31 August 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 30 August 2013 – Long Island Sound


“No, the missing bluefish have not shown up yet, but reports from anglers chunking stripers at night are superb….

”Porgy fishing is still great with 2-plus-pounders all over the place....”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Has Global Warming Fizzlied Out?


“Why has the warming trend slowed?

”Climatologists aren't sure. What they do know is that the average air temperatures at the earth's surface have risen only about 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1998 — the hottest year of the 20th century — even as humanity has continued to pour vast quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

Read the full article at this link: TheWeek.com


30 August 2013

• Fishing Report: New Jersey


“Fluke fishing in the ocean and Raritan Bay has been good when a drift is present. Pool winners onboard the party boats are in the 5- to 7-pound range. In the ocean, cocktail blues are present but big blues are still absent. Snapper blues are prevalent throughout Raritan Bay.

”False albacore have shown up 15-30 miles out and are mixed in with the bluefin tuna. Small striped bass are being caught in the surf in the early morning and nighttime hours.”

Read the full article at this link: NorthJersey.com


• Fishing Report: New York City Area


“As you make plans and dash off for holiday weekend festivities, here’s some basic fishing advice:

”Concentrate on fluke along Long Island’s south shore, and porgies are your best bet in Long Island Sound waters.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“The fishing on the Cape is probably not as good as it was during its peak, but striper numbers are holding steady. The month of September triggers cold fronts that kick in the feeding instincts of sport fish throughout the area, bringing more action than during summer's hot weather, including big stripers and bluefish hitting on the surface.

"The other good news is that September is often a time when anglers have the chance at the striper of a lifetime, with several 40-plus-pound fish being caught each year.”

Read the full article at this link: TimesUnion.com


• Fishing Report: Long Island


“With September upon us, we have a few more opportunities to fill the cooler with fluke, porgy, snapper and other inshore delights before the fall blitz of bass and blues in early October.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


• Fishing Report: Maine


“Striper fishing has been steady and will continue to improve into the fall.

”Shore anglers fishing the beaches (north of the Pier at Old Orchard at night, Bathhouse end of Biddeford Pool, Fortune Rocks) and the Mousam (in the evening) tell of good catches, as have boat anglers.

"The baits of choice are clams, eels and live or chunk macs.”

Read the full article at this link: PressHerald.com


29 August 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 29 August 2013


Bluefish fishing remains consistent throughout LIS with most choppers weighing between 4 – 8 lbs. Fishing 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, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper fishing remains good in the tidal rivers. Snappers are about 6 inches in length.

Striped Bass fishing is prime time around dawn and dusk. Live bait is the ticket for a “cow” bass. Live lining bunker (menhaden), eels, scup, and even snapper blues will entice any striper to eat. Fishing 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, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing is fair to good but some doormats can still be taken in 80+ feet of water. Fluke weighing in the double digits have been caught over this past week! 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) fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS with “hub caps” measuring up to 19 inches in length being reported! Any of the rocky reefs, submerged pilings and rocky shore areas will harbor these spunky fighters!

Black Sea Bass fishing remains good over hard bottom, rocky reefs and wrecks. Slack tide is prime time to fish on the reefs for black sea bass especially in deep water.

Blackfish fishing season closes from September 1st through October 9th inclusive (reopens October 10th).

Blue Crabbing is about “prime time” in the tidal rivers and creeks. The time to go is now!

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


• New Loch Ness Monster Sighting with Photo and Video


“Amateur photographer David Elder was able to get video and a photo of what many believe may be Nessie the mysterious Loch Ness Monster.

"He said he was attempting to get photos of a swan on southwest end of the Loch when a mysterious disturbance caught his eye.”

Read the full article at this link: CryptoReports.com


• “Caught”: A Book About Black-Market Striper Fishing


“Unlucky for him, unless all things happen for good reason, his ceaseless search for local fishing knowledge put him in close contact with some known unsavories — basically lifelong commercial watermen turned black market opportunists — and it didn’t take him long to become a large target on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s radar.

"Early on his journey toward full-time chartering, he was nabbed in a sting operation as he unwittingly dragged a cooler packed with untagged — and thus illegal, black market — stripers up to a van in his marina’s parking lot.”

Read the full article at this link: SoundingsOnLine.com


• “When Striper Fishing Is Slow Target Other Species.”


“When targeting these other species, which are generally close to the bottom, simply 'deadstick' with the same lure - that is let the lure drop to the bottom, take a couple turns on the reel, and then bounce the lure along a couple feet from the bottom as you drift.”

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


• Chef Catches Stripers to Serve in Own Restaurant


“So you have to wonder how a chef can be out fishing at 4 a.m. and later head into a grueling night in the kitchen. ‘A 15-minute catnap,’ Caturano says, ‘and I’ll be set.’”

Read the full article at this link: BostonGlobe.com


• Fish Grow Fake Eyes to Trick Predators


“For decades scientists have debated whether false eyespots, or dark circular marks on less vulnerable regions of the bodies of prey animals, played an important role in protecting them from predators – or were simply a fortuitous evolutionary accident.

”The CoECRS team has found the first clear evidence that fish can change the size of both the misleading spot and their real eye to maximise their chances of survival when under threat.”

Read the full article at this link: ZeeNewsIndia.com


28 August 2013

• People Make A Living Out On Long Island Sound


In these days when commuting to the office seems to penetrate every aspect of life, there are individuals who earn their living in a different environment—on the water, for example.

Here are three cases in point:

This is the Red Witch, a shellfish dragger that leaves the Bond’s Dock area of Stratford, CT each day to seek out shellfish for the market.


A work crew doing some updating of the lighthouse on Middleground, in the center of Long Island Sound; note the tugboat to the right.

A “head boat” or party boat that takes individuals fishing out of Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York each day. Hopefully everyone’s wearing deodorant [they appear to be a bit crammed in there].

Read more articles at this link: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• “Angler Smashes World Record By Catching 37-Stone Halibut”


“It weighed in at 513lbs, easily beating the existing record of 419lbs for an Atlantic halibut as recognised by the International Game Fishing Association.”

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


27 August 2013

• Fishermen: Got Room in Your Vest for Your Snubby?


“Police say a man fishing in the Connecticut River in Springfield was jumped by three men and had his wallet stolen.

”Authorities say the victim was fishing at Riverfront Park at about 10 p.m. Sunday when he was roughed up by the men....

Read the full article at this link: ConnecticutCBSLocal.com


• Ignored No-Wake Buoys – Stopped by Marine Police


As one who also drives a car, can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen some clown do something stupid on the road and I’ve asked, “where are the police when we need them?”

Well, every once in a while…they’re right there…as in this case where a boat driver has blasted through the no-wake zone at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Stratford, CT.


The Stratford Marine Police boat saw the whole thing and quickly pulled the alleged perp over to the “curb.”


Don’t know what the final resolution of this was, but certainly the driver--at the very least--got a stern talking-to.


But where were the cops when that idiot ran that red light in Milford the other day?

Read more articles at this link: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• U.S. Labor Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate, 2013


”The 2013 Labor Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Friday, August 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 2.

"Our estimate of traffic fatalities for this 3.25-day holiday period is 394 deaths with a 90% confidence interval (C.I.) of 338 to 459 deaths.

"Nonfatal medically consulted injuries, i.e. injuries serious enough that a medical professional is consulted, are estimated at 42,200 with a range of 36,100 to 49,100."

See the complete report at this link: National Safety Council


• Big Striper Caught in Massachusetts


“On Friday, Salisbury’s Bob Roy Sr. became the first fisherman to be placed on the board since 2010, when he reeled in a 54-pound, 10-ounce striper outside the mouth of the Merrimack River.”

Read the full article at this link: NewburyportNews.com


26 August 2013

• “Shark Swallowed Whole By ... Another Shark”


“Everyone knows the story: The little fish gets eaten by a big fish, and the big fish gets eaten by an even bigger fish, and so on.

”But it isn't often that the big fish is a shark — in this case, a dogfish — that then gets swallowed whole by a much larger sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus), one of the nastiest-looking top predators in the ocean.”

Read the full article, see the photo at this link: Yahoo.com


25 August 2013

• Fishing Report: Massachusetts


“Saltwater fishing has been going great guns for some species but has been a bit less than spectacular for others. Scup and black sea bass fishing has been steadily good with large and jumbo scup widespread throughout Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound.”

Read the full article at this link: SouthCoastToday.com


• False MayDay Leads To 3 Months In Prison, $489,000 Reimbursement


“On the evening of March 14, 2012, Kumar took off in a Cessna single-engine plane for a solo flight from Burke Lakefront Airport to Bowling Green State University. About 30 minutes into his flight, Kumar called the Cleveland-Hopkins Airport control tower and reported seeing a vessel “launching up flares,” according to court documents”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com


24 August 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 23 August 2013


”Considering the current shortage of large bluefish and the bunker they feed on in the Western Long Island Sound, the winner of this weekend's WICC Greatest Bluefish Contest could set a weight record -- for lightness.

“One angler just back from a long day of unrequited bunker dunking for bluefish and bass Thursday joked that the contest winner might be whoever catches the largest snapper blue.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• “Life Jacket Saves Man from Drowning; Swims 3 Miles to Beach”


“The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 7 p.m. to report that a 12 to 14-foot Hobie Cat sailboat had washed up on Surfside Beach with no one aboard.”

Read the full article at this link: CoastGuardNews.com


23 August 2013

• Fishing Report: Long Island [2]


“'Porgy action is heating up again,' said captain Desmond O'Sullivan of the Port Jefferson open boat, Celtic Quest. 'We've been making deep-water drops on the Middle Grounds and also fishing in shallower water off Oldfield Point. There's a pleasant mix of scup sizes including true jumbos to three pounds. We are also pulling some sea bass, fluke, bluefish and stripers.'”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


• Fishing Report: Long Island [1]


“Since the Sound is one of the only inshore fishing locations that has consistently attracted and held bonito over the years, their presence offers the chance for that four-species hookup, which also includes bass, bluefish and albacore. That is truly one of the most exciting and novel challenges for inshore fly and light tackle anglers.”

Read the full article at this link: NorthShoreOfLongIsland.com


• Fishing Report: New York City Area


“ It’s tournament time. Big-time. Get set for two popular local contests, both family-friendly. One is for bluefish in Long Island Sound. The other is for fluke along the Jersey shore.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Fishing Report: New Jersey


“The last two weeks in August usually have the party boats consistently catching big bluefish on the ocean grounds. Areas such as the west side of the Mud Hole and 17 Fathoms have always produced 8- to 12-pound blues.

”This season has been a different story.”

Read the full article at this link: NorthJersey.com


• Fishing Report: Boston Area [2]


“…fear not for the future of the bluefish. Although the majority of the adult population seems to be missing, they did a fine job reproducing this summer — right now, there are plenty of juvenile “snapper” bluefish schooling in local rivers and harbors.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com


• Fishing Report: Boston Area [1]


“...the harbor has seen some nice blitzes lately, and while catching fish on topwater plugs is a blast, the larger fish came from the boats slow trolling live mackerel….”

Read the full article at this link: ItemLive.com


22 August 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 22 August 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good throughout LIS. Bluefish spots include the usual spots: the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, 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, and around the Norwalk Islands. Bluefish weighing in the low to mid teens have been reported. Snapper bluefish are in thick. Snapper fishing is rated good to excellent in the tidal rivers.

Striped Bass fishing remains good to excellent especially using live bunker or eels at night. Fishing 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, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Summer Flounder fishing is fair to good at the usual spots: south side of Fishers Island, off the Stonington breakwater, lower Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, mouth of the Thames River, Bloody Grounds off Black Point, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and off the Norwalk Islands. Some large fluke have been taken in 90+ feet of water over this past week.

Scup (porgy) fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS! Porgies are now on the reefs and rocky areas in big numbers!

Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good over hard bottom. There are a lot of small sublegal “throwbacks” throughout LIS which is a good sign for future years. Try to reel in fish slowly to prevent over expansion of the gas bladder when fishing deep water.

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

Blue Crabbing remains good to excellent in the tidal rivers and creeks especially from New Haven over to New London.

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


• Constructions Starts on Naugatuck River Fish Bypass


“Construction has started on a long-awaited $5.2 million fish bypass project at the Tingue Dam on the river in Seymour. Heavy machinery from Mastrobattisto Inc. of Bristol clanged and rolled on site of the project Thursday afternoon, as workers set to install cofferdams in the river to temporarily divert the water out of a work area.”

Read the full article at this link: Rep-Am.com


21 August 2013

• “Thriving in Cape Cod’s Waters, Gray Seals Draw Fans and Foes”


“ “’It’s devastating,’ said Tom Smith, who has been gill netting bluefish out of Provincetown and Hyannisport since 1981.

”‘They’re eating our fish we’re trying to catch, they’re eating them out of the nets.’”

Read the full article at this link: NYTimes.com


20 August 2013

• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“If you’re heading out this weekend, there are fish to be caught! Keep an eye out for schools of pogies, which look like a patch of 'nervous' water, with small splashes on top, almost like a patch of water that’s being rained on.

"If it’s trophy bass that you’re after, these are most assuredly the bait you’re looking for.

”You still can’t go wrong with live mackerel if you put the time in to jig up a few, and the umbrella rigs and Tube N Worm rigs have been killer in our area. Good luck this week, and be safe!”

Read the full article at this link: ItemLive.com


19 August 2013

• “Fishing the Tube for Late Summer Striped Bass”


“When the water gets warm, it's time to target big striped bass down low. One of the most effective pieces of tackle for this is the tube - a curious piece of gear resembling a short length of surgical tubing.”

Read the full article at this link: CapeAndIslands.org


• Gun Owners Now...Fishermen Next?


“On July 13th a revised animal protection act has come into effect in Germany. But anyone who expects it to contain concrete statements regarding the handling of fish will be disappointed. The legislator seemingly had already found its answer to the fish issue.

"Accordingly, fish are sentient vertebrates who must be protected against cruel acts performed by humans against animals.

"Anyone in Germany who, without due cause, kills vertebrates or inflicts severe pain or suffering on them has to face penal consequences as well as severe fines or even prison sentences.”

Read the full article at this link: FV-Berlin.de


18 August 2013

• “August Striper Fishing Is Best In The Dark"


“Of course a few are taken during the day, but this time of year the best time to fish is after dark when the whole ocean cools down a bit and the big ones rise up off the bottom and start to feed.

"Most strikes occur roughly three hours after sunset and two hours before dawn.”

Read the full article at this link: GloucesterTimes.com


• A Long Island Sound Party-Boat Tale


“On one hook was a porgy; on the other was a bass. The sea bass was puny, so Capt. Amanda threw it back, but the porgy, which measured 13 inches, three more than regulation size, was a keeper. So I kept it.

”Good thing I did because I didn't catch another fish all day. Still, I had a fabulous time. I watched as the youngest fisherman on board, Kristian Tabala, 4, with the help of his dad, Danny, reeled in a porgy that was bigger than mine.”

Read the full article at this link: StamfordAdvocate.com


17 August 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 16 August 2013


"'The secret is to keep chumming, even when the fish show up,' he said.

"'You want to keep them around the boat. The fish are drawn in by the small chunks, but when they see what's on your hook, they go whoa, look at that!'"

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Connecticut Department of Public Health Warns Residents of Illness Caused by Bacteria in Shellfish


“The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning residents of the dangers of eating raw or undercooked shellfish after an increase in cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection.

”Since June 2013, Connecticut has reported 19 confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection, compared to an average of seven cases reported during the same time period in the past two years.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH


• Gloucester Fishermen Land 920-Pound Tuna


“It was the catch of a lifetime. Three fishermen engaged in an epic battle with a 920-pound tuna on their line, the largest one to come into Massachusetts' Gloucester Harbor this year, CBS Boston station WBZ-TV reports.”

Read the full article at this link: CBSNews.com


15 August 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 15 August 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good in western LIS to excellent in eastern sections of LIS. Bluefish spots include the usual spots: the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Madison to Branford, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Bluefish weighing in the low to mid teens have been reported.

Snapper bluefish are in thick in the tidal rivers. Snapper fishing is rated good to excellent with most fish measuring 3‐5 inches in length. The DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing dock in Old Lyme has been a popular snapper spot.

Striped Bass fishing is very good and consistent at many of the major reefs and rip areas throughout LIS. Fishing 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, 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 fair to good off the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), south of the Stonington breakwater, lower Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, mouth of the Thames River over to Little Goshen Reef, Niantic Bay including Black Point, Sound View Beach, south side of Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and off the Norwalk Islands.

Scup (porgy) fishing remains good to excellent on the major reefs and rocky shoreline areas. The Fort Trumbull fishing pier in New London has been very consistent with scup, black sea bass, stripers and even fluke!
Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good over rocky hard bottom or areas with structure. The reefs off Madison to Branford have been the better spots.

Blackfish fishing is also good on the major reefs and rocky areas.

Blue Crabbing remains good to excellent in the tidal rivers and creeks. Clinton to Old Saybrook and Old Lyme to Niantic have been consistent crabbing areas.

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


• Cape Cod Canal, and Bicycles


“The Cape Cod Canal is one of the best spots to find and catch striped bass. It has easy access and most time you can find stripers willing to have a sample of whatever bait you are offering. This year has been a little weird, with some very good days and some very bad days of fishing, but as far as access to the water goes, it’s one of the best spots around. The easiest access is….”

Read the full article at this link: WickedLocal.com
See also: EnterpriseNews.com


• “Nick Karas, Newsday Outdoors Columnist, Dies at 81”


"One of his books, Brook Trout, published in 1997, is considered ‘the ultimate book’ on the subject, according to Steven Karas, who said in an email to Newsday that another book, The Striped Bass, had numerous reprints.

”In 2008, Nick Karas wrote a book called Sight Fishing the Flats and Beyond, which was mainly based on his Long Island experiences.”

See the complete report at this link: Newsday.com


• Winter Flounder in Trouble Off Long Island


“The Stony Brook study examined six bays along Long Island, from Jamaica Bay to Napeague Harbor, over a two-year period, ending in October 2011. Researchers found fewer than 300 winter flounder mature enough to reproduce in each of the bays studied.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


14 August 2013

• Fishing Report: New York City Area


“Fishing in New York may conjure up images of pulling up an old shoe off a pier, but the city has more than 500 miles of shoreline and has made major strides in improving its waterways.

”Although fish found in the freshwaters of New York Harbor or the East River aren't usually safe to eat, saltwater fishing is available just a few miles off the shore of Manhattan, and the Hudson attracts migratory fish that are safe to consume.”

Read the full article at this link: CrainsNewYork.com


• NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats to Nation’s Estuaries


“Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea, providing nursery habitat for fish and shellfish while buffering many coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms and sea level rise. The climate exposure of each reserve provides first alarm indicators about the effects of climate change on the coastal ecosystems.”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA


• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“Those very warm and humid days really had an effect on the local fishing. The ponds have slowed down and the stripers are hard to find in the harbor. Bluefish, however, have been taken off the power plant and they are big and plentiful.”

Read the full article at this link: WickedLocal.com


• “Fly Fishing for False Albacore”


“Captain Sarah Gardner goes through the whole process, including tying flies, prepping the boat and catching fish.”

Read the full article at this link: FFSW


13 August 2013

• Record Striped Bass Angler Has Studied the Fish


“When Greg Myerson heads out in his boat, some fishermen will follow him. The famous want to fish with him. He's the Warren Buffett of the fishing world, giving seminars in which he'll tell some but not all his secrets.

”The Connecticut man has achieved a rare feat: He consistently catches striped bass 50 pounds and much larger. Myerson set the world record two years ago by catching a striped bass that weighed 81.8 pounds off the Connecticut coast.”

Read the full article at this link: WestportNews.com


• 2012 Was One Of The 10 Warmest Years On Record Globally


“Worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the 2012 State of the Climate report released online today by the American Meteorological Society (AMS).”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA



• More On Caring for Those Bluefish Filets


“If I go on a party boat, I'm going to have a big cooler half full of ice chips. Each bluefish I catch will have a couple of knife slits at the caudal peduncle (where the tail fin meets the body). I'll hold my fish over the rail until the bleeding stops, and then they'll go on ice, for the mate to fillet and skin later.”

Read the full article at this link: NewHampshire.com


• Glut of Maine Lobsters Sends Prices to the Bottom


“The Maine lobster industry is being crippled by a glut of supply that many attribute to climate change, sending the price per pound plummeting and turning the crustacean into something it has rarely been before: affordable.


”According to figures from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the volume of the state’s lobster harvests has skyrocketed….”

Read the full article at this link; also, source of photo: Financial Times


12 August 2013

• “Law Enforcement Imposter Commandeered Boat In Old Lyme”


“A 46-year-old man allegedly commandeered a boat and inspected boaters' registrations in the Point O' Woods area while impersonating a police and U.S. Coast Guard official on Thursday, state police said.”

Read the full article at this link: Courant.com


• Fly-Fishing: Controlling Your Loops


“Regardless if you are a rank beginner just trying to learn the fundamentals or a longtime participant who wants to hone your technique, the action of the line is key to analyzing the weak areas of the cast.”

Read the full article at this link: FFSW


11 August 2013

• Atlantic Hurricane Season On Track To Be Above-Normal


“NOAA issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook today saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come.”

Read the full article at this link: NOAA


10 August 2013

• Charles Walsh's Fishing Column - 09 August 2013


“An analysis of the results of last Sunday's Interclub Bluefish Tournament may have answered a question that has been on the minds of many Long Island Sound anglers this season:

"Where are all the bluefish?”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Warm Waters Send Fish Toward Poles (North and South, That Is)


“A review of thousands of observations of marine life over the last half-century shows that as the climate warms, the oceans' animals and plant life have shifted their ranges significantly, stretching much further north than before.

”Like snowbirds who flock to warmer climes in the winter, these animals and plants chase the range of temperature where they can survive, and have moved northward as temperatures toward the poles increase, research shows.”

Read the full article at this link: Yahoo.com


09 August 2013

• Fishing Report: Long Island


“ In western Long Island Sound, captain Chris Cullen has focused his City Island open boat Island Current on bottom fishing for porgies. While anchored around Eatons and Lloyds Necks, his fares have been treated to a mix of scup and sea bass weighing up to 3 pounds.

”Tim Caraftis at Caraftis Fishing Station in Port Jefferson echoed Cullen's report, adding that there are big porgies to be caught both inside and immediately outside Port Jefferson Harbor.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


• Fishing Report: NYC & Western Sound


“Porgies are hot. Actually, they seem to be thriving in our hot weather, according to anglers in the Sound near Orchard Beach, the Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges and eastward. Porgies are also plentiful along Long Island’s south shore.”

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“ The one thing that is unusual about this season is the lack of stripers up around the P-town area. It was told to me that a few days before the commercial season started there was a big charge of stripers from Wood End up to the Race and around the corners a bit.”

Read the full article at this link: WickedLocal.com


• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“ it’s helpful to remember that there aren’t many deep thoughts swimming in the brain of a striper. Especially in August, when the distraction of spawning is many months away and the urge to migrate south for the winter has not yet kicked in, there’s really only one impulse that consumes striped bass. They want to eat.”

Read the full article at this link: BostonHerald.com

See also: ItemLive.com


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report - 08 August 2013


Bluefish fishing remains good to excellent. Bluefish spots include the usual spots: the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in thick. Snapper fishing is in full swing and is a great opportunity to introduce kids to fishing!

Striped Bass fishing also remains very good especially at dawn. 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, 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 is the ticket for hooking up on a trophy size “cow” striper!

Summer Flounder fishing is good with doormats in the 6‐9 lbs range being reported over the past week. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Thames River over to Little Goshen Reef, Niantic Bay including Black Point, Sound View Beach, south side of Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and south of the breakwaters, and off the Norwalk Islands.

Scup (porgy) fishing remains good on the major rocky reefs throughout LIS and shoreline areas with structure.

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

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

Hickory Shad are in the lower Connecticut River and tributaries.

Blue Crabbing remains strong in the tidal rivers and creeks.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


08 August 2013

• West Nile Virus Cases in 12 Connecticut Towns Now


“The State Mosquito Management Program today announced mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) have been identified in twelve towns so far this season. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) trapped the positive mosquitoes in Bridgeport, East Haven, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Manchester, New Haven, Norwalk, Plainfield, Stamford, Stratford, and Westport.”

Read the full article at this link: CTDPH


• Thames River Area Fishing Report


“The majority of larger striped bass (28 to 36 inches) moved north early this year because of warm water temps. There are some small schoolies under 20 inches in the Thames. Outside the river, it’s a pick for fish of all sizes….

”Blues have begun to run the Thames, with catches occurring more in the lower river than Norwich at this point….”

Read the full article at this link: NorwichBulletin.com


• Drug-Runner with Eight (8) 250 HP Outboards


“Ranging between 30ft and 60ft long and capable of producing 60 knots (about 70mph) at sea, they could out-run any pursuers. Similar sized boats normally have one or two outboard motors.


”Their low profile also made them virtually invisible to radar and many were painted grey or black, making them difficult to spot with the naked eye.”

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


07 August 2013

• Video: How to Tie Knots


Good visual instruction on how to tie those knots important especially to fly fishing.

Read the full article at this link: FlyFishInSalt.com


06 August 2013

• Eating Long Island Sound Shellfish – Questionable!


“Warm water in Long Island Sound is being blamed for naturally occurring bacteria that sickened at least five people who ate oysters, clams and other shellfish from shallow areas near Norwalk and Westport.”

Read the full article at this link: Westport-News.com


• Commercial Striper Fishing Off Cape Cod


“By far the most popular technique to catch stripers was vertical jigging, which allows a hundred boats to drift close together without jeopardizing anyone's success.

”Unfortunately, along comes the occasional conscienceless troller, dragging long wire lines smack in the middle of the vertical jiggers. One cost me a huge striper, my lone chance at a maybe 40-plus pounder.”

Read the full article at this link: Telegram.com


05 August 2013

• Long Island Fisherman Allegedly Took 86,000 Pounds of Fluke


“Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Long Island fisherman with wire fraud and falsification of federal records in connection with a scheme they say resulted in the illegal harvesting of more than 86,000 pounds of fluke over three years.”


Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


04 August 2013

• Excellent Article: Handled Right, Bluefish Make Delicious Tablefare


“…because they're thought of as an oily and strong-tasting fish by many, their reputation as fine table fare suffers.

"However, they truly provide for an excellent fresh seafood dish if cared for and prepared properly before they get to the kitchen.

”A little forethought and skill with a fillet knife is all you'll need.”

Read the full article at this link: CapeCodOnline.com


03 August 2013

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report – 02 August 2013


“It is hard to decide who to pity more these early August Dog Days…

”…the frustrated saltwater angler who hasn't seen a live fish in three weeks…

”…the bait and tackle shop owners who haven't seen many live customers, or…

”…the subject-challenged fishing columnist who hasn't heard a positive report since June.”

Read the full article at this link: CTPost.com


• Long Island Fishing Report


“Striped bass has remained true to form in most areas, hitting largely on night tides in the surf, slamming bucktails in The Race off Orient and inhaling live eels in the Rips at Montauk…

”…but Long Island Sound offered something different: solid scores of fish on diamond jigs inside Eaton's Neck Triangle and between Mount Sinai and Wading River. It's the kind of action you might expect come mid-September, but it's here now so take advantage of it.”

Read the full article at this link: Newsday.com


02 August 2013

• New York City Area Fishing Report


“Striped bass…are still laying low. Around here, most anglers attribute that to the warm weather, which keeps water temps higher than the stripers prefer. So stripers aren’t taking the bait except at night when diligent anglers can still tempt them up.

Read the full article at this link: NYDailyNews.com


• Fishing’s Looking Up…At Least in Boston


“It was a tough July for striper fishermen. Those heat waves really warmed the ocean up and slowed the fishing right down. And just when it seemed that the bite was picking up, it died out just as quick. But Peanut Bunker, or juvenile menhaden, made a quick appearance in our waters a week ago and along with cooling water temps, sparked the striper fishing back up, as fishermen reported surface feeds all over our waters for a few days.

”And now huge schools, or should I say wolf packs of toothy bluefish have shown up and are chasing bait and bending rods all over the North Shore. So things are looking up. August is usually when we see the fishing light back up, and with cooling water temperatures and plenty of bait around, we're right on schedule.”

Read the full article at this link: ItemLive.com


01 August 2013

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 01 August 2013


Bluefish fishing remains consistent at the Race, Pigeon Rip and Plum Gut. Other bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, and around the Norwalk Islands. Snapper bluefish are in thick. Snappers are about 3‐6 inches in length.

Striped Bass fishing also remains very good especially at night. Anglers live‐lining bunker and eels having been scoring well on “cow” bass. 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, 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.

Summer Flounder fishing is fair to good. Doormats approaching the double digit mark in pounds can still be had in deep water (90+ feet) but you have to put in the time! The usual fluking spots include the south side of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach), off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Thames River, Niantic Bay including Black Point, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, and off the Norwalk Islands.

Scup (porgy) fishing is good on the major rocky reefs. Scup measuring 12‐14 inches in length are not unusual.

Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good on the deeper reefs (60+ ft) over rocky hard bottom.

Blackfish fishing is fair to good on the major rocky reefs. However, porgies are making it tough by stealing hook baits meant for tog!

Blue Crabbing is in high gear along the coast. Crabbing is rated good to excellent!

Read the full article at this link: CTDEEP


• Cape Cod Canal Area Fishing Report


“The heat wave really slowed down the fishing, but the Canal is producing some big stripers early in the morning!

"I finally got out a couple of weeks ago and fished...locally behind Brown’s Bank and at the Power Plant. We managed two nice-sized blues and one 30-inch striper that we caught on 'Umbrella' and 'Niner' rigs.”

Read the full article at this link: WickedLocal.com


• Sunscreen: Should We Spray?


“Recently, the FDA warned against wearing spray-on sunscreen near open flames. In five incidents, people wearing the spray-on protection near sources of flame suffered significant burns. Although the specific products linked with these cases were recalled and are no longer on the shelf, many other spray-on sunscreen products may contain flammable ingredients, such as alcohol, and could catch on fire if they are too close to flames.

”…spray-on sunscreen is effective if applied properly. Some people spray it from too far away and only get a mist…The biggest challenge is to know how you actually use enough to cover all the areas of the body.

”Another concern with sprays is toxicity. The FDA is investigating the health risks of accidentally inhaling spray-on sunscreen…recommended using a lotion for areas near the mouth and using spray for hair-bearing areas where it's difficult to apply a cream.”

Read the full article at this link: Yahoo.com


• Connecticut’s Kensington Fish Hatchery


“Keeping Connecticut waterways well stocked with fish has a significant economic value to the state. According to numbers produced by Connecticut’s Commission on Culture and Tourism, 251,000 state residents take 5.4 million fishing trips in the state and spend $198 million each year.”

Read the full article at this link: MyRecordJournal.com