

”Finally reaching freshwater havens on the shore, the eels spend years growing to maturity before making the return trip to spawn and start the circle of life anew.

”But there's a hitch along the way of this incredible journey, and it can be found in Greenwich.”


26 March 2012

Striper Bonus Program...and "Pleasure Beach"...A New Reality Show About Bridgeport Housewives

Connecticut DEEP Expands Bonus Striper Program

”Striper anglers are cheering the expansion of the bonus fishery introduced last year only for the Connecticut River to include all state waters in 2012. During May and June, anglers possessing a valid 2012 Connecticut Bonus Striped Bass Voucher may take one striped bass per voucher in the designated slot of at least 22 inches but less than 28 inches for up to two bonus fish per day.”

Photo alleged to be of Bear Cochrane of Milford, CT with his first 2012 striped bass.

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Pleasure Beach [ just kidding about the Bridgeport housewives ]

”On a May morning, a brilliant sun shines down on a Connecticut shoreline. Flocks of shorebirds, some of them state or federally threatened, swoop onto deserted beaches with few visible signs that humans were ever part of the picture. To the north, a salt marsh punctuated by the white dots of great egrets fishing in the tidal flats sustains the illusion of a place people somehow missed.

”Welcome to Pleasure Beach, 77 acres at the tip of a small peninsula that boasts one-fifth of Connecticut's undeveloped barrier beaches. The controversy surrounding this tiny slice of nature underscores the daunting political challenge of reconciling human interests with those of threatened and endangered species.”


25 March 2012

Bunker in the Sound and Big Striped Bass Killed in Shelton

Bunker Are In the Sound

”This week we have the first reports of bunker in the Sound and a rumor of a 50-pound striper caught off Sullivan Island in the Housatonic River. Kensico Reservoir is providing some excellent angling opportunities though there are no king salmon being caught.

Martin Armstrong in StamfordAdvocate.com

45-Pound Striper Caught at Sullivan’s

Capt. Tom P. told me he’d seen the evidence: Fellow caught a 45-pound striped bass at the junction of the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers in Shelton, CT.

What’s bad about this?

He kept the fish…that is, he killed it.

Isn’t it time we got over this macho-fisherman crap and recognized that killing breeder stripers is not a smart idea?

For crying out loud…take a photo and release the fish!


24 March 2012

Striped Bass and Bluefish on the Menu

Commercial Fishing for Striped Bass Continues in MA

”Striped bass will still be an option for restaurant patrons in Massachusetts since lawmakers put off legislation that would have banned commercial striped bass fishing and sales in the Bay State.”


Bluefish: Trash or Treasure?

”An angler once told me he always throws back bluefish heavier than five pounds because they taste too fishy. But I keep bluefish, known for being packed with healthy omega-3. I like their taste, especially those under three pounds….”


22 March 2012

Fly Leader Failures, and the Thames River

Ask Lefty

”Q: “I have been casting a 9-weight with a 350-grain sinking line. My casts have been going 70 feet into the wind, and when I want more distance, I haul faster. However, my leader is not extending all the way. When I strip my line, it takes anywhere from two to seven strips to pick up the slack. As you well know, this is not ideal. By the time the fly starts to move, the fish are almost always past the fly. So what am I doing wrong?”

New Edition of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Thames River Area Report

”Herring have been in the Thames River for a couple of weeks now, with many stripers in the 30-inch range in and around Norwich Harbor, and in the waters up to the Greenville Pool on the Shetucket River.

”Anglers have caught these big stripers in the river using chunk baits or large swimming plugs that mimic the 10- or 12-inch-long herring they are chasing.

”Likewise, the stripers that overwinter in the coves of the Connecticut River also are becoming more active. Because of the extremely mild winter, odds are there already are some stripers migrating northward along the coast from their breeding grounds in Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River.

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

21 March 2012

White Perch, and Alabama Rigs

White Perch

”White perch, or silver bass as some of the old-timers called them, were always a favorite commodity, but a species that was hard to pin down to a specific location.

"On occasion, I would be fishing for tautog on the first pier on the Brightman Street Bridge when a school of perch would move in and all hell would break loose. Unlike the tog, which could be counted on to inhabit the rocky piers and pilings of the bridges, perch moved in and out like their larger cousin, the striper.”

Charley Soares in WickedLocal.com

OK to “Alabama” in Connecticut

”’We have received numerous questions/calls/emails about the legality of the (effectively a small, castable umbrella rig). Most questions have come from black bass (largemouth bass & smallmouth bass) anglers.

"'The short answer is that the Alabama rig is legal to use in Connecticut to fish for black bass.’"

Martin Armstrong in StamfordAdvocate.com

Shoo-Fly: They also work on stripers and bluefish.

20 March 2012

Guide to Fly-Fishing in Connecticut

Flyfisher's Guide to Connecticut

”228: The number of Connecticut rivers and streams profiled in the book, each and every one of them personally visited and explored by the author.

”117: The number of Connecticut lakes and ponds profiled in the book.”

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Six Ways to Rig Bass Lures...Ought to Work on Stripers Too!

”Here’s a look at six ways to rig bass fishing lures that you might find on a fishing report, including one that recently has gained notoriety by banking on a similar technique used mostly in saltwater situations.”


19 March 2012

Black Sea Bass, Porgy, Fluke, Blackfish Limits Posted

CTDEEP Updates Catch Regs for Some Species

Black Sea Bass: Open Season: June 15 to December 31, inclusive, Minimum Size: 13 inches, Creel Limit: 15 fish.

Porgy: Open Season: May 1 – December 31, inclusive, Minimum Size: 10.5 inches, Creel Limit: 20 fish; that on vessels holding a party/charter registration with DEEP, the minimum size is 11 inches and from September 1 to October 31 the possession limit for paying passengers is 40 fish.

Fluke: Open Season: May 15 to October 31, inclusive, Minimum Size: 18 inches, Creel Limit: 5 fish.

Blackfish: Minimum Size at all times: 16 inches.Open Season: April 1 to April 30, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish;Open Season: July 1 to August 31, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish;Open Season: October 10 to December 6, inclusive, Creel Limit: 4 fish.


Sea-Run Brown Trout

”Hard-core fly fishermen cast larger streamer flies. Spin fishermen can catch them on any lure a trout will take. But the best way to tempt a large sea-run brown is with a large, live mummichog or striped killifish, fished with light tackle.”

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com

17 March 2012

Effective Dynamite Fishing Techniques; How Bad Is Long Island Sound; and, Eels in the Streets

Fish Won’t Bite? Here’s One Way to Get Them!

”Gilberto Alcoser, 34, was 13 years old when he started the deadly occupation of dynamite fishing. For seven years, he and his father would set out at sunrise to throw dynamites into the sea and catch fish, along the way blowing up coral reefs and seagrass beds that nurture the very marine life that sustains their livelihood.”


How Bad is Long Island Sound?

”In 2011, Connecticut broke records for rain and snowfall, which in turn resulted in over 1 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage being discharged into local waterways and Long Island Sound. Yet the public was ill-informed of these releases.

”Sewage overflows contaminate waterways and our communities with dangerous pathogens that put our health at risk.”


Eels in the Streets

”…when part of New Zealand was hit by a 'weather bomb' recently, a number of eels suddenly sprung up in some surprising locations."


Connecticut Fishermen Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

”The DEEP is considering changes in minimum lengths, creel limits and/or season dates for no less than four of the top six fish caught in Long Island Sound -- fluke (summer flounder), blackfish (Tautog), porgies (scup) and black sea bass….

”The only fish species of the top six that do not have [pending] regulation designations are striped bass and bluefish. This means we can be fairly certain that the 28-inch striper length and the 10-fish creel limit for blues will remain in place for 2012.

”Before you go getting all giddy with joy over that last bit of news, consider the following….”

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

Long Island Sound a Seaweed Farm?

”… seaweed farming could be the answer to some of the world’s most intractable problems.

”For starters, it could provide a highly nutritious, sustainable food source to a hungry planet; it could be transformed into biofuel that removes heat-trapping carbon dioxide even as it cleans offshore waters of pollutants; and it could create environmentally friendly economic opportunities for coastal communities.”


Coast Guard Cautions Spring-Weather Boaters

”With temperatures anticipated in the mid-60s this week, many area boaters may feel the urge to take the winter wrap off their boat or kayak and head out on the water. The combination of light boating traffic and spring-like temperatures can make for a great day. There are dangers though associated with spring-like weather and winter-like water temperatures. Boaters are urged to take the proper precautions before heading out.

“’Boaters should ensure that they have the proper lifesaving equipment on board their vessel, that it is in good working order, and that everyone on board knows how to operate it,’ said Lt. Garrett Meyer of Coast Guard Sector Boston.

”For paddle boaters, it is especially critical to prepare before heading out.

“’It is also important to remember that water temperatures are still around 40 degrees and hypothermia can set in relatively quickly,’ said Meyer. ‘Dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air.’

”Additionally, the Coast Guard recommends that boaters heading out on the water prepare a float plan and leave it with a family or friend on shore. This document will provide the Coast Guard and other first responders valuable information needed to conduct a search if the boater fails to return as planned.

”Always wearing your lifejacket while onboard and having an emergency position indicating radio beacon and VHF marine-band radio in addition to all required safety equipment can help boaters have a safe and enjoyable day on the water.”


16 March 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012... 16 MAR

This is part 4 of 4 parts.

Coming down to the end of our stay in Islamorada, I've selected some favorite photos that have appeared on Islamorada Journal over the past 10 weeks. Hope you enjoy them.

Last sunset in Islamorada for 2012.

15 March 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...15 MAR

This is part 3 of 4 parts.

Coming down to the end of our stay in Islamorada, I've selected some favorite photos that have appeared on Islamorada Journal over the past 10 weeks. Hope you enjoy them.

14 March 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...14 MAR

This is part 2 of 4 parts.

Coming down to the end of our stay in Islamorada, I've selected some favorite photos that have appeared on Islamorada Journal over the past 10 weeks. Hope you enjoy them.

13 March 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...13 MAR

This is part 1 of 4 parts.

Coming down to the end of our stay in Islamorada, I've selected some favorite photos that have appeared on Islamorada Journal over the past 10 weeks. Hope you enjoy them.

11 March 2012

Islamorada Journal 2012...10-11 MAR

CRITTERS: Egbert came by the back porch today...looking for a handout.

He's obviously been fed here before as he walked up within four feet of me and looked me straight in the eye with a sort of "WELL, WHERE'S MY SHRIMP? attitude.

I can tell you I was not altogether comfortable with that beak being so close.

He walked right up to the screen door where he could hear Deb rattling around in the kitchen. At every sound his head tilted in yet another direction as he envisioned the goodies about to be bestowed upon him.

But, alas, we had no fresh seafood for him...no frozen either.

Deb tried giving him a piece of bread...no interest at all.

Those are leaves scattered on the deck. You can sweep the darned things off and seemingly minutes later there are more of them right back under your feet.

Egbert's got a amazing set of tail feathers.

Eventually he got the idea that there was nothing for him here, and he took off for the next stop on his morning's mooching route.

Iggy waddling through the yard.

We saw a pod a dolphins, but they were business-dolphins and not at all interested in playing. One came over to us and dashed directly under the boat, but the rest maintained an appropriate distance.

Here's the little cuda that frequents the boat basin.

We've nicknamed him, Lucius Malfoy.

Speaking of cudas, here's two-thirds of the Saturday cuda-fishing team.

We went out to the cuda hole and they were there big time.

Deb was the cuda lady; caught six of them...more than Wayne and I did together.

Deb had a big barry on that broke the line; I had the drag set too tightly on that reel. Then she got another nice one to the side of the boat, but I messed up with the boga* and he got away before we could get a photo.

Mea culpa.

Check out that cloud behind Wayne and Deb.

[*Plier-like device that allows you to grip the fish by the lower jaw and lift it safely from the water without damaging the fish, and without getting fingers near the fish's mouth...an obvious advantage when dealing with barracudas.]

Here's that same cloud.

It seemed just to grow and grow until it spanned the entire sky from west to east.

The clould hanged around all afternoon and was still visible when Deb was taking sunset shots that evening.