31 July 2013

• IGFA Sued for Denying $1MM Prize Fish


“Talk about one that got away. An Arkansas man who caught a record 68-pound striped bass sued the International Game Fish Association for denying him a $1 million prize in their contest.


”Rodney Ply, 41, of Diamond City, Ark., entered the "Hook-a-Million" contest, which offered a $1 million prize for any angler who caught a fish that broke a world record using a Mustad-brand hook….

Read the full article at this link: Yahoo.com


• “Poor Count Estimates Plague New England Fisheries”


“Some federal population estimates for bottom-dwelling groundfish, such as cod and flounder, have swung wildly. That leaves fishermen scrambling to deal with sudden drops or gains in the portfolio of stocks they depend on to make a living.

"In addition, a pattern has emerged showing the same bad predictions about key fish species are repeated.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Fisherman Rescued After 8 Hours in Water Used Boots to Survive


“John Aldridge went overboard off the coast of Montauk. He used his boots as a floating device in the shark-infested waters for eight hours…”

Read the full article at this link: LongIsland.com


30 July 2013

• Fishing’s Good…North of Long Island Sound


“BOSTON HARBOR -- Bluefish made a move inside the harbor this week with many in the 12-pound range. The blues are making runs each morning around the mouth of the harbor on out to Boston light house.

"Stripers continue to be the talk of the town with bass up to 30 pounds all over the harbor but a good concentration at Lovells Island.

"Egg Rock off Nahant if also holding some good bass. Tinker macks are doing the trick. The flounder are starting to move out to deeper water.”

Read the full article at this link: LowellSun.com


• A Lesson Learned…Even If Learned the Hard Way


“My first time out alone, when I got to where the boat launch that was in Newington, there were three boats out front that were into a bunch of big stripers that were breaking water and a couple of the people were fighting big fish.

"Quickly launching the boat and getting the borrowed motor roaring, we piled right into the action and soon the fish went down and it went quiet. Amid some stern stares from a couple of people that I knew, Ralph Garland motored over to me and told me to go back to the dock, tie up my boat and come with him.”

Read the full article at this link: UnionLeader.com


• “The Truth About Sunscreens and Sun-Protective Clothing”


“First, a quick quiz:

”(A. Sunscreens labeled 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and higher don’t protect from all of the sun’s rays

”(B. Suntans are a sign of skin damage

”(C. Sunscreens should be used on cloudy days

”(D. Infants should not be in the sun at all

”(E. Some medications can make you more sensitive to the sun and increase the likelihood of serious sunburn

”(All are true.)”

Read the full article at this link: HamdenPatch.com


29 July 2013

• Maryland Fishing Report


“I was cleaning [striped bass] yesterday and surprised to find the stomach's of both fish completely empty. One was a robust looking striper of 22 inches and the other a scrawny 18.5 inches. No silversides, bunker or spot. Not even remnants of forage, at least what the eye could make out.

"I found it curious because the area where I caught them -- the east pilings of the Bay Bridge -- was loaded with natural bait. But the [stripers] still hit a 5-inch glow white Bust 'Em Baits soft plastic on a 3/4-ounces jighead.”

Read the full article at this link: CapitalGazette.com


• Recipe: “Pan Roasted Nantucket Wild Striped Bass”


“1. Place the 3 T vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season the bass filets on the flesh side with the 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Pat the skin side of each filet with a little of the cornstarch, and then add the fish to the skillet, skin side down.

”2….”

Read the full article at this link: Fox8.com


28 July 2013

• Stamford-Area Fishing Report & the Bluefish Tournament


“The 31th edition of the annual WICC 600 Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth will be held in August and one very lucky Long Island Sound angler will win $25,000.”

Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com


27 July 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 26 July 2013 & Lou Tabory On the Dearth of Striped Bass


“But sometime around 2005, anglers again began to notice a decline in the striped bass fishery. This time, however, it was not the sudden drop-off and recovery of the 1980s. This time the decline has stuck.

"Today the once-great striper fishing that existed in virtually all parts of the Northeast coastline is greatly diminished, [Lou] Tabory writes.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Maine Fishing Report


“Time of day is very important if you want to catch stripers. Anglers, especially those fishing artificials and flies, need to be out before sunrise or after dusk.

”Limited numbers of bass can still be found in the lower portions and mouths of the rivers (Scarborough, Saco, Mousam, etc.). Anglers targeting these fish should try trolling Tube'N worm rigs or surgical tubes coupled with a sandworm. ”

Read the full article at this link: PressHerald.com

• “Next Step in Historic Fish Passage Project on Penobscot River

”This week, contractors began removing the Veazie Dam from Maine's Penobscot River. Removing this dam-the closest to the sea-will reconnect the river to the Gulf of Maine for the first time in nearly two centuries. Its removal marks the next step in an effort to create nearly 1,000 miles of fish habitat on the river.”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA.gov


26 July 2013

• Massachusetts Re-Opens Commercial Striper Fishery


“Commercial striped bass season opened on Sunday with mixed reviews from fishermen.

”Fishmongers, however, are happy to have the desirable fish in stock again for the Island's many interested customers.”

Read the full article at this link: MVGazette.com


• Boston Area Fishing Report


“This year, a particularly hot, hazy and humid July has caused surface water temperatures in Massachusetts Bay to rise quickly to the 70-degree mark and spike even higher in shallow inshore areas and tidal rivers.

"As a result, the striper fishing has been tough for many anglers.

”However, there are a few strategies you can use to meet the challenges of the “summer doldrums” and catch a keeper-sized striped bass.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


• How To Survive A Lightning Strike


“If you're caught outdoors in a forest during a lightning storm, seek shelter in a low area under a dense growth of small trees. Avoid tall trees, since lightning tends to strike the tallest object in an area.

”If you're in an open area, go to a low area, like a valley or a ravine (but be alert for flash floods). If you're in a boat in open water, get to land as quickly as possible.


”And if you feel your hair stand on end, that means lightning is about to strike. As a last resort, immediately squat down on the balls of your feet, cover your ears with your hands (to minimize hearing loss) and put your head between your knees.”

Read the full article at this link: News.Yahoo.com


• Bluefish Are At Block Island


“ Bluefish generally get a bad rap - they destroy fishing gear and 'taste bad’. [sic]

”This is hardly the case if your [sic] adequately prepared, these fish are great fun to catch on light tackle and fly rods.”

Read the full article at this link: Block-Island.VillageSoup.com

Textual errors aside, if the big blues are at BI, does this mean they’ve pulled an end-run around Long Island and have bypassed the Sound?


• Hudson River: Fishing May Be OK, but Don’t Go Swimming!


“The risk of catching some nasty germ in the Hudson River just started looking nastier.

”Disease-causing microbes have long been found swimming there, but now researchers have documented antibiotic-resistant strains in specific spots, from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan.”

Read the full article at this link: N4SA.com


• NOAA Plans New Survey Of Recreational Saltwater Anglers


The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans a new survey of recreational saltwater fishermen. NOAA announced on Tuesday, July 10 that it is asking the Office of Management & Budget for routine permission to survey Marine recreational anglers to collect catch and effort data, fish biology data, and angler socioeconomic characteristics.

Read the full article at this link: USGPO


25 July 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Fishing Report – 25 July 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good throughout LIS. Bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip (rip line just north of Plum Island), Plum Gut, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island north rip, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in the tidal rivers and creeks in good numbers but are still on the small side.

Striped Bass fishing is very good at the usual striper spots: Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Cornfield Point, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison over to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Live lining bunker early in the morning has produced some nice “cow” bass.

Summer Flounder fishing is better in deeper water (60+ feet) especially for doormats. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the mouth of the Thames River over to Goshen Point, Niantic Bay, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and off the Norwalk Islands.

Scup fishing has become more consistent on the major rocky reefs throughout LIS.

Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good over gnarly bottom in 90+ feet of water.

Blackfish fishing is fair to good on the major rocky reefs.

Blue Crabs are thick in the tidal creek and coves. Besides keepers, there are also a ton of small blue crabs roaming around which bodes well for excellent crabbing later in the season.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Is the Absence of Bunker Responsible for Long Island Sound Being So Murky?


“Just five years ago, the shores of the Peconic Bays were littered with the carcasses of dead menhaden, driven up on to the beaches by swarms of hungry bluefish running in late spring….

”This year, however, menhaden, known colloquially as bunker, are few and far between, leading environmentalists to worry that we’re in danger of losing a crucial link in the ecosystem….”

“’The muddy brown color of the Long Island Sound and the growing dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay are the direct result of inadequate water filtration — a job that was once carried out by menhaden,’ says the essayist Paul Greenberg in a 2009 article in The New York Times. ‘An adult menhaden can rid four to six gallons of water of algae in a minute. Imagine then the water-cleaning capacity of the half-billion menhaden we “reduce” into oil every year.’”

Read the full article at this link: EastEndBeacon.com

• The Paul Greenberg Op-Ed Item On Menhaden

”…Nearly every fish a fish eater likes to eat eats menhaden. Bluefin tuna, striped bass, redfish and bluefish are just a few of the diners at the menhaden buffet. All of these fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids but are unable themselves to synthesize them. The omega-3s they have come from menhaden.

”But menhaden are entering the final losing phases of a century-and-a-half fight for survival that began when humans started turning huge schools into fertilizer and lamp oil. Once petroleum-based oils replaced menhaden oil in lamps, trillions of menhaden were ground into feed for hogs, chickens and pets. Today, hundreds of millions of pounds of them are converted into lipstick, salmon feed, paint, ‘buttery spread,’ salad dressing and, yes, some of those omega-3 supplements you have been forcing on your children….”

Read the full item at this link: NYTimes.com


24 July 2013

• Up the Housatonic River to Lake Lillinonah


“Created by the Shepaug Dam in Southbury and Newtown, it’s the first major impoundment on the Housatonic River. Stormwater pollution make its first stop there.

”So, in all likelihood, have the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that General Electric Co. released from its manufacturing plant in Pittsfield, Mass.

”Because it’s part of the Housatonic River, water is constantly flowing through it. Because its owner, FirstLight Power Resources, can raise or lower the lake dramatically to generate power at the dam, its height can change rapidly.

”It also gets an extra load of phosphorus from Danbury’s wastewater treatment plant. That feeds the lake algae blooms, which can be severe and long-lived….”

Read the full article at this link: NorwalkCitizenOnLine.com


• “Three Fishermen Rescued After Boat Sinks In The Race”


“A good Samaritan rescued three fishermen whose boat sank Thursday in the Race, a popular fishing spot in Long Island Sound, near Little Gull Island, N.Y., the U.S. Coast Guard said.”

Read the full article at this link: TheDay.com


• Going Ultra-Light? Palomar Knot Helps


“Keep in mind the fisherman's adage: "The weakest point of any fishing line is always the knot." But if one is fishing with tackle and line that is light or ultra-light by definition, how does the angler prevent the line from breaking at the knot, or worse, coming undone at the knot?

”Enter the liberator of light line aficionados: the Palomar knot. Happily, the Palomar is one of the simplest knots to tie.”

Read the full article at this link: ReadingEagle.com


• State Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus


“Hartford – The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Voluntown on July 10, 2013 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE).

”These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in the state by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year and the earliest since the trapping program began in 1997.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH


23 July 2013

• Boston Area Fishing Report


“Those slinging eels and tossing bait from the beaches at night are faring far better than their daytime counterparts.

”And the biggest news of the week: the Almighty Pogie is back. Pogies, known in other parts as Bunker, fatbacks, or Menhaden, are a top food for striped bass, and often bring cow stripers with them when they hit our waters.”

Read the full article at this link: ItemLive.com


• Bluefish: To-Notch Fighters


“Bluefish, an outstanding pugilist, jump like Atlantic salmon, impressive when fish weigh in the double-digit range.

”The species also makes long, tenacious runs that may put a striped bass to shame. In short, bluefish have everything and more to recommend them.”

Read the full article at this link: KJOnline.com


• Tips on Fishing Live Eels for Striped Bass


“As the water temperature rises, those larger striped bass that have not gone offshore are likely to be hunkering down in cooler, deeper spots. One way to entice them is to fish with live eels.”

Read the full article at this link: CapeAndIslands.org


22 July 2013

• Slug-Go Lures for Striped Bass


“Fishing with Slug-Gos is one of the more effective ways to catch stripers.

”Easy to rig and inexpensive to buy, they are one of the best alternatives when you can’t scare up live bait.”

Read the full article at this link: GloucesterTimes.com

Want even more information on this topic? See our blog of 07 June 2013.


• Progress Slowed at Shakespeare-on-Housatonic


“There is always someone asking a question about the future of the Shakespeare Theatre. After all, it is a beautiful building with national recognition on 14 acres overlooking the water in Fairfield County that has been out of operation for 24 years.


”To be sure, a lot of work is being done to keep bringing attention and activity to the property… [but] As of today…there is no set plan for the theater because the hired consultant has not completed the last phase of its work, which is a study of funding and fund-raising feasibility.”

Read the full article at this link: StratfordStar.com


20 July 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column - 20 July 2013


“Water temperatures in Long Island Sound have climbed well into the 70s with report of 80s in some areas. That, of course, has fish hightailing it for deeper, cooler waters.

”In short, angling, at least for predator fish like stripers and blues in Long Island Sound, is anything but hot.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• CSF: Like CSA, but for Fish


“Consumers and chefs have the potential to alter the scientific facts that portend fish will be extinct from Earth by 2048. But in a world where, according to the United Nations, 30 percent of fish products are mislabeled, it becomes difficult for people to eat responsibly.”

Read the full article at this link: TheEpochTimes.com


19 July 2013

• Fishermen Say Seals Decimating Fish Populations


“Seals are big business these days on Cape Cod. Tour boats shuttle visitors to watch as the seals sun themselves on Monomoy Island south of Chatham. At the Chatham Fish Pier, they bob their heads out of the water with an almost human-like quality, playfully swim here and there as fishermen unload their catch.

”But the cuteness factor is lost on local fishermen like Nick Muto. He said he now has to compete with seals for fish, and it’s the seals who have a clear advantage.


"’Fishermen feel we’re being blamed for a lot of the decline of the codfish population,’ he said. ‘But in essence, in just the Cape Cod area alone, there’s 14,000 unregulated fishermen - being, the seal population.’”

Read the full article at this link: WGBHNews.com


18 July 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 18 July 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good with fish weighing in the lower teens being reported. Bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip (rip line just north of Plum Island), Plum Gut, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island north rip, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in the tidal rivers and creeks but fishing is just fair. Snapper fishing should be better by month’s end.

Striped Bass fishing also remains good. Stripers weighing in the 40’s are not unusual. Again, live eels and/or bunker have been the choice baits. Fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Cornfield Point, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing is good especially in deeper water (90+ feet). Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the mouth of the Thames River over to Goshen Point, Niantic Bay, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, and New Haven Harbor.

Scup fishing is good with jumbos measuring 15‐17 inches in length being caught on the major rocky reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good on the deeper (90+ feet) rocky reefs and hard bottom areas.

Blackfish fishing is fair to good on the major rocky reefs.

Blue Crabs are abundant in the estuaries and tidal rivers along the coast and crabbing is rated good overall.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Striped Bass…for the Future


“ Striped bass are an ideal game fish for many reasons, but one of the most notable has to do with the fact that they feed in so many different conditions. I can’t think of any other major game-fish species that can be found in such diversified water.

"Stripers can swim freely in heavy rolling surf or along rocky shorelines with 10-foot waves crashing into structure. Another plus is the simple fact that they primarily live in the Northeast, which just so happens to be the most populated region in the United States, making them accessible to thousands of anglers.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com


• Invasive Species in Connecticut


“The name conjures up a sense of the exotic. It almost sounds evil. The snakehead's appearance, with its depraved, almost angry grin, reinforces that thought. Invasive species, like the snakehead, can move in and destroy all living beings in their wake leaving little behind for any native species.”

Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com


17 July 2013

• The Tides and Catching Stripers


“ What anglers need to know is that fish feed in specific spots during particular stages of the tide. It is critical that you learn this if you want to become part of the 10 percent of the anglers who seem to catch 90 percent of the fish.

"The key to the tidal clock system is to have two or three productive fishing spots for each two-hour stage of the tide.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishinSalt.com


• Asian Carp: Are the Great Lakes Next?


“Asian carp are hardy, lay hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time and spread into new habitat quickly and easily. To wit, they can jump over barriers such as low dams. Also, flooding has helped the fish expand into previously unattainable water bodies.

”…fishers using young carp as live bait have also facilitated the fish’s spread, as have boats going through locks up and down the Mississippi.”


Read the full article at this link: ScientificAmerican.com

Fishers? Do they mean the fisher that is a furry mammal that's part of the weasel family? No, they mean “fishermen.” What’s wrong with using the term “anglers” since it seems necessary [to some] to avoid the politically incorrect “fishermen” word?


16 July 2013

• Catching Stripers in Warm Weather


“ The waters around New York, along the south shore of Long Island and in the Sound have mixed stocks of Chesapeake fish and Hudson River fish, which don't migrate so far. This means that, generally speaking, from the Gotham area northward, summer bass fishing potential steadily improves.

"The waters around Montauk, Plum Island, Fishers Island, Gull Island and other locales east from Long Island may not offer the consistent action they do at other times, but possibilities certainly exist. In the brackish estuaries and freshwater southern rivers, fish generally drop back into the sounds after spring spawnin”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com


• Could We Use Some Structure in Our Local Waters?


”Artificial Reef Program Enhances Hempstead Reef with Rock from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

“The New York Artificial Reef Program is popular with many local fishermen and divers and helps to support the local economy of Long Island also. The creation of additional patch reefs through rock deployment will increase the use and enjoyment of these valuable New York State resources.

”Fishermen and divers who access the artificial reefs support local businesses through the purchase of fuel, bait and tackle, marine equipment, and by using for hire party/charter and dive vessels.”

Read the full article at this link: LongIsland.com


15 July 2013

• New York City Area Fishing Report


“As Mother Nature continues in her sultry mode, our local fisheries are reflecting her moodiness, with marine denizens like the bluefish off their feed, striped bass scattering in rag-tag fashion and only interested in bait after dusk and larger specimens often heading into deeper, cooler water.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Jig-Headed Plastic Baits


“Mind you, all baits aren't created equally. Interestingly and oddly enough, some 1/4-ounce baits fish like 1/2-ounce baits while some 1/2-ounce baits fish like 1/4-ounce baits.

Here's why:”


Read the full article at this link: SaltWaterSportsman.com


14 July 2013

• Connecticut Reports Positive Mosquitoes for West Nile Virus in Norwalk


“The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Norwalk on July 2, 2013 have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). These results represent the first positive mosquitoes identified in the state by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.

”Connecticut residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH


13 July 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report – 12 July 2013


“The tubes and worms are reeled up and the motor gunned for Fairfield. Then, just as I sit back to enjoy the ride, the captain shouts: ‘Hey, up ahead at 11 o'clock, something jumped.’

”I see nothing, but grab my rod and prepare to cast.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 JUL 2013 [Section 3 of 3]


Here's the third set of photos from recent trips. Click on any photo to enlarge. Leave questions or comments via the comment link at the bottom:














Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


12 July 2013

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 JUL 2013 [Section 2 of 3]


Here's the second set of photos from recent trips. Click on any photo to enlarge. Leave questions or comments via the comment link at the bottom. The next set will be posted at 0030 on Saturday.
















Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


11 July 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 11 July 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good throughout LIS. Bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip (rip line just north of Plum Island), Plum Gut, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island north rip, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in the tidal rivers and creeks but only measure 3 inches in length.

Striped Bass fishing is consistent throughout LIS. Anglers using live eels and/or bunker have been scoring well on “cow” stripers very early in the morning. Striper spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Cornfield Point, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing has dropped off (rated fair). The better fluking spots have been the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the mouth of the Thames River over to Goshen Point, Niantic Bay, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, and New Haven Harbor.

Scup fishing has picked up on the local reefs. Squid strips have been the preferred bait.

Black Sea Bass fishing has also picked up with the Falkner Island area and the reefs off Madison to Branford being the hot spots.

Blackfish fishing has been good in about 10 to 20 feet of water on the local reefs and rock piles in close to shore. This a good time to hit our coastal state parks for some shore fishing “tog” action.

Blue Crabs are off to an excellent crabbing start in the tidal rivers and coves. With all the rainfall and freshwater runoff, flood tide is the best time to go.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 10 JUL 2013 [Section 1 of 3]


Sorry. I've been remiss in posting photos from recent fishing trips, so for the next three days, 11-13 July, I'll post 7-8 photos at 0030 each day that will sort of catch us up.

Here's the first set of photos. Click on any photo to enlarge. Leave questions or comments via the comment link at the bottom. The next set will be posted at 0030 on Friday.

















Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


10 July 2013

• Salt Water Fly Fishing – in NZ


“There's nothing quite so satisfying as catching fish on flies and lures that you've made yourself. Apart from the enjoyment of hand-crafting successful lures, they are often less expensive than shop-purchased versions, designed to fit local fishing conditions, and made with superior components and stronger hooks.

”Sometimes they can even work better than any other commercially available options, too.”

Read the full article at this link: Stuff.co.nz


09 July 2013

• New Hampshire to Outlaw Smaller Lead Jigs


“A bill banning a type of lead fishing tackle blamed for killing loons will be law in New Hampshire in three years.

”Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the bill Tuesday that gives retailers time to sell the banned tackle to people living in states where it is legal. The ban takes effect June 1, 2016, and prohibits the use of lead-weighted hooks known as jigs that weigh an ounce or less.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


08 July 2013

• Striper Fishing’s Tough in Maine Too


“When Duncan Barnes and Capt. Dave Pecci each hooked into a small striper, neither much longer than a foot, it was as if on July 2 the fireworks went off over the Kennebec River two days early.

”Moments before as they were motoring in after five hours of fishing without a fish, they saw a rise, then another, suddenly several, and finally some serious seabird action around this riverine commotion.”

Read the full article at this link: PressHerald.com


• Mosquito Spray Killed Long Island Sound Lobsters


“In 1998, nearly every lobster in Long Island Sound died and they haven't come back.


”A number of studies point to two chemicals used to kill mosquitoes to try to head off West Nile virus. Those chemicals have been routinely dumped into storm drains in both Connecticut and New York and they eventually wind up in the sound.”

Read the full article at this link: WTNH.com


07 July 2013

• Dead Bluefish Washing Up On Long Island


“Shinnecock Bay fishermen have been scratching their heads as to what is happening to the bluefish, which have been washing up dead on the shores since last weekend.

"Now, the Marine Animal Disease Laboratory at Stony Brook University is stepping in to investigate the unusual die-off of this particular species.”

Read the full article at this link: LongIsland.com


06 July 2013

• New York City Area Fishing Report


“Thinking in patriotic colors, how about blue claw crabs and bluefish? Those tasty blue claws are taking up residence at North Channel Bridge, and the subway drawbridge over the Grassy Bay portion of Jamaica Bay. Remember, though, to throw back spawning females and also those measuring less than 4½ inches.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Striped Bass on the Fly on the MV Flats


“When you do put the fly where it needs to be, however -- a task which gets progressively easier once your casting stroke and your eyes get trained -- the bass are aggressive.

”A spotted fly is usually chased, and often eaten. And once hooked up, the bass don't disappoint. Sure, they're not bluefish, but once on the line even the short bass seemed to fight harder than their counterparts in the surf or in deeper water.”

Read the full article at this link: HatchMag.com


05 July 2013

• Getting Started in Fly Fishing


“I know how to handle a fishing rod.

”But this was quite different - there was no bail to flip, I had to get used to holding the fly rod with just one hand and instead of one quick toss to get the line out in the water, it took several fluid movements and careful coordination.”

Read the full article at this link: KOMONews.com


• Fishing on Long Island Sound This Busy Weekend


“…but this weekend is likely to see just about everyone who still had a boat in dry dock finally hit the water.

”It also means plenty of pleasure boaters, jet skis, kayak fans and others pursuing outdoors fun cutting back and forth across the fishing grounds, creating odd wakes and, occasionally, wandering off course while distracted.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


04 July 2013

• Fishing Not So Hot in New Hampshire Right Now


“Fishing has slowed down, boating has sped up, the heat has returned in a big way — bringing with it downpours with thunder and lighting — and the full moon has lit up the Seacoast sky.”

Sound familiar?

Read the full article at this link: SeacoastOnline.com


03 July 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report - 03 July 2013


Bluefish fishing is consistent at the Race and Plum Gut. Other bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island north rip, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in the sound but they are on the small side ‐ about 3 inches in length.

Striped Bass fishing is good overall. The Race and Plum Gut have been the hot spots of the week! Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill area, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, Sluiceway, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Cornfield Point, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing is rated fair to good although a lot of “throwbacks” are being reported. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the mouth of the Thames River, Niantic Bay, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, off Hammonasset Beach, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Scup fishing is good on the local reefs with fish measuring up to 17 inches in length being reported! The Fort Trumbull State Park fishing pier continues to be the “hot spot” for shore anglers seeking porgies!

Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good on the local reefs and wrecks. The reefs off Madison to Branford have been yielding good catches with fish measuring in length up in the lower 20 inches.

Weakfish catches continue to come in from the Guilford‐Branford area, New Haven Harbor, Milford/Charles Island area, off Stratford Point/Point No Point and the Norwalk Islands.

Blackfish fishing season reopened on July 1st. The minimum length is 16 inches and the daily limit is 2 blackfish per angler.

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Getting the Most Out of Your Fishing Gear


“If you think your in the market for some new fishing gear and haven't noticed the rising cost of equipment theses days, then you may want to get out there and do some comparative shopping before making any hasty decisions, especially if you plan to invest in something a little costly.”


Read the full article at this link: Examiner.com


• NYC’s East River: Hot Fishing Spot


“Since making his way to the neighborhood, Wood has noticed a visible increase in the number of fisherman on the piers at India Street, Transmitter Park and the end of Manhattan Avenue. When the weather’s good, he said as many as 50 people can be out on the piers, cheering on the fisherman as they reel in their catches.

"The addition of the East River Ferry has helped bring increased attention as well. This past Memorial Day, a ferry captain came off the boat to congratulate Wood for catching a 40 plus inch fish, as his nearly 300 passengers looked on.”

Read the full article at this link: GreenpointNews.com


02 July 2013

• Lightning: It Can Kill You This Quickly


“Bass angler Ed Singleton was fishing the back of the boat as a guest with Tom Brown in the Bass Rattlers Association club tournament, as the storm was approaching, they put their rods down.”


Read the full article at this link: BassMaster.com


• Of Course, He Was Not Wearing A Life Vest


“OLD SAYBROOK, CONN. – Members from the U.S. Coast Guard, along with several local agencies, are searching for a 58-year-old man near Old Saybrook, Conn.

”Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, in New Haven, Conn., were contacted by the Old Saybrook Fire Department, at approximately 8 p.m., Sunday night reporting that a male fisherman had gone missing after he lost his fishing (rod) overboard and attempted to retrieve it. The man was last seen….”

No disrespect intended, but all boaters need to take a lesson from this.

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com


• “Grilled Striped Bass On Red And White Cabbage With Chinois Tomato Sauce”


“Fish is so easy to grill, too. Just start up the fire, lightly slick individual-portioned filets with a little oil, season them with salt and maybe some pepper, and put them on the cooking grid when the grill is hot.

"In almost no time, the fish develops a wonderfully flavorful, golden-brown, crusty surface and, as long as you keep a watchful eye and don’t cook it too long, stays moist and tender on the inside.”

Read the full article at this link: ArkansasOnLine.com


01 July 2013

• Maine Law Cracks Down On Lead Fishing Gear


“Under the new law, stores will be banned from selling lead sinkers and lures beginning Sept. 1, 2016.

"People will not be able to use those items starting the next year.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Connecticut DEEP Issues the Marine Fisheries Division Quarterly Report for June 2013


More than 111,000 licenses for Connecticut marine fishing have been issued thus far in 2013…and other facts….

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP