31 March 2013

• “First Phase of Fishing Season: Arrival of Monster Catalogs”

(Charles Walsh's Fishing Column - 29 March 2013)

“In the beginning, I didn't think much about it. But as the weeks passed, I realized that I was under attack.”

Read the whole article at: CTPost.com

Photo unrelated to article

30 March 2013

• “How to Catch Striped Bass when Everyone Else is Getting Skunked”

“You need to take your tube and worm trolling to a new level if you want to start catching lazy, lethargic, lockjaw summertime stripers. The main concept to understand with the tube is that the smallest most minute change can make a world of a difference.

”If you troll through a school of lockjaw striped bass with a tube and don’t get bit, resist chalking it up to chance and continuing on as you were. I recommend making changes, and plenty of them, until you zone in on exactly the type of tube presentation the bass want.

”For example….”

Source: Barnstable-Hyannis.Patch.com

27 March 2013

• No More Saltwater License Fees in NY

“New York Senate passes budget bill to make saltwater fishing free forever….”

Source: LongIslandExchange.com

• How Long-Lived Is Fishing Line?

“Fishers could easily hold on to waste line and bin it instead of tossing it into the water, as too many currently do. However, no matter how careful and considerate individual fishers are, their tackle will get snagged underwater regularly and most of the time retrieving it will be practically impossible.

"In other words, it's not only an awareness problem.”

Source: ABC.net.au

26 March 2013

• Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Regs for 2013 Now Online

Regs for striped bass and bluefish remain unchanged:

Striped Bass: Minimum length: 28 inches

• Daily creel limit: 2 fish per angler

• Open Season: Open Year Round


• Minimum length: None

• Daily creel limit: 10 fish per angler (including "snappers")

• Open Season: Open Year Round

The full regs for all species can be found at: CTDEEP

24 March 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 22 March 2013

“Opening Day is the most fun day of fishing season, when anybody able to scout up an ancient Zebco combo and a couple of Rooster Tails tries their luck on the fish-laden water body of their choice.”

Read the article at: CTPost.com

Photo from Freshare.net

• Arrest Made in Fatal Housatonic River Boating Accident

“SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Chaplin man was arrested Friday in connection with a fatal boating accident that happened on the Housatonic River in Shelton in December.”

Source: WTNH.com

23 March 2013

• Wire Leader – Good Not Just for Toothy Critters

“Single-strand wire leader is a mainstay for toothy species the likes of bluefish, king and Spanish mackerel, wahoo, and sharks. Nylon and fluorocarbon monofilament are better suited for game fish without threatening ­dentition.

"Yet mono is not always advantageous for nontoothy fish: In fact, wire leader can actually produce better in ­certain situations.”

Source: SaltWaterSportsman.com

• Global February Temperatures Were Ninth Highest On Record

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for February 2013 tied with 2003 as the ninth warmest February since record keeping began in 1880.

It also marked the 28th consecutive February and 336th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th-century average.

Source: NOAA

22 March 2013

• 2013 Connecticut Marine Recreational Fishing Measures

“Notice to Recreational Fishermen: Under authority of Sections 26-25 and 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to meet the harvest level for efficient management and to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

Regulations governing recreational fishing are amended as follows:

American shad: American shad may only be harvested from the Connecticut River system, the southern boundary of which is a line extending between Griswold Point in Old Lyme and the outer light on the Old Saybrook breakwater. American shad fishing in all other waters is limited to catch and release

Atlantic menhaden: Creel Limit: 50 fish or 5 gallons, whichever is the greater amount;

Black Sea Bass: Open Season: June 15 to August 31, Creel Limit: 3 fish; Open Season: September 1 to October 29, Creel Limit: 8 fish; Minimum Size: 13 inches, excluding the tendril;

Scup: Open Season: May 1 to December 31, Minimum Size: 10.5 inches, Creel Limit: 20 fish; Except that on vessels holding a party/charter registration with DEEP, the minimum size is 11 inches and from September 1 to October 31 the possession limit for paying passengers is 45 fish.

Summer Flounder: Open Season: May 15 to October 31, inclusive, Minimum Size: 17.5 inches, Creel Limit: 5 fish;

Tautog: Minimum Size at all times: 16 inches. Open Season: April 1 to April 30, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: July 1 to August 31, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: October 10 to December 6, inclusive, Creel Limit: 4 fish;

Weakfish: Open Season: Year Round, Minimum Size: 16 inches, Creel Limit: 1 fish;

Winter Flounder: Open Season April 1 to May 30, Minimum Size: 12 inches, Creel Limit: 2 fish;

Enhanced Opportunity Shore Angler Program: At 46 public fishing sites (the list will be posted soon at www.ct.gov/deep/fishing by selecting saltwater recreational), the minimum sizes are adjusted as follows:

Summer flounder: Minimum Size: 16 inches, (Open Season: May 15 to October 31, 5 fish limit);

Scup: Minimum Size: 9 inches, (Open Season: May 1 to December 31, 20 fish limit)

Striped Bass Bonus Fishery Program: The striped bass bonus fishery introduced on the Connecticut River only in 2011 was expanded to all state waters in 2012 and remains a statewide program in 2013. During May and June, anglers possessing a valid 2013 Connecticut Bonus Striped Bass Voucher may possess one striped bass in the designated slot of at least 22 inches but less than 28 inches total length for each voucher possessed, up to two bonus fish per day, provided the angler immediately upon capture of an eligible fish fills out the voucher recording the date caught and the total length of the retained fish in ink. The vouchers must be kept with the fish until the angler returns home then the voucher must be mailed back to Marine Fisheries (the vouchers are pre-addressed and postage paid on the reverse side). Vouchers will be distributed at selected DEEP facilities, by EnCon Officers, Marine Angler Survey creel agents. Further details on this program, including when vouchers will be available, will be announced in a subsequent notice. A limited number of vouchers will be reserved for programs such as the Take a Kid Fishing, Take a Veteran Fishing, Municipal youth and urban angler programs. If you or your organization sponsor such a program and would like to receive vouchers, please contact the Marine Fisheries Division.

Refer to the 2013 Angler’s Guide for complete Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations. The Guide is expected to be delivered from the printer to licensing outlets beginning April 10.

For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.”

Source: CTDEEP

• Looking for A Fly Reel: 10 of Them Tested

“ Fly reels have come a long way from the Pflueger Medalist you used growing up. Some weigh next to nothing, while others have enough drag to stop a truck. Manufacturers have achieved these new levels of performance by using new materials and cutting edge design. But how do you tell the difference between cork and Rulon drags? Is Delrin smoother than graphite?”

Source: TridentFlyFishing.com

21 March 2013

• Connecticut Trout Opening Day – April 20, 2013

DEEP Inland Fisheries staff began the 2013 spring trout stockings this week.

Among the areas scheduled to be stocked sometime in the next two weeks are many of the state’s Trout Management Areas (TMA’s).

Note that early spring stockings are very dependent on weather and site conditions.

Source: CTDEEP

20 March 2013

• Peacock Bass in Florida

Friends Wayne J. and Jim C. went inland and fished one of the freshwater canals...

...that cross Florida. Apparently they needed to get away from the winds that have been plaguing the more open waters of the Florida Keys.

Haven’t heard from them yet as to what other fish they may have caught, but Wayne forwarded these photos of him with a couple of very nice peacock bass.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

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19 March 2013

• PETA Wants Vermont to Cancel "Let's Go Fishing" Program

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] wants Vermont to cancel its "Let's Go Fishing" program.

“The animal rights organization told the Department of Fish and Wildlife that fishing teaches children to be violent toward animals.”

Source: Fox 44 News

COMMENT: This organization has had to fact the fact that scientists have determined that fish don't feel pain [see MSN.com]. So now their ploy to put an end to your sport of fishing is to claim that fishing teaches violence.

Perhaps this organization could consider putting its efforts into something that makes sense, such as helping children who are sick, hungry, or otherwise in need.

18 March 2013

• Striped Bass Season Off to “Slow Start” in New Jersey

“The weather’s been spotty over the past week with some comfortable days to get out, and others to stay indoors.

”On the good days, anglers have reported catches of small striped bass from the jetty tips in Monmouth County on small soft baits and plugs. Anglers fishing the surf also have been getting a few bass to bite on bloodworms and clams.

”In the back bays, the waters have been muddy because of heavy runoff, so this has slowed the action considerably. All in all, the season is off to a slow start.”

Source: NorthJersey.com

17 March 2013

• Nice Catch By Val. S. in Costa Rica

Val. S., a frequent guest aboard Shoo-Fly, forwarded this photo to us from Costa Rica.

Val says first they catch sardines with sabiki rigs, and then the live sardines are used for bait for larger fish, such as this King Mackerel.

With the waves shown in the photo, we're glad to see Val wearing a life vest. Looks like fairly rugged country in the background. Based on the placement of the gaff, we can deduce that the mackerel is going home to be grilled for dinner.

Val goes on to report: "There were huge schools of sardines all over. Like bunker in the 80's. Macs and tuna were blitzing them like blues and stripers in the 80's. Pelicans, brown boobies, and frigate birds were swooping on them. I almost had a heart attack. :-) All of it in broad daylight.

"If I had my cast net I could have had a livewell full of sardines on every cast. The captain caught them on a Sabiki rig with bare hooks which was difficult. Next time I will bring several Sabikis with the fly-like hooks we use for herring.

"Now I know how spectacular fishing can be in Costa Rica with the right equipment. I wish I had my fly rod. These Macs fought like tigers. We also caught a Yellow Jack. Yeehaa."

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

• “Massachusetts Anglers Want Striped Bass Limits”

“The state’s chapter of Stripers Forever is asking state fisheries managers for a 50 percent reduction in harvest by both recreational anglers and commercial fishermen."

Source: HamptonRoads.com

16 March 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 15 March 2013

“What better way to spend a summer day than wading into ankle-deep water with a pail and shovel to dig a big mess of tasty Connecticut clams?

"Pulling a half-a-bushel of sweet bivalve mollusks out of the mud can be a lot of work, but the rewards -- be they steamed, stuffed or fried -- are so worth the effort.

”Now, like so many other fun activities once taken for granted, recreational clamming comes with a warning label….”

Source: CTPost.com

• “Tie the Half and Half Fly”

“In this video, Editor John Frazier ties the Half and Half fly, a combination of Clouser Minnow and Lefty's Deceiver.

”It was originally developed by Bob Clouser to give casters an easy-to-handle fly with bulk and length.”

Source: FlyFishInSalt.com

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15 March 2013

• Norwalk Dredging

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to dredge the Norwalk Harbor Federal Channel.

CTDEEP says, ”The proposed activity includes maintenance dredging and will affect coastal resources.”

Information: CTDEEP

14 March 2013

Recipe: Curried Striped Bass

“Have you ever tried cooking fish in an aromatic curry sauce?

"It's addictive, and thick pieces of firm-fleshed cod or sea bass are perfect choices when paired with curries.”

Source: AnnArbor.com

12 March 2013

• “Monsters on the Fly”

“Targeting large game fish in deep water on fly was considered an impossibility before the 1950s, and even up until the past 15 years or so only an elite handful of fly fishers pursued it.

”Few people believed fly tackle stood much chance against billfish and other wide-shouldered predators, with even dolphin and tuna considered monster opponents for fly fishers.”

Source: FlyFishInSalt.com

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Strong Link Between Processed Meat And Premature Death

“Research involving half a million people highlights links between processed meat and heart disease and cancer.

"It also shows that people who eat a lot of the meat products have a significantly greater chance of dying prematurely than those consuming low amounts.

"Over a typical follow up time of 12.7 years, the risk of dying from any cause was 44% greater for high processed meat consumers…

"Processed meat included ham, bacon, sausages and….”

Source: HuffingtonPost.co.uk

11 March 2013

• Islamorada Journal 2013…11 MAR

Who's been leaving these tracks in the sand?

Click on any pic to enlarge.

It's Iggy, and his temperament is not improving with age...or size...he's about four feet long now...a lot of that is tail.

As a result of Iggy's increasing nastiness, I requested that he move along to some other locale...which he did...at least for the time being.

Pete stopped out on the basin wall to say goodbye.

Sunday's sunset photo #1...

...and sunset #2.


I drove Shoo-Fly back to the marina this morning for routine maintenance and storage until the truck that will give her a ride back north shows up.

Now have to get to the task of packing.


• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Use These Tips to Get That Trophy Fish to Strike After Its First Miss

“Well, don't panic. The fish is still there—just a bit wiser and somewhat wearier. There's a couple tricks, "sleights-of-hand" if you will, that'll coax quite a few of these fish into your boat or onto the bank.”

Source: SaltWaterSportsman.com

• Striped Bass Recipe

“Fish takes longer to roast when it’s sitting on a bed of vegetables, but the tomatoes guarantee that the flaky flesh will not dry out. The dish looks and tastes like summer in New England.”

Source: Boston.com

10 March 2013

• Islamorada Journal 2013…10 MAR

Friday night's sunset.

Egbert stopped by this morning to bum some breakfast.

Fortunately I had a partial bag of frozen shrimp left that never got used for bait, so popped them in the microwave [I threw him a frozen one first and he didn't feature that at all].

He downed shrimp to the point where I was sure I hear him burp.

In some places here at the house, when you look up...looks like a jungle.

Flower from the next-pictured plant.

Croton-like plant.

Hibiscus...complete with ants.

Saturday's sunset.

A little after Saturday's sunset.

Shoo-Fly resting comfortably in her berth.

Either Sunday or Monday will be her last day on the water here for this year...then it will be time to prep her for shipment back north...to get ready for striped bass and bluefish.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Good News for Connecticut Anglers

It’s a sure sign of spring when Charles Walsh’s fishing column returns to the Connecticut Post.

Read his first column of the year at:

Source: CTPost.com

• “Connecticut's Maritime Industry Makes Pitch for Help To Rebuild”

“Among the best opportunities for market growth or new markets are scrap metal exporting from New Haven, wood pellet exporting from New London, and fresh food imports to New London and New Haven, the report says. New London's scallop and shellfish fleet takes its catch to New Bedford for processing; it might be possible to land that business for New London's port, the report says.”

Source: Courant.com

09 March 2013

• Islamorada Journal 2013…08-09 MAR

Under construction...

Very large group of cormorants with a couple of white pelicans thrown in.

Click on any photo to enlarge.

They didn't feature us getting close to them

Apparently a pelican rest area.

Wayne and I saw hundreds, if not thousands, of crevale jacks at one of the keys whose shore we fished.

Managed to get a couple on the fly rod. You can't see the fish in the water but the bend of the rod tells the story.


The shoreline of one of the keys in Florida Bay's Everglades National Park.

Word comes out this week that the National Park Service will make 131,000 acres of the Bay off limits to motors other than electric trolling motors.

Needless to say this has the guides who make their living taking fishermen into these areas totally whizzed-off as some of the restricted areas may be a mile or more from permitted motoring zones.

The Service will further ban approaching any key within 100 yards other than by paddling, poling, or trolling motor.

Also planned is a mandatory education program for any boaters, including paddlers, who want to use Florida Bay, which appears to some to be another opportunity for the feds to make money off fisherfolk who already pay for boat registrations, fishing licenses, gasoline taxes, etc.

We saw a Sawfish that had to be at least seven feet long.

Back at the dock, Wayne was walking along the basin wall when "whack" he got slapped across the legs. He said at first he thought it was me messing around with him...but he'd walked up on a large iguana that didn't like Wayne getting that close.

Wayne picked up the boat pole and chased the rascal across the yard and into the water on the other side of the basin.

He said it was a good thing he'd had on long trousers as the whip-like tail would really have stung on bare skin.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Comet to Be Visible

“The first of two comets heading toward the sun this year made its closest approach to Earth on Tuesday and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere beginning on Thursday.”

Source: EarthSky.org

• Fisheries Economics of the U.S. Highlights Positive Trends

“Today we released the report Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011. The report provides economic statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation….

”This report highlights that U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing combined, generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation's economy in 2011. Both the landings and value climbed in 2011, demonstrating U.S. fisheries are moving in the right direction….

” Recreational fishing generated $70 billion in sales impacts, $20 billion in income impacts, and supported 455,000 jobs in 2011….”

Source: NOAA

08 March 2013

• Islamorada Journal 2013…07 MAR

Wind and cold kept us on the dock on Thursday.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Stripers on Poppers

“When you have to first get their attention, pick a popper for the job….

”Poppers work magic on stripers, particularly on structure such as rocks, rip lines, and sod banks, and ­demonstrate the extraordinary aggressiveness of these animals. They’re sometimes effective when nothing else will draw interest….”

Source: SaltWaterSportsman.com

• Daylight Savings Time

…returns to a clock near you at 0200 on Sunday 10 MAR.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

06 March 2013

• Islamorada Journal 2013…05-06 MAR

Under construction...

Just in case an individual has more money than he can possibly use, he can purchase a boat with four [count' em, 4] 350 horsepower outboard motors on the stern.

Why anyone would want to do that is beyond me.

Can thumb his nose at all the poor slobs with only three motors, perhaps.

Tuesday's sunset.

Probably not illegal immigrants making their way into the Keys.

Flight of ibis.

We knew it was going to be a difficult day of fishing as water temps were back to 65° and the winds were scheduled to pick up as the day went along.

We decided to use Caroline's free fishing pass so we'd be ensured of having some luck.

It worked! We caught jacks, ladyfish, and:

We probably saw 50 sharks of various types and sizes.

Wayne got this good-sized shark to the side of the boat before it bit through the wire leader.

Nice Spanish mackerel,

Keeper spotted seatrout.

Winds which were blowing at 12 knots at 0700 Wednesday morning built up to 23 knots by 3 pm when we got off the water.

Good day to break out the Hobie catamaran.