30 November 2013

• NOAA: Slow Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes To A Close

No major hurricanes formed in the Atlantic basin - first time since 1994.

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends on Saturday, Nov. 30, had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, thanks in large part to persistent, unfavorable atmospheric conditions over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and tropical Atlantic Ocean.

This year is expected to rank as the sixth-least-active Atlantic hurricane season since 1950, in terms of the collective strength and duration of named storms and hurricanes.

Read the full article at this link: NOAA

29 November 2013

• Stripers On the Fly

“’I caught it at Penfield Reef on a green-and-white deceiver with some grizzly feathers in the tail. I had a wire shock tippet on because there were some blues around too. The tide was running pretty hard, and while it wasn’t a big fish compared to what I had been used to, it pulled like the dickens….’”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com

28 November 2013

• The Bimini Twist

• Yes You CAN Tie It…but It Helps to Have Three Hands

“One of the more popular knots in big-game fishing has also become popular among many great fly-fishermen….

”The first place in your setup that you might want to use a Bimini twist would be at the end of the backing that will eventually be attached to your fly line.”

See the video at this link: FlyFIshInSalt.com

26 November 2013

• Hanson Carroll, Photographer, Fly-Fisherman, 1928-2013

We very much regret to report that Hanson Carroll, our neighbor, friend, and fishing buddy from Islamorada, FL, passed away suddenly on Sunday. He had just enjoyed having his family present for his 85th birthday two weeks ago.

In addition to being an expert fly-fisherman, Hanson was best known as an outdoor photographer. His photos graced the covers of Field & Stream, SaltWater Sportsman, and Vermont Life among many others.

To view some of Hanson's work, please see: http://www.jfoto.com/Hanson_Carroll_Photography.htm

Hanson, we hope that where you are the winds are warm and gentle…and the bonefish are plentiful...and hungry.

• CTDPH Says 1 in 6 Americans Will Get Food Poisoning This Year

“The Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds Connecticut residents that food safety is especially important as they prepare holiday meals. Many holiday dinners include meat and poultry, a possible source of foodborne disease if not handled and prepared properly.

”This holiday season, DPH urges consumers to prevent foodborne illness and follow the basic principles of food safety and good hygiene when buying and preparing food items.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH

• Coast Guard To Intensify Efforts To Stop Offshore Poaching Of Atlantic Striped Bass

“In an effort to ensure the health of the striped bass population, the Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations stating Atlantic striped bass may not be caught, harvested or possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

”The EEZ begins three nautical miles from shore and extends out to 200 nautical miles.”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com

25 November 2013

• “Status and Trends of Coastal Wetlands Loss is Alarming”

“NOAA has co-authored a report with the Fish and Wildlife Service documenting the current status and trends of wetlands loss along the coastal watersheds of the United States. According to the report's findings, from 2004-2009, coastal watersheds lost wetlands at the alarming rate of 80,000 acres per year--a 25 percent increase over the last six year period reported. In the upper reaches of coastal watersheds, stressors associated with development--both residential and infrastructure--were key factors in wetlands loss.

”The loss of these valuable wetlands threatens not only our nation's sustainable fisheries and protected species, but our supply of clean water, and the stability of shorelines in the face of climate change.

”Through the Habitat Blueprint, NOAA Fisheries is working across programs and with partner organizations to address the growing challenge of coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation….”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2013/11/11_21_13wetlands_habitat_report.html

24 November 2013

• “New Rules Will Open Yantic Tidal Waters Year-Round To Anglers”

“…opening more of Norwich's waters to fishermen will not affect the population of stripers and other species given the size of the ecosystem, but sportsmen can be sure they're not violating any state laws once the new provisions take hold.”

Read the full article at this link: NorwichBulletin.com

23 November 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 22 November 2013

“There was a day in Connecticut when ice fishing before Thanksgiving was not so unusual. Many veteran ice fishers tell stories of getting out with their tip-ups and pints of warming ginger brandy in late November.

”Contemporary ice fishers, however, will tell you that the ice fishing season in Connecticut has shortened by as much as a month on both ends.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com

• Striped Bass in Trouble Again…Time to Limit the Catches

“Back in the 1970s, thanks mainly to overharvesting, the striped bass population crashed to the point of near no-return. Thanks to the efforts of fishermen’s groups and the U.S. Congress (gasp!) in the late 1970s, the stocks recovered from a low of just under 5 million to 56 million in 2006.

”The economic impact of the striped bass recreational fishery is believed to be $6.5 billion.

”That’s the good news. The bad news is that we seem to heading back toward those dark days in the 1970s again. And this time, the government agencies have decided to do nothing. The problem is that anglers—both recreational and commercial—are killing too many….”

Read the full article at this link: Forbes.com

22 November 2013

• 686-Pound Fish

“Fishermen have caught a giant grouper that weighed 683 pounds (310kg) near the Nansha Islands.

”The fish was sold to a hotelier in Dongyuan, because apparently that's what one does upon catching an utterly massive mutant fish.”

Read the full article at this link: Shanghaiist.com

21 November 2013

• Fluke On the Fly

“I’ve been doing quite well with fluke during the last few seasons. Sure, I’ve had some good days of striper fishing, but it’s been anything but consistent.

”So there are increasingly frequent cases in which, after I’m done banging my head against the wall trying to put clients on often-scarce striped bass, I’ll break out the 6- and 7-weights and we’ll target fluke.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com

20 November 2013

• The Last Stripers of the Season

“I was standing just a few feet away from where the stream was emptying out.

"The sun would soon set and the stripers would be moving closer to the outlet looking for a meal.

Read the full article at this link: HeraldNews.com

19 November 2013

• How to Hook Live Bait

“A livewell full of frisky baits can be a dangerous thing for the fish you’re seeking. But as close a “guarantee” as they can give, some adjustments can make live baits swim where and how you want…

”Below are five ways to hook a live bait, and how each placement influences its actions.”

Read the full article at this link: SaltWaterSportsman.com

18 November 2013

• Tweaking the Tarpon Fly [Works on Stripers and Blues Too]

“This Tarpon Streamer is almost identical to the Stu Apte Tarpon Fly. The only difference is that Bill’s version is tied farther forward on the shank. Stu’s pattern is tied more toward the bend, which leaves a bit of the shank exposed.

”The most difficult aspect of this pattern is getting the hackles to align evenly.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com

16 November 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 15 November 2013

“Whatever disease it is that drives an angler to swap a perfectly comfortable recliner chair in a perfectly comfy living room for an unsteady perch on a cold rock at the edge of an even colder, darkened Long Island Sound inlet…

”…I had caught a bad dose of it Thursday evening.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com

• Saltwater Fly Casting: What to Practice?

“In saltwater casting there are three skills that almost everyone can improve: using the backcast to present the fly, making a short (quick) cast, and increasing line speed.

”Here are my thoughts on why these three skills are so important (and underappreciated) and how to improve on them.”

Read the full article at this link: FlyFisherman.com

15 November 2013

• Waders: Do Yours Smell?

“The culprit behind the malodorous stench that well-worn waders emit is bacteria. Even the best breathable waders eventually start to stink.

”And the reality is that the types of bacteria that can thrive in the warm, often moist environment inside your waders can do more damage than simply stinking up the place, they can cause some nasty infections.”

Read the full article at this link: HatchMag.com

14 November 2013

• Braided Lines: What Knots Work?

“Why do I go through all this history? Because with every change came the need to have a knot that would hold.

"The knots developed for monofilament would not work on the new braids.

"And the new braided lines have an almost waxy quality about them that prevents the old Dacron knots from holding.

”We needed new knots to hold this new braid.”

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

13 November 2013

• Mystery Fish Caught

“An angler here caught a bizarre yet to be identified fish on Sunday.

”The mystery fish has a large head and is covered with sharp spines on the top and bottom of its body.

”Its body gets progressively smaller towards the tail.

”The fish measuring over one foot in length has two tusk-like spikes near its mouth."

Note: If this fish is for real...doesn't look like there's a meal there.

Read the full article at this link: TheBorneoPost.com

• Try Jigging Baits To Catch More Stripers

“…slowly approach a bridge pilling and pitch a swim bait up to the target and jig it up and down….”

Read the full article at this link: DailyAdvance.com

12 November 2013

• New Species of Shark Discovered

“Discovering a new species is, among biologists, akin to hitting a grand slam, and University of South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro led a team that recently cleared the bases.”

Read the full article at this link: FoxNews.com

• Video: Sustainable Seafood - A U.S. Success Story

“The United States is recognized as a global leader in responsibly managed and sustainable seafood.

”Watch this video introduction to FishWatch.gov, which provides easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help consumers make smart, sustainable seafood choices.”

Read the full article at this link: FishWatch.gov

11 November 2013

• Fishing Seminar in Uncasville – 18 January 2014

“Topics on tap: Live-baiting for trophy striped bass; Spinner-and-worm fishing for striped bass; Stripers on top water lures; Diamond and flutter-jigging for striped bass and bluefish; Chunking for big striped bass; Inshore wire-line techniques;

”Secrets of fishing the rips; How to keep track of and locate the largest bluefish in the Sound; Bluefish on surface lures; Targeting jumbo bluefish; How to choose, rig and fish the most productive New England artificials; Trophy fluke tactics; Chumming up big fluke; How to catch a tournament winning fluke; Bottom-fishing for inshore table fare (flounder, black sea bass, blackfish); Targeting trophy blackfish and How to locate blackfish when they seem scarce;


Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com

• Great Lakes Now Threatened By Asian Carp

“New research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Bowling Green State University confirms that an invasive Asian carp species has been spawning in bodies of water that serve as tributaries for the Great Lakes.

”The species, grass carp, has been breeding despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that the federal government has spent to prevent the destructive fish from reproducing."

Read the full article at this link: UPI.com

10 November 2013

• Viking Longship Seen Near Rivercliff

While we were out fishing last Wednesday we spotted this Viking longship anchored in the marsh near Housatonic Drive in the Rivercliff section of Milford, CT.

No one was on the ship, but a note had been left tacked to the steering oar; the note read: “Vi kommer att vara tillbaka i ett par minuter, gick till raid Devon.”

I think it says something like, “Back shortly, we’re off to raid Devon.”

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

• Eel Population Depleted?

“For those who think of the Chesapeake Bay as home to blue crabs, oysters and rockfish, it's a revelation to see so many eels hauled up from the depths.

”But appearances can be deceiving. While there seem to be a lot in Maryland waters, scientists elsewhere have concluded that the Atlantic coast's eel population has been depleted.”

Read the full article at this link: BaltimoreSun.com

09 November 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 08 November 2013

“As almost anyone who made serious attempts to fish for stripers in Long Island Sound this season can attest, the numbers and sizes of bass were down across the board. While schoolies were available, keepers were hard to come by.

”At least one area striped bass fishing club has so far been unable to name a leader in its annual bass fishing competition because all the stripers weighed in have not met the minimum established for the competition.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com

• ASMFC: No Reduction in Striped Bass Fishing Mortality in 2014,

“To greatly simplify the main points of the stock assessment, it indicates that, although the stock is still not considered overfished, nor is overfishing technically occurring, the spawning stock biomass (SSB) has continuously declined since 2004.

”Certainly, given what we’ve just about all seen on the water, this should come as no surprise. Yet, according to the assessment, spawning stock biomass is estimated to be above the threshold for management action…”

Read the full article at this link: Reel-Time.com

08 November 2013

• Fishing Report: NYC Area

“Despite weather, Saturday best day to catch blackfish, striped bass and bluefish….

”Though I’d prefer to bypass weather reports when talking about fishing, this past week or so have been hard to ignore. Local anglers have had to brave high winds, rain and generally discouraging forecasts. But dedicated ones still managed to find a way to catch some blackfish, striped bass and bluefish.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 07 November 2013

Blackfish fishing continues to be good to excellent throughout LIS. Fishing in water 10-20 ft at any of the breakwaters, reefs, wrecks, and areas with structure will do. Best baits are Asian shore crabs, hermit crabs, and green crabs. The fresher the bait the better!

Bluefish and Striped Bass are in the lower tidal rivers chasing menhaden and hickory shad! The lower Connecticut River from the Baldwin Bridge down to the breakwaters continues to be the hot spot.

Hickory Shad fishing is still good to excellent in the Connecticut River and the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier is the place to be! Flood tide is best. Other hickory shad fishing spots include the Thames River and Branford River.

Angler reminder: Black Sea Bass season is closed until June 14, 2014.

Note: This is CTDEEP’s last fishing report for 2013

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

07 November 2013

• How Can Global Warming Be Going On If Air Temperatures Haven’t Risen In the Last 14 Years?

“It's true that Willis and nearly every other climate scientist dismiss the idea that global warming has paused. Yet the fact remains that average surface temperatures worldwide have not increased since around the turn of the century.

“To the casual observer, the lack of warming at the Earth's surface, contrasted to climate scientists' insistence that the planet is still warming, might seem like a conundrum.”

Read the full article at this link: ScientificAmerican.com

• Warm-Water Species Staying Longer in Long Island Sound

“Gone is a seasonal palette where “cold-tolerant” fish once ruled in the winter and spring and “warm-tolerant” fish were more dominant in the summer and fall.

”Instead, the Sound is becoming a single community of fish more adapted to its increasingly warmer water, according to the researchers.”

Read the full article at this link: LoHud.com

• Gifts from Japan: Irradiated Fish and A Massive Junk Field

• “West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima”

“The immense amounts of nuclear radiation getting into the water in the Pacific Ocean has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning…

“’Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over….’”

Read the full article at this link: GlobalResearch.ca

Thanks to Val S. for the tip on this article

• “Japan’s 'Toxic' Monster Creeping Towards U.S.”

“That most concentrated part of the junk field is easily broader than Texas and centered approximately 1,700 miles off the Pacific coast, between California and Hawaii, although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hasn't published more precise estimates.

”The agency estimates that the trash overall is scattered across an area in the ocean about three times the size of the continental United States….”

Read the full article at this link: FoxNews.com

06 November 2013

• Keeping Your Secret Fishing Spots…Secret

“One of the surest ways to lose a 'secret' fishing spot to other anglers is to show off and whoop and holler when you catch a fish. I know many guide friends who have had at least one of their fishing spots 'revealed' by a customer who could not follow some simple advice.

”So here are some do’s and don’t's to use to protect that favorite spot you have….”

Read the full article at this link: About.com

• Sneaky Sea Lion Steals Fish Out of Fisherman's Hands

“Pancho the sea lion is smart enough to know that the easiest prey isn't always in the water.

"He takes advantage of an unwitting fisherman who holds his catch within the sea lion's reach.”

Read the full article at this link: io9.com