Those Sandy Hook Ducks surely get around. Even striped bass like them. [Fish was released unharmed.]
Rich N. joined me on Shoo-Fly on Monday.
First heron [or egret?] of the season.
Lots of fish still around, but the big ones eluded us.
Cormorant trying to get airborne.
Nice fish on light tackle...we caught a bunch on flies as well as jig/plastics.
30 April 2013
|“Join the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited's fly fishing experts, including Gustavo Castano of Stamford for a free fly fishing clinic on Saturday, May 11 in Wilton.|
”Perfect for families or to bring friends who are new to fly fishing, the free clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton and is followed by a barbecue picnic compliments of the chapter. Angler's may bring their own rods, or borrow rods from the chapter.”
29 April 2013
|“Northerly winds snuffed spring striped bass fishing in much of Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts this week. |
”At this time last year, scup were already biting in the waters around Ohio Ledge….”
|“When I was growing up in Southeast Connecticut we spent many a spring, summer and fall fishing for bluefish and striped bass in the Long Island Sound, particularly in the “race” between Montauk Point and Block Island or between Block Island and Fishers Island. It was a productive and fun way to spend our weekend and summer days. |
”We would start in the early, pre-dawn morning fishing for pinfish and maidenhead with Sabiki rigs. Once sufficient bait fish were boarded we would haul off to our favorite drift spots and begin fishing for our real prey.”
28 April 2013
“Hooking a blackfish can also be tricky. Smaller fish tend to 'tap' at the bait, once, twice maybe three times. If you try to set the hook on one of the taps, chances are good you will miss. Wait until you feel a solid tug on the line before raising the rod. Large fish do not tap. They tug and tug hard, so hang on.”
Read the whole article at: CTPost.com
26 April 2013
Traffic southbound on I-95 was at a dead stop as Val S. and I passed under the bridge on Friday.
One of these days we're going to get in our cars, go to the end of the driveway, and find traffic is backed up on every road in Connecticut.
Traffic problems didn't keep us from finding fish...here Val battles a schoolie striper on spin gear.
We caught fish early on with the jig and plastic...
...then changed over to the fly rods.
Caught most of the fish on flies...had doubles going several times.
Fish were all schoolie-size, but a blast on the fly rod.
It was one of those days when flies seem to work better than spinning. We had a couple of boats pull up near us, catch nothing, and move on while we continued to catch.
Lunkhead of the Day award goes to this person in a bass-boat who, full-throttle, blasted past where we were fishing...within 100 feet of us. Must be a lot of fun fishing on Candlewood Lake with individuals like this around.
Nice schoolie caught on a blue-over-white Clouser minnow.
This is what my chartreuse-over-white Clouser looked like after the stripers got through with it.
25 April 2013
It was clear that spring had sprung on Wednesday as I headed to the dock.
As usual, however, NOAA had underestimated the winds, and despite temps in the 60's it was downright nasty out there. NOAA had said 5-10 kts.; wind was easily 20 kts. and blowing right up the River from the mouth...as in a wind tunnel.
Stripers didn't seem to mind the wind. Charlie W. was up 8 fish to 2 on me early on...just the reverse of what had happened the last time we fished together.
We caught a mess of fish...but all schoolies...no keeper fish this day.
Canada Goose didn't seem to mind the wind.
All fish were caught on jig and plastic...was too windy out there to spend much time with the fly rod.
Schoolie can put a bend in the spinning rod.
Couple of dinks in the mix.
Anglers were out in force at Milford Point. Didn't seem to be a lot of action there...we saw only one fish taken from shore while we were in the area.
|“Exposure to mercury, through the air or by eating mercury-laden fish, is toxic to humans. In recent years, there were signs that levels of the substance were declining in the state's water. |
”A University of Connecticut study of fish found that in 22….”
|“With the fishing season beginning this Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is issuing its annual fish consumption advisory for fish caught in Connecticut waters. |
”DPH reminds anglers that some of the most popular species of fish have relatively little contamination and are safe to eat up to two times a week.”
24 April 2013
|“True, there are days when the fish are nowhere to be found, and little or nothing can be done to change that. But what about when the angler standing next to you is hooking up left and right and you are not? Or how about when you've spent a good amount of time working an area, but when you move, another angler slips in and hooks up on the very first cast.|
”Is it luck? Maybe, or maybe not.
”Situations such as these are what you should evaluate when it comes to preparing for a new season. Ask yourself what changes could be made to increase productivity and close the gap between your casts and strikes.”
23 April 2013
|“More than 630,000 blueback herring were passed over the Holyoke Dam (Massachusetts) on the Connecticut River in 1985.|
”By 2006, only 21 passed the Holyoke Dam, the lowest number in the history of the Holyoke Fishlift. Last year that number was only 39”
21 April 2013
|“By the time we headed the boat back down the river we had landed around 30 schoolie bass between the two of us, but the 31-inch keeper that we didn't keep will be the fish that will make that afternoon stick in our memories.”|
Read the whole article at: CTPost.com
|“Spring is a great time to paddle the Housatonic River and paddlers now have available a free Connecticut Paddling Guide of nine navigable sections with 29 access sites starting from Ashley Falls, Mass. to Stratford, Conn. This guide, published by the Housatonic Valley Association, chronicles every river section in Connecticut.|
”The Guide provides detailed maps and easy to read directions. Descriptions of each section of the river include distance, the type of water flow, landmarks, and tributaries entering the section and warnings where necessary.”
20 April 2013
|“Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up here on Cape Cod. Many of the estuaries in the Cape area have fish, most of them likely holdover stripers that have spent the winter here on Cape Cod.”|
|According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during March 2013 was 40.8°F, 0.9°F below the 20th century average. |
It was the 43rd coolest March on record.
Colder temperatures dominated east of the Rockies, and warm conditions prevailed in the West.
19 April 2013
|“Flounder are getting good reviews already, showing up in greater numbers than in past years. Take some bloodworms, sandworms or mussels for matinee performances...."|
|“Since mid-February, approximately 394,000 trout have been released into more than 100 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut. |
"The DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort will continue through the end of May. DEEP officials said they expect to have stocked more than 600,000 catchable-size trout in 2013.”
• Trout Opening Day – Eastern CT – Part II
|“Ever since I was allowed to ride my bike to Mohegan Park Pond — a short pedal, as I lived on Ox Hill Road as a child — opening day of the Connecticut trout season was a big deal. |
"Norwich Fish and Game would stock the pond and solicit prizes, and families would show up with children and fishing rods to harvest the bounty from what was a “kids only” fishing pond in those days.”
|“Opening Day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 20th and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready. |
”Approximately 381,000 trout have already been released this spring into 102 lakes and ponds and 200 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.”
|“To maximize your casting distance, you've got to maximize your rod length. Extra-long rods increase your leverage and in turn your effective casting range. |
”In some cases, the difference between a 6-foot, 6-inch rod and a 7-footer can be as much as a 30-percent increase in distance. A 7-foot, 3-inch rod can add an additional 15 percent in distance.”
18 April 2013
|“DEEP is looking for high resolution digital photos that appeal to a diversity of anglers and the general public. Submitted photos must be outdoor scenes that include one or more people fishing or displaying their catch. |
”Images should be in sharp focus and have good color contrast. Those of sufficient quality and resolution will be considered for the grand prize, being featured on the cover of the 2014 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.”
|“According to a newly-published NOAA-led study in Geophysical Research Letters, as the globe warms from rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, more moisture in a warmer atmosphere will make the most extreme precipitation events more intense.”|
Read more: NOAA
17 April 2013
|“In this post, Brownlee explains the proper way to keep your live baits fresh and happy, plus a versatile spinning reel to use when live-baiting.”|
16 April 2013
• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 15 APR 2013
15 April 2013
|“Tie the same fly with slight variations to create new patterns that serve different purposes.”|
Read the article at: FlyFishInSalt.com
|“Question: I have a casting problem. My backcast is fine, but when I come forward, the line kind of dies at the end. This is especially true when I try to lay the line down. |
”What am I doing wrong?”
14 April 2013
“Glass eels are worth nearly six times their weight in silver this year because Asian fish farmers are desperate for baby eels to raise for market. Eels feature in kabayaki, Japanese barbecued eel, and other Asian seafoods, but farmers are unable to replicate the eel’s complex and mysterious life cycle in captivity.”
Read story at: APP.com
• UNH* Prof Receives Award for Book on Fishing
|“While overfishing is often thought of as a contemporary problem, [the book] examines how fishermen were transforming the sea long before fishing became an industrial enterprise.”|
*University of New Hampshire
|“Stripers have already made their way as far as Piermont and Tarrytown…”|
13 April 2013
|“The DEEP has completed it spring stocking program just in time for opening day. |
”Catches-and-release fly anglers are already having a field day picking up hefty trout in places such as Mill River above Lake Mohegan in Fairfield and the Mianus River in Greenwich.”
|“This has been one of the slower starts to fishing around Staten Island that I have ever seen, but I do hear the spring season is starting to show signs of life. A few anglers have been out wetting a line and report seeing some bass and a few flounder. |
”Flounder season is currently open and the bass season opens on April 15.”
|“Anchor up and lower a chum bucket or wire chum basket over the side to the depth you’re fishing. Buckets of frozen clam bellies or chum are available in your local tackle shops.|
”You also can add a mix of mussels, bunker, crabs, squid and shells to your basket….”
|“Researchers at Bangor University say they found that over-harvesting larger fish leads to a population of smaller fish that are less fertile.|
”The research suggest that the change happens within a few generations.
”The scientists say the findings could have a massive impact for the future of global fishing policies.”
12 April 2013
|“The best tackle, the stoutest line and the deadliest lure are only as good as the weakest knot in your rig. |
”Choosing the right knot for a specific purpose may seem daunting, but when you narrow your options to a few proven, trustworthy knots, you can’t go too far wrong.”
|“This 2nd printing of the 2002 edition of the Fisheries Guide to Lakes & Ponds of Connecticut features full page color depth maps of 113 lakes and ponds. It replaces the 1959 Lakes Survey with better and more up-to-date lake bottom mapping (bathymetry). |
”Each of the individual color maps provides depths, bottom contours, inflowing stream locations, fish species and neighboring roads, water surface area size, directions and launch ramp conditions.
”There are 20 pages of color plates depicting and describing the natural history of each of 25 fishes common to Connecticut's waters. The Fisheries Unit of the DEEP provides a more complete description and nine sample pages. Full color. A fine document and a great gift!”
|“In 2007, we helped to install two fishways on the Acushnet River in Massachusetts. Since then, there has been an astounding 1,140% increase in migrating herring able to access prime spawning grounds, according to data collected by the state.”|
|“A Purdue researcher says Asian carp are going where experts thought the fish would not. |
”…the species are showing greater flexibility in the location and conditions under which they can spawn.”
11 April 2013
|“As air temperatures around the area get warmer more and more recreational boaters are taking to the water. |
”The Coast Guard cautions boaters not to be fooled by the warmer air temperatures; the water is still cold, very cold.”
09 April 2013
Shoo-fly was looking a little lonely at the dock on Tuesday morning.
I-95 bridge repairs still underway as we headed up the Housatonic River
Canada geese appear to have been nesting on some of the marsh islands.
Several boats fishing intensely made it appear that the striped bass were holed up in this area.
The screen on the Garmin verified that the fish were indeed here.
This schoolie was our first fish of the 2013 striper season.
Must be quite a view of the River from a chopper!
Charlie W. got into a fish...
And soon netted a near-keeper.
Not too bad a fish for the first trip of the year:
The fish was a keeper but we released it to fight another day.
Would be a good view from an osprey as well.
Charlie into another fish.
Another great day on the water.
|“ In 1978, a giant storm blew Monomoy Island—just off the elbow at the south end of Cape Cod—IN HALF.|
”Miles of grass beds were covered with pure white sand from the outer beaches, spoiling one productive habitat but forming another. Striped bass soon habituated to cruising the clear, shallow water in search of warmer temperatures, not to mention crabs and shrimp, and perhaps to escape predators.
”People knew the fish were there, but catching them by the conventional methods of trolling or throwing big plugs was out of the question.”
08 April 2013
|“Doug Hannon, a legend in the fishing world known as the ‘Bass Professor’ whose unique expertise in a wide range of design skills and academic subjects in and outside of angling, died Thursday at his home in Keystone, a north Tampa suburb."|
|“Look inside the box of any bonefisherman anywhere in the world and, if you don’t find a Crazy Charlie inside, you will at least see the inside foam pierced with row upon row of patterns that stem from what many consider to be the most well-known bonefish fly of all time. |
”When Charlie Smith (better known as Crazy Charlie) created the Nasty Charlie….”
Fly photo from SaltWaterFlies.com
07 April 2013
|“If you were to visit certain access spots in Stratford and Milford this week, you'd likely have run into knots of wader-clad anglers toting fly rods and spinning gear toward the places where their casts can reach drop-offs and channel edges.”|
Read the whole article: CTPost.com
06 April 2013
• Prohibition on the Taking of Alewife and Blueback Herring from Connecticut Waters Extended for another Year
|“Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the prohibition on the taking of alewives and blueback herring from most inland and marine waters in Connecticut has been extended for another year.”|
|“We have been waiting patiently for winter to leave but it is still here. Below freezing temps again this week were accompanied by plenty of wind. It’s been discouraging to think about working on the boats. |
”Let’s face it, April is here….”
|“Striped bass are available in the larger rivers at this time.|
”Unfortunately, their numbers appear to be down significantly (at least in the Thames River) over the past few years.”
05 April 2013
|“It would be great if the fishing report was filled with names of anglers who had striped bass weigh ins. But it’s just not to be yet.|
”We’re heading into the first weekend in April and the striper bite is lagging behind last year.”
|“It's time to think striped bass, the superstars of fishing on Long Island Sound.|
”Right now, there's good fishing to be had in the major winter bass sanctuaries that include the Housatonic, Thames and Connecticut Rivers.”