“…since mid-July, Long Island Sound anglers have been catching tropical reef fish while they pursue the more common Sound….
30 September 2012
“The tandem rig is simply two lures rigged on the same line that imitates a small school of baitfish.
”These soft plastic lures are rigged in such a way that they swim together in the water.”
Article & Photo from: WorldFishingNetwork.com
29 September 2012
• “New York Fishing: Angling for Bluefish Getting Hot, Striped Bass Appearing In Long Island Sound”
”Metro area bluefishing has gotten hot as water temps cool. Striped bass are finally appearing, too.
”This has enticed big hungry blues westward in Long Island Sound. Lots of choppers are now eagerly grabbing meals of bunker or mackerel in 20 to 30 feet of water behind Execution Light. Other red hot spots are Throgs Neck Bridge and Stepping Stones Light.”
• Boston Area Fishing Report: “No End in Sight for Anglers”
“Striper fishing should stay strong at least until mid-October, tailing off on the North Shore first and the South Shore last as the fish swim in the direction of warmer water.
”But there are other species to catch as well; cod season extends to Oct. 31 out on Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge, and bluefin tuna fishing often peaks in late October and even early November.”
• Long Island Fishing Report: “Stripers and Blues Begin To Bite With A Passion”
“If you thought the slight cooling trend of the past week would quickly usher in the fall run of stripers and blues while sending warm water visitors packing, you were half right.
”More and bigger bass and blues arrived on the scene recently, but the bite in general still has a late-summer feel.”
“One of the more vexing of invasive species, Asian carp were imported into the Southern United States to help keep fish farms clean, but in the 1970s, they made a break for the wild and have been wreaking havoc ever since.
”They cause ecological destruction, they harm people, and they are a potentially devastating threat to the Great Lakes.”
28 September 2012
Autumn has begun and fishing is picking up for some species and slowing down for others as falling water temperatures and longer nights trigger fish to put on the feedbag before migrating to warmer climes.
Bluefish fishing remains very good to excellent with large choppers weighing in their teens continue to bulk up before moving offshore and south. Page 4 of 5
Snappers are still around in the main stem of the Thames, Connecticut, and Housatonic Rivers but time is running out! The Thames River is your best bet, especially at the Fort Trumbull State Park fishing pier and DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.
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, off 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, Falkner Island area, and New Haven Harbor.
Also Milford Harbor jetties/Gulf Beach, 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.
Porgy fishing is still prime time especially from shore. Any type of structure, rock pile, or piling will have scup around it. Also, this is a good time of year to take advantage of fishing at DEEP Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing Sites where the total length limit on scup is 9 inches! To learn more about these very special designated fishing areas go to our web site at http://www.depdata.ct.gov/maps/marinefish/fishmap.htm and find a location close to you!
Black Sea Bass fishing is good with humpbacks in the 3 to 5 lb range being reported. The number of sub-legal fish being caught is still very high so remember to slow down on reeling in that line when fishing deep water.
Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito can be found chasing bait on the water surface. Be on the lookout for diving terns and gulls giving away their presence from Watch Hill to Wilderness Point, Pine Island area, the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Jordan Cove to Millstone Point, the Black Point area, Hatchett Reef and Sixmile Reef.
Fluke fishing is extremely slow!
Blue Claw Crabbing is slowing down as the water temperatures decline. Blue crabs move off into warmer deeper water as shallow coves and tidal creeks chill off.”
“From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market.
”The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds. The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion.”
According to SeafoodHealthFacts.org, ”Pangasius is a term used for a special variety of imported freshwater fish that have become the tenth most popular seafood product eaten in the United States. Consumers are eating about 6 ounces of Pangasius per year and demand for this moderately priced selection is expected to continue to increase. It is a primary example of the increasing demand and dependence on aquaculture or farm raised seafood products.”
”The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday declared a national fishery disaster for the northeast United States as a result of severely low stocks of key groundfish species such as cod and flounder….
27 September 2012
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“The major southern migration of striped bass has not really begun, though catches have improved over the summertime low levels.
”However, the giant 48-inch striper caught from the Thames River a week or two ago is a sign that they are beginning to move.”
”Guy Yocom and his group of anglers had seen a few large tuna leaping among dolphins, but did not know how large they were until Yocom hooked and landed one Tuesday off Cabo San Lucas.
26 September 2012
Wednesday: Sw Winds 10 To 15 Kt...Increasing To 15 To 20 Kt This
Thursday: N Winds 5 To 10 Kt. Seas 1 Ft Or Less.
Friday: SE Winds 5 To 10 Kt. Seas 1 Ft Or Less. A Chance Of Rain.
Construction on I-95 bridge over the Housatonic River is moving along.
”Ms. Zatto has been delivering, and doing some trapping, since graduating from high school, she said, returning home with her worms — which she typically buys from bait wholesalers, along with other items that her family members do not typically catch themselves, including squid, clams and bunker.
”The Carolina Rig is a decades-old staple of freshwater bassing crowd.
25 September 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
less...then 1 to 2 ft this afternoon.
Wednesday: SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. seas 1 to 2 ft.
Thursday: N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. seas 1 ft or
”He said the chopper fought like nothing he had landed, which included some great bass and wahoo.
U.S. commercial fishermen landed over 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion. The 2011 totals represent the highest overall commercial landings totals since 1994. Much of this volume increase can be accounted for by increases in three species: Gulf of Mexico menhaden, Alaska pollock, and Pacific hake.
Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, Alaska and New Bedford, Massachusetts remain the top commercial fishing ports.
Recreational catch and effort declined slightly in 2011. Approximately 10 million saltwater recreational anglers took 69 million trips and caught 345 million fish, nearly 60 percent of which were released.
24 September 2012
”As water temperatures drop in Long Island Sound, saltwater anglers await the "fall run," when hordes of striped bass and bluefish move inshore to fatten up for the migration to southerly waters.”
23 September 2012
”Beachgoers said the man was catching fish with his two daughters and was cleaning the fish in the water, when suddenly he was bitten.
"’He was in a lot of pain and was holding his hand up for support,’ said Bismarie Plascencia. ‘It was bleeding a lot….’”
”With just a computer or a mobile device, you can virtually join a NOAA-led team of 35 international scientists as they explore seafloor volcanoes.
"Watch live video from the deep sea and hear shipboard scientists describe their discoveries as they explore submarine volcanoes in the Western Pacific’s Lau Basin, centered between Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.”
22 September 2012
”But then another fish ten times its size swoops in and carries out a surprise grab-and-go, stealing it out of the hands of the fisherman....”
”Porgies are still deservedly getting lots of attention in New York waters, especially since regulations have been relaxed to allow anglers who are on board party or charter boats to take up to 40 porgies a day.
Overall, marine fishing has been on the slow side this past week. However, this week’s storm should really stir things up!
Bluefish fishing remains very consistent as expected during this time of year.
Snappers have virtually vanished from the tidal creeks.
Striped Bass fishing is good during early morning or evening times. Live lining bunker or slinging live eels is the ticket for a cow bass. Just remember to use circle hooks to reduce gut hooking. Bluefish and striper fishing 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, upper New Haven Harbor, 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.
Fluke fishing remains extremely slow.
Porgy fishing is prime time with hubcap sized fish being reported!
Black Sea Bass fishing has slowed down slightly. There is still a ton of sub-legal fish being caught and released which is a good indication for future years as long as the survival rate is high. So when fishing deep water, try slowing down on cranking in that line and also use circle hooks to insure releasing fish in good condition.
Little Tunny and Atlantic Bonito are buzzing around eastern LIS from Watch Hill to Wilderness Point, Pine Island area, the Race, the rocky point and beach area at Harkness Memorial State Park, Bartlett Reef, Jordan Cove to Millstone Point, and off Black Point.
Blue Claw Crabbing has slowed down but still some huge jimmies can be taken especially now in late summer-early fall.
Read Answer: FlyFishinSalt.com
21 September 2012
”The Fall striped Bass migration is about to begin.
”About 90 percent of the fishing I do through out the year is with jigs and sort plastic baits.
”In the next week I will be doing a series of short blogs outlining some techniques I use with jigs and....”
”The catch-and-release tournament -- scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- is open to boat and kayak anglers and offers both spin and fly rod users the chance to reel in striped bass, bluefish, and false albacores.
"All entrants must follow the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's guidelines for boaters and anglers and launch from anywhere on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound. Participants will follow an honor system, starting at 7 a.m., taking photos of their catches before releasing them, and ending at 3:30 p.m. Additional rules are attached, as well as the registration form, to this story.”
Source: Fairfield Patch.com
”These groups of bass, which can appear out of the blue to feed in spectacular fashion on hapless schools of baitfish, are the reason that striper fishermen get twitchy this time of year.
”The flipside is that in between these migrating bass there can be….”
”Fishing action around Long Island continues to transition smoothly from late summer to fall patterns.
”While we are still likely two or three weeks away from the fall blitz fishing conditions for which the saltwater faithful yearn, indications are....”
• Disaster Declaration Also Applies to Connecticut
20 September 2012
”Based on current trends in threatened and endangered fish species, researchers estimate that an additional 53-86 species of freshwater fish may be extinct by the year 2050.
”Since the first assessment of extinct North American freshwater fishes in 1989, the number of extinct fishes increased by 25 percent.”
19 September 2012
Australia: ”Sydney: Human beings are being poisoned by consumption of many reef fish whose flesh is contaminated with toxins, an Australian study says. The illness called ciguatera leads to painful and debilitating effects on our nervous system, stomach and heart lasting for months.
”A team of international marine scientists has reported a 60 percent increase in the incidence of cases of Ciguatera poisoning among people inhabiting Pacific Island nations.
”The ciguatera toxin may be found in large reef fish, most commonly barracuda, grouper, red snapper, eel, amberjack, sea bass, and Spanish mackerel….”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, “Ciguatera fish poisoning (or ciguatera) is an illness caused by eating fish that contain toxins produced by a marine microalgae called Gambierdiscus toxicus. People who have ciguatera may experience nausea, vomiting, and neurologic symptoms such as tingling fingers or toes. They also may find that cold things feel hot and hot things feel cold. Ciguatera has no cure. Symptoms usually go away in days or weeks but can last for years. People who have ciguatera can be treated for their symptoms.
”Barracuda, black grouper, blackfin snapper, cubera snapper, dog snapper, greater amberjack, hogfish, horse-eye jack, king mackerel, and yellowfin grouper have been known to carry ciguatoxins.”
Note that ciguatera is not limited to the Pacific area: “…2-10% of Ciguatera cases are actually reported in the United States. In the US Virgin Islands, there are an estimated 300 cases per 10,000 or 3% of the population per year; a similar rate is found in the French West Indies. In St. Thomas, a household survey estimated that 4.4% of all households suffered from Ciguatera annually (at least 2640 persons per year or an annual incidence of 600 cases per year); in Puerto Rico, 7% of the residents have experienced at least one episode of Ciguatera in their lifetime.” Source: whoi.edu
Note: Cooking does not destroy the toxin…it’s heat-resistant.
"The most likely explanation for this is that fishermen simply aren’t finding the fish.”
18 September 2012
All photos by Rebecca.
They both did a great job of steering.
”There are lots of fish, especially bluefish and porgies, offering plenty of action. Out in the Atlantic Ocean by the Hudson Canyon fishing for tuna is very good.”
”That slack from being grounded gave the shark leverage to slice through my lines.”
17 September 2012
”The Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, as the tournament is called, is no ordinary contest. It lasts five full weeks,…”
”Because the [Massachusetts] commercial season is over you won't find locally caught striped bass in the fish markets or restaurants, so the only way to get it on the dinner plate is to catch it, and because of the Derby I suspect that striped bass and bluefish will be appearing on many an Island dinner plate, so I asked a chef, a fisherman, a health coach, and a fish market owner, "What do you do with all that fish?"
16 September 2012
• Effect of Pesticide on Connecticut Lobsters
”Prior to a massive die-off in 1999, Connecticut's lobster fishery in Long Island Sound was worth more than $100 million a year.
”After dozens of state and federal studies, researchers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are embarking on another study looking at the effect pesticides may have played in the die-off….”
15 September 2012
”Topwater lures can be very productive this time of year, and what’s more thrilling than seeing a big bass come to the surface to crush your lure?
”Pencil poppers are an entirely different animal….”
”We heard a few hopeful reports of larger bass moving in to area waters as well as an increase in the numbers of schoolie bass in the rivers and estuaries.
”Meanwhile, bluefish remain the main target of local saltwater anglers.
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record. The warmer than average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer than average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record since recordkeeping began in 1895.
14 September 2012
Probably off to the nearest golf course.
Police also missed lunkhead number two pictured below.
A couple of the fish we landed would have made for a decent photo, but I figured, "naw, toss that one back; we'll get a bigger one." And then the bigger one never showed up.
Still, these fish are a blast on light tackle.
Another great day on the water.