31 July 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 31 July 2014


Striped Bass fishing has improved on the local reefs and rip areas with fish measuring (length in inches) in the high 40’s being reported. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup is a good way to score on “cow” stripers. Also, don’t overlook fishing the rivers at night. Large stripers have been ascending the tidal rivers to feast on bunker.

Striper spots include the usual spots: Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches.

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

Bluefish fishing is still not consistent for this time of year but is slowly getting there. There is a mixed bag of sizes with most fish ranging from 4 lbs to the lower teens. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snapper fishing has picked up with fish measuring about 3-5 inches in length. Any of the tidal creeks and rivers during the flood tide will do.

Fluke fishing is fair to good especially in deeper (50+ ft) water. Flukin’ spots 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 over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Porgy fishing continues to improve on the local reefs.

Black Sea Bass fishing is also good on the major reefs and wrecks. The reefs from Madison over to Branford reefs have been consistent fishing areas.

Hickory Shad fishing remains good in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Blue Crabbing continues to improve in the tidal creeks as the season progresses.

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• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 30 July 2014


















Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• “Forget the Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets”


“Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.

”Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness.

"This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets—and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.”

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• “Vulnerability of Sharks As Collateral Damage In Commercial Fishing…”


“A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable.

”The study…provides new information to consider for future conservation measures for sharks in the Northwest Atlantic.

”The unintentional capture of a fish species when targeting another species, known as bycatch, is one of the largest threats facing many marine fish populations.”

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30 July 2014

• One Fisherman’s Story


“He made a few casts and wasn’t there long when he felt the old familiar tug. He instinctively pulled back hard. In no time, a huge striper was flapping in the shallow water at his feet.

“’I didn’t have a chance to weigh her, because I was afraid she was going to die if I didn’t get the hooks out and get her back in the water,’ he said. ‘But she had to be 45 pounds. She was a beauty…’”

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• Can Drones Be Used to Catch Poachers?


“An estimated 20 percent of all fish hauled in around the globe are caught illegally, through a combination of fishing in restricted areas, subverting quotas and seasonal limits, and using banned gear.

”The fish are shipped around the world and sold to existing markets, where most buyers have no idea that the food they are purchasing is stolen goods.”

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29 July 2014

• “Finding Your Boat’s Proper Trim”


“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.

”The angle at which your bow meets the water and waves has a direct correlation to how efficiently you operate your vessel. In many situations, improper trim can be a safety concern as well.”

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• “Atlantic Salmon Show Capacity To Adapt To Warmer Waters”


“Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures resulting from climate change, according to scientists at UBC and the University of Oslo. The finding adds to recent UBC-supported research on heat tolerance of Pacific salmon.

”The new study, a collaboration between Norwegian and Canadian researchers, was recently published in Nature Communications. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council, it addressed questions around how climate change might affect salmon species distribution and abundance.”

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28 July 2014

• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“The action did not slack off for bluefish as we hit them at every turn. The entire area of Chatham to Monomoy is bluefish, so if it's blues you are chasing here they are.

”I caught a small one at six pounds but Zac nailed a beauty at 14 pounds, a giant. All of our pogies were slaughtered by the aggressive blues.

”We saw blues on the surface hitting everything we threw at them.”

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• “Why Don’t We Eat Our Own Fish?”


“Most of the fish Americans eat is imported—about 90 percent. At the same time, the U.S. is exporting about one-third of its catch.

”So why aren’t we eating what we catch?

“…It boils down a lot to price…American do not like to pay a lot for their food in general, and their seafood in particular….Thus…we tend to import inexpensive products like shrimp and tilapia while exporting pricier ones such as salmon and black cod.”

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• Keeping Your Fishing Tackle Simple


“Imagine for a moment, if you will, the dismay wrought on a poor soul who decides to get involved in the art of saltwater sport fishing and steps into one of the super tackle shops and confronts the amazing number of equipment options displayed.

”Overwhelming as they face an endless array of rods, reels, lines, rigs, lures and gadgets all bubble wrapped and available in every shape, color and texture imaginable.”

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27 July 2014

• Fishing Report: Block Island


“The big bass haven't left and are getting hammered by the large number of boats on the usual spots….

”Unfortunately most of the big girls aren't getting released...limiting out on 40+lbers still appears to be the trend on most of the boats we've seen.

”Smaller fish, the under 20lbers are in tighter around the Island offering great fun on the fly or light tackle”

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• Fishing Report: Stamford…Norwalk Area


“We're starting to see larger bluefish in [Western] Long Island Sound.

”The largest chopper reported last week was a 15-pounder caught in Stamford waters….along with five other bluefish…using bunker chunks for bait.

”A 14-pound chopper was caught…around the Norwalk Islands…caught a total of 12 choppers using a surface popper.”

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• Idiots!!!


“Police on Long Island have rescued three fishermen after their 12-foot inflatable boat drifted for three hours…

”The boat had no motor and was stocked with just two oars and one life preserver.”

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• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 25 July 2014


“It did not take a lot of research to discover that not only are the numbers of American shad numbers NOT in decline, they are very much on the rebound.

”It turns out that shad numbers hit their low point in 1967 mostly due to overfishing. That year, a mere 16,000 shad passed through the fish-counting station in the Holyoke Dam on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts….”

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26 July 2014

• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“The weird water [temperature] has been frustrating fishermen and fishing forecasters who can’t figure out what the next weekend’s fishing will bring.

”The upside, though, is that at a time when we’d typically be talking about summer doldrums and the warm-water fishing slowdown, we could instead see some of the best fishing of the season.

”That’s only a possibility, though, not a prediction.”

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• Connecticut Reports Positive Mosquitoes for West Nile Virus


“The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in East Haven on July 16, 2014 have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

”These results represent the first positive mosquitoes identified in the state by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.

”Connecticut residents are reminded to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.”

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• Milford’s History with Bunkers


Two quick tales about the menhaden and Milford, CT

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• Fly Fishing: “Casting Weighted Flies”


“Casting weighted flies certainly brings challenges. An angler might struggle just to get the fly and line out of the water…then, once the fly is airborne, our favorite rod and our favorite skull are at risk from these sharpened anvils…

”But flies weighted with dumbbell eyes, wire or even wool give us more chances to catch fish….”

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25 July 2014

• Fishing Report: Rhode Island


“Striped bass fishing continues to slow in Narragansett Bay but is strong on Block Island and off Newport…catching them at night and day using eels.

“Small bass in the 16-inch to 22-inch range are being taken from shore in the Providence River. However, [fishermen] are still catching their limit using chunks of menhaden at Nayatt Point and in the Barrington Beach area.”

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• Fishing Report: Long Island


“With summer in midseason right now and hot, humid conditions the rule rather than the exception, some local anglers might fear the dreaded summer doldrums are fast approaching.

”That wouldn't match up with catches in recent days, as fluke, porgies, black sea bass and even stripers continue to please on the inshore scene.”

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• Fishing Report: Martha’s Vineyard


“Bluefish are hit or miss on Chappy. Lobsterville, a favorite of striper fishermen, is slow but there are fish in Menemsha channel, he said.

”… some reports of bonito. The tasty mini-tuna have been caught at the hooter off Wasque, off Gay Head, and off Menemsha by a kayaker. What these multiple sightings portend for the months ahead is unclear. It could be a brief foray or a sign that bonito are about to take up residence around the Island.”

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24 July 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 24 July 2014


Striped Bass fishing is in the summer doldrums. This means fishing from sundown to sunrise is the best time to fish for “cow” stripers. Bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools are in the major tidal rivers and harbors with stripers following close behind. Look for hovering or diving ospreys which is dead giveaway for locating bunker schools.

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, and the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor,

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

Bluefish fishing is about the same – fair to good. Again, look for schools of bait and the blues won’t be far behind. Bluefish locations include the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snapper fishing is picking up in the tidal creeks and rivers.

Fluke fishing is fair. Deeper (50+ feet) water is your better bet for keeper size fish. Fluke spots 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 over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Porgy fishing gets better by the day and BLACK SEA BASS fishing is good on the major reefs and wrecks throughout LIS. Try the Fort Trumbull State Park fishing pier for some great shore fishing action!

Hickory Shad fishing remains good in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River especially by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.

Blue Crabbing has vastly improved in the tidal creeks and rivers!

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

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• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 14 July 2014


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Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


23 July 2014

• Cape Cod Cobia


“This week there was plenty of excitement among fishermen at the news, and picture (above), of Captain Nat Chalkley landing a sizable cobia while chunking for stripers off the Elizabeth Islands.

”Cobia are found mostly in southern waters; the NOAA website lists their range as ‘from Texas to Virginia.’”

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• “As the Summer Passes, Fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish Takes On A…‘Bunker Mentality.’"


“For many years now, the method of choice come summertime and big fish, has been bunker baits. Menhaden, more commonly referred to as bunker among anglers, have earned that top-shelf designation. State and world record stripers were credited to bunker baits….

”Bunker baits have outlasted mackerel which haven't been around in any numbers in decades, and have surpassed live eels in popularity, at least here in western Long Island Sound.”

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22 July 2014

• Lobster Catch in Long Island Sound: Down 54%


“When environmental officials shut Long Island Sound to commercial lobstermen late last year, they expected another dismal year in the fishery's ongoing collapse.

”They didn't anticipate the total catch would be quite so bad.”

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• Where Are the Striped Bass and Bluefish?


“It has been a lean season for…many…Connecticut anglers. Every year, thousands of them eagerly await the return of migratory bluefish and striped bass in the late spring and early summer.

”This summer, many are going home disappointed.”

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21 July 2014

• Fishing Report: NYC & Western Sound


“Tuesday's opening of black sea bass season on Long Island was expected to be a good one and the tasty, knob-headed prowlers of wrecks and rocky bottom did not disappoint.

”From the West End on out to Montauk, along both the South and North shores, the bite proved solid.”

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• Taunton River, Mount Hope Bay


“Those waters have improved considerably since the days when we dug clams and spent the next hour scrubbing the oil from their shells or couldn’t swim in numerous areas because of sewage overflow or oil slicks.

”Through the concerted efforts of many people and organizations, the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay and the rivers that feed into it have been revitalized, and in many areas where I believed we would never be able to harvest shellfish again we now have a thriving recreational and commercial fishery in the Coles and Lees Rivers.”

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• Stratford Police…Are An Active Part of the Nation’s Anti-Terrorism Effort


“Being out on the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound with Stratford Police on July 11 revealed an uncommon perspective on the town and its water patrol duties—local police are an active part of the nation’s anti-terrorism effort.

”Stratford PD’s Marine 1 custom-designed law enforcement vessel is large at 36 feet and strong with twin 300-horsepower engines. It travels fast, up to almost 50 mph, and smoothly. The officer at the helm…was quick to point out that the hefty cost of the boat, $340,000 when delivered in 2010, was paid for by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”

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20 July 2014

• Video: Massive School of Baitfish Appears As Oilslick


“From a distance, the ocean…appeared to be the site of a catastrophic oil spill on Tuesday. Initially, [he] thought it was a red tide.

”But it was neither.

”Making a long, dark cloud in the shallow water…was a massive school of Northern anchovies the likes of which has not been seen hugging the coast in more than 30 years.”

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• Charles Walsh’s Fishing Column – 18 July 2014


“Neither of us had the slightest idea where there was a porgy hot spot (or lukewarm spot for that matter).

”What we did was to shut off the motor when we felt faint psychic porgy vibes emanating from the waves, at which point we dropped the anchor.”

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18 July 2014

• Bluefish: Via the Party Boat


“This season, I looked on with mounting interest as the Internet ignited with reports of bluefish action.

”After a few days of compulsively checking [an] often reliable website…I found that the fish stories had reached enough critical mass to carry a ring of truth. (First unbreakable rule of fishing: Never believe just one report.)”

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• Cape Cod and the Islands


“Harbor blues showing up now, the smaller ones, kind of halfway between the full adults and the snappers that will be arriving soon. Warm, cozy harbors are a good place to look for these fun, aggressive fish. Grill aficionados say that if you eat blues, these smaller harbor blues—some say cocktail blues—are the best because at that size their diet hasn't switched to oily baitfish, which in turn make the blue's flesh oily and ‘gamier.’

”Scup and schoolies in the rivers….”

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• Rhode Island, etc….


“Thirty- and 40-pound striped bass are being caught at night with eels from the Charlestown Breachway, along with large bluefish….

“Scup fishing has been great all over, with 12- and 14-inch fish being caught….”

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• Zebra Mussels In the Housatonic River


“An increasing number of damaging aquatic species are invading state waters, according to a recent alert from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

”Zebra mussels are among the more aggressive transgressors and they pack a negative economic wallop: billions of dollars….”

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17 July 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 17 July 2014


Striped Bass fishing has basically come down to the night shift. Live lining bunker, eels, or scup has been effective on “cow” bass.

The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of 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 improved on the local scene. Most bluefish being caught are about 4 to 9 lbs. Bluefish fishing spots include the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Snappers are in the tidal creeks and are about 3 to 4 inches in length.

Fluke fishing is fair. 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 over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing is fair to good on the major reefs throughout LIS.

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

Blue Crabbing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers.

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