30 June 2012

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 28 JUN



0600 on 28 JUN Roy P. and I left the dock on what was going to be a bluebird day...weather-wise.





We were quickly into schoolie bass.





Saw pods of bunker near the beach...but nothing was feeding on them.

Click on any photo to enlarge.





American Oystercatchers





Fish were scattered and we had to work for them.





Black-Crowned Night Heron













The "No-Wake Zones Don't Apply to Me" lunkhead of the day.





Roy kept a bluefish for dinner.

Quickly bled, filleted, and iced, the fish was excellent off the grill, Roy reported later.


• 3 Rescued in Long Island Sound Off Milford


”Three people were rescued from the waters of Long Island Sound early Friday after their boat capsized during a fishing trip, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

”The search began just before 9:30 p.m. Thursday after police received a 911 call from a person saying the 19-foot boat was taking on water.”

Online.WSJ.com


29 June 2012

∙ The Weekend: Connecticut Issues Mosquito Alert



”In Connecticut, officials at the state Agricultural Experiment Station said Thursday that they've seen a more than two-fold increase in the population of the mosquito species that plays the biggest role in spreading West Nile virus, possibly due to the….”

Source: TorringtonCitizen.com


• Alligator caught in Connecticut River



”A 2- to 3-foot-long alligator wearing a collar that was roaming a residential neighborhood in Enfield, Conn., has been caught near the Connecticut River.”

MSNBC.com


• Long Island Sound Fishing Reports - 29 JUN 2012



• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report – 28 JUN 2012

Striped Bass fishing remains good. The usual spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Live lining bunker, hickory shad, eels, scup or using fresh cut baits on three way bottom rigs or fish finder rigs will work for slob bass.

Bluefish fishing continues to improve with an influx of good size choppers invading Long Island Sound. Bluefish weighing in the low to mid-teens are being reported.

Fluke fishing is fair to good overall. There are some big doormats out there but you have to put your time in. Fishing locations include south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River.

Porgy fishing is good to excellent on the major reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good on the reefs/wrecks and also on the fluking grounds. Anglers targeting fluke are catching black sea bass instead.

Hickory Shad fishing is good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier. Hickories can be found mixed in with snapper blues. Flood tide is best.

Blue Crabbing is pretty hot in the tidal creeks of Stonington to Mystic and Westbrook to Madison. Some large "jimmies" are measuring from 7 to 9 inches across from spike to spike.

CTDEEP



• Thames River-Area Fishing Report

”Anglers are taking some short stripers in the Thames River along with an occasional keeper.

"The larger bass are feeding on adult menhaden schools and have been since spring. However, rising water temperatures will eventually drive them out into cooler, deeper waters of the Atlantic."

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com



• Norwalk-Area Fishing Report

”Big bass catches have been piling up for a few weeks now as the lunkers establish their summer feeding grounds. Bluefish are already settling in for summer and spreading throughout Long Island Sound.

"Before we know it, snapper blues will make their appearance and begin the downhill slide towards fall.

"For now, fishing is great.”

Dick Alley in TheHour.com


• Fishing with Kids



”Do not force a child to stand under a hot sun or in rough water until they catch a big bass, trout or striper. Species are not important to children; it’s only catching a fish that counts.

“Be sure to make trips as interesting and action-packed as a child can handle. If children are more interested in catching frogs or pollywogs along the shoreline, let them do it. Remember that early exploration for children with a thirst for knowledge is an adventure.”

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com


28 June 2012

• Great Time to Fish Long Island Sound



”It may last two, three or more weeks before the spawning season ends and the blues retreat to the depths. They'll be back on the surface in late summer and fall, especially if the bait is comprised of peanut bunker or shiners or spearing in large numbers, but for now, the mid-Sound surface fishing is the best to be found”

Dick Alley in TheHour.com l


• Marabou Clouser Fly



”My first clousers were bucktail, like the standard clouser and they do work, that is for sure, but somewhere down the line I started using Marabou instead of bucktail.

"Marabou when wet is incredibly durable and provides more action than most any other material.”

ClarionLedger.com


27 June 2012

• Landing Really Big Fish on the Fly Rod



”Many anglers have the impression that all big-game fly-fishing takes place right behind the boat, but that isn’t always the case. Your fly line needs to be castable.

The line obviously needs to be strong and durable and should have a core that can take the strain of a big fish.”

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters


• New Connecticut Public Act Requires the Inspection of Vessels and Vessel Trailers for Aquatic Invasive Species



Public Act 12-167, effective 01 JUL 2012, expands boaters' responsibility for inspecting their boats and boat trailers before transporting them in Connecticut.

Prior law required them to inspect for and properly remove and dispose of any vegetation.

The new act requires them to inspect for vegetation and aquatic invasive species, as determined by the energy and environmental protection commissioner, and properly remove and dispose of what is visible and identifiable without optical magnification. As under prior law, violators are subject to a fine of up to $100 for each violation.

The act requires Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-approved safe boating courses to instruct boaters on how to properly inspect boats and trailers for aquatic invasive species and dispose of them. By law, the courses must already instruct boaters on how to properly inspect for and dispose of vegetation.

Connecticut General Assembly


26 June 2012

• Thames River Area Fishing Report



”The presence of menhaden in the Thames has drawn schools of bluefish into the river, with choppers as large as 38 or 39 inches being reported from the lower Thames to Fishers Island and the Race.”

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com


• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report - 21 JUN 2012


Striped Bass and Bluefish fishing remains good. The Race, Plum Gut, and Pigeon Rip are again consistent striper and bluefish fishing locations. Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Thames River, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point.

Also Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands and rocky reefs, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Schools of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) are in many of the tidal rivers and harbors which means stripers and choppers are not far away!

Fluke fishing is fair to good with a lot of sub-legal throwbacks being reported. Fishing locations include south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River.

Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is excellent in Block Island Sound.

Hickory Shad fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.

Monster Skates have been caught at Long Sand Shoal if anyone is interested.

CTDEEP


25 June 2012

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: Recent Photos





Capt. has been under the weather for several days, so we're just now getting around to posting some pix from a week or so ago.





Mal Y. was on the boat with us one day.





Marine infrastructure in need of repair.





Had fun with bluefish and stripers.





Guess they were ensuring that the boat would be ready when needed.





One of the osprey nesting stations Audubon has placed.





Yes, lunkhead, we're taking a photo of you blasting throught the no-wake zone.





Jim W. joined us on another day.





This would be a great tool for getting to the fishing.

Little hard to fly-fish off it, however.




Another great day on the water.


• Bluefish: Excellent Article on Catching and Eating


”Pound-for-pound, bluefish are among the gamest fish that swim. They are voracious feeders and the surface explosions as they viciously strike topwater plugs is half the fun of catching them.

"If you get into a school of feeding blues, the action is non-stop as fish will chase and attack your plug from the moment it hits the water, all the way to the boat or shore, until one is hooked or you run out of water. Often, several will be fighting over your lure. This makes them a favorite of light tackle enthusiasts and fly fishermen.”

SouthCoastToday.com


23 June 2012

• Connecticut Towns List Upcoming Fireworks Displays



Bridgeport, Derby, Milford, Norwalk, Shelton, Stratford, and West Haven will celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks between 29 JUN and 03 JUL.

The link below will take you to the schedule, including rain dates:

Acorn-Online.com




”Issue 35 of This is Fly Magazine just released and offers a mint collection of stories, interviews, art and music that will entice readers to escape into it's pages and experience the new age of fly fishing.

"As always we would like to thank all of our contributors, we are grateful to have them apart of our community and share their creativity with our growing readership. Thank you to all our sponsors who have been generous enough to help make our publication possible and stronger than ever.”

Source: This is Fly


22 June 2012

• Westbrook, CT Striped Bass Tournament



”Long Island Sound's newest fishing tournament will be held on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2012 on the Sound. Anglers of all ages can register now for the "Westbrook Inshore Striped Bass Open," a "catch-and-release" tournament for slot size between 28-inches and 36-inches in length.”

Martin Armstrong in StamfordAdvocate.com


• Tying the HPU Weedless Fly



An interesting video showing an innovative way to make a weedless fly on an extra-wide-gap worm hook.

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters


21 June 2012

∙ Using the Dropshot Rig for Fluke and Flounder



”Fluke are ambush feeders. The bury themselves in the sand and mud changing their body color to match surrounding bottom.

"Fluke will set up facing the tide and will usually be found around structure. To locate the fluke use your depth finder and look for any holes, drop offs, humps and channel edges.”

Source: WorldFishingNetwork.com


• Catching the Big Striped Bass

This post is from June 2012. For the latest information, click here: ConnecticutSalwaterFishing.com

”The big Volvo located deep in the heart of the Amanda Marie rumbled to life. Gloucester harbor, bathed in the soft glow of the early morning sunlight, was flat calm with the surface full of reflections of the 'city that surrounds it.

A few working boats were making waves in the dark water, their wakes rolling white on top and then disappearing into the energy consuming water.”

GoucesterTimes.com


20 June 2012

∙ Connecticut Outdoor Activities at Risk for Heat Stress



With the impending heat wave, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is urging all those who work or play outdoors or in other hot environments to learn to recognize and protect themselves from heat stress.

Each year in the US, several hundred people are killed by heat-related conditions, and thousands more are made ill. Young people, older folk, and those with underlying health conditions or taking certain medications are at greatest risk for heat stress and heat stroke. In Connecticut, dozens of individuals are seen in emergency departments each summer due to the health effects of heat stress.

“On average, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, and many of those harmed or killed are workers.” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen. “While any worker death is tragic, those caused by heat stress are particularly disturbing because they are so easily preventable.”

People can take actions to protect themselves in hot environments. These include:

∙ encouraging frequent breaks away from direct sunlight,

∙ scheduling physically-demanding work during the cooler parts of the day, and;

∙ providing cooling fans and moisture-wicking clothing to help keep cool.

Those in hot environments should be encouraged to drink non-caffeinated liquids frequently to stay properly hydrated, typically 8 ounces of fluids every 20-30 minutes. In addition, having onsite personnel trained in recognizing and treating heat stress disorders, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, is essential to early recognition and intervention.

For more information on heat safety go to:

Source: Connecticut Department of Public Health


• “Photos of Mysterious UFO-Shaped Object Sunk In Baltic Sea”



”Last year, a mysterious UFO-shaped 60-foot disc was discovered in the bottom of the Baltic sea by a Swedish ocean exploration team using sonar.

“Now, that same team has managed to get near it and take photographs. According to diver Stefan Hogeborn, it's unlike anything they've ever seen….”


Gizmodo.com

USO: Unidentified Sinking Object sounds more like it. The ancient-aliens aficionados are going to jump all over this one! [Theme from Twilight Zone plays here.]




• Spring 2012 Was Warmest on Record

” The U.S. experienced its second warmest May and its warmest spring season on record.

”A new climate analysis by NOAA also finds the contiguous U.S. also experienced record warm year-to-date and twelve-month periods.”

NOAA


19 June 2012

• Aliens Are Invading Long Island Sound



”When it comes to certain alien invasions of Long Island Sound, we're not talking about a military invasion from England [as in the War of 1812] or an invasion of extra-terrestrials from outer space.

"We're talking about aggressive non-native or non-indigenous species of plants and animals that have been introduced to Long Island Sound since the arrival of European colonists.”

Latest issue of Sound Outlook




• Dock That Washed Ashore In Oregon Is Debris From Japan Tsunami

”A nearly 21-metre-long dock that floated ashore on an Oregon beach was torn loose from a fishing port in northern Japan by last year's tsunami and drifted across thousands of kilometres of Pacific Ocean, a Japanese Consulate official said Wednesday.”

Article and photo from: Winnipeg Free Press


18 June 2012

• Why Do Fish Jump?



”The reasons vary, but it always has a purpose

“Have you ever wondered why carp and bass jump and splash, why sailfish leap out of the water and flying fish skip across the waves like they’re jet-propelled?

"When a couple of fishery biologists were asked this question, their answers were….”

CharlotteObserver.com


17 June 2012

• “Scientists Say Recreational Fishermen Are Killing Off the Salt Marshes



”I received an email the other day with a rather unnerving subject heading: "They are out to get us"….

“I was about to kill it, assuming it was another virus-laden missive from some paranoid gasser…. But I noticed that the sender was an angling buddy with a knack for finding obscure but important fishing information on the Internet.

”So I clicked.

”It turned out that the information….

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com


• Lefty: How’d You Get Started in Outdoor Writing?



”The Baltimore Sun was one of the few newspapers that had an outdoors column. There were only four hunting and fishing magazines in the country.

"You had 13 million servicemen coming home from the war who loved to hunt and fish. I was always one to write about how to do it, where to do it, when to do it.

"They just gobbled the thing up….”

BaltimoreSun.com


16 June 2012

• Thames River Area Fishing Reports



• Thames River Area Fishing Report…1

”If the wind isn’t blowing too much this weekend, conditions are right to plan a saltwater fishing trip for both fluke and striped bass.”

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com



• Thames River Area Fishing Report…2

”This weekend, conditions are almost perfect for catching quality stripers that will range from the mid-20-inch range to the low-30s with a shot at catching something much larger. These fish are gorging on squid that moved into the region a couple of weeks ago.”

Bob Sampson in NorwichBulletin.com


• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report 14 June 2012



Striped Bass and Bluefish fishing is good at the usual locations: The Race, Plum Gut, and Pigeon Rip. Other fishing locations worth trying include the Watch Hill area, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef, Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Milford Harbor breakwaters and the Charles Island area, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands and rocky reefs, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

And, don’t forget about Connecticut coastal state parks for wetting a line! Go to the following website to locate a fishing spot near you! www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/.

Fluke fishing over this past week has picked up in deeper water (60 ft+) with some doormats closing in the double digit mark in pounds! Fishing locations include Horton Point, Mattituck area, Mt. Sinai, and Port Jefferson on the north shore of Long Island, south side of Fishers Island, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Thames River mouth, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the “Bloody Grounds”, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to the West Haven area, and off the mouth off the Housatonic River.

Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs.

Weafish fishing best chances are in New Haven Harbor and the Milford – Stratford area.

The Black Sea Bass fishing season opened June 15th.

CTDEEP


• New Connecticut Law Increases Penalties for Poaching



By law, a person who enters or remains in any premises to hunt, trap, or fish, although the person knows he or she is not licensed or privileged to do so, is guilty of 3rd degree criminal trespass.

Connecticut Public Act 12-84, effective October first, increases the penalty for this offense, making it a Class B misdemeanor. Under prior law, it was a Class C misdemeanor.

Now: Class C misdemeanor: Up to three months in jail and $500

October 1: Class B misdemeanor: Up to six months and $1,000.

Source: Connecticut General Assembly


15 June 2012

The Weekend: 10 Things Seafood Restaurants Won't Tell You



”Seafood restaurants have been known to take a page from the public relations handbook: If something doesn't sell, rebrand it.

"Slimehead became orange roughy in the 1970s; escolar (which in large quantities can make people ill) shows up on menus under several names, including butterfish...

"...and a renaming campaign for the Asian carp over the past two years has led to its being sold under names like Kentucky tuna, silverfin and even Shanghai bass.”

Online.WSJ.com