31 December 2013

• 2013: Year’s Best Writing About Fishing

Example: “Callan Wink’s ‘Fly-Fishing Confidential’ in Men’s Journal. This one was a total surprise. I’d never seen Wink’s byline anywhere (perhaps that’s because he spends most of his days on the water, guiding).

”And, yes, he hit the jackpot when Jim Harrison and Peter Matthiessen booked him for a day on the water. But Wink handles the story so very well, and it becomes less a tale about how cool it is to guide two literary legends than one about longing.”

Read the full article at this link: Forbes.com

• “Nine Great Flies”

“These popular flies should be in all saltwater anglers' boxes….”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com

30 December 2013

• Seven Recreational Fishermen Jailed, Thousands Fined, In Major Crackdown

“Fisheries officers also seized 3100 items of fishing gear and equipment including boats, cars, meshing, hoop and cast nets, crab and yabby traps, as well as diving gear.”

Read the full article at this link: dailytelegraph.com.au

Relax mate, it’s in bloody Australia, not Connecticut; and, a yabby is a crayfish.

• “The Great Squid Hunt”

“In my years of Fishing Breaks I have done some odd things in the name of running a company, but whipped by sub zero winds a mile out to sea off the Dorset coast in the darkening gloom of late November trying to catch a squid was never in any business plan I recall writing.

”I can barely tell you how cold it was; every time I peeked out from under my sheepskin lined hat I expected to be pebble-dashed by driving snow and all those romantic notions of hitching a ride on A Deadliest Catch trawler are now consigned to history.”

Read the full article at this link: FishMagic.com

29 December 2013

• Eelgrass Beds Increase In Long Island Sound

“Between 2009 and 2012, eelgrass, an underwater plant that forms meadows that are ecologically important for fish and shellfish, increased by 4.5 percent in Long Island Sound, according to a recently released report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service….”

Read the full article at this link: NewCanaanNewsOnline.com

• Long Island Sound: Scientific Book Published

“The Long Island Sound Study [LISS] announces that the most comprehensive review and synthesis of scientific research of the Long Island Sound in 35 years is now available….

"Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea" was written by scientists, resource managers and historians, working with the LISS, who gathered nearly 1,500 research papers to summarize what is known about the historic and recent trends of the ecological health of the Sound.”

Read the full article at this link: DarienNewsOnline.com

Me: From the provocative-looking cover one can tell that this is going to be a real page-turner.

28 December 2013

• 150,000 Gallons of Raw Sewage “Leaked” Into Naugtuck River

“Work crews stopped the sewage leak on Dec. 26 that dumped about 150,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Naugatuck River starting Dec. 25….

“According to news reports, the raw sewage spilled into the Naugatuck River after a siphon carrying the wastewater ruptured on the river’s edge in Seymour.”

Read the full article at this link: StratfordStar.com

Photo shows the broken manhole structure from which spill took place [source: http://wnpr.org/post/sewage-spill-along-naugatuck-river-contained].

• Plastic Danger Is Not Just Bottles…The Newest Environmental Threat Is Very, Very Small

“Scientists have worried about plastic debris in the oceans for decades, but focused on enormous accumulations of floating junk. More recently, the question of smaller bits has gained attention, because plastics degrade so slowly and become coated with poisons in the water like the cancer-causing chemicals known as PCBs.

“Unfortunately, they look like fish food… of the beads found in the oceans and, now, the lakes.”

Read the full article at this link: NYTimes.com

27 December 2013

• Indicted for Sending False Distress Signal

“David Matthew Geissen, 21, has been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging he communicated a false distress message to the Coast Guard….”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com

• How Fish Swim in Orderly Schools

“The ability of shiners and other fishes to change direction in harmony has long intrigued scientists, who have developed several ways of describing in mathematical terms how schooling works. But those approaches tend to be simplifications that do not take into account all the real-time sensory information available to the fish.

”To get a better idea of what the fish were actually doing, Princeton University biologist Iain Couzin and his colleagues devised a way to make golden shiners move en masse and on cue….”

Read the full article at this link: ScientificAmerican.com

26 December 2013

• “Anglers Face Dangers from Vibrio Vulnificus Bacterium and Fish-Handler's Disease”

“When Charlie Schneider came back one day in June after being out fishing near his Tilghman Island home, he noticed he was getting chills. His left ankle itched and got worse and worse through the evening. It eventually started to throb a bit, and he couldn't sleep.

"At 2 a.m., he asked his wife to get an ice pack before discovering that his ankle had swollen to twice its normal size.

”He didn't know what had caused the reaction, but his decision to go straight to the hospital ultimately helped save his legs—and his life….”

Read the full article at this link: BaltimoreSun.com

• Video: Getting Back to Eating Local Seafood

“Serving local sustainable catch makes a big difference-not just for the consumer, but for the local fishermen and the community, too.

"Watch our new video to learn why two restaurateurs in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, are making it a top priority to serve local seafood.”

Read the full article at this link: FishWatch.gov

25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

24 December 2013

• Angler Hooks Largest Fly-Caught Salmon In Scotland For 75 Years

“The salmon, which measured more than 1.25m and had a girth of more than 80cm, was safely returned to the river after a 45-minute battle to catch it.”

Read the full article at this link: News.STV.tv

• You Can Run…But You Can’t Hide!

"Coast Guard Marksman Shoots Out Engines Of Fleeing Panga, 7,100 Pounds Of Marijuana, 3 Suspected Smugglers Detained:

”“When Coast Guard vessels converged on the area a brief pursuit ensued in which the smugglers refused to stop.

”An aircrew from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron that was operating from Active used warning shots, followed by engine disabling fire to render the panga inoperable.”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com

Photo from Wikipedia

Just in case anyone gets an idea about running away from the Coast Guard!

23 December 2013

• Coast Guard Moves Icebreaker Up Connecticut River

“’We repositioned CGC Bollard to Middletown so we are able to have quick access to our aids to navigation on the Connecticut River,’ said Senior Chief Aron Brewer, Bollard’s Officer in Charge, ‘and also to be in the best spot to conduct ice breaking operations that keep the waterways open for commercial shipping activity.’

”Ice operations are one the Coast Guard’s eleven statutory missions.”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com

• Seal Watching: Long Island Sound-Style

“The Aquarium’s cruises seek out the seals to observe them near the Norwalk Islands as they ‘haul out’ to rest on rocks exposed at low tide.

”Maritime Aquarium educators also will point out wintering waterfowl on the Sound, including buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese, long-tailed ducks and other feathered seasonal visitors.”

Read the full article at this link: ConnecticutPlus.com

• Omega-3 Oil Doesn’t ALL Have to Come from Menhaden!

“Simpson, 49, is a fisherman-turned-entrepreneur who has for the past few summers purchased salmon heads from fish processors who do business here in this small industrial town north of the Kenai River.

”…Simpson’s team steams and grinds the heads of pink, chum and red salmon to render a product now available in box stores as 90-count bottles of Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil” gel tablets.

Read the full article at this link; also photo source: AlaskaDispatch.com

Is Sarah Palin the only person in Alaska who owns a hair comb?

22 December 2013

• Still More Details About the Stratford Point Reef Balls

“At Stratford Point, four sizes of reef balls will be installed in four rows of 10. To add stability to the area, a 60-foot-long biodegradable sock, filled with the shells of bivalves, will be snaked through the middle two rows of reef balls.”

Read the full article at this link: StratfordStar.com

• Norwalk: Manresa Island’s Future

“It was standing room only in the community room at the Norwalk Police Station on Wednesday night for a public hearing on the future of Manresa Island power plant.

”The deactivation of the 1950s plant, which was originally fueled by coal, and later by oil, was announced back in June.”

Read the full article at this link: NorwalkPatch.com

• Bonefish Spawning: Not in Shallow Water!

“Bonefish, sometimes called the gray ghost, are among the most elusive and highly prized quarry of recreational anglers in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and similar tropical habitats around the world.

”Now a research team…has documented rarely seen pre-spawning behavior in bonefish, which should aid future conservation efforts….”

Read the full article at this link: UMASS.edu

Photo from Elutheranews.com:

21 December 2013

• You Can Still Catch Saltwater Fish in Connecticut

” The best bets last week were herring and striped bass….

“Herring are everywhere right now. Great spots to try include around Grass Island, the Mianus River below the highway bridge, Stamford Harbor, and Norwalk Harbor especially near the Maritime Center.

”And don't forget the mouths of Five Mile River, the Saugatuck River and Ash Creek.”

Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com

• West Haven, CT: Fined for Illegal Sewage Discharges

“A major settlement involving federal and state regulators and the City of West Haven, Conn. will significantly reduce illegal discharges of raw sewage into the environment throughout West Haven from the City’s wastewater collection system.

”The agreement is between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, and the City of West Haven.”

Read the full article at this link: Yosemite.epa.gov

Note: photo is not related to this story

• Best Sunglasses for Fishing

“… sunglasses are commonly underrated in terms of their importance as part of your fishing arsenal.

”We'll say it again: what lens you're looking through when you're out on the water is as important -- perhaps more important -- than what rod you're holding, what line it is strung with, or what reel is holding that line….”

Photo from, and read the full article at this link: Hatchmag.com

20 December 2013

• Montauk: Coast Guard Rescues Boat Taking on Water

“The Dec. 18 incident occurred around 2:30 p.m., when officials at the Coast Guard station in Montauk received notification that the commercial fishing boat, the Caitlan Mairead, began taking on water about 26 miles from the Montauk Point shoreline.”

Read the full article at this link: Examiner.com

• Coast Guardsman Gave His Life to Save Fishermen

”Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital Dec. 18 as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska, Nov. 11, while serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

“The 166-foot Alaska Mist, with 22 crewmen aboard, suffered a mechanical failure and became disabled and adrift 30 miles northwest of Amak Island Saturday.”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com
More on the story at this link: CoastGuardNews.com

19 December 2013

• Atlantic Herring at NYC

“Herring are cold-water fish, and their runs into New York City’s shallower bays and shorelines coincide with the onset of winter and lower water temperatures along the coast. This allows their schools to move freely in pursuit of prey.

”The easiest way to see a herring is to catch one, and fortunately, with the right equipment, this is not difficult.”

Read the full article at this link: NYTimes.com

18 December 2013

• Striped Bass vs. Bluefish

“Both fish can be found in some pretty diverse habitats including way up rivers, creeks or bays, in shallow marshy areas or at the bottom of deep channels, at the mouths of fast flowing inlets or under the docks of quiet little marinas.

”Anglers might find either of these fish right in among the crashing waves of the surf or 10 miles offshore over an artificial reef, from the salty ocean waters of the coast to brackish waters a hundred of miles inland.”

[Remember, fisherfolk from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia call stripers “rockfish”]

Read the full article at this link: DelMarVa.com

17 December 2013

• More on Stratford Point Artificial Reef

“Scientists with Sacred Heart University…are teaming with staff from the Connecticut Audubon Society to try to create the state's first "living shoreline," where species of fish and birds that once lived in the area return due to a combination of human engineering and biological conditions suitable for inhabiting….

”The area is owned by DuPont and is protected by a conservation easement….

”The new grant money will be used to purchase 40 "reef balls" — essentially large concrete geodesic gumdrops with Swiss-cheese holes — to act as a buffer against tidal changes and waves. Mussel and oyster populations, which were once more common and native to the area, have been decimated….

”That buffer will be installed about 150 feet out into the water across a 3.5-acre section of the intertidal zone, with the roughly 4-foot-tall balls only visible during low tide.”

Read the full article at this link: WRAL.com

Gonna have to watch our props out there!

16 December 2013

• Health of Chesapeake Bay May Have Bottomed-Out

“Adult female blue crabs are rebounding in the Chesapeake Bay, oysters show signs of resistance to deadly parasites, striped bass continue to hold their own, American shad are returning to spawn and nutrient pollution and sediment loads are dropping.

“These are a few of the indicators in this year's "Bay Barometer" from the Chesapeake Bay Program that key elements of the bay and its vast watershed continue to recover, slowly but surely, from decades of pollution, disease and overfishing.”

Read the full article at this link: DailyPress.com

15 December 2013

• “Shepaug Bald Eagle Observation Opening for 29th Season”

“Reservation lines will open December 10 for the 2013-2014 Winter Season of the Bald Eagle Observation Area at the Shepaug Hydroelectric Dam in Southbury, Conn.

”Observation times this season will be Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning Saturday, December 21, 2013, and running through Wednesday, March 5, 2014.”

Read the full article at this link: Yahoo.com

14 December 2013

• “Coast Guard Reaches Stranded Montauk Fishing Vessel”

“By 9:30 p.m. Friday, the Tahoma had reached the stranded vessel, and Sector Long Island Sound spokesman Lt. Jeff Janaro said the tow operation was expected to get underway around midnight. All three crew members were still on the boat, and had been using their limited power to run an emergency heater….”

”Seas at the location where the boat was stranded were reported Friday afternoon to be 8 to 13 feet, with 35 knot winds, and a sea temperature of 32 degrees….”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com

Top photo also from Newsday.

See also: CoastGuardNews.com

• Sacred Heart, Audubon To Build Artificial Reef

“Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Audubon Society have been awarded a $59,000 Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant to construct an innovative “living shoreline” project at Stratford Point….

”The living shoreline includes the construction of a reef through the installation of 40 permeable concrete reef balls — a technology never before used in Long Island Sound — along with the restoration of a salt marsh behind the reef.

”The project will be constructed in roughly 3.5 acres of intertidal zone in the 40-acre coastal estuary restoration site at Stratford Point, which is managed by Connecticut Audubon Society.”

Read the full article at this link: StratfordStar.com
Photo from reefball.org

13 December 2013

• Striped Bass Stocking – In South Carolina

“There is good news for some local fisherman: there are now more striped bass in the Ashley River. It's all part of a Department of Natural Resources project to rebuild the population.

”What may look like a normal bucket is actually full of fish; just a small portion of the striped bass released in the Ashley River. To be exact there are now 5,000 more; they were pumped in Wednesday afternoon.”

[Are striped bass on the way to becoming our national fish?]

Read the full article at this link: ABCNews4.com

12 December 2013

• “Shorts Provide Hope for Future Striper Fishing”

”There have been concerns about stocks of large striped bass declining, but the recent abundance of shorts between the channels has been a good sign for the future.

”There was certainly no scarcity there Wednesday …. Though we didn't start until a "gentlemanly" 8 a.m. and were back by early afternoon, the striper count was up to 110 when we left them biting after a mild and fairly calm day.

”The only problem has been the lack of legal bass….”

Read the full article at this link: Al Ristori in NJ.com

11 December 2013

• Gizzard Shad Video

“Fish Ecologists Phil Willink & Solomon David used a GoPro camera to film a massive school of American gizzard shad….”

See the video at this link: YouTube.com

10 December 2013

• Boat Hits Long Island Bulkhead – Police Chief Diagnoses Accident Cause

“Three fishermen received minor injuries when their fishing boat struck a bulkhead near a Moriches residence, Suffolk County police said….”

”Chief Ron Primus…said that in the low light, the men had likely misnavigated.”

[Really? We’d have never guessed!]

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com

09 December 2013

• Threatened Fish Species Harvested - Video

“As the world's demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years.

"However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that ...”

Val S.: Those with Amazon Prime can watch for free: Amazon.com

08 December 2013

• Charles Walsh: “Buying a Gift for Fishing Fanatic? Stay Safe with Gift Certificates”

“In a desperate attempt to avoid buying yet another reindeer sweater or automatic shoe polisher, the novice gift-shopper -- fiance, newlywed or just a serious hookup -- decides to buy something their fishing fanatical loved one will really like.

”So they dutifully trundle off to a big-box sporting goods outlet or (a far better choice) a local tackle shop to search for the gift that their fishing enthusiast guy or gal (we are trying hard to be non-sexist here) will not only love, but actually use….”

Read the full article at this link: Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

07 December 2013

• Facebook Photo Leads to Capture of Poacher

“’It was an obscene number of fish that you caught,’ the judge told the defendant, according to the news release.

"‘We are all living paycheck-to-paycheck but none of us are going hungry. It was completely unnecessary to take that many fish.’”

Read the full article at this link: TheMonitor.com

06 December 2013

• Amazing Photograph…Video

“Helicopter ride reveals enormous mass of anchovies, herded by dolphins and whales…

”Photograph and video lend unique perspective of spectacular event off California, involving thousands, perhaps millions of bait fish….”

Read the full article at this link: GrindTV.com

05 December 2013

• An Interesting Solution to the Salmon Lice Problem?

“They're called ballan wrasse, and they're being reared to protect the salmon. Ballan wrasse love eating sea lice. That useful behaviour is being harnessed to create a natural defence. Mix salmon and wrasse, the thinking goes, and the sea lice will lose.”

Read the full article at this link: BBC.co.UK

04 December 2013

• Arctic Mystery Fish Identified

“…a researcher who works with the Ocean Tracking Network, says the fish some speculated was a goblin shark is actually the mysterious "long-nosed chimaera" — mysterious because they're rarely caught.

"Only one of these fish has previously been documented….”

Read the full article at this link: CBC.ca

03 December 2013

• Striped Bass Stocked in the Mississippi Coastal Rivers

“The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is releasing more than 20,000 Phase II Gulf Race striped bass fingerlings into the major tributaries of coastal Mississippi including the Pearl, Jordan, Biloxi, Tchoutacabouffa, Ft. Bayou and East and West Pascagoula rivers.

Read the full article at this link: MyFoxMemphis.com

02 December 2013

• Fly-Fishing for Striped Bass

“As years passed, more and more fly anglers ventured to sink tips or full sink and intermediate lines and employed a style of fishing I typically refer to as 'covering ground'. These tactics are an effective way to fish, but are as different from fishing the hydraulics as blind casting is to sight casting.

"Repeatedly blind casting to quadrants is a dramatically different fishing experience than the visual one that comes with casting to a fish boil behind a rock or nervous bait in a close rip.”

Read the full article at this link: Hatch.com

01 December 2013

• Long Island Commercial Fisherman, Dealer Cheated on Fluke Reports

“The defendants electronically submitted the 137 false dealer reports from Wertz’s desktop computer in New York, through an out-of-state internet server, to NOAA’s Regional Fisheries Administrator in Gloucester, Mass. Under NOAA regulations, all of the Norseman’s catch had to be reported to NOAA on FVTRs [fishing vessel trip reports].

”During the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Norseman principally targeted fluke. However, on multiple occasions the vessel exceeded its relevant federal and New York State quotas for fluke for 137 trips, totaling 86,080 pounds of fluke worth approximately $200,000.”

Read the full article at this link: eNewsPF.com