30 November 2012

Frankenfish: Undercover Sting Lands Snakehead Fish Dealer In Jail


“The undercover U.S. agent arrived in Markham from Pennsylvania last December to purchase some the snakehead fish, which can survive four days out of water, and transport them to New York.”

Source: TheStar.com


29 November 2012

• “At Least One-Third of Marine Species Remain Undescribed”


“At least one-third of the species that inhabit the world’s oceans may remain completely unknown to science. That’s despite the fact that more species have been described in the last decade than in any previous one, according to a report published online on November 15 in the Cell Press publication Current Biology that details the first comprehensive register of marine species of the world—a massive collaborative undertaking by hundreds of experts around the globe.

“The researchers estimate that the ocean may be home to as many as one million species in all—likely not more. About 226,000 of those species have so far been described. There are another 65,000 species awaiting description in specimen collections.”

Source: MarineSpecies.org


28 November 2012

• “Top 10 Fly Fishing Knots” – Part 2


The rest of the… “Ten knots that will keep you connected all the way from the spool of your reel to the eye of your fly.”

Source: FFSW


• U.S. Temperature and Precipitation in October Were Near Average


According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during October was 53.9°F, 0.3°F below the long-term average.

This ends a 16-month streak of above-average temperatures for the Lower 48 that began in June 2011.

Source: NOAA


27 November 2012

• “Fish on Prozac Are Violent and Obsessive”


“Prozac’s host of side effects aren’t just limited to depressed humans.
Fish, too, suffer when the drug washes into their streams, rivers and lakes.

”When people excrete Prozac’s active ingredient, fluoxetine, in their urine, the chemical finds paths into natural waterways through sewage treatment plants that are unequipped to filter it out. When male fish ingest the drug, it seemingly alters their minds to the point of dysfunction and even destruction.”

Source: SmithsonianMag.com


• Bypass of Tingue Dam on the Naugatuck River to Become a Reality


“…a channel will be built around the dam so American shad, blueback herring, alewives and other fish can swim up the river to spawn.”

Source: Rep-Am.com


26 November 2012

• Looking Back on 2012 Season – MA and RI


“The striped bass fishing during the 2012 season was challenging, and many of the fish caught between Point Judith and western Buzzards Bay showed signs of the Myco blotches which have been prevalent in Chesapeake Bay stripers.

”The bright spot of 2012 were the huge numbers of sub-legal black sea bass, which bodes well for the future.”

Source: HeraldNews.com


• If You Like Sushi, You’ll Enjoy this Article


“The first several minutes of Sushi: The Global Catch (at the Siskel Film Center through Wednesday) lure you in with a quiet but detailed look at the extensive training required of sushi chefs in Japan.

”The seven-year apprenticeship is not for dilettantes; the first three years are spent washing dishes and making deliveries.”

Source: ChicagoTribune.com



25 November 2012

• New York Area Fishing Report


“So anglers, don’t be discouraged from enjoying our first-rate saltwater and freshwater fishing. Remember it’s peak season for blackfish and striped bass.

”Check with party boat captains for cold-weather schedules. Some switch to res-only charter bookings. A hardy few fish year-round. You might also head to Wakefield. R.I., to board one of the cod-capturing Island Current boats wintering at Snug Harbor Marina.

Source: NYDailyNews.com


24 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 23 NOV 2012


"’I've been checking the boat's fishing log,’ the angler said, expertly dropping a white, soft plastic jig a few inches from a line of eel grass 30 feet away. ‘It looks like we caught and released around 750 fish, since we started fishing in April.’

"’That's about at least one quarter down from last year's total.’"
Source: CTPost.com


• Obese Salmon Unable To Swim Upstream To Spawn




“SEATTLE—After repeatedly gorging itself on marine sea life for more than seven years, a severely obese chinook salmon told reporters Wednesday he had grown too overweight to swim upstream and reproduce.”

Source: TheOnion.com


22 November 2012

• Sandy Causes $650 Million in Boat Damage


”Estimated losses predict this storm as the single-largest disaster for recreational boats....

”More than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy….”

Source: SaltWaterSportsman.com


19 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 18 NOV 2012



“But fall, ah, that's the season of the angler. In the salt, the stripers, sensing the coming cold, feed maniacally to build reserves of energy before migrating up the estuaries to embrace the big sleep.

Source: CTPost.com


18 November 2012

• Restaurants At Mouth of Housatonic – After Sandy


“The concrete patio on which thousands dined last summer at Knapp's Landing is little more than a jumble of broken slabs, its pool of Japanese koi but a distant memory.

”Faring much better was Outriggers Restaurant at the foot of Broad Street…. Outriggers was built on pilings about 15 years ago, after far more stringent building codes took effect for shore front structures….”

Source: CTPost.com


17 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 16 NOV 2012



The dredge Currituck was at the Marina dock on Friday...fueling up for the day's work...as Charlie W. and I headed out on the River.


We were into schoolie striped bass most of the time we were out there.




Day was mostly cloudy although some blue sky could be seen intermittently.


Looked as though it could snow for a while there.


We both got fish on the fly rod.


Here's a schoolie "twofer."

I was using a two fly setup and these two stripers each grabbed a fly.



Headed back to the dock through the marsh at the end of the trip...which will be our last time on the water for 2012.

Our next fishing reports will come to you from Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Best wished to our readers for a great holiday season.

Capt. Skip


• Fishing’s Hot in Rhody


“Anglers are catching tautog, cod, scup and striped bass. Black sea bass can still be caught recreationally in state waters....

"Since Sandy many anglers are limiting out with tautog (six fish per angler) and they’re catching migrating striped bass, too.”

Source: EastBayRI.com


16 November 2012

• Connecticut: Lions and Tigers and Bears….


“As fall fades to winter, animal control officers might get a break from answering phones to hear about moose, bear, bobcat or other wildlife seen strolling through neighborhoods”

Source: Courant.com


• “’River Monster’ Threatening Ohio Waters”


“Sandusky, Ohio (WDTN) - It sounds like a fish story.

"’They were just jumping into the boat,’ says author Jackson Landers of his encounter with Asian Carp….

“But this story is no tall tale.

"’It's real,’ Landers says. ‘It's incredible.’

“If Asian Carp invade, Ohio boaters won't be the only ones who take a hit.”

Source: WDTN.com


15 November 2012

• Connecticut Fishermen: Your Fishing Budget Is About to Get Trimmed


Had an eye on a new fishing rod? May have to forget about it.

The Fiscal Cliff:

“Middle income families would have to pay an average of about $2,000 more next year, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has calculated.

”Up to 3.4 million jobs would be lost, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. The unemployment rate would reach 9.1 percent from the current 7.9 percent. Stocks could plunge. The nonpartisan CBO estimates the total cost of the cliff in 2013 at $671 billion.

”Collectively, the tax increases would be the steepest to hit Americans in 60 years when measured as a percentage of the economy….

”Under the fiscal cliff, households in the lowest 20 percent of earners would pay an average of $412 more, the Tax Policy Center calculates. The top 20 percent would pay an average $14,000 more, the top 1 percent $121,000 more.

”All this would lead many consumers to spend less. Anticipating reduced sales and profits, businesses would likely cut jobs. Others would delay hiring.”

Source: Waterbury Republican-American

And, hey! We voted to return to office all the clowns who created this impending disaster. Nice going!


• Norwalk Area Fishing Report



“Despite 65-degree weather to start the week, we know the season is getting short when the DEEP announces their final ‘regular’ fishing report of the year.

"They promise to cover ice fishing on occasion through the winter, but all of the trout and salmon are stocked, bass fishermen are storing their boats and Long Island Sound fans are getting in their last licks at stripers and blackfish as the season winds down.”

Source: TheHour.com


• Top 10 Fly Fishing Knots


“Never see another dreaded ‘pigtail,’ the telltale sign of knot failure.


”Learn all the top fly fishing knots with help from our video and step-by-step instruction.

”Five are featured in this newsletter….”

Source: Fly Fishing in Salt Waters


14 November 2012

• Housatonic River Dredge at Work



“Sand vacuumed from the bottom of the Housatonic River pours into a central hopper on the dredging vessel Currituck in Stratford on Tuesday,”

See the photos: CTPost.com

• Related Report

“The last time the river was dredged was in 1976. Since then, parts of the river are only two to three feet deep. Once the Currituck is done, the depth will be about 14 feet.”

Source: WTNH.com


• Fly Fishing: Housatonic River Attracts International Crowd to West Cornwall


“…down the whole 14-miles stretch of the Housatonic between Sharon and South Kent that offers fly fishing, there were plenty of Trout to be had.

“That’s because the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) agency regularly stocks the Hoosie with 9,000 Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout each April and September….”

Source: RegisterCitizen.com


13 November 2012

• Fall Water Temps Help Stripers Choose Habitat


“Some striped bass live year-round in the Chesapeake Bay, but most leave after they spawn in spring. They migrate to cooler waters up north along the Atlantic coast and join the rest of their ‘coastal stock.’

”Find out how water temperature helps these fish select their habitat as they move through the year.”

Source: NOAA.gov


12 November 2012

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 10 NOV 2012


“Unfortunately, because menhaden make great fertilizer when ground up and their oil is refined for those "fish capsules" people take, there is a robust commercial fishery for them.

”For decades, a controversy has raged between the commercial menhaden industry that is based in Reedville, Va., where a company called Omega Protein processed millions of tons of menhaden, and environmental groups that point to studies showing menhaden numbers have dipped to their lowest level in decades.

Source: CTPost.com


11 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 NOV 2012



Val S. and I headed out onto the Housatonic River mid-morning on Saturday.

The clouds weren't really this menacing...did a little messing around with the photo to add some dramatic effect.



Probably a loon?



Lunkhead of the day.

Most of the folk we meet out on the water are friendly and exhibit some knowledge of fishing etiquette.

Not this person.

Val and I were fishing a section of the breakwater, catching striper after striper , which this person undoubtedly saw...so he came down the breakwater on his trolling motor until he was about 50 feet from us.

When I pointed out to him that he had gotten too close, all I got back was that he didn't care and he wasn't going to move.

This reminded me of three aphorisms:

• “Never get in a pissing contest with a skunk,”

• “Never try to teach manners to a baboon,” and

• “Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth closed.”

I took the suggestions offered by each of these maxims and we motored off to fish another area.



Here's Val fighting a schoolie on the fly rod.




And, although it's not a big fish, even for a schoolie, it's a real trophy because Val caught it on a fly he designed and tied himself.

Just one of the rewards of fly fishing.



Another great day on the water.


• More Striped Bass Poachers



“Charter boat captains in VB accused of illegal striped bass sales...

”VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Five charter fishing boat captains operating out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach have been indicted for allegedly selling illegally harvested striped bass.

”The Justice Department says Jeffery S. Adams, Raymond Carroll Webb, David Dwayne Scott, William W. Lowery, IV and Nolan L. Agner also face charges of making false statements to law enforcement officers and…

”If convicted, each captain faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. They could also forfeit the fishing vessels they used during the commission of any crimes…..”

Source: WVEC.com

Of course, the 5 are innocent until proven guilty.


10 November 2012

• Fishing Before and After Storms


“Many anglers believe the best time to fresh or saltwater fish is before a storm… for example in the summer before a cold front moves in.

"They believe the fish feel the difference in barometric pressure… the front moves in, the pressure drops and it triggers a feeding frenzy.

”I guess the fish sense bad weather….”

Source: CranstonOnLine.com


09 November 2012

• Final Note from Connecticut DEEP On 2012 Marine Fishing


“Last week’s report was the last full Marine report for 2012, reports will resume in the spring. Below is an important note from Marine Fisheries:

“SPECIAL REMINDER FROM DEEP’S MARINE FISHERIES DIVISION:

“It’s that time again! Starting December 1st, you can renew your saltwater fishing license for 2013. When you buy a license, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection asks for your phone number and address. Why? They automatically register you in the National Saltwater Angler Registry at no cost.

"By providing contact information, NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program can more efficiently conduct short random telephone surveys with anglers about their fishing habits. NOAA combines what they learn from these telephone surveys with shore side interviews to generate recreational harvest estimates which allow the DEEP to make better decisions about how to manage your resources. Also, help CT anglers remain exempt from the National Saltwater Angler Registry Fee – provide complete and accurate information when you renew your fishing license!

“Find out more about the program by visiting www.CountMyFish.NOAA.gov

“Also - Summer flounder (fluke) season is now closed.”

Source: CTDEEP


• Halloween Lobster



“The New England Aquarium says the 1-pound female lobster has an orange side and a black side, with the colors split perfectly down the middle.”

Source: Boston.com


08 November 2012

• Ask Lefty: “How to Prevent Breaking Your Fly Rod”


“Q. I take good care of my fly rods, yet over the years, I have broken three. In each case, I didn’t know why. Some manufacturers have a great replacement policy, but during the repair lag time, you are still without your rod when you might really need it.

"Can you offer any tips on preventing fly-rod breakage?”

Source: FFSW


07 November 2012

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 06 NOV 2012



It was a gorgeous day out on the Housatonic River on Tuesday.

Cold? Yes...but Charlie W. and I were dressed for it.

Hands got a bit chilly, especially when dealing with the fly lines...and the wind would give one an ice cream headache if you didn't keep your head down behind the windshield when running the boat...otherwise, it was fine.



Dredge Currituck was out at the mouth of the River doing its thing.

Click on any photo to enlarge.



My best guess on this bird is that it's a black-headed variant of the barnacle goose.

Anyone have other suggestions?

[Added later: CTDEEP says it's an immature Atlantic brant.]



Notice anything missing from the end of the Housatonic River breakwater?


These birds put us onto the best fish of the day.

Almost-keepers were feeding on the surface.



Charlie brought this one in on a jig but earlier caught several on flies.

Several times we both had fish on our flyrods at the same time...doubled-up as they say.

In fact, I was using a two-fly rig and had several twofers...so guess when that was going on and Charlie also had a fish on, were were tripled-up.



This was the biggest fish of the day...fell to a chartreuse/white Clouser minnow.

Another great day on the water.

• Groups Argue About Bunker Catch Limits


“’There may have been a time when it was overfished, but it's not being overfished now,’ contended Ken Pinkard of Reedville, Va.

"A third-generation menhaden fisher and vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 representing the 300-worker Virginia fishing fleet that processes the fish, Pinkard urged making no more than a 10 percent cut until scientists could be certain how low the population is.”***

Source: BaltimoreSun.com

***Of course, by then, the bunker may be completely devastated.


06 November 2012

• Ready to Post A Memorial to Dead Fish in Your Tackle Box or On Your Boat?


“Kourda decided to act when she read an online story of a truck carrying 1,600 pounds of live fish that crashed with two other vehicles on Oct. 11. The truck flipped and the image of hundreds of fish suffocating on the roadway was shocking to Kourda.

“So last week Kourda sent a letter, on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, asking the city's street-maintenance superintendent to place a memorial sign at the crash site….”

Source: OCRegister.com


• “Fly Casting Accuracy: Deliver Your Fly to Your Target Each and Every Cast”


“Accuracy skills are probably the least practiced, but ironically, these are the most important to have.

"The most common statement I hear from my students is, 'I want to work on my distance.'

"But the best way to increase distance is to start with accuracy.”

Source: FlyFishInSalt.com


05 November 2012

04 November 2012

• Despite Waterways Being Open, Coast Guard Warns Recreational Boaters To Remain In Port


“New Haven, CT: The Coast Guard reopened Long Island Sound waterways to vessel traffic this week, but cautions mariners to stay off the water if possible.

“'The ports of Connecticut and Long Island Sound were reopened to facilitate the flow of commerce back to the region,' said Lt. Jeff Janaro, a spokesman from Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. 'This allows for ships carrying vital relief supplies to affected areas to deliver items, such as fuel, to those in need. Many of the aids to navigation in the Sound, on the south shore of Long Island and surrounding waterways are off station and should not be considered reliable for navigational purposes. As such, the Coast Guard strongly urges recreational boaters to stay off the water so not to interfere with emergency operations.'

“Mariners are reminded to pay close attention to National Weather Service advisories and Coast Guard Marine Information Broadcasts to stay up to date on current conditions.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com


• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 02 NOV


“As to the question of how the post-Sandy fishing will be for the next month or so: Some veteran anglers think the storm's effect may be minimal. Because there was relatively little rain associated with Sandy, there should be fewer days of coffee-colored water experienced after less intense but wetter storms.

”A visit to the rivers on Friday revealed that the water appeared to be clearing. Whether the fish come in for the bait feast can be answered only one way -- by going fishing.”

Source: CTPost.com


• Are You Sure That Fish You’re Eating Is What They Told You It Is?


Consumer Reports found that 18% of seafood samples its researchers collected from retail stores and restaurants on the East Coast last year were mislabeled (December 2011 -- http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/december/food/fake-fish/overview/index.htm).

”And, a recent Boston Globe investigation found that 48% of the fish collected from Boston restaurants, seafood markets and grocery stores was sold with the wrong species name (October 23, 2011 -- http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/10/23/onthemenubutnotonyour_plate/?page=full).”

Source: PRWeb.com


02 November 2012

• Connecticut Atlantic Salmon Stocking Update


DEEP began spawning salmon at the Kensington Hatchery this week and approximately 600 spawned salmon will be available for stocking. Tomorrow, Friday, 11/2, DEEP plans to stock approximately 150 broodstock salmon into the Shetucket River.

Next week, DEEP expects to stock another 450 fish into the upper Naugatuck (150 salmon), lower Naugatuck River (150 salmon) and the Shetucket River (150 fish).

These stockings will bring the number of broodstock Atlantic salmon stocked this fall to approximately 1, 800 fish (besides the Naugatuck & Shetucket rivers, Crystal Lake and Mount Tom Pond have also been stocked with salmon this fall). Some additional salmon may also become available at the end of November.”

Source: CTDEEP


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report - 01 NOV 2012


Hurricane Sandy gave us quite a jolt! Use extreme caution when venturing to fish along the coastline or from a boat. Shore access areas maybe unsafe to fish and the amount of debris in the water make it hazardous to navigate rivers and coastal waters. Fishing prior to Sandy was overall very good to excellent for many species. This abbreviated report describes the fishing before Sandy.

Bluefish was still very good throughout LIS with good sized fish weighing in the lower teens common.

Striped Bass fishing before Sandy was excellent with “cows” reported in the 50 inch range and 40+ lbs being caught on the reefs and rip areas.

Porgy fishing was still good on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing was good in deep water (90+ ft) over gravely, hard bottom. Humpheads measuring 18+ inches were being caught around slack tide.

Blackfish fishing season was going “gangbusters” until the storm hit. “White chins” weighing 8 lbs was not unusual.

Hickory Shad showed up in the tidal rivers just before the storm and the fishing was excellent. Huge hickories in the 20 inch range were being reported.

Source: CTDEEP


• If You Buy Asian Seafood, You May Want to Read this Article…


…unless you’re good with goose, pig, and human feces.

“The FDA inspects food shipments to the United States, including seafood shipments, but the agency's resources are limited, says Bloomberg's report. It is able to inspect fewer than 3 percent of shipments.

”Of that, reports Bloomberg, much is sent back. The FDA has rejected 1,380 shipments of Vietnamese seafood since 2007, finding filth and salmonella.”

Source: ABCNews.go.com


01 November 2012

• Fishing in Long Island Sound Will Take a While to Recover After Sandy


“Fishing itself isn't likely to return to normal for a week or more. The waters of Long Island Sound will be full of debris ranging from driftwood to wrecks and seaweed by the ton. Every cast is likely to see swimming and popping plugs tangled in weeds. Jigs and bucktails worked in the depths could get down to the fish.

”No one can predict what the fish will do in the face of such an enormous storm. They could have headed for deep water ahead of the weather fronts or they could have hung around to take advantage of the enormous amount of food produced by a big blow.”

Source: TheHour.com


• Coast Guard Reopens Long Island Sound


“Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting throughout the port due to the possibility of shoaling and debris.

”Be aware aids to navigation may be off station and/or displaying improper characteristics and should be considered unreliable.

”Report all damaged or inoperable aids to navigation to Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203)468-4401.”

Source: CoastGuardNews.com


• Recovery of Fishing After Sandy


“Shellfish, finfish, and the people that harvest both, are regularly devastated by hurricanes, though rarely in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. According to a 2007 NOAA report, ‘because oysters require two or more years to grow to marketable size, full recovery from these hurricanes may take years, and some oyster habitats may be lost permanently.’

”After Hurricane Katrina, 90% of Mississippi’s oyster beds were lost, and 74% of Louisiana’s were destroyed – sediment and debris covering oysters can easily suffocate the bivalve.”

Source: National Geographic


• A New Kind of Golf Shark…



This one falls from the sky and doesn’t cheat.

“Nobody yelled ‘Fore!’ at a Southern California golf course when a 2-foot-long shark dropped out of the sky and flopped around on the 12th tee.

”The 2-pound leopard shark was apparently plucked from the ocean by a bird then dropped on San Juan Hills Golf Club….”

Source: CBSNews.com