31 March 2014

• Fly-Fishing: Setting the Hook

“It is one of the set-apart moments of our sport. In the instant we connect to the fish, we are still anticipating the excitement of the strike and the satisfaction of success. We are using our hunting ability, our quiet patience and our sharpest reflexes.

”When I teach fly fishing, I emphasize this important portion of the angling process. Here are a few of the tips I share to help them make the hook set a moment of payoff.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman.com

30 March 2014

• Casting Heavy Flies and Rigs

“We may take the ‘chuck and duck’ a little too literally at times, but we love it!

”Nonetheless, no matter where you are fishing, if you are planning on fishing heavy flies and/or rigs, there are a few casting principles to consider. Here’s a few tips to help keep you ‘chucking’ without ‘ducking.’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Deneki.com

• Photo from Islamorada, FL

Manatee was at the dock of the marina where we brought Shoo-Fly to be picked up for shipment back north.

29 March 2014

• Wind Farm Proposed for Long Island Sound

“A Rhode Island company is proposing to erect a 35-turbine wind farm about 30 miles off the coast of Montauk in the latest in a series of efforts to build utility-scale wind-power projects in waters off Long Island.

”Deepwater Wind, which has twice proposed LIPA energy projects, said if its latest proposal is accepted, it would produce around 200 megawatts of energy for the region by 2018. The cost would be about $1 billion.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday.com

Note: photo is not related to this article but comes from http://mhk.pnl.gov/wiki/index.php/Tethys_Home

• Photo from Islamorada, FL

Full moon, 16 March 2014.

28 March 2014

• Migratory Stripers Have Moved Into Chesapeake Bay

“Some friends of mine have been fishing the last few days in Chesapeake Bay and have been catching several forty-plus-inch fish….

”The first wave of the migration has moved into the… Bay and the boys down there are excited.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Delaware-Surf-Fishing.com

• Photo from Islamorada, FL

Seemed a bit strange to see a crew out on salt water...but they don't have a lot of choice in that in the Florida Keys.

27 March 2014

• CT DEEP Advisory Concerning Winter Fish Kills

“Winter is slowly losing its grip on Connecticut. This winter has been long, and the extended periods of snow and ice cover experienced throughout the state has greatly increased the potential for fish kills in shallow ponds and lakes. According to the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Inland Fisheries Division, conditions this winter have been similar to those experienced three years ago, when DEEP received numerous reports of dead fish in lakes and ponds as ice cover finally receded. These die offs, termed “winterkill” are typically natural events that vary in severity from year to year depending on conditions.

“’Winterkills occur most frequently in very shallow, nutrient-enriched ponds that are subject to abundant growth of aquatic vegetation,’ said Peter Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. ‘Conditions conducive to winterkill arise when heavy snow cover over ice inhibits sunlight penetration, thereby preventing aquatic plants and algae from producing oxygen via photosynthesis. This process is the sole means of oxygen creation under ice-covered ponds. The greater the load of dead and decaying plant material, the more rapid the loss of oxygen and the more quickly fish can be stressed or killed by low dissolved oxygen levels. The fish typically die during the winter and are only observed following ice-out.’

”Winter kills that occur in larger lakes are rarely serious in the long run because lakes support thousands of fish per acre. Usually enough fish survive, either in the lake or in connecting waters, to repopulate the lake. More severe winterkills that result in the elimination of all or nearly all of the pond’s fish community are more likely to occur in very small ponds, which are often privately owned. Pond owners who experience winterkill are advised that in the future, shoveling off some of the snow cover to allow light penetration may stave off potential winterkill conditions.

”Anyone observing abnormally high fish mortalities during or after ice out this spring can notify the DEEP Inland Fisheries Division at the Headquarters in Hartford (860-424-3474), the Eastern District Office in Marlborough (860-295-9523) or the Western District office in Harwinton (860-485-0226).

”The public is also advised that any fish kills observed in rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams any time of year can be reported to the Inland Fisheries Division at the numbers listed above. Biologists will discuss the caller’s observations and determine if a field investigation is warranted. While most fish kills are natural occurrences, some have been attributed to accidental or unauthorized human actions such as chemical releases, agricultural runoff, flow modifications or poorly designed or conducted management activities. Anyone reporting fish kills is asked to provide as much detail as possible concerning location, time and date, estimated size, numbers and types of fish involved, and other relevant site-specific information, and if possible, photographs or digital images.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CT DEEP

26 March 2014

• Some Photos from Islamorada, etc.

Moonrise, Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant, Key Largo, FL.

Our friends, Linda and Wayne.

You can feed these fish right from your dining table at Snapper's.

Wayne, with a very large Islamorada permit caught at the end of the third week of March.

You can watch a video of Wayne fighting this fish on YouTube.

Not from Islamorada:

Val S. sent us this photo of a roosterfish from Costa Rica.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Crude Oil Causes Developmental Abnormalities In
Large Marine Fish

“The new study shows that crude oil exposures adversely affect heart development in the two species of tuna and an amberjack species by slowing the heartbeat or causing an uncoordinated rhythm, which can ultimately lead to heart failure.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NOAA News

• N.E. Saltwater Fishing Show – 28 March

“The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is scheduled for March 28-30 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, with more than 250 exhibitors displaying tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, motors, accessories, clothing and much more.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: Providence Journal

25 March 2014

• Think You’re A Good Fly Tier?

“Think you’re a great fly designer? Want the opportunity to see your flies sold in fly shops all over the country?

”Spirit River (in conjunction with Fly Rod & Reel) is putting out a casting call to ambitious tiers”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRodReel.com

24 March 2014

• Fly Rods: Selecting Your First Fly Rod

“A guy who works at one of the country’s busiest fly shops once told me that 99 percent of his rod-buying customers come through the door with their minds already made up. There are many reasons for this—they want the same rod as their favorite celebrity, a buddy told them what to buy, or they did research on the Internet.

”But this is a terrible way to prepare yourself to drop a good chunk of change, especially since you might not end up with a rod that works for you.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MidCurrent.com

23 March 2014

• The Clouser Deep Minnow

“In 1985, Clouser received an assortment of lead dumbbell-shaped eyes from Wapsi Fly Company, which he ­immediately began experimenting with on popular bass patterns.

"Two years later, Clouser started ­incorporating this innovative material in his favorite bucktail streamers; by 1988, his tweaking was complete, and the ­Clouser Deep Minnow was born....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman.com

22 March 2014

• Rods, Reels Should Be Stored Indoors

“I learned long ago that the lifespan of a flyrod or any fishing outfit may be greatly extended by keeping the rods and reels in a climate-controlled environment, as opposed to the rapidly changing hot-and-cold, wet-and-dry swings of a garage or tool shed.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman.com

• Fly Fishing: Wind on Your Right Shoulder?

“5 options to deal with wind on your right shoulder….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Deneki.com

21 March 2014

• Fishing A Worm Hatch...MA Curtails Commercial Striper Fishing

• Fishing the Worm Hatch

“Striped bass (bluefish too) key in on the spawning worms (often in May and June) and feed actively on the surface, close enough to the shore to be well in range of anglers casting with spinning reels or wading fly rod fishermen.

”They are also fished from boats on saltwater ponds, coves and in saltwater estuaries of all types.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CranstonOnLine.com

• Massachusetts Curtails Commercial Striped Bass Fishing

“Commercial striped bass fishermen will have to make do with a lot less this year as state fishing regulations for the summer season cut in half the number of days they can go fishing and the number of fish they can catch each day.

”State fishery officials at public hearings said the move was needed to try to extend the season, improve fish prices paid to fishermen, and try to spread the catches to more ports.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeCodOnLine.com

16 March 2014

• #50: Islamorada Journal 2014…14 MAR

Clik on any pik to enlarge:

Friday night's sunset.

Wayne with a very nice Spanish mackerel which he turned into Sunday night's dinner for the four of us.

We got into sharks big time...hooked maybe six of them.

This shot's out of focus, but it gives you the idea of how rambunctious these fish can be when hooked.

Better focus.

Fish is probably a spinner shark...so-called because they barrel-roll while airborne.

We were drifting live bait and chunks below bobbers.

Photo shows the lovely color of one shark's dorsal area glinting in the sun.

Wayne volunteered to help land this shark, probably a blacktip, that I'd managed to get to the boat.

Not a job for the faint-of-heart.

WE'd lost a couple of fish at the side of the boat before getting this one aboard.

The shark's business-end is nothing to mess around with.

A quick picture, circle hook removed, and then sharkie was released back into the water where he's undoubtedly eating everything in sight.

What was left of the blue runner sharkie hooked up on.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Bluefish in the Surf

“Anything – literally any lure – will catch these bluefish. When they are in a feeding frenzy like this, they strike anything close to them that moves. Surf anglers stand on top of their beach vehicles with binoculars watching the surf in both directions, looking for a school of feeding fish. Once fish are sighted, these specialists run the beach to the fish, hop out and begin casting to the frenzy.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltFishing.about.com

• Fly Lines: Mark Them Up

“By using a yardstick, a couple of permanent markers, and investing ten minutes of time, you can add some extremely useful information to your fly line. The information will help you for the life of the line.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman.com

• “Canoeist Pulled From Water With No Pulse After Canoe Capsizes Near Charles Island In Milford”

“Police say two people were rescued from the water near Charles Island where their canoe capsized Saturday afternoon and one of them was found unconscious and without a pulse…neither had life preservers on….”
Please visit this link to read the full article: NHRegister.com

13 March 2014

• #49: Islamorada Journal 2014…13 MAR

Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:

Sunset 10 March 2014

Moon 10 March 2014

Tow Boat USA will come and pull your boat back back to the dock when your motor has a fuel-feeding problem (you forgot to fill the gas tank).

For a fee, of course.

Brown and white pelicans on a sandbar.

Wayne with a nice keeper-sized spotted seatrout.

Sunset 11 March 2014.

Sunset 12 March 2014.

Ever wonder what it would be like to live on a planet with two suns?

The bright spot on the left is a "sundog."

Wikipedia says, "Sundogs may appear as a colored patch of light to the left or right of the sun, 22° distant and at the same distance above the horizon as the sun, and in ice halos. They can be seen anywhere in the world during any season, but they are not always obvious or bright. Sundogs are best seen and are most conspicuous when the sun is low."

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Adding Common Sense to Interstate Fishing Regulations

“Even though exact season dates may differ by a week or two, length and creel limits for fluke in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York should be identical for the first time in many years.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwichBulletin.com

• Fighting Fish – Rod Tip High vs. Rod Tip Low

“’I keep reading on your blog that you should keep your rod tip low when you fight fish. I’ve always been told to keep my rod tip high when I fight fish. What’s the deal?’”
Please visit this link to read the full article: Deneki.com

10 March 2014

• #48: Islamorada Journal 2014…10 MAR

Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:

Sunday night's sunset, view 1...


...view 3.


Told Egbert, no, he couldn't come fishing with us.

You can see the disappointment in his face.

Things seen while out on Florida Bay...a large skate...

...an ultralight, pusher-prop airplane...

...a four-pound jack crevalle...

...angler Wayne watching for...

...a sign of permit...such as this fin sticking up above the surface of the water.

Wayne hooked the fish, but, alas, the hook came out after a ten-minute battle...so no fish pic available.

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Braided Line: What Knots to Use

“When monofilament line came out in the 1950’s the fishing world had to learn some new fishing knots. The old fishing knots we used on the Dacron braided line simply would not work on this new, clear line.

”Every knot we tied pulled through and came loose. There was just no way to keep a hook on this new line.

”So, someone began experimenting and came up with some new knots that would hold without slipping, and that would keep the majority of the line strength intact.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: Saltfishing.About.com

• Fly Fishing: The Importance of Line Control

“All the fly-fishing skills in the world are for naught without command of the line.

“Line control is the single most important, yet forgotten, discipline in the sport, and it is the most frustrating for a guide to deal with. It’s simple, but it is also the toughest to teach.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: MidCurrent.com

• Fishing Hook Pried From Taiwanese Woman's Throat

“Reports indicate that doctors recently removed a fishing hook and a 13-centimeter-long piece of nylon line from a woman's esophagus in Tainan City in Southern Taiwan.”
Please visit this link to read the full article: ChinaPost.com

• Fish Strike Interrupts Jet's Takeoff At MacDill

“On the morning of Sept. 10, MacDill Air Force Base wildlife manager Lindsey Garven was called out to search the runway for a dead bird….”
Please visit this link to read the full article: TBO.com