14 August 2012

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 13 AUG 2012

Sunrise on Monday started off the day at 0600.

Wind proved difficult as, although there appeared to be no wind at all at the dock, and not much wind at the mouth of the Housatonic River, nevertheless it was blowing from the SW. That means it had a long "fetch,"[1] all the way from New York...and we hit some really rough stuff on the way to Middleground.
[1]A really good explanation of wind fetch can be found at http://maritime.about.com/od/Glossary/g/What-Is-Wind-Fetch.htm

We went to MG as some of the usually more abundantly producing areas around the nearby shore failed to yield much action.

Turned out to be a good choice as Jim W.'s bent rod here shows. We had almost constant action although the fish were not large.

The fish were all caught on jig/plastic combinatons, plus Jim had a lot of fun catching on poppers.

The lighthouse is really not about to topple into Long Island Sound. The apparent lean to the structure is caused by the wide-angle lens of the camera.

Mark hooked the biggest fish of the day, but someone, who shall remain nameless, messed up on getting the fish into the boat...so there's no photo.

Later in the morning, back in the mouth of the River, we got into more bluefish and also two small stripers and an undersized fluke...all returned safely to the water.

These small birds were mobbing the breakwater. Did a search through the Audubon book trying to find out what the little rascals were...without much luck.

Perhaps sanderlings or some type of sandpiper...bills look to be too long for them to be plovers.

Any ideas?

In sum, we caught enough fish to wear us out, and had another great day on the water.

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