30 June 2014

• Connecticut Guidelines On Eating Locally Caught Fish


“The summary of advisories issued in the past by the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is updated annually and included as a reminder to anglers. These advisories apply to recreationally-caught fish from Connecticut waters. Individuals in the high risk group should be particularly careful in their fish consumption.

”Proper cleaning and cooking methods include: removing the skin, “lateral line” area, belly flaps and dark meat, and broiling or grilling. These methods can reduce PCB levels by 50%.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

Photo from YouTube.com

NOTE: The guidelines say we should eat striped bass or bluefish from Long Island Sound no more frequently than once per month. For those in a “high-risk” group, such as pregnant women, no striped bass at all and only one bluefish meal per month…and it must be a bluefish under 25” in length.


• Stop Taking Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements– Save a Bunker


“For 40 years, we've been told that a diet rich in Omega-3 fish oils and light on red meat can prevent heart disease…

”However, research by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute published Friday in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology disputes the original study's conclusions after finding the Eskimo population suffer as much coronary disease as their meat-eating American counterparts and therefore, a diet rich in Omega-3 fish oils does not prevent heart disease.”

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

NOTE: Omega Protein Corporation is the largest commercial fishing operation on Chesapeake Bay and is a major producer of omega-3 fish oil…obtained from menhaden.


29 June 2014

• How to Tie 8 Essential Saltwater Knots


“Learn these eight fishing knots and you should be set for most fishing configurations.”

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


• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column: The Joys of Boat Ownership


“Often, the first thing someone says when you tell them you have purchased a boat is this: 'What are you, nuts?'”

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

NOTE: Photo is not the boat mentioned in Charles's article, but it is a 17' Sea Nymph...allegedly capable of throwing a devastating wake. I would guess that the police-perceived potential deadliness of such wake increases in direct proportion to the likelihood that the officer drank too much the night before, has gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, or had an argument with his spouse that morning.


28 June 2014

• Grilled Striped Bass with Fresh Herbs


“Use indirect grilling method by separating coals to make a space in the center with no coals under fish (because of thickness of fish, direct grilling would overcook fish on the outside before the inside is cooked). If using gas grill, use med. heat

”Brush excess marinade off of fish and place skin side up on the grill for about 4 min….”

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


• Boston Fishing: Stripers “Inconsistent”


“The word I’ve heard fishermen use most consistently to describe the striper fishing this season is ‘inconsistent.’

”The truth is that fishing is rarely dependable, and usually the only thing you can count on is that somebody will tell you ‘you should have been here yesterday.’

” This year, however, it seems the fish have been harder to figure out.”

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


• Long Island Fishing: Stripers Gone, Fluke Here


“For the most part, the spring striped bass bite is over. There will be some stripers caught throughout the summer, but these will be fish that will be spending the summer here.

”On the positive side, the fluke fishing just keeps getting better and better. The best fish I heard about last weekend was the 8-pound, 7-ounce doormat that 12-year-old Matthew Williams caught while drifting a minnow and white Gulp bait.”

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


• Think This Guy Cares Much About the Law?


“Jose Medina, 22, was charged by DEEP Environmental Conservation Police for fishing with suspended licenses, possession of bluefish in excess of the creel limit, possession of tautog and striped bass below the legal size, and possession of an outboard motor with a defaced factory or engine number.

”…officers discovered a striped bass, scup and several bluefish contained in a cooler…. They also found that the vessel was not legally registered, his motor vehicle operator’s license was suspended and the pickup truck he was operating had an expired registration….”

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


27 June 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 26 June 2014


Black Sea Bass fishing season opened this past Saturday with some nice humpbacks exceeding 5 lbs being reported. Sea bass can be found in LIS over areas with structure including wrecks, rocky or gravelly bottom, or sand dune-like formations.

Striped Bass fishing is fair to good at the usual spots: Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the Cows off Stamford.

Live lining bunker is the way to go but fresh cut chunk baits on three way rigs or casting live or dead eels after dark have been effective on “cow” bass.

Bluefish fishing is also good at any of the major reefs or rip areas. Bluefish spots include the Race, Sluicway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, bouys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Vertical jigging with diamond jigs has been effective in deep water areas such as “The Race”.

Fluke fishing was pretty slow over this past weekend. There were a lot of skates and searobins being caught along with many “throwback” sublegal size fluke. The usual fluke spots worth trying include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Gardiners Bay and the Port Jefferson area (NY).

Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS.

Hickory Shad fishing is fair in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood tide is better in the Connecticut River.

Weakfish fishing remains ffair to good In New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point) over To Milford Point.

Blue Crabbing is good in the tidal creeks and rivers from East Lyme over to Westbrook.

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


• Fly Fishing: “Assemble A Fool-Proof Backing, Flyline, Leader, and Fly Connection System”


“ You should never lose a fish because the leader and fly line separated, or lose a fly line to a fish because the backing-to-fly line connection failed.

”Fly fishers should know how to make the proper connections in their tackle.

”Making these practical connections requires no tool other than a line clipper.”

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


26 June 2014

• Fishing Report: Thames River


“Saltwater fishing is improving steadily as the summer progresses. Fluke are being caught along the Rhode Island beaches, south side of Fishers Island and along the Connecticut coast, as well as some of the deeper waters mid-Long Island Sound off Stonington and Mystic.

”Scup are moving into the area, while stripers and bluefish have been the focus of anglers since they first appeared in the region.”

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


• Which Tide Fishes Best?


“For most gradually sloped beaches, I like to fish during the lower stages of the tide, because I can walk out onto the flats and sandbars, and cast into the troughs and holes not accessible during the higher stages of the tide.

”For most vertically sloped beaches, I like to fish during the higher stages of the tide, because bass will often cruise along the shoreline of vertically sloped beaches,sometimes incredibly close to shore, when the tide is high.”

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


25 June 2014

• You Can Own Isaac Walton’s Fishing Spot


“The birthplace of angling - complete with a 400-year-old ‘temple’ honouring the inventor of fly-fishing - has been put on the market for £450,000.

”The stone temple was built in the 17th century in honour of author Izaak Walton, and as a place to rest and take shelter on the banks of the River Dove, in Staffordshire….

”Whoever buys the idyllic fishing retreat will not only own the three mile stretch of the riverbank, the fishing rights, and the Grade II listed fishing lodge, but also 33 acres of unspoilt woodland and grassland.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DailyMail.co.UK

Note: Writer of this article makes it sound as though Isaac Walton invented fly fishing. According to Wikipedia, “Many credit the first recorded use of an artificial fly to the Roman Claudius Aelianus near the end of the 2nd century. He described the practice of Macedonian anglers on the Astraeus River…. In his book Fishing from the Earliest Times, however, William Radcliff (1921) gave the credit to Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis), born some two hundred years before Aelianus….” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly_fishing. Nevertheless, Walton’s stretch of river would be an amazing thing to own.


• Think There Are A Lot of Cormorants On the Housatonic River?


Please see the note re this photograph, below.

“Federal officials are proposing to kill half the large colony of cormorants in the Columbia River estuary because the large black seabirds eat too many young salmon and steelhead.

”The proposal is the preferred action in a draft management plan released Thursday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

”The colony of double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia consumes about 11 million juvenile salmon per year as it migrates through the river to the Pacific Ocean. The fish are listed as endangered.

”Officials say despite reductions in nesting habitat, the cormorant population has continued to thrive. It has increased from 100 breeding pairs in 1989 to about 15,000 breeding pairs today. That makes it the largest cormorant colony in western North America, representing over 40 percent of the region's cormorant population.”

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

Note: for more pictures by this photographer go to: Professional Photographer


24 June 2014

• Housatonic River: Army Engine Plant Sale Hinges on Mud Samples


“The largest remaining hurdle to be overcome before the sale of the Stratford Army Engine Plant to Point Stratford Renewal (PSR) can be completed continues to be the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the owners of the plant, the U.S. Army, agreeing on what will be required to clean up the Housatonic riverbed adjacent to the property, it was disclosed during a meeting here on Monday.

”Mud samples have been taken from the riverbed and analysis by DEEP is underway.”

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


Pop Fleyes: Bob Popovics’s Approach to Saltwater Fly Design


Pop Fleyes: Bob Popovics’s Approach to Saltwater Fly Design by Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics is the first book available on the legendary tier Popovics, who revolutionized saltwater fly tying with epoxy and silicone materials and techniques.

”This book is much more than a pattern book, however, and provides a look into Popovics’s pattern development and design, a guide to tying techniques, and detailed notes on technique. Stackpole Books (July 1, 2014).”

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


23 June 2014

• Video: Hand-Lining A Big Fish From A Kayak


“There's been an explosion of anglers paddling out in kayaks in recent years. Because of the portability and maneuverability, kayaks offer professionals and weekend warriors alike the option to fish from almost any body of water.

”Modern fishing kayaks have rod holders, waterproof gear storage and plenty of room for an angler and all of his toys. But straight out of Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea….”

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


• Choosing the Right Line; also: NYC, Maine, Melanoma, Westchester


“Braid is a solid, tightly woven line that has almost no stretch and is extremely thin for its weight-rating.

”For example, if you put 20-pound test mono on a saltwater spinning reel to get good distance when casting, you could use 50-pound braid that is thinner and would give you more line capacity on the spool of the reel and cast even further.

”The thinness sometimes translates into reaching fish you would normally be missing.”

Please visit this link to read the full article, also source of the photo: HeraldNews.com



• Catching and Cooking Fish in NYC Area



“You can fish for free off the piers in Brooklyn (with a license), or board a “party” fishing charter where you don’t need a license to fish, and rods and bait are included.

”Top chefs, like Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian show you how to turn fluke, flounder, sea bass and porgy into mouth-watering meals….”

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



• Striper Optimism in Maine



“…up until last year most of the returns were fish over 30 inches. While no one scoffs at any striper over 30, what was notable was the continued absence of smaller fish, which meant that there were no new age classes to replace the older, larger fish.

”But last year, sub-legal schoolies started to appear in the 16-18 inch range, representing a new age-class of stripers arriving in Maine.”

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



• “Sunscreen Alone 'Not Enough' To Protect Against Melanoma”



“This year, approximately 76,100 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed - the deadliest form of skin cancer. Since exposure to ultraviolet light - from the sun and tanning beds - is a major risk factor for melanoma, wearing sunscreen is top of the list as a prevention aid.

”But now, a new study published in the journal Nature suggests that sunscreen alone is not enough to protect against the disease.”

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



• Westchester Beaches Closed Due to Pollution



“The Health Department closed 10 Long Island Sound beaches in Westchester County on Saturday, June 14. Storm water from recent rains carries sewage into water near these beaches.

”Old sewers continue to be overwhelmed each time there is significant rainfall.”

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


22 June 2014

• MA Commercial Striped Bass Fishery: Boon or Bust?


“Next Monday, the commercial striped bass season opens. Many are happy for the opportunity to add thousands of dollars to their annual income. More than a few anglers lament the season entirely.

”With striped bass populations up and down the East Coast plummeting, a cry for the elimination of our commercial fishery for them is getting louder than ever. Commercial interests have mostly won out this year — but not without changes.”

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


• SE Massachusetts Fishing Report


“I guess summer has finally arrived and the saltwater fishing is really improving. There are plenty of schoolies in the Harbor and the “Race” is producing some big fish.

”Those bull bass have appeared at the Canal, as evidenced by the “whoppers” that came into the Canal Bait & Tackle Shop last week.”

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


• Boston Area Fishing Report


“For striped bass fishermen who dream of catching a “cow” — the term of endearment reserved for the biggest bass, the ones with broom tails and gaping mouths that can swallow 14-inch mackerel whole — the time is now.

”We’ve hit the sweetest spot in the striper season. Our coastal waters have warmed enough to attract the biggest bass up from the southern states where they spent the spring, but temperatures are still cool enough to keep them active and feeding heavily along the shoreline.”

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


• Cooking Black Sea Bass


“Black sea bass is a delicate, sweet-tasting saltwater fish. The firm, white flesh of this species is a favorite of many. Bass are easy to fillet, especially when chilled, and yield a thick slice of meat.

”Some fillets are thick enough to slice lengthwise or cut into nuggets for frying. Larger fish can be cut into steaks and cooked like striped bass.”

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


• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Report – 20 June 2014


“The unseasonably cold and damp spring has kept water temperatures lower than normal for longer than normal. So, if the striper bite was slow to develop and the bluefish are just now starting to show up in local waters, many, including yours truly, are willing to blame it on the off-kilter weather. (We have to have something other than ourselves to blame when we come up empty.)

”The onset of hot weather and the warmer water that accompanies it signal two things: the need for colder beer and a change in fishing tactics.

”The beer is easy. The tactics can be a bit tricky….”

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


21 June 2014

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 20 June 2014



Val S. and I caught a bunch of striped bass on Friday—and one bluefish—under wind conditions that kept us bottled up in the Housatonic River.

We never even bothered to unlimber the fly rods so all fish were caught on jig & plastic.



Apparently the fishing wasn't too hot out a Middleground, an area the the head-boats usually frequent, as this party boat steamed right up into the mouth of the Housatonic.


We watched them fish for a minute or so...they seemed mostly to be catching and throwing back sea robins and under-size fluke.


We had fairly steady fishing although one couldn't say it was fast and furious. Val did get that one bluefish to take home for dinner.


So it was schoolie stripers all morning.


The fish were all in very nice condition...sleek and healthy. Must be finding plenty of good stuff to eat.

Another great day on the water.


Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com



20 June 2014

• Bottom-Bouncing Is Fun for All


“Scup, porgies whatever your favorite nickname, have to validate as a summer family favorite fish in Long Island Sound. Anglers have been treated to several good porgy seasons in a quarrel and it looks like another good one is moulding up.

”Porgies are a tiny adequate fish for easy cleaning and good eating and vast adequate to put adult a scuffle on a normal fishing outfit.”

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


• Long Island Fishing Report


“Porgy fishing is on fire along the North Shore between Eaton's Neck and Port Jefferson while Long Island Sound fluke are hitting well out of Huntington, in Smithtown Bay, east of Port Jefferson and west of Mattituck Inlet.

”Striper action has also picked up in the Eatons Neck Triangle, and in the Race off Orient Point.”

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


• Rhode Island Area, Martha's Vineyard Report

• Rhode Island Black Sea Bass


“Black sea bass are a great catch for anglers….

”Anglers have been catching keeper-size black sea bass since early spring while fishing for tautog and summer flounder. That’s a sign that this should be a good year for them….

”Black sea bass are primarily black, but they have the ability to adjust their color to blend in with the bottom, with colors ranging from grey and brown to a deep indigo hue.

”They spend most of their time around the bottom and can be found near rocky areas, jetties and rips. Like a lot of bottom fish, they like structure.”

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


• Martha’s Vineyard: Where Are the Stripers?



“Is it just me or has the fishing for striped bass been considerably off this season. If it is just me, I am having very poor luck. Last year, by the end of May, I had caught several keepers. I have yet to catch a sizeable fish.

”But fishermen remain optimistic. The fisherman’s chant—one more cast—was not intended to be muttered by a pessimist. The prevailing theory is that a cold spring and successive east winds set us back several weeks. We will see. This time of the year is when we would typically be experiencing our best striped fishing….”

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


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 19 June 2014


Black Sea Bass fishing season opens this Saturday, June 21st. The minimum length limit is 13 inches and the daily possession limit is 3 fish per person in Connecticut waters only.

Striped Bass fishing has been best during pre-dawn hours and past dusk. There are a lot of bunker in LIS especially in the tidal rivers and harbors. Live lining bunker has been the choice bait for “cow” stripers.

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, and the Cows off Stamford.

Bluefish fishing has become more consistent with a mix bag of fish in the 3 to 9 lbs range. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS will harbor bluefish. Speed squidding diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three-way bottom rigs have all been effective.

Fluke fishing was sporadic over this past week with a lot of short “throwbacks” being reported. However, fluke “sharpies” still reported doormats up to 9 lbs! Fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson (NY).

Porgy fishing remains fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS.

Hickory Shad fishing remains fair to good in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor.

Weakfish fishing remains fair to good in New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point) over to Milford Point.

Blue Crabs are active in the tidal creeks and rivers from East Lyme over to Westbrook.

To find a saltwater shore fishing spot close to where you live, go to the following website: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/.

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


19 June 2014

• Pleasure Beach to Be Reopened


“Pleasure Beach occupies 71 acres on a peninsula shared by Bridgeport and the neighboring town of Stratford. The only way to reach the beach is by boat or hiking along a two-mile sandspit that connects Pleasure Beach to Stratford.

”Bridgeport annexed Pleasure Beach from West-Stratford in 1889. Professional baseball teams such as the Chicago Cubs played over a century ago at a baseball park at the site. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech there in 1932 when he was governor of New York.”

Note some cool, old photos in the article.

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


• “Colonial-Era Dams Trigger Parallel Evolution of Connecticut Fish”


“In its natural state, the small herring-like alewife swarms into Connecticut lakes, devours insects and all large zooplankton growing unmolested for most of the year, and then heads back out to sea, where itself becomes the main course of many of the ocean’s fishes.

”However, the alewife underwent fundamental changes when lakes were dammed in Connecticut 300 years ago. The landlocked alewife became smaller, eliminated all large zooplankton in the lakes, and underwent changes in its gill structure that enabled it to eat the smaller zooplankton that grew there.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: News.Yale.edu


18 June 2014

• Inland Fisheries Report Has Much On Anadromous Fish Restoration


“Continued involvement in the construction of the Tingue Bypass Channel on the Naugatuck River in Seymour, CT. Scheduled for completion by August 29th, 2014, this passage project will reconnect anadromous fish species to over 20 miles of upstream mainstem habitat.

”The Division is hopeful that this project represents the keystone to restoring American Shad, Alewife and Bluback Herring to the Naugatuck River in meaningful numbers.”

Full report can now be found at this link: CTDEEP


• Fly-Casting: 3 Ways to Cast Farther


“Casting a long ways is not anywhere close to the most important skill in fly fishing. We’d actually tell you that casting too far is one of the leading causes of not catching fish…

”Bombing long casts is fun, and every once in a while, you need to cast far to catch Walter. So, today we present you with…”

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


• Dealing With Poachers


“I recall one day when Pete was called out on his transgression by one of the elders who fished on the Brightman Street Bridge. He knew that Sneaky had sub-legal fish in his bag because he had seen him catch them…

”…but the poacher’s response was that the smaller specimens were just right for his frying pan and before the law-abiding fishermen could contact the warden, there wouldn’t be any evidence of his transgressions.”

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


17 June 2014

• “Eight Essential Fishing Knots”


“The best tackle, the stoutest line and the deadliest lure are only as good as the weakest knot in your rig. Choosing the right knot for a specific purpose may seem daunting, but when you narrow your options to a few proven, trustworthy knots, you can’t go too far wrong. Learn a few and learn them well and concentrate on fishing.

”The following gallery includes eight essential fishing knots and proper tying instructions that will handle just about any line, leader and lure configuration you’ll encounter. Learn these and rest assured you’ll always be well connected.”

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


• Video: Fly Fishing For Flounder and Fluke: How To, Techniques and Gear


Angler admits he doesn’t fly-fish for flounder and fluke all the time, he doesn’t catch them every time he tries, and they’re difficult to catch on flies.

Last of the honest fishermen?

He has some good ideas…worth watching.

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


16 June 2014

• Oysters: A $30 Million Industry in Long Island Sound


“Back in the 1970s, perhaps the last thing you might consider doing with an oyster from Long Island Sound was to eat it raw — or perhaps at all.

”Several decades of anti-pollution efforts in the Sound have led to oyster beds so clean that oystering has become a $30 million industry in the state….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Rep-Am.com


• The Role of Fish in Controlling Global Warming


“As for deep-dwelling fish, though, everyone’s assumed they live mainly off nutrient crumbs falling from above. Since they’re more than a kilometer below the ocean’s surface, it’s hard to tell.

+According to the new study, however, that’s not the case. A majority of deep-sea fish are cruising up to the middle layer during the day and tucking into the fish that live there….”

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

Thanks to Val S. for the tip on this article


• Lobsters Making A Comeback in Long Island Sound?


“… in 1999 more than 3.9 million lobster were harvested throughout the season. In comparison, the 2010 season recorded a catch of just over 350,000 crustaceans…

”There are a few possible theories as to what caused this alarming drop off Sigworth claims, the most viable of these being the result of pesticide spraying.”

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


15 June 2014

• Block Island Fishing Report


“...the fish are here! Sometimes all it takes is one or two days for the fish to show up and that is exactly what has happened out here.

”There aren't quite yet the numbers that we see later in the season, but there are plenty of fish to be caught all around the island.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Block-Island.VillageSoup.com

Map source: Wikipedia


• Eastern Massachusetts Fishing Report


“I went out last weekend with a few friends to fish for striped bass on old Cape Cod. We went out with Captain Dale Tripp of Chatham and headed out to Bisho'ps Light House at 5 a.m…

”By 5:30 we had our first keeper hooked up and about five minutes later another keeper hooked up. Both fish would be landed and weighed at 25 and 28 pounds each.

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


• Western Long Island Sound Fishing Report


“Last week was terrific for local anglers. Striped bass, fluke, porgies and bluefish offered plenty of excitement.

”The largest striped bass of the week…a 43-pound linesider while fishing off Sheffield Island. The fish measured 46.5-inches and was taken using a bunker head.”

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


• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 11 June 2014


“As the tide slowed and finally reversed itself, the bass moved on. The hits slowed. I made a cast toward the rocks, letting the lure sink deep before reeling.

”Then I felt a strong pull. ‘Fish,’ I said. ‘Feels big. No, wait. I think I'm just snagged on the rocks. No, wait. It's moving. It's heavy, maybe just a dead fish or a big glob of seaweed.’”

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


14 June 2014

• Long Island Area Fishing Report


“Iconic fluke fishing locations include the entirety of Smithtown Bay, Stony Brook, the Flax Pond area, Mount Misery Shoal and other points as you head farther east.

”As rafts of sand eels and spearing settle in those areas, the fluke turn on. It is commonplace to drift over acres of sand eels and catch one fluke after another.”

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


• “Video: Underwater Camera Reveals How Flounder Strike Baits”


“For one thing, the fish don't necessarily lie buried on the bottom waiting for some hapless baitfish to swim along.

”Most of the strikes Skinner got from the flounder were from fish that followed the sea-robin strips, seeming to have an internal debate about whether to strike.”

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




• NYC-Area Fishing Report


“Just because meteorologists are calling for sunshine this weekend doesn’t mean the fish will be on the bite.

”The only way to truly find out is to test the waters; and since Sunday is Father’s Day, take Pop with you.

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


• Bluefish: A Challenge On Any Tackle


“Bluefish are the hardest-fighting fish, pound for pound to be found in Long Island Sound waters…

”No matter the tackle, I've yet to catch a blue that failed to provide a challenge whatever the equipment I was using.”

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


• “10 Ways To Catch A Cow Striper On The Tube & Worm”


“Plastic scented seaworms do work when trolled on tubes. However after a lot of experimenting over the years I feel it pays to cough up the $6 per dozen for the actual, real live seaworms.

”One thing I have noticed, which happens much more frequently when trolling with fake plastic seaworms, is that big bass whack the tube, but do not get the hook. With live seaworms stripers inhale the worm and try to swallow it, resulting in a much better hookup ratio.”

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


13 June 2014

• Stripers and Bluefish


“ Late spring along the Jersey coast is not a good time to be a bunker. As the oily baitfish school by the millions, the law of the land erupts, with predatory striped bass and bluefish knocking the snot out of them on their migratory push northward.

”A double-barreled blast of bass and bluefish means smiles for the angler. And though trolling proves effective this time of year, there’s infinitely more fun in getting in the game with a trifecta of jigging, popping and live-lining. Prepare for slammer blues of 10 to 18 pounds and stripers that push the 50-pound mark.”

Note: Article’s about New Jersey, but ideas presented apply to Long Island Sound as well.

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


• Thames River Area Fishing Report


“…the bass were just beginning to show off the reefs between Rhode Island and Fishers Island.

”The Thames River, a historically important winter striper fishing destination, has been notably devoid of overwintering stripers for the past couple of years. Generally the number of school stripers in wintering areas, such as the Thames, is a reflection of the overall population, which is not what it was a decade or less ago.”

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


• Rhode Island Area Fishing Report


“This week I mixed it up and started trolling with tube and worm for striped bass. The results were good Sunday as the bass did not seem interested in the chunked menhaden, but they jumped at the chance to nail a red rubber tube with a fresh clam worm on the end of it.

”Anglers often use lead line when trolling with tube and worm in less than 25 feet of water. Wire line is used when water is over 25 or 30 feet, places such as Brenton Reef, Newport, or off Block Island. I often weight the lead line or tube to get it down to the bottom where the big bass are.”

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


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 12 June 2014


• Striped Bass fishing has improved on the reefs for anglers fishing pre-dawn hours and past dusk. Live lining eels, bunker or scup have yielded some “cow” bass over the past week. Remember to use non-offset circle hooks to reduce “gut hooking” when using live or cut chunk baits.

The usual striper areas include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• Bluefish fishing is good with fish in the 3 to 5 lb range being common. Bluefish are throughout LIS. The more consistent spots include the Race, Plum Gut, Sluiceway, and the major reefs mid sound such as Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground and Cable and Anchor Reef in western LIS. Fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three way bottom rigs have been effective.

• Fluke fishing has also improved especially in eastern LIS and the south side of Fishers Island. Fluke in the 5 to 7 lbs range have been reported. The usual fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Watch Hill to Napatree Point, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Gardiners Bay over to Greenport (NY), Twotree Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson (NY).

• Porgy fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS and should improve as the season progresses.

• Hickory Shad fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood tide is your best bet.

• Weakfish fishing remains fair to good in New Haven Harbor over to Milford Point.

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


12 June 2014

• “Great White Shark Disappearance Ignites Search for New Super Predator”


“The deep sea…remains mostly unexplored.

”With all that mystery, it shouldn't be a surprise that sometimes scary and unpleasant questions present themselves, like, "What could have possibly eaten a 9-foot great white shark?"”

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


• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 11 June 2014



Charlie W. and I stood around on the dock trying to decide whether or not to go out on the water. The wind was whipping at 15 kts., the skies were dirty gray and threatening rain, and there were forecasts of thunder storms.

So we got in the boat and went fishing.

We knew we’d have to stay in the Housatonic River to avoid getting beaten up by the rollers coming in from the east, but it was high tide, so there’d be several places to look for fish.

First two spots bombed. Not a touch.



Third spot we had some hard whacks that didn’t hook up, about three of them as I recall. Then Charlie got a striper on the jig. Not a keeper, but fun on light tackle.


We went on to catch a dozen fish…one of which had a nasty-looking bite on its shoulder.

Charlie out-caught me nine to three using his new super plastic lure with a flashy paddle tail). He gave me one to try, but by then the tide had peaked and started to run out…the fish disappeared.



Things ran steadily down-hill: I caught a sea robin and hooked an under-sized fluke, and Charlie snagged a mating pair of horseshoe crabs. Not exactly what we were looking for.


The wind grew gustier and the clouds grew more threatening, so we decided discretion was the better part and headed back to the dock.

But for a trip that almost didn’t happen, it turned out pretty well.

Another great day on the water.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com