30 April 2014

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 28 APR 2014

We finally got out on the water.

First we had to wait for the boat to arrive, up from the Florida Keys.

Then we had to do some maintenance work on the boat...repaint the bottom, etc.

Then, last week we tried to get out one day and couldn't as there were small-craft warnings posted.

Then we had a minor problem with the motor...wouldn't tilt down...had to fix that which cost us another day off the water

Then, finally, on Monday we got out to fish.

There were some signs of spring along the banks of the lower Housatonic River...some bushes were greening up...forsythia blooming in many of the back yards.

But it was clear that winter had wreaked havoc with some of the infrastructure...this is the bulwark above the railroad bridge in Devon.

First place we saw fish on the Garmin was about two minutes from the dock...but we couldn't get those fish to bite...they might have been river herring...or just plain obstinate.

So we headed upstream and found some more cooperative stripers.

Charlie W. and I boated about 25 striped bass in that location and then, regardless of the fisherman's code (never leave fish to find fish), we left those fish to try to find some larger ones. Mistake.

We picked up a fish here and there, but it was slow-going so we finally wised up and went back to the first location...those fish, of course, had moved.

But eventually we located more feeding fish and finished the day with about 40 fish all together.

A Sikorsky bird...perhaps on a test flight.

Another kind of bird.

We watched this osprey dive and grab the fish he's carrying...probably a herring.

A few hardy souls had walked all the way in to the River from Route 110 to fish off the bank.

We caught several fish on flies...in fact we had a double on flies going at one point. Charlie was pleased as his fish were caught on a fly he'd tied himself. Guess one could call this another form of selfie.

Another great day on the water.

29 April 2014

• Inshore Tides: How to Read Them

“How many times have you tested your favorite seatrout, striped bass, redfish or tarpon spot only to find the ­action slow? Then seemingly without reason, the place becomes alive with rolling silver backs, or the water turns a sullen gray as pods of fish move into the area.

”Tide—or current influence on fish and bait—results in such happenings hundreds of times daily throughout the world’s inshore waters.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWater Sportsman

28 April 2014

• Fly Lines: Control Essential

“Even on the calmest days during lulls in activity, line stripped onto the deck of a boat has a funny — if not ­mysterious — way of somehow snaking itself around every possible cast-obstructing object one could ­imagine, be it a trolling motor or your own toes….

”Not to worry — a little ­pregame prep and a couple of tools pay big dividends when the magic moment arises.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWater Sportsman

27 April 2014

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 25 April 2014

“If early indications are any guide, the beleaguered winter flounder may -- I say may -- be making a…comeback.

”Area anglers who refuse to abandon the chase of these tasty flatfish report that the size and frequency of their catches so far this spring are somewhat better than recent years....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Connecticut Post

• Shakespeare Theatre: Here We Go Again!

“A plan for Stratford’s 14-acre Shakespeare Theatre park overlooking the Housatonic River has been unveiled...

...it includes tearing down the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, building a new smaller theater with educational facility, building a senior living facility, and building a restaurant and catering facility.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Stratford Star

26 April 2014

• “Top Striper Tips”

“ Time to pull in some stripers, learn to catch them with these tips….

”Fish flat, mud-bottomed areas during a high tide, especially around mid-day or late afternoon after the sun has had a chance to warm the surrounding waters.

”On outgoing tides, work drop-offs, points and bank edges where the fish line up and wait for food to be swept past.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWater Sportsman

• “Progress On Long Island Sound Rebound”

“Four hundred years ago, Dutch explorer Adrian Block was the first European to sail into Long Island Sound. He found a pristine body of water teeming with aquatic life. That, sadly, is not the Sound we know today.

”But the good news, after decades of degradation, is that progress finally is being made to clean Long Island Sound.”

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

25 April 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 24 April 2014

Striped Bass fishing is good in the Housatonic River, Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), and the Black Hall River. Sand and blood worms will do the trick especially in murky water.

Winter Flounder fishing has been on the slow side. Early season flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove, Niantic River including the bay, and Norwalk Harbor.

Blackfish fishing spring season runs April 1st-30th with a daily bag limit of 2 fish per angler. However, with water temperatures in the low 40’s °F don’t expect a lot of action until the water warms up. The New Haven breakwaters are one of the better early season fishing spots for tog.

Check out DEEP's Coastal Access Guide at http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/ for more shore fishing locations close to home!

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

• “State Warns Boaters of Spring’s Cold Water Dangers”

“The sun is out and the weather has been getting warmer, but Connecticut’s waters are still very cold and the state reminded boaters Friday to take safety precautions before heading out.

”…water temperatures are still in the 40s, which is cold enough to cause serious injury or death if someone becomes submerged.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

24 April 2014

• Dam Removal: How’s It Working Out for the Fish?

“The effort to restore American rivers to their natural flows via the removal of aging dams has reached "movement" status.

”Just last year, approximately 400 miles of river and stream were restored following the removal of 65 dams in 19 states.

”So how's it working out for the fish?”

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

23 April 2014

• “Advantages, Disadvantages to Four Different Fishing-Line Types”

“Line isn't sexy. It doesn't have spinners or colors or glittery flash like super-secret new lures. It doesn't feel ergonomically perfect in the hand like a new reel. It's simply a tool -- as utilitarian as a hammer.

”But it's always the most important link between you and your fish. What difference does it make if you read the water, pick the perfect spot, expertly work your favorite bait and lure a strike only to lose a fish to line failure?”

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

22 April 2014

• Fly Line Backing: Why and How!

“Backing serves a few functions beyond letting us know when our fish is getting away. First, it takes up space in the portion of the system where the loops of fly line are very small. If your fly line were tied to the middle of your reel, small and long lasting loops would all but destroy the line.

”Backing also saves money. Fly line can cost over $1 per foot.”

Please visit this link to read the full article [photo also from same link]: FloridaSportsman.com

• Japan to Resume “Scientific” Whale Hunting

“On March 31, Japan was ordered to halt its whaling program in Antarctica by a United Nations court, which ruled that the activity amounted to a commercial operation and was not for research purposes as stated.

”Now, less than three weeks later, Japan announced it will re-launch its whale-killing "research" operation next year, while addressing objections raised by the UN's International Court of Justice.”

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

21 April 2014

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 19 April 2014

“The cold and cutting wind was certainly not bothering those stalwarts on the ramp. On just about every third or fourth cast they hauled a fat striped bass over the rocks at their feet.

”They wisely released even the possible keeper-sided bass back into the river.”

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

• Connecticut Dams Block Annual Eel Migration

“Baby eels are making their annual migration from Long Island Sound to rivers across Connecticut, but along the way, they're encountering one persistent obstacle: river dams.

”Now, one man in Greenwich is working to make the eels' journey a little easier.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WNPR.org

• Cane Pole Fishing – Brought Up-to-Date

“Besides that, sometimes it’s just fun to shed the gadgets and drift back to basics.

"Relax. Kick your shoes off. Set a spell and harken back to a simpler time.”

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

• “Time For Norwalk Anglers To Get Their Gear Together”

“The first and most important place to start prepping tackle is at the reel.

”Unfortunately, most reels spend the winter doing what most fishermen do themselves -- sitting around, collecting dust, and dreaming of warmer weather.”

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

20 April 2014

• Corrosion: Enemy of Saltwater Anglers

“Stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, zinc and aluminum are often used to combat corrosion in the marine environment, but none of these materials are totally immune from all the different types of corrosion that can occur.

"Whether it’s our tackle, our boats, our motors or our equipment, corrosion is probably the most costly nemesis and biggest pain in the butt saltwater fishermen deal with.”

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

• “Find Your Boat’s Proper Trim for Best Running Attitude”

“Many things can affect the performance of your boat, but one that’s consistently underutilized is proper trim.

”Running at the right attitude will increase your speed, reduce your fuel consumption and greatly improve the comfort of your ride.”

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

• Cape Cod’s Sea-Run Trout Fishing

“Little did I know that this particular river-known best for its searun trout fishery-is also one of the best places on Cape Cod to target stripers over the next 2 weeks.”

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

• New York City Area: “Cold Weather Doesn't Mean Fishing Season Slows Down”

“Last weekend metro-area anglers were happy just to be out on the water with rod and reel in hand.

”Despite the chilly water temps, some even caught fish.”

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

19 April 2014

• Long Island’s “Resident” Striped Bass

“To be sure, striper season opens weeks before the main body of linesiders migrating up the coast from Chesapeake Bay, the Hudson River and winter holding waters in the ocean off North Carolina arrives here. That means anglers are forced to target "resident" fish -- bass that stick it out locally through the colder months.

”These first fish are often caught on sandworm or clam baits in warming North Shore harbors, or in South Shore tidal creeks on small, soft-plastic swim baits and grubs. Such has been the case so far this spring with stripers to 12 pounds reported from Little Neck Bay, Hempstead Harbor, Connetquot River, Carmans River and the Quogue Canal.”

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

• Fly Lines: Care and Feeding Essential

“A well-kept fly line will shoot farther, float better, and tangle less for seasons to come. Here are a few tips to increase both the performance and lifespan of your fly line.”

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

• O’Sullivan’s Island A Step Closer to Remediation After Connecticut Awards $200,000

“Derby is part of the Regional Brownfields Partnership. O’Sullivan’s Island has been a Brownfield site for many years. Despite its name, the strip of land is a peninsula at the confluence of the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers.

”The grant will fund an investigation that will move the city a step closer to remediation of the site and eventual reopening of the recreational area there.”

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

18 April 2014

• CTDEEP: “Connecticut Ready for Opening of Fishing Season“

“Opening Day of the Trout Fishing Season is Saturday, April 19th and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the State’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready.

”Approximately 389,000 trout have already been released this spring into 100 lakes and ponds and 194 rivers and streams throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers.

”DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort began in early March and will continue through the end of May. When the spring stockings are completed, DEEP expects to have stocked over 610,000 trout....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

• Striper Fishing Slow in Jersey

“That wasn't much of an improvement from Friday at Morgan Marina when Herman Peters ran his Prime Reel Estate to the Keyport flats for no hits before coming in to pick up John Dandrea -- who had a hot tip about some keepers being caught on worms across the bay east of Lemon Creek.

"The drift was good, but there were no hits where they couldn't have kept any bass in any case since the N.Y. season is closed until the15th.”

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

• Naugatuck River Still A Mess After Tire Warehouse Fire

“He’s spent years fishing on the Naugatuck River, but more recently he’s been taking pictures of its pollution. He’s snapped picture after picture of burnt-tire residue seeping through the water and onto the shores.”

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

17 April 2014

• “In Fishing, There's No Such Thing As A 'Sure Thing'”

“One early morning he called me and the hint of excitement was evident in his usually composed demeanor. The night before he was fishing alone on a stretch of remote beach, a long hike from civilization, where he hooked and landed over 20 fish from 15 to 35 pounds, all on his simple jig head spiced with plastic worm tails.

”He invited me to accompany him that night with the promise of us keeping four of the largest fish which I could fillet for the old timers on my fish list.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Charley Soares in HeraldNews.com

16 April 2014

• “Annual Housatonic River Cleanup Seeks Volunteers on April 26”

“The annual cleanup of the Housatonic River in Shelton, Milford and Stratford will take place Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

“Shelton-Housatonic Cleanup Meeting places are the Sunnyside boat ramp on River Road (Route 110) in Shelton and the Birdseye boat ramp in Stratford. Volunteers must sign in at one of these two locations.”

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

15 April 2014

• Milford’s Severe Repetitive Loss Properties

“Since 1979, for instance, the National Flood Insurance Program has been keeping track of…properties that have been flooded and rebuilt from two to four times…. Connecticut has the greatest number — about half — and of such properties located in Connecticut, Milford tops the list….

”The following websites, all drawing from a pool of authoritative government databases, show what’s happened to Milford’s shore during the 20th century, and estimates what will happen during the 21st.”

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

Photo source: WFSB.com

• Want to See What Your Ancestors Looked Like 375mm Years Ago?

“Dr. Shubin, 53, who helped discover the 375-million-year-old fish called Tiktaalik, hailed as a missing link between sea and land animals, will preside over Your Inner Fish, a three-part series on evolution (based on his book of the same title) that makes its debut Wednesday on PBS.”

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

Thanks to Charlie W. for the tip on this article. Charlie points out, “Egad, we’re catching our relatives!”

14 April 2014

• Getting Rid of Fly Line Twist

“Fly line twist can occur from a variety of causes, many of which are unavoidable during a typical day of fishing.

"Often times anglers are quick to assume that a particular line ‘twists up too much’ or that there is something wrong with the core type.

”Some may even get down on themselves thinking there is a casting fault to blame!”

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

13 April 2014

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 11 April 2014

"If fishing had a high holy day, in Connecticut, it would be the unmovable feast that occurs on the third Saturday in April, which, in the case of the year 2014, happens to be next Saturday, April 19."

See the complete report at this link: CTPost.com

12 April 2014

• Launching Solo

“If you’re boating alone, a simple plan will enable you to back her in, bump her off and keep her tethered long enough for a quick cleating.”

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

Photo is not related to the story.

• Connecticut Summer Flounder (Fluke) Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 18 inches

Daily creel limit: 5 fish per angler

Open Season: May 17 - September 21”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

11 April 2014

• “Why Do Fish Jump?”

“Certainly a good question but one in which there simply is no short answer, and since only God really knows what’s going on in a fish’s mind when it decides to leave the water…

…when coerced to explain, rather than just saying 'who knows?' and moving on, I’m inclined to respond with any number of not so scientific responses such as: 'They do it on a dare from other fish.'”

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

• Connecticut Scup (Porgy) Limits -2014

Minimum length: 10.5 inches

Daily creel limit: 20 fish per angler

Open Season: May 1 - December 31

Special rules apply for Party/Charter Vessels

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

• Hazing Cormorants!

“Hazing of double-crested cormorants is set to begin as early as Thursday in several areas along the Oregon coast….

”Research suggests that cormorants may eat significant numbers of juvenile salmon and steelhead that migrate to the ocean during that time.”

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

10 April 2014

• Maryland, Etc. Striped Bass Season Opens – 19 April

“During the trophy season that runs through May 15, anglers may catch one striped bass per day measuring a minimum of 28 inches in the mainstream Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Maryland/Virginia line and in Tangier and Pocomoke sounds.

”Between May 15 and Dec. 15, the rockfish size and limit changes to 18 inches or larger and anglers will be allowed to keep two rockfish, but only one may be larger than 28 inches.”

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

• Connecticut Weakfish (Sea Trout) Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 16 inches

Daily creel limit: 1 fish

Open Season: Open Year Round

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

09 April 2014

• Japan Says It Will Abide by Whaling Ruling

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that he would comply with an international court order to halt Japanese whale hunts off Antarctica.”

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

• Connecticut Winter Flounder Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 12 inches

Daily creel limit: 2 fish per angler

Open Season: Open April 1 - December 31

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

08 April 2014

• How Sharks Hunt Down Their Prey

“It turns out that blindfolding a shark or plugging its nose isn't enough to deter it from going after prey.

When a shark gets hungry, it will use all the senses it has available to hunt down something to eat, a new study reveals.”

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

• Connecticut Black Sea Bass Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 13 inches excluding tail fin filament (Tendril)

Open Season: June 21 - August 31: 3 fish per angler

Open Season: September 1 - December 31: 8 fish per angler

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

07 April 2014

• Fly Casting Into the Wind

“Casting in a heavy wind always presents fly line management issues, accuracy challenges and distance limitations for even the best casters in the world.

”I will share with you a couple of my views on how to increase your odds of your fly landing where you want it, when dealing with a heavy wind.”

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

• Connecticut Tautog (Blackfish) Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 16 inches

Open Season: April 1 - April 30: 2 fish per angler

Open Season: July 1 - August 31: 2 fish per angler

Open Season: October 10 - Dec. 6: 4 fish per angler”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

06 April 2014

• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 04 April 2014

“Here are a few tips on finding fish in colder than usual waters:

”When the water is cold, fish will tend to hang out near the bottom of channels, rivers and other estuaries. Use weighted baits, plugs and flies to reach them. If possible, use a fish finder to locate these lethargic schools.”

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

NOTE: It’s a welcome sign of spring and the fishing season to come when Charles Walsh emerges from winter hibernation and puts pen to paper [or digits to keyboard] once again. For one thing it gives one a reason, other than the obituaries, for reading the Connecticut Post.

It amazes me that a publication that can devote page after page to college basketball can’t be bothered to publish a column, or even a paragraph, on fishing throughout the winter months. After all, according to Wikipedia, “Recreational fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. In the USA, about 12 million recreational saltwater fishers generate $30 billion in economic impact and support 350,000 jobs.” [This is just saltwater fishermen!] It's said that about 80 million Americans follow college basketball...so it makes sense that space equivalent to at least 12/80 = 15% of the paper's sports section on basketball should be devoted to fishing.

But...I suspect that the Post's editors don't want to pay any attention to facts of this sort.

05 April 2014

• “New Analysis Pinpoints Change On Connecticut’s Long Island Shoreline”

“Data collected since 1880 from shoreline sites generally show most of the loss of shoreline land along Long Island Sound occurring in areas where the geology is sandy – Norwalk to Milford and Guilford to Old Lyme. Barrier beaches tend to register the greatest losses.

”The huge long-term gain in New Haven and a smaller one in Bridgeport are the result of man-made development – the filling in of waterfront areas to increase land mass.

”The short-term change, from 1983 to 2006, shows a far more pervasive loss of land.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Connecticut Mirror

• Connecticut Bluefish Limits - 2014

Minimum length: None

Daily creel limit: 10 fish per angler (including "snappers")

Open Season: Open Year Round

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

• “Aquarion Offers Free Fishing Permits For Unemployed, Active Military and Vets”

“For the sixth year in a row, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members are also included in this year’s program.”

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

04 April 2014

• Greenwich Boat Show April 12 & 13, 2014

“Early each spring, the Greenwich Boat Show is held on the Mianus River in Cos Cob, where boaters can easily test new boats on the open waters of Long Island Sound.

”The show has earned a reputation as being unique among the region’s boat shows because its location and offer of free sea-trials lets boaters try an incredible variety of new boat models.”

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

• Connecticut Striped Bass Limits - 2014

Minimum length: 28 inches

Daily creel limit: 2 fish per angler

Open Season: Open Year Round

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

03 April 2014

• DEEP 2014 Preseason Trout Stocking Underway

Opening Day of trout season is Saturday, April 19th.

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for Opening Day of the 2014 trout fishing season April 19th – despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year.

“Stocking nearly four hundred thousand fish prior to Opening Day is a monumental task in the best weather,” said Pete Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “We’ve had to postpone several days of stocking due to morning temperatures in the single digits, and a number of other scheduled stocking runs were shifted to sites with better winter access.

"However, we still plan to stock all of the usual water bodies that have historically been done for Opening Day. Hatchery staff have endured and prevailed under prolonged winter conditions unseen in Connecticut in over 50 years. It is a testament to their ‘can do’ attitude and dedication on behalf of recreational anglers.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

02 April 2014

• CT DEEP Announces 2014 Marine Recreational Fishing Measures

This is NOT an April Fool's Day Joke:

“Under authority of Section 26-25 of the Connecticut General Statutes the commissioner may, when he finds that the harvest level for a species exceeds or fails to meet the harvest level for efficient management of such species, declare a closed season or extend the open season for the sport fishing of such species. Under the authority of CGS Section 26-102 the commissioner may establish fish spawning areas and refuges on any waters. In addition, under the authority of 26-159a of the Connecticut General Statutes and Section 26-159a-22 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection is authorized to establish or adjust, by declaration, closed seasons, length limits, creel limits, trip limits and trip limit adjustment values in order to comply with interstate fishery management plans adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Regulations governing recreational fishing are amended as follows:
American eel: Minimum Size: 9 inches, Creel Limit: 25 fish;
American shad: Open Season: April 1 – June 30. Creel limit: 6 fish (in aggregate with hickory shad). American shad may only be harvested from the Connecticut River system, the southern boundary of which s a line extending between Griswold Point in Old Lyme and the outer light on the Old Saybrook breakwater. American shad fishing in all other waters is limited to catch and release only;

Atlantic menhaden: Creel Limit: 50 fish or 5 gallons, whichever is the greater amount;

Black Sea Bass: Open Season: June 21 to August 31, Creel Limit: 3 fish; Open Season: September 1 to December 31, Creel Limit: 8 fish; Minimum Size: 13 inches, excluding the tendril; except that paying passengers on vessels holding a party/charter registration may possess 8 fish per angler from June 21 to August 31, inclusive, provided the vessel is enrolled in the black sea bass data collection program and the operator reports daily black sea bass fishing activity pursuant to section 26-157b(i) of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies;

Scup (porgy): Open Season: May 1 to December 31, Minimum Size: 10.5 inches, Creel Limit: 20 fish; except that on vessels holding a party/charter registration with DEEP, the minimum size is 11 inches and from September 1 to October 31 the possession limit for paying passengers is 45 fish.

Summer Flounder (Fluke): Open Season: May 17 to September 21, inclusive, Minimum Size: 18 inches, Creel Limit: 5 fish;

Tautog: Minimum Size at all times: 16 inches. Open Season: April 1 to April 30, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: July 1 to August 31, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: October 10 to December 6, inclusive, Creel Limit: 4 fish;

Weakfish: Open Season: Year Round, Minimum Size: 16 inches, Creel Limit: 1 fish;

Winter Flounder: Open Season April 1 to December 31, Minimum Size: 12 inches, Creel Limit: 2 fish;

Enhanced Opportunity Shore Angler Program:
At 45 public shore fishing sites (visit: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing and select saltwater recreational), the minimum sizes are adjusted as follows (creel limits and open season dates remain as above):

Summer flounder: Minimum Size: 16 inches;

Scup: Minimum Size: 9 inches;

Striped Bass Bonus Fishery Program:
In addition to the creel limit specified in Section 26-159a-7 (2 fish at least 28 inches total length) one striped bass at least 22 inches but less than 28 inches total length may be possessed daily between May 1 and December 31, inclusive, provided the person in possession of such fish also has in their possession a valid 2014 Bonus Striped Bass Voucher issued by the department for such fish. To validate the voucher the angler harvesting the fish shall:

(1) complete and sign the voucher in ink immediately upon retention of a qualifying fish including recording the date of harvest, the total length of the fish harvested, the conservation ID number of the angler harvesting the fish if such angler is required to have a Connecticut fishing license;

(2) retain the completed voucher with the fish until such fish is taken to the home or other location where the fish is to be consumed.

The voucher must be mailed back to Marine Fisheries within 48 hours of harvesting a fish (the vouchers are pre-addressed and postage paid on the reverse side). Vouchers will be distributed at selected DEEP facilities, by EnCon Officers, Marine Angler Survey creel agents. Further details on this program, including when vouchers will be available, will be announced in a subsequent notice. A limited number of vouchers will be reserved for programs such as the Take a Kid Fishing, Take a Veteran Fishing, Municipal youth and urban angler programs. If you or your organization sponsor such a program and would like to receive vouchers, please contact the Marine Fisheries Division.
Refer to the 2014 Angler’s Guide for complete Marine Recreational Fishing Regulations.
For further information, contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at
deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact us at (860) 418-5910 or deep.accommodations@ct.gov if you: have a disability and need a communication aid or service; have limited proficiency in English and may need information in another language; or if you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

01 April 2014

• In Response to PETA Complaints, CT DEEP Sets Minimum Length on Bluefish

HARTFORD: Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has announced that due complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), there will be no taking of juvenile bluefish (snapper blues) from Connecticut waters for the foreseeable future.

The new minimum length is set at 12 inches (30.48 cm).

PETA's animal rights campaigns include ending fur and leather use, meat and dairy consumption, hunting, trapping, factory farming, circuses, bull fighting, and a host of other activities that treat animals badly. Recently PETA has focused on fishing.

In their complaint to the DEEP, Farrell Katz, director of PETA said in part: “…imagine the pain inflicted upon those poor little fish as hooks are driven directly into their tender mouth parts….”

A DEEP official. Tami Kahd, remarked that the bluefish fishery is the backbone of the fishing economy in Connecticut. However, in recent years, the dwindling catch has both fishery agencies and fishermen worried. "Agreeing to a state minimum length is an important step in guaranteeing the future availability of this shared natural resource as well as ensuring that snapper blues are treated ethically," Ms. Kahd said.

"I think it's probably the right thing to do," said Sal Monroe, 64, who has run a commercial fishing boat out of the Housatonic River since 1985. "It's tough, though. It’s going to cut into our income and we’ll have to find some other way to replace that.”

Read the announcement at CTDEEP

• Meanwhile, in other news...

• Going in the Water Buddy? Better Tighten Your Swim Trunks

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, as the saying goes, male skinny-dippers in West Haven, CT are being warned about a fish infamous for munching on body parts.

"Yes, you read that right.

"The Pacu, native to South America, was found by fisherman Al Bacoure in the waters off Captain Thomas Blvd, Savin Rock, according to experts at the New Haven Museum of Natural History...probably the result of rising water temperatures associated with global warming.

"Though the fish has big teeth and looks menacing, it is generally known as a friendly cousin of the piranha. The Pacu's large teeth aren't as sharp as the piranha's but are 'fully capable' of severing fingers, toes, and other anatomical features," the museum's expert, Asst. Director Ron Tsouris, Ph.D., said.

Read the full article at this link: West.Haven.News.org

• Montauk Fishermen Urge Boycott of New London Catch As Scallops War Over Fishing Rights Intensifies

Militant Montaukers are furious that New London fishermen have harvested scallops in Long Island Sound at a time when NY regulations don’t permit fishing. They have rammed New London boats, pelted them with iron bars and rocks, and attempted to snag their propellers with rope.

Montauk fishermen yesterday demanded a boycott of New London-caught scallops as the war over fishing rights intensified Now they are calling for a campaign of 'actions on land' to force Montauk shops and restaurants to stop selling scallops imported from New London. Previous protests have seen Montauk fishermen overturn trays of scallops in supermarkets and hurl fish in front of shoppers.

Fishermen from Montauk yesterday demanded action against New London trawlers and the import of their scallops.

At an angry meeting at Dave's Sushi Bar and Bait Shop,Barry Chuda, President of the Montauk Fishermen's Association said: 'We intend to campaign against organizations importing scallops caught by New London and ferried back to Montauk. These imports are undermining local industries, reducing precious shellfish stocks in Long Island Sound and endangering the livelihoods of our fishermen.'

Read the full article at this link: Montauk.News.org