31 May 2013

• CTDEEP Marine Fishing Report – 30 MAY 2013


Striped Bass fishing continues to be good in the tidal rivers. Action on the major reefs and rip areas in LIS has also picked up over the week.

Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef, Thames River, Bartlett Reef, Millstone warm water discharge, Black Point, humps south of Hatchett Reef, Connecticut River by Great Island (Wood Lot) to Essex, and Long Sand Shoal.

Also New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Charles Island/Milford area, Housatonic River, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and the reefs off Stamford.


Bluefish fishing has improved with fish weighing 6‐12 lbs. The Race is the hotspot! Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Gardiners Bay, lower Thames River, Millstone warm water discharge, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, New Haven Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing is rated good with doormats weighing in the 6‐8 lbs range being reported. Try to use circle hooks in order to reduce “gut hooking”. Fluke spots include south side of Fishers Island, Stonington area in Fishers Island Sound, Niantic Bay including Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, Charles Island/Milford area, Norwalk Islands and the north shore of Long Island.

Scup fishing is fair to good at any of the major rocky reefs in LIS.

Hickory Shad are in the lower reaches of the Connecticut River.

Winter Flounder fishing season’s last day was May 30th!

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Myth? Leave the Bananas At Home


“You should absolutely never bring bananas on a fishing trip. If you do, the boat may sink or run aground.

”At the very least, you won't catch any fish.”

Read the full article at this link: NOLA.com


30 May 2013

• Norwalk Area Fishing Report


“On the salt-water side, there's some good schoolie-size bass fishing taking place all along the shore and around the Norwalk Islands.

”Big bass should be moving into their summer feeding spots any day.

”Fluke season is open but hasn't really started as yet.”

Read the full article at this link: TheHour.com


• A Better Bobber?


“Most fishermen believed the better mousetrap would get here before the bobber went high-tech, or even medium-tech.


"But after an accidental convergence of concept-rich tangents, random materials, and a creative mind, in a basement in eastern Ohio, the bobber has skipped a few hundred generations and leaped into the 21st century.”

Read the full article at this link: DecaturDaily.com
Bobber website: http://www.bulletbobber.com/


29 May 2013

• 10 Tips for Flounder (Should Work Up North As Well)


“Southern flounder are a mainstay of inshore anglers from North Carolina to Texas. And while flounder aren't as fickle about taking a bait or lure as seatrout, they can be awful persnickety at times, especially the older, bigger ‘doormats.’

“That said, the following tips from veteran flounder pros around the country should speed the time between strikes and help you enjoy more flatfish fillets this season. Give 'em a try!”

Read the full article at this link: SaltWaterSportsmen.com


28 May 2013

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 22 May 2013


Just a little late in getting these pix from last week posted:


I-95 westbound was a mess that morning thanks to the commuter rail problems.



Roy P. and I got into the striped bass, but they weren't as easy to find as they had been a few weeks before.



New Canada goose family.



These gentlemen were after the elusive fluke, but at least at that point of the morning they'd had little luck.



Nice striper...almost a keeper.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


27 May 2013

• Essex Shad Bake – 01 June 2013


“Connecticut River shad is considered a delicacy, along with the plump eggs of the females.


”The Essex Rotary Club gets its fish, some 300 pounds of fillets, from Old Saybrook's Atlantic Seafood, which buys directly from Old Saybrook fishermen. Shad season runs from April 1 to mid-June.”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


26 May 2013

• Seaweed for Dinner…Grown in Long Island Sound


“Yup, seaweed. And not only is seaweed growing on that line, it’s deliberately growing on that line. This is what Smith calls his farm –- a 20-acre spread that still goes by its 10-year-old original name the Thimble Island Oyster Company.

"It is in fact now a vertical system of clams, scallops, mussels and, since December, an uppermost layer of seaweed, or more elegantly, kelp.”

Article and photo from: CTMirror.org


25 May 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report – 24 May 2013


“Fishing report: The striper action in the rivers like the Saugatuck and Housatonic is still fairly good, although most of the schoolies have exited for the outer beaches and deeper water, leaving the larger bass behind targeting the herring returning from their spawning run.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• NYC-Area Fishing Report


“Fishing-wise, the gang’s all here in time for this unofficial start of summer. Fluke, striped bass, blues, porgies, even a few weakfish, along with those good old standbys, ling and cod.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• CTDEEP Closes Charles Island


“Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public beginning today, May 24 through September 9, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds.”


Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Bluefish Arrive at Martha’s Vineyard


“Bluefish have arrived. About two weeks ago, Tom Robinson and I made a visit to State Beach at the bend-in-the-road. Slicks, the oily sheen blues leave while feeding, were visible a few hundred yards off the beach. Two people were hooked up.

”Tom cast a yellow popper. He was soon hooked to a nice-sized bluefish.”

Read the full article at this link: MVTimes.com


• Drawing People To the Shores of Stratford – Part 2


“This is part two of a newcomer’s tour of the shores of Stratford that was particularly on the lookout for businesses that draw people to enjoy the natural resources of Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River....”


Read the full article at this link: StratfordStar.com


24 May 2013

• CTDEEP Marine Fishing Report 23 May 2013


Striped Bass fishing remains good in the tidal rivers with keeper sized fish being reported. Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Thames River, Millstone warm water discharge, Niantic River, Connecticut River by Great Island (Wood Lot) to Essex, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Bluefish fishing is fair to good. Fishing spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Gardiners Bay and along the north shore of Long Island (NY waters), mouth of the Thames River, Millstone warm water discharge, Long Sand Shoal, Connecticut River, New Haven Harbor, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Winter Flounder fishing hot spot is Norwalk Harbor. Other spots include the lower Mystic River, Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, mouth of the Thames River and the Pine Island area including Baker Cove, Niantic River including the bay, and New Haven Harbor.

Summer Flounder fishing has started this season on the hot side! Doormats measuring over 20 to almost 30 inches have already been reported. New Haven Harbor is the hot spot. Other areas include south side of Fishers Island, Niantic Bay, Falkner Island area, north shore of Long Island, Charles Island area, and the Norwalk Islands.

Scup are on the major rocky reefs in LIS.

Hickory Shad can be found mixed in with school stripers in the major tidal rivers.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• 407 To Die on U.S. Roadways this Weekend


The National Safety Council today released its estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

The Council estimates 407 traffic fatalities and another 43,500 medically consulted injuries may occur over the traditional summer kick-off weekend from motor vehicle collisions.

Source: National Safety Council

PLEASE: Don't be one of them! Drive with care.


• Long Island: Fishing Is Hot!


“It's not often you'll find Long Island's angling fraternity to be in nearly complete agreement, but with fluke, porgy, striped bass, weakfish and bluefish all feeding heavily as we head into Memorial Day weekend, one of the most common phrases being heard around the docks is: ‘Fishing is really good!’”


Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


• Favorite Ways to Catch Striped Bass

(Rhode Island)


“With all this bait and action why is it that some days, you just cannot get a bite… you scour waters trolling lures and tube & worm, cast in the shallows and around structure with soft plastics, hard plastics and surface poppers.

”You hit all your favorites spots, where you have caught fish and where others have caught fish… and still… no bass.”

Read the full article at this link: CranstonOnLine.com


23 May 2013

• Norwalk Area Fishing Report


“The difference between fishing for striped bass and bluefish can be measured in pounds. Blues travel in tremendous schools.


”The sight of blues breaking the surface is but an indication of thousands more fish in the depths beneath. In this early stage of the season, these fish average 2 to 4 pounds in weight. They grow fast.”

Read the full article at this link: TheHour.com


• Scheme That Distributes Free Fish heads

(New Zealand)


“A scheme that distributes free fish heads is now working from the Far North to Marlborough.

”TV3 Fishing Show host Matt Watson started a website last summer to connect boaties with people who regard fish heads as a delicacy.

”He wants to reduce the waste of good food that happens when fishers fillet their catch and discard the heads and frames.

”He says he loves eating fish heads himself and hates to see them rotting on beaches when they could have fed a family.”

Source: RadioNZ.co.nz
See also: FreeFishheads.co.nz


22 May 2013

• What Flies for Spring Stripers?


“Striper euphoria is now in full swing in the Northeast. It’s a time when guys are still crazy excited about catching an 18-inch schoolie, just because it means they are catching bass again.


”I’m no different and I’m sure like many others I spend a lot of my down time thinking about the fish. But as I hacked out another Clouser minnow on my vice, with the NBA playoffs on in the background, I started to wonder what serious fly tiers think about.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com


21 May 2013

• Bald Eagle Steals Fish Off Angler’s Line


“This Eagle stole a beautiful Dolly Varden Char right off of my hook, then took all my backing and stole my fly too....”

Read the article, see the video at this link: Metro.Co.UK


• Alabama Angler Hooks IGFA World Record for Striped Bass

(Landlocked)


“James R. Bramlett of Dora, Alabama got the call he was waiting for from IGFA World Records Coordinator Jack Vitek.


”The call came around 2p.m. Monday May 13. Vitek told Bramlett that the monster striper he caught on February 28, 2013 in the Black Warrior River is the new IGFA world record for a landlocked striped bass.”

Read the full article, photo source, at this link: AL.com


20 May 2013

• “World’s Fish Have Been Moving To Cooler Waters for Decades….”


“The research, published in the journal Nature, provides more evidence of a rapidly warming planet and has broad repercussions for fish harvests around the globe.”

Read the full article at this link: WashingtonPost.com

Thanks to Val S. for the tip on this article


• Stripers Arriving Up North

(Massachusetts)


“The day dawned with the smell of lilacs opening up after a week of intermittent rain and gradually warming temperatures, and the knowing, ambitious and optimistic casters and fly fishermen ready for what has become a rite of spring — the arrival of the advance scouts from the giant summer migration of stripers seeking temperatures in the 50s and the northward pulses of forage fish.”


Read the full article at this link: GloucesterTimes.com


19 May 2013

• Western CT Shore Fishing Report


“For a variety of reasons the population of shad has dwindled. Hopefully, in the next few years we will begin to see the return of these great tasting fish to Connecticut waters.”


Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com


• New Species of Black Bass Found in Florida


“Scientists have proposed naming the new species the Choctaw bass and recommended the scientific name ofMicropterus haiaka. They revealed their discovery at a meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society earlier this year.


”FWC scientists first noted a DNA profile that did not belong to any recognized species while testing a bass specimen from the Chipola River in 2007, as part of a broader genetic study of bass.”

Source: MyFWC.com


18 May 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report – 17 May 2013

(Bluefish are around!)


“The big news of the morning… was that anglers in the Sound were catching bluefish....

”… a customer…nailed blues up to 10 pounds on bunker heads….

Another angler “…had a good day with a pal catching fluke, but was thrilled when a couple of small bluefish took their fluke rigs.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Drawing People To the Shores Of Stratford - Part 1


“This is Part 1 of a report that explores Stratford’s shoreline from Lordship Boulevard at the Bridgeport town line through Lordship and then up the riverfront to the end of the commercial zone.”


Source: StratfordStar.com


17 May 2013

• CTDEEP Marine Fishing Report – 16 May


Striped Bass fishing continues to be in the spotlight. Tidal rivers and harbors are your best bet for schoolies and keeper-size fish.

Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Thames River, Millstone warm water discharge, Niantic River, Connecticut River by Great Island (Wood Lot) to Essex, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Bluefish are finally here in LIS! Bluefish spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Gardiners Bay and along the north shore of Long Island (NY waters), mouth of the Thames and Connecticut Rivers, Millstone warm water discharge, and New Haven Harbor.


Winter Flounder fishing is rated just fair. Flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, mouth of the Thames River and the Pine Island area including Baker Cove, Niantic River including the bay, New Haven Harbor, and Norwalk Harbor.

Scup along with Summer Flounder have showed up in LIS! The scup fishing season opened May 1st and the summer flounder season opened on this past Wednesday, May 15th.

Hickory Shad have also made an appearance in the major tidal rivers.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Almost Bluefish Time


“It's been a cold spring, so it could be another two or three weeks before the blues arrive.


”On the bright side, first reports could come tomorrow or the next day. The appearance of bluefish in western Long Island Sound is always good news for anglers. Usually by now, these summertime favorites have already rounded Montauk Point, popped up around Shelter Island and are ready to explode into action off Wading River.

”Once that happens, it's only a matter of days before they blitz the waters off Port Jefferson L.I. and another season is under way. ”

Read the full article at this link: TheHour.com


• Recipe: Moqueca de Peixe (Brazilian Fish Stew)


“…make this with striped bass. Now you can use haddock, cod, halibut, another firm-fleshed white fish, or shrimp and crab. The stew is typically served over farofa, which is toasted manioc flour, or rice.”


Article and photo from: Boston.com


16 May 2013

• NOAA: April Was Cold and Wet

(No joke!)


“April was cool, wet and had more snow on the ground for the contiguous U.S.; April temperatures were coolest since 1997.


”According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during April was 49.7°F, 1.4°F below the 20th-century average. It was the 23rd coolest April on record. Below-average temperatures dominated the central United States.”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA


15 May 2013

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 15 MAY 2013



There was frost on the pumpkin in Hometown, CT on Wednesday morning. Charlie W. and I agreed that it felt like November fishing out on the River.



Most of the local sailboat population appears now to have returned to the mid-River morings.



Almost a keeper.



Mute swans...always graceful...unless you're on a personal watercraft and the swan is chasing you down the River.



A winter flounder smacked Charlie's jig and plastic.



First headboat (partyboat) we've seen this year...maybe looking for fluke at the mouth of the River?



Charlie's into a fish here.



A keeper...that was not kept but returned quickly and safely to the River.

Another great day on the water came to an end as drops of rain began to fall just as we returned to the boat slip.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• Berlin's New Fishway Opens Mattabesset River To Spawning Fish

(Connecticut)


“…a traffic report of sorts gave the fish count as of a few days ago. White suckers, a large bottom-feeder, had the highest count at 507. Alewives, a type of herring that moves in from the ocean to spawn in fresh water each spring, was close behind, with 438.

”Others counted were 45 rainbow trout, 17 yellow perch, 17 largemouth bass, 12 sea lamprey and smaller numbers of smallmouth bass and sea-run trout. Shad are also expected to use the fishway, although none have been spotted yet on tape.”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


• “Fish Piracy Costs World $10-23 Billion Every Year”


“Fish piracy — seafood caught illegally, not reported to authorities or outside environmental and catch regulations — represents as much as US$10 billion to US$23 billion in global losses each year, a nonprofit conservation group estimated Wednesday.

”Because pirated fish is sold on black markets, specifics of the economic impact are tough to decipher.”

Source: ChinaPost.com


14 May 2013

• A Not-So-Pleasant Surprise On First Fishing Trip of Season

(Cape Cod)


“Last week I made my first fishing trip of the year with a friend, Roger Parks of Alabama, who was here with his wife for a few days visiting relatives.

He wanted to try for stripers so we went to Buzzards Bay with hopes of finding schoolies on the surface, but we didn’t see any sign of them.”


Read the full article at this link: PatriotLedger.com


• Basic Porgy Recipe

(Scup)


“Another fish that Blue Moon is currently bringing into market are porgies, a good choice for anyone concerned about sustainability issues. “There are lots of porgies, it’s very plentiful,” Villani said.

”Porgies are relatively small at 1 to 2 pounds each. Villani says they’re sweet, but there’s one downside. “They are very boney. A lot of people don’t like them because of that reason,” she admitted.”

Source: WNYC.org


13 May 2013

• Right On Schedule, Stripers Are Here

(Newburyport, MA)


“Mother’s Day is the traditional start of the striped bass season in the local area. The popular gamefish follow hot on the tails of smaller baitfish, such as shad and herring, as they head north up the coast on their annual migration.


”The striper season in local waters typically lasts from mid May to about mid June; the stripers head to northern waters during the hottest months of the summer, then in the fall blitz through on their way south.”

Source: NewburyportNew.com


• Five Tips for Staying Safe on the Water


“With the summer months fast approaching, and the water and air temperatures getting warmer, it is critical to remember safe boating practices as the season begins.

”Here are five easy ways to stay safe on the water:”


Source: CoastGuardNews.com


12 May 2013

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 12 MAY 2013



A foggy morning in Hometown, CT.



Black-crowned night heron.



Val S. and I didn't catch a lot of fish this day...they seem to be more spread out in the River.



American oystercatchers.



Still, we found enough fish to make the morning interesting.



Brant.



Val's first keeper of the season.



More brant...I love these little geese, they're very photogenic.




Another great day on the water.