31 August 2012

• Labor Day Weekend: Is Fall Striper Run Approaching?

”Water temperatures have hit their peak and started to drop as daylight hours shrink. There’s a chill of fall in the early morning air, and the stripers feel it just as we do.

”For them, it’s a signal to start feeding, eating as much as they can before they turn tail and swim south for the winter.

”This is a very good thing for fishermen, as big striped bass that sulked in the summer heat suddenly become aggressive, pushing baitfish to the surface and falling all over themselves to grab a plug, fly or bait.”

Source: BostonHerald.com

• Bluefish Tournament Won With 17+-lb. Bluefish

”The WICC Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth is over for another year. While the results remain unofficial at this time, the fish have all been weighed and registered.

"It looks like it was another year where the west end of Long Island Sound prevailed.”

Source: TheHour.com

• Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report – 30 AUG 2012

Blackfish recreational fishing season’s last day is on August 31st but will reopen again on October 10th.

Bluefish remains hot and heavy throughout LIS and fishing will only get better as autumn approaches!

Striped Bass night time fishery is the norm due to all of the marauding bluefish during the day. Live bait is the key for success but you have get by bluefish in order to score on a linesider. Also, bouncing three-way bucktail jigs on the bottom is another option instead of wasting those precious lively baits being chopped in half by bluefish.

Stripers and chopper spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point including Niantic Bay, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, Falkner Island area, and upper New Haven Harbor.

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

Don’t forget about hitting our coastal state parks for excellent shore-based fishing!

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent in the tidal rivers. Snappers range in size as small as 4 inches to over 8 inches in length. Snappers are a blast to catch on light freshwater spinning gear and even on a fly rod! Snappers will wreck your gear so use flies you really don’t care about trashing. Also, spin casting small willow leaf lures or kastmasters work well.

Fluke fishing is still hit or miss. Deep water (100+ ft) drifting across tight contour gradients (drop offs) and river channels have been yielding good catches but locating these flatties is more than half the battle!

Porgy fishing remains good to excellent with some slammer porgies being reported on a weekly basis! 15 to 17 inch scup are being caught on the local reefs. Just use a three way bottom rig with a small scup hook baited with a squid strip or clam will do the trick for theses hard fighting bruisers!

Black Sea Bass fishing is good to excellent but there are a lot of throwbacks (sublegal fish) being reported. When fishing deep water try to reel in slowly to reduce the swim bladder from over expanding for survival purposes on the sublegal throwbacks!

This week there has been no reports on Little Tunny or Atlantic Bonito but these speedsters can appear anywhere at any time especially during this time of year!

Blue Claw Crabbing is near peak along the coast!”

Source: CTDEEP

• Eastern Long Island Sound Fishing Report

”There are still some adult menhaden running up into the upper Thames with the tides. At times they have been producing some stripers up into the 30-pound range, along with bluefish.

"As long as abnormally warm water temperatures persist in this region, fishing in both the ocean and lakes will be challenging, and for some species unpredictable.

Source: NorwichBulletin.com

30 August 2012

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 29 AUG 2012

Roy P. and I were constantly into bluefish on Wednesday.

Schools were on the surface near the mouth of the Housatonic River.

I was so busy chasing fish and catching fish that, for the most part, I forgot to take photos.

Yet another "no-wake zones don't apply to me" lunkhead.

• Yet Another Article About Kayak Fishing

”I wasn’t in just any kayak, however. I paddled a Jackson Coosa, one of a new breed of “fishing kayaks” built from the keel up expressly for anglers.

"The past few years, they have become one of the hottest trends in fishing, especially in the South and wherever saltwater game fish cruise warm inshore waters.

”But they have been slow to catch on in Vermont, and until last week I’d never had the chance to paddle one.”

Source: BurlingtonFreePress.com

Photo: http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaks/mirage/oasis/

• Florida Gets Tough On Lionfish…And They’re Good Eating

”The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently made several changes in rules concerning lionfish that have started showing up in increasing numbers in state waters.

”The new rules include no fishing license required when bagging lionfish using pole spears, hand-held nets, Hawaiian slings or other devices specifically designed for bringing in lionfish, and there's no recreational or commercial bag limit for lionfish for the next year.”

Source: FirstCoastNews.com

29 August 2012

• Dealing with Those Bluefish

”Another difference is that bluefish can and often will jump when hooked. Don’t panic at this event, it adds a lot of excitement to playing a bluefish.

”Some anglers will drop their rod (called bowing) at the jump but unless you’re fly fishing or using a light line test, just hold on during the aerial show.

”The good thing about being a striper angler fishing for bluefish is that your rods and reels, unless they are ultra-light, will work but expect a lengthy battle.

”Hey, that’s a big part of the bluefishing fun.”

Source: UnionLeader.com

• Eels: Great On the Hook…Or On the Table

”Drifting eels in darkness is a deadly technique for catching August's biggest, most difficult bass. But pollution, overfishing, habitat loss and difficult-to-assess oceanic changes may eventually put the future of eels — and eel fishing — in doubt.

”With their tiny, transparent young caught in Maine rivers selling for $2,000 a pound, the bounty put on their heads by Asian and European markets further contributes to their demise. They seem destined to join Atlantic salmon, short-nose sturgeon and river herring on an expanding list of threatened species.

”Drifting eels may one day be a nostalgic memory if we're not proactive.”

Source: Telegram.com

• Commercial Fishing Ranks As Deadliest Job In U.S.

”The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks commercial fishing as the deadliest job in the United States.

"And despite the popular notion from reality TV's "Deadliest Catch," featuring Alaskan crab fishermen, the most dangerous fishery is in the Northeast.”

Source: TradeOnlyToday.com

• Upcoming: Favorite Season on Long Island Sound

”Two of the best end-of-summer baitfish are large silversides and small bay anchovies. In my experience, I have found that the former are much preferred by Atlantic bonito, and the latter, smaller rain bait are like candy to false albacore.

”Those two pelagic species are the real reason late August is one of my favorite fishing months in the Long Island Sound.”

Source: NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com

28 August 2012

• Maryland Anglers Taxes Misused to Pay Commercial Fishermen’s Fees

”An investigation…found that grant requests and year-end reports…did not include any mention of DNR's [Maryland Department of Natural Resources] commercial striper tagging program.

The misuse of [federally mandated] Wallop-Breaux funds and the cover-up was finally stopped last year by DNR's current management.

"’The investigation…proves that anglers in Maryland unwittingly paid a large portion of the commercial fishermen's regulatory costs for 17 years,’ says Brad Burns, president of Stripers Forever.”

Source: NJ.com

• Off Topic: Connecticut Is Not A Concealed-Carry State

”…Connecticut is not a conceal carry state, meaning a person with a permit in the state is not required to keep the weapon hidden from view, despite what many people mistakenly think.

”…some municipalities, including New Britain, have enacted their own ordinances banning the carrying of guns in plain view.”

Source: CTLawTribune.com

Note: This article from Connecticut Law Tribune points out that there are, nevertheless, several potential downsides to carrying a weapon in the open.

And while this is a bit off-topic for us, we know that many sportsmen are into both fishing and shooting sports, so we thought it might be of interest to some readers.

Photo: concealedcarryforum.com

• Thousands of Rainbow Trout Released From Ontario Fish Farm into Great Lakes

”The first incident was reported on July 26, and police say about 25,000 rainbow trout were released into the North Channel….”

Source: Toronto.CTVNews.ca

Photo: AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal-John Hart

• Connecticut Gas Hits $4 A Gallon

”Connecticut average gas prices jumped to more than $4 Saturday, according to the latest numbers from AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

”The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline became $4.003 overnight. The last time motorists paid more than $4 was May 16, the report states.”

Source: Courant.com

• Coast Guard in East Haven, Connecticut Rescue

”A Coast Guard Station New Haven 25-foot rescue boat crew medically evacuated a 48-year old man from aboard his 24-foot boat off East Haven, Conn., at about 6:30 p.m., Thursday.

”The Coast Guard rescue crew was sent out to the boater’s location approximately 1500 yards from Lighthouse Point Park, East Haven, after receiving a distress call from the boater at 6:10 p.m., reporting that he was experiencing chest pains.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

27 August 2012

• Is That Hurricane Going to Hit Connecticut?

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Source: Hurricane Central 2012

• Stamford, Connecticut Issues Rabies Warning

”The City of Stamford Department of Health and Social Services is advising residents to follow these guidelines...to prevent rabies from being transmitted to themselves or their pets.

"Here are some signs that should make you suspicious of the health of any animal: aggressive acting; has paralysis; bites at everything if excited; has an increase of saliva and/or drooling; has difficulty moving, has unusual vocalizations and appears sick overall.

"If you get bitten by an animal wash the bite wounds thoroughly with soap and water as soon as soon as possible. Consult a physician as soon as possible.

"...animal proof your home and yard. Make sure all garbage containers have tight fitting lids and do not leave pet food or water outside.

Source: StamfordAdvocate.com

• “Buy A Share of A Fresh, Sustainable Fish Catch”

”’We sell fish [that] people didn’t think they’d like, like bluefish,’ says Heather Fraelick, a marketing specialist at Cape Ann Fresh Catch in Gloucester, Mass. ‘People have very strong opinions of bluefish.’ The key is to cook it while it's still fresh from the ocean.
“When it comes to bluefish, and other less popular species, Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC), a community-supported fishery, wants to change people’s minds one catch at a time. That’s why CAFC boasts it offers local sustainably-caught wicked-fresh seafood.”

Source: CSMonitor.com

• George L. 'Doc' Gunther: Stratford Legislator, Conservationist Dies at 93

”Gunther supported scores of environmental and conservation efforts during his 20 terms in the state Senate. He battled pipelines, protected wetlands and snipped at the red tape tying down long-stalled projects like the redevelopment of Stratford's Army engine plant….

“Gunther's distinguished career in the Legislature followed a four-year term on Stratford's Board of Education and a stint on the Town Council, where he helped set up the first conservation commission in the state. He was a great supporter of efforts to revive the town's historic Shakespeare theater….

Source: CTPost.com

• Provincetown Ferry Runs Aground In Marble Head, Massachusetts

”Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification via VFH channel 16 at approximately 8:50 a.m. that the ferry Provincetown 3 had run aground with 145 passengers, four crew and one dog on board.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com

Photo: boston.cbslocal.com

• Asian Carp: Tasty On the Plate…Maybe Better Than Tilapia?

”Part of the Asian carp’s poor image stems from its name. It’s often confused with the common carp, a bottom feeder with a flavor sometimes referred to as 'muddy.'

”The Asian carp, in fact, is a clean fish that feeds on plankton and algae in the upper water of rivers. It’s rich in protein and low in mercury because it doesn’t eat other fish."

Source: NorwichBulletin.com

26 August 2012

• Another Proposal to Develop Avco-Lycoming Plant

”The federal government has green-lighted yet another proposal from a company seeking to purchase, remediate and develop the long-vacant Army engine plant property....

"The pending deal is the latest in a long line of proposals to get the 78-acre parcel back on the town's tax roles. If the current developer is successful, the project could be a major turnaround for Stratford...."

Source: GreenwichTime.com

Photo: GreenwichTime.com: Morgan Kaolian AEROPIX, Connecticut Post contributed

• “Tuna Fishers Place Camera in Torpedo, Capture Amazing Footage of Dolphins”

”Dropping the torpedo back into the water, Peters managed to snag some of the most beautiful underwater footage you’ll ever see...

"...showing the large group of dolphins swimming playfully behind the camera as it travels through the water.”

See the video at: PetaPixel.com

Thanks to Rebecca C. for the tip on this news item.

• Bluefish in Massachusetts Waters

”Bluefish have invaded our waters and fishermen have the best chance to catch one at anytime in history. So there are a few things you need to know.

”Blues have very sharp teeth with very strong jaws to match. You need a steel leader of at least 12 inches and 20-pound test line. Lures that shine and swim will take a bluefish.

”If you are in a boat and see a school of blues don't run your boat into the school, rather float into them, casting as you go. You are likely to hook up on every cast.

”If you catch one, bleed the fish, filet at once and get it on ice for the best taste.”

Source: LowellSun.com

25 August 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report: False Albacore

”But let's be real, the chances of actually spotting a pod of albies in the Sound either feeding on the surface or, more likely, porpoising along at the speed of a cigarette boat are slim.

"Let's just say luck has a lot to do with it. By the time most anglers realize they are looking at albies, the school has vanished.

”The trick is to be prepared.”

Source: CTPost.com

• 405 Traffic Fatalities Predicted for Labor Day Weekend

National Safety Council releases traffic fatality estimates and safety tips for Labor Day weekend which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.

The NSC estimates 405 traffic fatalities and another 40,500 medically consulted injuries will occur over the traditional end-of-summer weekend from motor vehicle collisions.

Source: NSC

24 August 2012

• Kayaking: A Sleigh Ride When You Hook the Big One

”’I was an angler first, then a kayaker,’ [and]…had some ‘painful and expensive’ mishaps early on. ‘Now I tie everything down….’

“Although…a kayak is very stable, they can sometimes flip in the surf. Like fishing off any boat…you want to practice safety first.

“You want to be visible on the water, you want to be seen… has a flag on the back of her boat as well as a light.

“Plus kayakers should have a lifejacket and a noise-making device such as a whistle…a knife as well to cut fishing line if needed.

“Another advantage of fishing out of kayak is it allows the angler access to shallow water. ‘You are able to get up among the fish’ because of the lack of noise,”

Source: TheDestinLog.com

• Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report – 24 AUG 2012

Bluefish are thick throughout Long Island Sound with fish ranging in size from about 4 to 12 lbs. Bluefish have been providing anglers great surface action at first light especially at “The Race” which has been “red hot”.

The downside is that with all the bluefish around it’s making it tough for anglers seeking Striped Bass. The night time shift is now in order for pursuing trophy linesiders and evading large chopper blues. Live lining bunker, eels, or scup again is the choice for slob bass.

The usual fishing spots for both stripers and bluefish include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Little Gull Island, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps” south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef including outer SW Reef, Six Mile Reef, the reefs off Madison, Guilford, and Branford, and Falkner Island area.

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

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent in the tidal rivers. This is a great time to introduce kids to fishing since the action is fast and furious! Light freshwater spinning gear is all you need.

Fluke fishing still remains on the slow side but some nice keepers can be caught in deep (100+ ft) water.

Porgy fishing remains good to excellent on the major reefs and rock piles with fish measuring 14 to 17 inches.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good to excellent on the deep water reefs, wrecks, and over hard gnarly bottom.

Be on the lookout for Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito on the south side of Fishers Island, the Race, Little Gull Island, Pine Island off the Thames River, Jordan Cove over to Millstone Point, and Sixmile Reef. These torpedoes can cover a large area in a nanosecond!

Blue Claw Crabbing is prime time in the tidal creeks!

Source: CTDEEP

• Six Catch Tuna Worth $325,000

”…no prize equals what Nova and others earned last weekend in the 39th annual Ocean City, Md., White Marlin Open, fishing with almost 240 boats.

”…fishing from Wachapreague, they earned first place in the tuna division with a 238-pound catch that earned the six-person fishing team $324,516.”

Source: DelMarVaNow.com

23 August 2012

• Bridgeport, Stamford, CT Residents Test Positive for WNV

”The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that two more residents have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection.

"These results bring the total number of human cases of WNV infection in Connecticut to four this year….

“The most recent human cases of West Nile virus are residents of Bridgeport and Stamford,”

Source: CTDPH

• Oddball Fish Caught in Long Island Sound

”Sean Reilly Jr. headed out into the Long Island Sound from Port Jefferson Harbor on Thursday to do some porgy fishing and ended up pulling up something he did not recognize at the end of his line.

“He described it as looking like a giant pleco.”

Source: PortJeffersonPatch.com

Turns out the fish was a northern kingfish.

"Northern kingfish are part of the drum family, Sciaenidae, which also includes weakfish, spot, Atlantic croaker, red drum and black drum. Since they lack an air bladder, Northern kingfish do notmake typical "drumming" sounds like other members of the drum family, but they can vocalize somewhat by grinding their pharyngeal (throat) teeth.

"Notable characteristics are the long spine on the first dorsal fin and a barbel on the chin. Dark, irregular bars are present along the body of the fish. The first two bars form two distinct V-shapes. The bold markings and a dark longitudinal stripe behind the pectoral fins distinguish it from the two other species of kingfish. The markings on Southern kingfish and Gulf kingfish are not nearly as prominent and do not form the V-shaped pattern.

"Northern kingfish can grow 18 inches long and can weigh up to three pounds, but greater lengths and weights have been reported. Commonly, these fish range from 10 to 14 inches long and weigh from one-half to 1.5 pounds. The largest ever recorded anywhere, a three-year-old female caught in a commercial gill net, was more than 21 inches long and weighed 3.3 pounds."

Description from: NJFishandWildlife.com

• Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth kicks off Saturday

”This year's WICC Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth kicks off at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning.

”This year, the WICC Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth and the Port Jefferson Ferry team up to sponsor the contest over the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26.

"Participating anglers can compete for more than $45,000 in prize money, including $25,000 for the heaviest bluefish, $10,000 for second place, $3,000 for third place...."

Source: TheHour.com

• “Gulf Seafood Deformities Alarm Scientists”

”Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.

”’The fishermen have never seen anything like this,' Dr. Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. 'And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either.'

”Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010.”

Source: ReaderSupportedNews.org

Photo: FoxNews.com

Thanks to Val S. for the tipoff on this article.

22 August 2012

21 August 2012

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 21 AUG 2012

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• Using Multiple-Bait [Alabama] Rigs

”For years, saltwater anglers have known the benefits of fishing with multiple bait rigs. The spreader rig or umbrella rig allows the fisherman to present multiple artificial baits at one time and on one line. In saltwater these types of rigs have been used while trolling.

”The use of these rigs has now carried over and is being used by many freshwater anglers. There have been some slight modifications to the saltwater versions so that the size of the rig can be cast by freshwater anglers."

Source: NewsTimes.com

• Kayaks in the Salt Waters

”A decade ago, catching saltwater fish from a kayak could have been dismissed as a gimmick, a way to add an unnecessary level of difficulty to the sport of fishing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth today.

”Kayak-fishing has grown to become a significant segment of the fishing fleet, with its own specialized craft, gear and techniques.”

Source: BostonHerald.com

20 August 2012

• Newsletter Article on Fly-Fishing for Carp

”Carp are fussy fish, and catching them requires fussy fishing. In fact, that's what fly-fishers like best about carp - the finesse required to hook one.

"It starts with the fact that fly-fishing for carp is mainly sight fishing. You don't cast to holding water and hope there's a carp present. You spot a feeding carp and sneak up on it.”

Sign up to receive the newsletter at: Flyshack Newsletter

• Body of Connecticut Woman Found in Sunken Boat

”The Coast Guard says rescuers have found the body of a woman in a boat that sank in Long Island Sound near Fishers Island.

”Petty Officer Ian McGoohan of the Coast Guard in New Haven, Conn., said the body was found before 8 a.m. Monday. The woman has not been identified and her body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office.”

Source: ABCLocal.Go.com

• Connecticut Woman Missing After Boat Strikes Rock In Long Island Sound

”Rescuers are searching the Long Island Sound waters near Fishers Island after a Connecticut woman disappeared when the boat she was aboard hit a rock and sank.

”The Coast Guard says they received a distress call at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday that a 50-foot motor vessel named Priceless had struck Pulpit Rock and sank with 10 people aboard. Nine people and a dog were rescued.”

Source: FoxNews.com

• Day After Lightning Strike, NJ Man Dies from Injuries

”A New Jersey man struck by lightning during yesterday's powerful storms has died from his injuries, police said Thursday.

”Sebastian Castillo, 41, of East Rutherford was fishing with his son on a beach in Long Branch yesterday evening when he was struck by lightning.”

Source: NBCNewYork.com

19 August 2012

• “Last Chance to Enter Greatest Bluefish Tourney”

”The 30th edition of the annual WICC 600 Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth will be held next weekend and some lucky Long Island Sound angler will win $25,000.S…

“…you must do is enter the contest before it starts. You have to register by 7 p.m. Friday August 24.”

Source: StamfordAdvocate.com