30 September 2013

• Climate Change Means Trouble for Anglers


“Across the country in New England, coldwater rivers and streams are…threatened.

”In July 2011, Eric Orff, then a New Hampshire fish and game commissioner, was stunned to find water temperatures of over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) in Indian Stream, "a wonderful, classic trout stream in prime fishing season." According to Orff, the waters were so warm that the trout left, heading for the colder, deeper pools in the Connecticut River.”

Read the full article at this link: NationalGeographic.com

Thanks to Val. S. for linking us to this article


• Enjoy the Fall Run While It Lasts


“That season-ending disappointment was one of my first encounters with the laws of nature and the vagaries of weather, and it made a lasting impression.”

Read the full article at this link: Charley Soares in HeraldNews.com



29 September 2013

• Saltwater Fishing Rigs


See diagrams of the two-hook bottom rig, three-way rig, fish-finder rig, and popping-cork rig.

Read the full article at this link: TakeMeFishing.org


• "A Federal Opportunity to Rebuild New England's Fisheries"


“New England's culture and economy were founded on the marine trades, but the fisheries that fueled our regional economy for generations have been depleted by decades of overfishing.

”Congress now has the opportunity to help those commercially and recreationally important species recover by reauthorizing and strengthening the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act….”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Charles Island: Buried Treasure?


“Sure, pirate activity in the Caribbean has inspired the Disney ride and a billion dollar film franchise, and the famous Blackbeard spent his later years terrorizing the Carolinas. However, Connecticut offers something few other pirate hot spots do — a real chance (slim though it may be) of actually finding buried treasure….”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


28 September 2013

• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound


“Porgies are plentiful all around Long Island hungry bluefish and striped bass are finally stirring around locally.

”Bottom-fishing remains an enjoyable constant. Expect to catch more sea bass now along with those porgies and perhaps even a weakfish."

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“There is no shortage of bass in the Harbor, but the best methods and locations can be tough to predict. On some days, schools of pogies in Winthrop Harbor and off Wollaston Beach have been shadowed by big bass.

”On other days, the pogies disappear but bringing live mackerel into the Harbor and fishing them around structure has been unbeatable.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


• CTDEEP Increases Pounds of Bluefish Commercial Boats Can Take


“Effective 0001 hours, Tuesday October 1, 2013 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish is increased to 1,000 pounds.

”As of September 21, 2013, 14% of the annual quota has been harvested. By regulation, if less than 80% of the annual bluefish quota has been landed by October 1, the possession limit shall be increased to 1,000 pounds.”

Source of this pronouncement:: CTDEEP

Well that certainly makes sense: If the bluefish are way down in numbers, we definitely want to allow the commercial boats to kill a lot more of them. Kill enough and maybe we can wipe them out totally.


• First Striped Bass Caught Off the UK


A number of national newspapers are covering the story of the first known striped bass to be caught off the UK coast.

And this one looks pooped!

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


27 September 2013

• Connecticut’s Best Fall Foliage Routes…by Boat Even!


“With plenty of sunny days and cool nights so far, it appears Connecticut is on track for great foliage color this fall.

”The options for taking in the color are practically endless, of course, but that is not to say there are not some special roads, trails, walkways, rivers and lakes that offer top-notch vantage points.”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 26 September 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent as the fall migration kicks in! Some big “alligators” weighing more than 16 lbs were taken over this past week! Bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Thames River, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, Bridgeport Harbor, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Also, snappers are still around in the tidal rivers and creeks.

Striped Bass fishing remains good. The only problem is getting by those big alligator bluefish! The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Summer Flounder fishing has slowed down. Fluke spots worth trying include the south side of Fishers Island, Bloody Grounds off Black Point and the Falkner Island area.

Scup (porgy) fishing is good to excellent at any of the major rocky reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is also good to excellent on the rocky reefs, wrecks and areas with gnarly hard bottom.

Hickory Shad fishing is good to excellent and snapper blues are mixed in with them in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Atlantic Bonito and Little Tunny (false albacore) are hit or miss off the Watch Hill area, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blue Crabbing is slowing down as water temperatures drop.”

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


26 September 2013

• Boating Lunkhead of the Week Award Goes To….


I suppose it’s time I stopped getting angry with impolite boaters. After all, they’re probably just stupid…or at least uneducated as to on-the-water etiquette…and they likely don’t give a darn about anyone but themselves anyway. Yet, it’s hard to stay in control of one’s temper when one experiences what this lunkhead pulled on us.

Wednesday we’re out on Shoo-Fly 3 fishing a school of surface-feeding bluefish. There were two other boats with us, all with motors turned off, casting into the school and catching fish.

Nice!

Then along comes this boater, trolling, and he motors between our boats right over the school.

That, of course, put the school down and ended the fishing.

I have nothing against trolling. To me it’s about as much fun as counting owl turds, and for those who enjoy it, fine. Have at it. But there’s no need to go busting through feeding fish. Just go around the outside of the school at a reasonable distance! You’ll still get fish…and you won’t ruin the fishing for everyone else.

Posted by: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• Seals: Beloved By Many, but Not Necessarily By Fishermen


“Seals are a wildlife species that are loved by many naturalists but fishermen are not so enamoured.

”However, these animals are a very important part of the food chain providing food for the orca whales and many other marine mammals. Seals also provide important information on the health of the ocean and shores.”

Read the full article at this link: BLocalNews.com


• Striped Bass Poacher Could Spend 20 Years in Prison


“A commercial fisherman was arrested Tuesday on charges of witness tampering and retaliation in connection with an investigation of…(alleged) violations related to the illegal harvesting of striped bass….”

Read the full article at this link: DelMarVaNow.com


25 September 2013

• Bluefish: Yet Another Article About Them!


“Bluefish – a fish that stirs emotion of some type. Some people love them and actually head out to find and catch them.

"Some people loathe them and will actually pull their lines in to avoid them.”

Read the full article at this link: SaltFishing.About.com


• Tying the Top !0 Fly-Fishing Knots


“How to tie 10 fly fishing knots that will keep you connected all the way from the spool of your reel to the eye of your fly.”

Read the full article at this link: FFSW


24 September 2013

• Striped Bass Chowder


“Most of his chowders are of the thick, rich, and cream-filled New England type—tasty, but not exactly late summer fare. However, there is one chowder in the book made with striped bass and broccoli rabe pesto that serves as a bridge between quick summer meals and heartier cold-weather soups and stews.”

Read the full article at this link: SeriousEats.com


• Mother Nature Knows Better Than the Politicians


“Earlier this year, scientists speculated the inlet might close on its own. But it proved stubborn.

”…an oceanographer with Stony Brook University, said the size of the breach's throat—its narrowest and deepest stretch, which determines how much water passes through—has remained steady since winter.”

Read the full article at this link: Online.WSJ.com


• Hit the Road: Where to Go for Salt Water Fly Fishing in the U.S.


“The Big Five must-fish destinations (no passport required)….”

Read the full article at this link: FFSW


23 September 2013

• Deadliest Catch May Be Dying


“Barring a hasty reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions — or evidence that the creatures could acclimate to changing sea conditions — a team of scientists fears Alaska’s $100 million red king crab fishery could crash in decades to come.

Read the full article at this link: YakimaHerald.com


• Don’t Anchor Here: Power-Generating Devices At Work


“In the long sprint to find new sources of clean, low-cost power, slow and steady might win the race -- the slow-moving water of currents and tides, that is.

"Just as wind turbines tap into the energy of flowing air to generate electricity, hydrokinetic devices produce power from moving masses of water….”

Read the full article at this link: NewsWise.com


• Long Island Sound: Warm-Water Fish More Frequently Found


“The spot and other warm-water species are part of a vanguard that, biologists say, is heralding a profound change in Long Island Sound and one that's being caused by global warming.

"As the Earth and its oceans get warmer, the Sound follows suit.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com

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22 September 2013

• Using the Drop-Shot Rig in Salt Water



“In 1997, the drop shot rig was relatively unknown except to a few Southern California fishermen who had ties to Japanese manufacturers and pros. The system worked extremely well, and those that knew about it did their best to keep it a secret. Then, in winter 1999, two major tournaments were won using the drop shot rig….”

Read the full article at this link: BassPro.com

This diagram gives the basic idea for the rig but is confusing as to tying on the sinker. All one need do is attach an appropriate sinker an appropriate distance below the hook.

Note that the rig should work well with plastic baits, Zoom, Bass Assassin, etc.


• Bluefish: Yet Another Article Praising Them


“Considering its size and ferocity, the toothy and powerful bluefish is an undervalued player on the local fishing front. Perhaps that's because of its relative abundance, or maybe it's because bluefish flesh pales in comparison to less "oily" tasting species such as fluke, stripers, porgy and sea bass.*

"Either way, from a purely sport fishing perspective, the mighty chopper couldn't be a more worthy angling adversary.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com

*Author has probably never eaten a properly prepared bluefish.


• Now That’s A Fish Kill!


“ Authorities in China have scooped up around 220,000 pounds of dead fish today that they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant.

”Locals said dead fish covered the surface of the Fuhe River in central China and stretched for about 25 miles.”

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


21 September 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 20 September 2013


“…there is no way to dodge the painful fact that, generally, the fishing season from March to the present date has been a major disappointment.

"Catch numbers for almost every recreational species with the exception of… porgies have been down, way down….”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com

Photo: Jim W. with a nice porgy...caught on an artificial lure...on board Shoo-Fly 3.


• The America Eel


“The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a peculiar fish and not just because they can survive out of water for several hours breathing through their skin. Their migration cycle is contrary to other migrating fish in the Connecticut River.

"They come into the river as juveniles, leave as adults, and most sources claim they spawn in the Sargasso Sea. That makes them the only catadromous fish in our watershed….”

Read the full article at this link: VTDigger.com


20 September 2013

• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“There are good reasons why we fishermen live in New England and give thanks for the four seasons. Sure, we’ll go stir crazy in a few months when winter settles in, and we’ll talk about winning Powerball and moving to the Florida Keys, where the fishing season runs year round.

”But there are no stripers in Key West,…”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


19 September 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 19 September 2013


Bluefish fishing is rated good with some “choppers” hitting the scales at 14+ lbs. The Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, and Cable and Anchor Reef have been consistent fishing areas. Other bluefish spots include the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island eastern point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Striped Bass fishing is good especially during early morning, evening and on overcast days. The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Live bunker or eels and fresh cut chunk baits are the ticket!

Summer Flounder fishing is waning as water temperatures drop. However, deep water (90+ft) will still hold a doormat or two. The south side of Fishers Island, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, Falkner Island area, and south off the New Haven Harbor breakwaters are spots worth trying.

Scup (porgy) fishing is in high gear! Any of the major rocky reefs will be stacked up with scup!

Black Sea Bass fishing is also approaching “prime time” with good to excellent fishing over gnarly hard bottom areas.

Hickory Shad can be found in the lower Connecticut River and tributaries.

Atlantic Bonito and Little Tunny (false albacore) are hit or miss as usual for these wide ranging speedsters. Fishing spots include Watch Hill area, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island, Bartlett Reef, Hatchett Reef, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blue Crabbing days are dwindling down but the crab quality is excellent with hard shelled jimmies packed”

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


• Fishing Report: Thames River Area


Bob Sampson: “Saltwater fishing is still holding up pretty well along the coast. Striped bass and bluefish are on the move into this area from their summering grounds to the north.

"Scup fishing remains productive, though fluke have become harder to find as water temperatures drop….”

Read the full article at this link: NorwichBulletin.com


• Striped Bass: A Must-Read Fish Story


“McReynolds and Erdman pushed out as far onto the jetty as they dared and took root. The wind drove rain into their eyes, and sea spray seeped through their foul-weather gear, soaking their heavy sweatshirts.

”Each time a particularly large wave broke on the rocks the men were inundated with a flood of whitewater swirling up to their knees. When it receded, dozens of five-inch-long mullet were left flopping on the jetty. After a feeble cast into the maelstrom Erdman hooked the first of many nice stripers….”

But wait…there’s a lot more…

Read the full article at this link: MensJournal.com


18 September 2013

• DEEP Begins Fall Atlantic Salmon Stockings


Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it has begun the 2013 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon.

DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division yesterday released 300 salmon into the Naugatuck River and Mount Tom Pond. Later this week, DEEP will release 300 salmon into the Shetucket River and Crystal Lake (Ellington).”

Read the full article: Fall Salmon Stocking


• You Think Piranhas Are Bad News?


“Using five antennae, the bobbit worm senses passing prey, snapping down on them with supremely muscled mouth parts, called a pharynx. It does this with such speed and strength that it can split a fish in two.

"And that, quite frankly, would be a merciful exit. If you survive initially, you get to find out what it’s like to be yanked into the worm’s burrow and into untold nightmares.”

Read the full article at this link: Wired.com


• “The Best Saltwater Fishing Rigs for Boat Fishing”


“Unless you're a totally dedicated lure fisherman you're going to need some saltwater fishing rigs for boat fishing - and there's a few to choose from.

”In fact, although they continue to be refined, I'd bet there isn't a bottom fishing scenario for which a suitable rig hasn't been designed.”

Read the full article at this link: Go-Saltwater-Fishing.com


17 September 2013

• Study Sheds Light On Genetics Of How And Why Fish Swim In Schools


“The researchers created a mold and made fish models from resin tinted with grey pigment, painting on eyes to make them look more realistic. How and why fish swim in schools has long fascinated biologists looking for clues to understand the complexities of social behavior. A new study by a team of researchers at….”

Read the full article at this link: Phys.org


• Fishing in 1-3 Feet of Water?


“A lot of local anglers might consider the idea of fishing in 1-3 feet of water not only a bit bizarre, but also a total waste of time. Let’s start by mulling over one obvious point — where are most of the baitfish and other little critters in the bay typically found?

”Minnows, shiners, mullet, spot, shrimp, mussels, clams, snails and crabs all poke around the shallow marshy areas, and you’ll find that just about all year, such places are almost always loaded up with enough food to keep just about any size fish fat and happy.”

Read the full article at this link: DelMarVaNow.com


16 September 2013

• CTDEEP Publishes Saltwater Resource Map


This map shows the locations of points of interest related to saltwater fishing within the state of Connecticut and around Long Island Sound (LIS), including:
• Sporting Licensing Agents
• Bait and Tackle Shopss
• Enhanced Opportunity Sitess
• Car Top Boat Launchescs
• Trailered Boat Launchess
• Party/Charter Boat Locationss

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Boaters: The Importance of the “Dead-Man’s” Switch


“A fishing boat belonging to a missing Oceanside resident was found unoccupied and circling under its own power off the coast of La Jolla early Tuesday as a multi-agency effort to find the man continued for a second day….”

Read the full article at this link: www.10News.com


• Sneaky Housatonic Breakwaters Snag Two Boats


“The Stratford Police Marine Unit responded to numerous distress calls about the incident. When police arrived, they found the boat stranded and taking on water. Seven people were aboard, ranging in age from 7 to 91.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Fishing the Striped Bass Run from Shore


“There are many reasons the fall run of striped bass gets anglers’ hearts pumping. The bass are active and hungry, the waters are flush with bait, and the action for anglers often comes in unforgettable flurries of bait-spraying, lure-smashing pandemonium.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


15 September 2013

• Remember the Days When There Were Blitzes?


“At first light we were greeted with a sight that warms the heart of every fisherman: Stripers and bluefish feeding under flocks of terns and diving gulls.

"My eyes were glued to the shoreline, where I planned to begin casting while my animated deckmate could not believe I wasn’t chasing the feeding fish.

Read the full article at this link: HeraldNews.com


• CTDEEP Reports on Spring Fish Runs


“The spring fish runs ended in June with the following highlights:

”A strong run of American shad in the Connecticut River, with 390,000 passed over the Holyoke Dam in Massachusetts.

”A strong run of American shad in the Shetucket River with 3,800 passed at the Greeneville Dam and record numbers passed at the two second dams: 146 at Tunnel (Quinebaug River) and 105 at the Taftville Dam (Shetucket River). Counts are not yet complete for the Occum Dam (third fishway on the Shetucket River) but it is clear that it too passed record numbers of shad and river herring.

”Runs of alewife in New London County were generally strong (Bride Brook counted a record 363,000) but runs elsewhere in the state were mostly disappointing.

”Runs of blueback herring continue to be extremely low.

”The return of adult Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River totaled 88 fish, almost double the 2012 number. Captured salmon are being held at the Richard Cronin National Salmon Station and will be spawned in the fall. All eggs will be shipped to the Kensington State Fish Hatchery to support the new Legacy Program.”

Source: CTDEEP


14 September 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 13 September 2013


“Hey, if this keeps up, we'll be putting on big bluefish dinners for our friends and neighbors. Right?

”Well, if your friends and neighbors are like mine, when you offer them bluefish, they give you a look like you said their car was just repossessed.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Fishing Report: Long Island and New York City


“Porgies continue to be plentiful on both sides of Long Island, weighing up to two, or maybe even three, tasty pounds. They’re in the bays and also not far ouside, like over the Tin Can Grounds, in Ambrose Channel and especially on the Long Island side of L.I. Sound. Their preferred diet: clams or worms….”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


13 September 2013

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• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 12 September 2013


Bluefish fishing has picked up with most fish weighing in the 4 to 6 lbs range. Larger 12+ lb “slammers” can be taken on fresh chunk baits in the major tidal rivers on the flood tide and the top of the ebb. Other bluefish spots include the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island eastern point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snappers are in thick, now measuring about 8 inches in length.

Striped Bass fishing is best during dawn and dusk times. Live lining bunker or eels is the way to go. Trolling parachute rigs on wire is also productive. Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Summer Flounder fishing is fair to good as fish start to migrate out of LIS. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island, off the Stonington breakwater, around Seaflower Reef, mouth of the Thames River, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, humps off Hatchett Reef, south side of Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, and south off the New Haven Harbor breakwaters.

Scup (porgy) fishing is prime time with some “hub caps” in the 15 to 17 inch range being caught off the reefs. Any of the major rocky reefs, wrecks, and rock piles will do.

Black Sea Bass fishing is good with some nice size “hump heads” being reported and fishing should get better as we shift into fall.

Hickory Shad can be found mixed in with snappers in the lower Connecticut River.

Atlantic Bonito are roaming around eastern LIS (Hatchett Reef, Bartlett Reef, Pine Island area to the Race including Little Gull Island). In the west, try fishing Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Diving gulls and terns are a good give away.

Little Tunny (false albacore) should be showing up any day now!

Blue Crabbing is still good with some nice size “jimmies” being reported. The time to go is now!”

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


12 September 2013

• Update: West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes Identified in 20 Towns This Season


“The State Mosquito Management Program today released an update on mosquito trapping and testing results. This season both West Nile virus (WNV) and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus have been found in mosquitoes in Connecticut.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• What About Steaming Those Filets?


“A traditional bamboo steamer is great to have, but any sizable steamer will work, or you can rig up a steamer using a large pot. Make sure that the makeshift rack sits an inch or so above the boiling water, and that the pot has a lid.

"(Be careful when lifting the lid — steam is hotter than boiling water, and a blast of it can cause a severe scald.)”

Read the full article at this link: NYTimes.com


• Maine Lobster of Different Colors….


“Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino.

”The lobster at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is half orange and half….”

Read the full article at this link: FoxNews.com


11 September 2013

• Fishing for Bluefish


“My arsenal of tackle for blues and spanish as well, includes a variety of spoon sizes. You have to, as they say, "match the hatch". you have to be throwing or trolling with a bait that matches the size of the bait fish, whether it is menhaden or glass minnows, that the blues are feeding on. Too large a lure and you will get no strikes. Too small a lure, and it will be ignored by all but the smallest fish.”

Read the full article at this link: SaltFishing.about.com


• Could This Happen On the Housatonic and Naugatuck?


“’I can’t think of another river restoration project in our lifetime that is opening up this much habitat to these many species,” said…a senior conservation planner for the Maine chapter of the Nature Conservancy, adding that, for river herring, the benefit is likely to be high several fish generations from now.

"‘There could be billions of fish arriving where today there are very few.’”

Read the full article at this link: NYTimes.com


• “Despite Contaminated Harbor, One Species Thrives”


”There's something wrong with the killifish in New Bedford Harbor. They should be dead.

”Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution conducting a two-decade-long study of killifish say that the ones thriving in the harbor are contaminated with levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that are so high the fish ‘should not be able to survive.’

“…a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection, said bluefish and striped bass from the harbor have higher levels of PCBs than bluefish and striped bass from other areas.”

Read the full article at this link: SouthCoastToday.com


10 September 2013

• Striped Bass Also Go Back to School


“Think of September as back-to-school time for striped bass as well. In the summer, stripers tend to spread out in their hunt for food, picking away at a mix of crabs, lobsters, worms, clams, eels, squid, and any small fish that cross their paths.

”Then, as waters cool and baitfish begin to move out of the backwaters and form large schools along the shore, bass take notice. They too start to group up to take advantage of the baitfish bounty.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


• Squid So Abundant in Massachusetts, Towns Have Had to Ban Fishing from Docks


“Marblehead — What the Harbors and Waters Board stressed had always been envisioned as a temporary ban to address an out-of-control issue with squid fishermen was repealed Monday night, Sept. 9 and replaced by a set of regulations that will allow fishing to resume on a limited basis on Marblehead docks and floats.”

Read the full article at this link: WickedLocal.com


• Angler Skewered by Marlin


“The accompanying footage features an angler almost becoming skewered by a 350-pound blue marlin that leaped onto a boat called Marlin Darlin, off the Dominican Republic, just as it had been reeled to the leader….”

Read the full article at this link: SOURCEHERE


09 September 2013

• Long Island Sound Lobstering Shut Down


“A depleting lobster population has resulted in the Long Island Sound getting shutdown for recreational and commercial fishing for lobster for several months….”

Read the full article at this link: LongIsland.com


• Raising Shellfish and Seaweed for the Market…in Long Island Sound


“His shellfish and seaweed farm, kept on 20 acres in Long Island Sound among the Thimble Islands off Branford, is the only commercial one of its kind in Connecticut. It's part of his diversification strategy to adapt to the ‘new normal’ of his industry: extreme weather, acidification, overfishing.”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


08 September 2013

• A Party Boat Captain Tells It


“'The stress is hard to deal with: worrying if you bring enough bait out, making sure the guys don’t break down the boats and blow up engines, and worrying if you’re going to have a slow week [because] you have to pay for the $2,000 fuel bill at the end of every week,' he said.”

Read the full article at this link: ManhassetPress


• Man Skewered by Needlefish…Dies


“Jesus Guerrero was fishing off Sitio Gapuh early Tuesday morning when a needlefish, known locally as 'balu', jumped out of the water and impaled itself in his throat.”

Read the full article at this link: PracticalFishKeeping.co.uk



• Fishing the North Shore of Long island


“The real joy of September fishing along the North Shore of Long Island for surf, light tackle and fly anglers is often the simultaneous presence of four premier species of game fish: striped bass, bluefish, Atlantic bonito and false albacore.”

Read the full article at this link: NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com


07 September 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 06 September 2013


“That jump and tail walk was a beautiful thing to witness, but the angler knew it meant trouble.

”The 30-pound mono test leader line would surely be wrapped around its body, perilously near the blue's razor sharp teeth.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Umbrella Rigs for Inshore Fishing


“Teaser rigs have been part of the offshore game plan for decades. Of late, the freshwater bassing crowd has discovered this "new" way of catching fish.

”However, what some in the saltwater world don't realize is how well these rigs excel inshore.”

Read the full article at this link: SaltWaterSportsman.com


06 September 2013

• Hey! That Ain’t No Striped Bass!


“While fishing for striped bass at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford on Monday, city resident Domingo Garcia was surprised when he hooked something that took him 30 minutes to reel in.

”He was even more shocked when he got his catch on shore and saw that it wasn’t a striper at all.”

Read the full article at this link: TheDay.com


• “Recreational Saltwater Boating Boosts Region's Economic Engine, Creates Jobs”


“Recreational saltwater boating contributed $3.5 billion to the Northeast's economy last year and supported the equivalent of 27,000 jobs, according to a new study on the reach of a historical but underanalyzed industry.

”The findings highlight the economic power of the 374,000 recreational boaters along the region's coast as local ocean development appears poised to accelerate.”

Read the full article at this link: PressHerald.com


05 September 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 05 September 2013


Bluefish fishing was on the slow side (basically for almost everything) over the holiday weekend but that should change. The usual bluefish spots include the reefs between Watch Hill and Fishers Island eastern point, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Thames River, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Southwest Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Striped Bass fishing was also on the slow side even for anglers live‐lining baitfish! Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Sixmile Reef, outer Southwest Reef, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island/Milford area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Summer Flounder fishing remains fair to good. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island, off the Stonington breakwater, around Seaflower Reef, mouth of the Thames River, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, humps off Hatchett Reef, south side of Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, south off New Haven Harbor breakwaters, and off the Norwalk Islands.

Scup(porgy) is the bright spot of the fishing report with good to excellent fishing throughout LIS! Any of the major rocky reefs and rock piles scattered throughout LIS will have scup on them!

Black Sea Bass fishing is good in eastern LIS and excellent in Block Island Sound.

Blue Crabbing is still hanging in there but time is running out!

Blackfish (tautog) fishing season is closed in Connecticut!

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


• Are Squid the New Bunker?


“Warming seen as reason for squid boom….”

”Fishermen and boaters of Cape Ann and other parts of the North Shore are seeing a marked increase in long fin squid, a species normally more common south of Cape Cod.”

Read the full article at this link: GloucesterTimes.com


• Man In Kayak Gets Dragged Miles By Shark


“A Galveston fisherman has a real-life shark tale to share with his grandkids - and he won't be pulling their leg.

”Actually, the shark pulled his kayak about 7 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

”The angler's adventure began shortly after he launched his kayak into the Gulf at Jamaica Beach about 7:30 a.m. Saturday….”

Read the full article at this link: Chron.com


04 September 2013

• Still More Tips for Catching Striped Bass


“Striper fishing has become very popular, very quickly. If you would like to catch a striper, then you have come to the right spot!

’Below are some of the most popular and productive techniques for catching striped bass.”

Read the full article at this link: WikiHow.com


02 September 2013

• "31 Great Tips For Targeting Striped Bass of the Northeast Coast"


#24: “Nighttime can be the best time to take a trophy striper in the fall, especially from the beaches and jetties. Black is generally the best color for night fishing, and top plugs include needlefish (above) or darters, Danny-style swimmers and shallow-swimming plugs. Fish them slowly for best results.”

Read the full article at this link: SaltWaterSportsman.com


01 September 2013

• Connecticut WNV Update: First Human Case of West Nile Virus Identified


“The State Mosquito Management Program today announced a Connecticut resident has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. This is the first human case of WNV associated illness identified in Connecticut this season.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH


• Connecticut Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Hampton


”The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26, 2013 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in Hampton by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH