31 August 2014

• Charles Walsh’s Last Fishing Column for This Year


We regret to tell you that due to budgetary cuts at the Connecticut Post, Charlie’s fishing column has been cut…for the foreseeable future.

This is a real shame. Charlie is one of the few writers covering fishing in this area…and, IMHO, he’s the best of those. We shall certainly miss his weekly musings...real-life stories about fishing as a way of life… not just fish reports from the tackle shops and headboat captains. If the fish weren’t biting, Charlie would tell us…if they were biting, he’d tell us where to fish.

Frankly, the only reason I buy the Sunday Connecticut Post is to read Charlie’s column. Now I can save $2.50 a week…for the foreseeable future.

If you’d like to let the Co-Managing Editor of the Post know how you feel about this, you can email him at: jalcott@ctpost.com.

The only good thing about losing Charlie's column is that now he'll have more time for fishing.

Here’s a snippet from, and a link to the last column:

“Inevitably, I started taking the boat out myself. One night while trolling the tiny spoons along a breakwater, my pole bent more than usual, a lot more. Line zipped off my reel.

”This was no snapper fanning its tail like a humming bird. The thing was huge....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


30 August 2014

• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“For many striper fishermen, this weekend is the finale of their season. For most bass anglers, 2014 has been very hard to understand and define. It has truly been the best of times — or the worst of times — depending on one's skills and ability to adjust to highly variable conditions.

”Some anglers plying their traditional waters have had trouble catching a single striper, while others have been catching many of the biggest bass of their lives.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Bluefish Tourney Results


“City Island weighed in the top two winning fish. Bronx man Fredric DeSarno produced his $25,000 winning 17-pounder, caught Sunday afternoon.

”That just barely edged out the 16.97-pound $10,000 No. 2 reeled in by Tarin Keith on Saturday afternoon….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: North of Boston


“This year, striper fishing has been just spectacular if you live here in the northeast.

”The mouth of the Merrimack has been hot for weeks, and now a bonus fishery has opened -- the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island. The entire six-mile long refuge has been closed for the mating season of the piping plover, and now the best beach fishing is available to you. You need a refuge permit and you're good to go for the entire season.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: From Various Spots in CT


“The table is set for the fall run in Connecticut and Rhode Island waters. Large schools of bait, from small bay anchovies to large adult menhaden, can be found throughout Long Island Sound.

”Schools of adult bluefish have thickened across the region, while snapper fishing is at its peak in our rivers and tributaries…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Southern Maine


“Bluefish have arrived. Blues ranging from 5 to 12 pounds have been reported around Richmond Island, Wells and Biddeford Pool. Bait (chunk macs) works great but remember that wire leader. For those who want to work artificials, try the orange Ranger or Gag’s Grabber lures.

”Stripers are still here with some of the better fishing upcoming as we approach fall. Beach fishing has been more productive than the estuaries and lower rivers as of late. Eels (at night), chunked macs, worms and clams are the baits of choice.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island Area


“Block Island was phenomenal this year, but things slowed a bit and now fish have moved onto Watch Hill reef, with anglers catching fish in the 20- to 30-pound range trolling umbrella rigs and snapping wire [with jigs}…

“We have small school bass in the 16-inch to 18-inch range off East Providence, and this week bluefish had the water boiling a few times….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Nantucket: Stripers In Decline


“Fifteen years ago I could drive around Great Point in September, stop the boat, pick up my binoculars and see 1,000 birds diving…

“We would drive up to those birds and there would be a mile of herring along with a mile of striped bass and bluefish. Now you go out there, you scan the horizon and it is bare….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Long Island


“It's no secret striped bass fishing has slipped somewhat in recent years.

”Although, linesiders are not officially classified as ‘overfished’ the decline in their total overall harvest since 2008 has been documented at about 19 percent.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle 2


• Fly Fishing In Salt Water: Not That Difficult


“Ordinarily I would have grabbed a spinning rod and thrown a metal lure at them, but that day was different. I had planned to try my luck at saltwater fly fishing and been presented with a golden opportunity to catch one of my favorite saltwater fish.

”I headed to the bow and stripped some line off the brand-new reel. I was so excited that my hands shook….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Photo from same source as article.


29 August 2014

• Grilled, Same-Day Striped Bass


“…along with a few family member and friends recently had a male-bonding fishing trip. He left the house at 2:30am, was on the boat in Groton, CT…by 4:30am and he was home by 1pm with fresh striped bass aka striper…already cleaned and ready for cooking....

”In a bowl stir together the minced parsley, chives and thyme, white wine, olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Place the striper fillet in a large rimmed dish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


28 August 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 08 May 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.

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


• Snapper Blues: Catching and Cooking-Part 3 of 3


“Snapper Blues offer the novice and experienced angler alike an opportunity to experience non stop, light tackle fishing action....along with the opportunity to bring home a tasty meal.

”While adult bluefish are not generally regarded as fine table fare, the juvenille bluefish don’t have the same fishy, oily taste as the adult blues. The meat is white and finely textured, and is treat lightly fried in a pan.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Snapper Blues: Catching and Cooking-Part 2 of 3


“Many people don’t like the taste of bluefish and won’t eat snappers. But because snappers are baby bluefish, they don’t have the same fishy taste as the adult blues.

”The meat is white and finely textured, and is as good as any fish you’ve ever eaten. I highly recommend giving snappers a try.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

NOTE: Part 3 will be posted later today.


• Snapper Blues: Catching and Cooking-Part 1 of 3


“Once we’d brought our catch home, I had to decide on a cooking approach. Snappers, unlike mature bluefish, have good but not overwhelming oil content and are something of a switch hitter in the pan.

”They can be simply breaded and fried like a white-fleshed fish or accented with more oil and brought into the realm of a fresh sardine.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

NOTE: Parts 2 and 3 will be posted later today.


• Blue Crabs


“As you slowly pull the line toward you, the netter stands poised, ready to strike, and as the big jimmy comes into view, a swift, smooth stroke puts the now furious crab skittering across the floor of the wooden rental boat.

”Hours later, the same crab, covered in bay spices and dunked in drawn butter, puts an exclamation point on a perfect summer day.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Bluefish: How To Catch the Big Ones


“…the best bet for big bluefish is to anchor up over a wreck.

”Bluefish actively feed at night and will swarm over a wreck for shelter and to munch on any smaller fish that live there.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


27 August 2014

• Video: Salmon Cannon Fires Fish Over Dams


“It is similar to a pneumatic tube and works when the fish swim into one end.

"The tube's soft fabric forms a seal around the salmon, creating a vacuum which propels it through the pipe at speeds of up to 22 mph.”

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• Long Island Sound Becoming More Acidic


“Long Island Sound, already choked with nitrogen, may also be becoming more acidic -- a state that could threaten marine life.

”Scientists are turning their attention to the phenomenon of ocean acidification -- and its potential impact on the hard clams, oysters and other shellfish that make the Sound their home.”

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• A Good Sandworm These Days Is Hard to Find


“If you are planning on using sand worms for bait this summer, you may want to have a backup plan.

”Many tackle shops in the Northeast have had difficulties acquiring quality ones this year.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


26 August 2014

• Maine Lobster Boat Catches Blue Lobster


“The story has a happy ending for the lobster. Meghan says she is naming it Skyler and donating it to the Maine State Aquarium, far from any dinner rolls or pats of butter.

”The aquarium says it has three other blue lobsters and an orange one.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Photo from same article


• “Fly Casting Into the Wind”


“Tips for casting into headwinds:

”Quite simply, you should aim right at your target, rather than aiming your forward cast above the water, to let the line and fly settle as the line unrolls….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


25 August 2014

• Skishing???


“The sport continued to take on new forms, which eventually led to Skishing, which according to Wikipedia is described as a variant of surf fishing that is extreme and involves donning a wetsuit and flippers and swimming into the ocean with surfcasting [rod] to catch fish.

”Skishing was invented in Montauk, N.Y., by local resident, Paul Melnyk, in 1995. He coined the term, which is a cross between “skiing “and “fishing” to describe what happens if the angler hooks a large enough fish and it tows him through the ocean like a water-skier.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


24 August 2014

• Charles Walsh's Fishing Column - 23 August 2014


“It is what the bonefish guys call skinny water, where small waves lap below the knee caps.

”The quarry is incredibly stubborn for its size. Each time you pull, it pulls back harder. For a time, it seems like it will slip away and escape to the blackness like a few others had.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Raybestos Left A Dangerous Legacy for the Housatonic River


“During Raymark’s 70-year manufacturing operation here, the company cast a wide net of contamination, which included direct dumping of lead, asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as well as many other heavy metals and byproducts from its production facility, into lagoons in Stratford that traveled directly into nearby waterways like Ferry Creek, the Housatonic River, and acres of neighboring wetlands.

”The Raymark facility was at 75 East Main Street, known by the EPA as Operable Unit 1 (OU1), where the Stratford Crossing Shopping Center now stands.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: First Article

Please visit this link to read the full article: Second Article

Photo from Stratford Star


23 August 2014

• Fishing Report: NYC Area


“After this weekend’s angling activity focusing on bluefishing, you porgy people can get back to fishing for some nice-sized specimens.

”These are scattered throughout L.I. Sound. But in and around Hempstead Harbor remains one of the most productive spots for porgy picking.

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Block Island


“Last year in August, fishing slowed right down, but not this year. There were a ton of bluefish around and they were beating out most of the bass.

”This year the bass fishing has remained consistent, which is great news for beach and boat fishermen alike.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“August fishing reports usually are about trying to find a silver lining to a hot, hazy and humid cloud. This is the time of year to share tips for overcoming the dreaded summer doldrums, when hot weather and hot water temperatures drive bass out of our inshore waters and we suffer through a slowdown.

”This season, however, is unlike any fishermen have experienced in at least a decade. Instead of the slowest fishing of the season, captains and tackle shops from Plymouth to Cape Ann are reporting the best striper fishing of the year.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Tide Change and the Striper Bite


“…second run in and Brad's reel let out a big scream as a really nice striper was stripping line against his reel's drag. It put up a good fight and when we gingerly lifted the fish into the boat, we found that his hook was just barely holding in the tough lip membrane.

”We quickly decided to give this fish a fast release as both of us agreed that this fish was a female, given the size of her belly and was probably loaded with eggs. Almost universally the larger stripers are females, which we call ‘hens.’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


22 August 2014

• Fishing Report: Rhode Island


“Sabin Point, East Providence, is still holding a lot of scup and tommy cod with an occasional striped bass and bluefish…. Scup fishing at Colt State Park is very good.
“Fishing off the Charlestown Breachway and from the beaches has been better this week….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“The month of August has turned out to be a very good month for fishing in Cape Cod Bay.
The Path, or in by the Eastham shore, is loaded with big bluefish. The best area up by the Path is in tight to the beach from 20-feet of water into the shallow areas.”

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• Fishing Report: Norwalk, CT


“Fluke fishing remains strong as the annual slowdon point has not yet arrived. Porgies and sea bass are everywhere and plentiful and are only out-shined by a big run on snapper blues this late summer season.

”Snapper fans young and old are lining up at all the local spots and using bait and artificial lures to catch these hungry little critters. The weather has been ideal as well, making this season one of the best.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

NOTE: Stay tuned; more fishing reports will be posted later today.


• Will Shaky Head Rigs Work for Striped Bass?


“The shaky head, essentially a Texas-rigged worm-and-jighead combo, is pure dynamite on bass oriented to the bottom, in deep or shallow water.

Also called a dink-head or ball-head worm rig by many, it hit the tournament circuit with great fanfare over five years ago. The predecessor may have been the so-called slider-head rig—a 4-inch worm rigged on a flat-sided jighead, with an exposed hook, made popular in the 1970s. Today’s shaky head rigs are typically 6- or 7-inch floating or relatively buoyant finesse worms matched with lightweight jigheads that have “worm keepers,” screws or spikes that allow for Texas rigging.

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

We realize this article doesn’t answer the post’s title question…but it’s an interesting concept.

NOTE: Stay tuned; more fishing reports will be posted later today.


• Fishing Report: Eastern CT


“…we are now in the summer doldrums of an already sub-par striped bass season. It has become nearly a strictly nighttime game, with a few decent reports coming from Plum Gut and locally at Long Sand Shoal.

”Big bluefish have moved into the area, and they are just in time for this weekend’s WICC tournament....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

NOTE: Stay tuned; more fishing reports will be posted later today.


21 August 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 21 August 2014


Striped Bass fishing remains fair to good. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup on the reefs at dawn and dusk has been productive.

Striper spots include the 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 has improved and is more consistent as it should be for this time of year. Larger bluefish weighing in the lower teens have been attacking bunker schools in the lower tidal rivers during dawn and dusk. 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 improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now about 4 to 6 inches in length.

Fluke fishing is fair to good but you have to put your time in to land that big doormat. Live lining snapper blues is the choice method by fluke sharpies. The usual summer flounder 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 is good to excellent on the major reefs with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish being reported!

Black Sea Bass fishing is still good on the major reefs. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass. Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Madison to Branford have been consistent all season.

Hickory Shad fishing was red hot over the weekend in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Blue Crabbing is fair to good in the tidal creeks depending on the location. The more popular spots have been “crabbed out”.

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

NOTE: Stay tuned; more fishing reports will be posted later today.


• Blue Crabbing


“I love to catch blue crabs. It is great fun. They are also delicious to eat, once you master the art of peeling open a crab to get at its sweet meat.

Several years ago, male crabs, known as jimmies, were easily found in many of the Island ponds. An afternoon of wading with a net was a sure way to harvest a limit of crabs, more than enough for a feast. Last year and the year before that, it was tough to find big crabs.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Article’s not local, but it’s still interesting.


• Bunker: Article Has Lots of Good Information


“By far the most popular method of catching bunker is by snagging. This is a relatively simple method where an angler casts a weighted treble hook and quickly retrieves it through the water using erratic jerks of the rod to snag a bunker.

”Obviously, this is the least expensive method, as it only requires the addition of some two-dollar snagging hooks to any rod or reel you already own and takes up almost no extra space on the boat.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


20 August 2014

• Hearing on ASMFC Striped Bass Management – Draft Addendum IV


“CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Draft Addendum IV to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Marine Headquarter’s Boating Education Center beginning at 7PM.

The Draft Addendum proposes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013 benchmark stock assessment, and associated management measures to reduce fishing mortality to a level at or below the proposed target within either one year or within three years. It responds to results of the 2013 Atlantic striped bass benchmark assessment indicating fishing mortality in 2012 was above the proposed target, and female spawning stock biomass (SSB) has been steadily declining below the target since 2006.

This means even though the stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring, spawning stock biomass is approaching its overfished threshold and stock projections show spawning stock biomass will likely be considered overfished in the coming years. In addition, a similar decline has been observed in total harvest. In response to these factors, the Draft Addendum proposes management options to reduce fishing mortality to the target level.

The Draft Addendum includes a suite of management options to reduce recreational and commercial harvest along the coast and in the Chesapeake Bay under three reduction timeframes. The timeframes include: (1) reducing fishing mortality to its target in one year with a 25% reduction from 2013 harvest in 2015; (2) reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 17% reduction from 2013 harvest in 2015; and (3) reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 7% sequential reduction in harvest for three consecutive years starting in 2015. Specific options to be considered include bag, size, slot and trophy size limits for the recreational fishery and quota reductions for the commercial fishery.

PUBLIC HEARING

August 26, 2014; 7 PM

CT DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center (Rear Building)

333 Ferry Rd

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Contact: David Simpson at 860.434.6043.

Directions: Exit 70 off Interstate 95, one-half mile south on Route 156, turn right onto Ferry Rd, continue to end. The Boating Education Center is the rearmost building located behind the Marine Headquarters building.

The Draft Addendum is available on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Public Input, by contacting Marine Fisheries at 860.434.6043 or the Commission at 703.842.0740.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on September 30, 2014 and should be forwarded to Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at mwaine@asmfc.org.

For more information, please contact Mike Waine, at mwaine@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.”


• Long Island Sound Lobster Catch…OMGosh!


“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.

”Rather than the 10 percent drop-off that state and federal officials expected in 2013….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: http://www.greenwichtime.com/printpromotion/article/Long-Island-Sound-lobster-catch-sets-new-all-time-5696458.php


• Ceviche: Raw Striped Bass


“I messed up,’ he said, and set aside the bloody knife.

”The problem…was immediately clear. Mick, who is 12, had removed a fillet from one side of the fish. But as he lifted the long slab clear, he could see he had not run the knife’s fine blade quite as tight to the fish’s spine as he should have, and had left behind a strip of meat by the fish’s tail.”

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• Swivels: Everything You Wanted to Know


“When choosing a snap swivel, I see two varieties on the market. One has a rounded snap that hooks back under a wire catch. The other has a straight side that angles down to the catch mechanism. The vertex of the angle is where the leader will ride.

”With the rounded snap, pressure can pull the rounded shape and will straighten the snap, usually causing the snap to fail and open. The angled snap can handle far more pressure without failing.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


19 August 2014

• We Had A Slight Problem with the Internet Domain Poobahs


Sorry that we’ve been off the Internet for more than a day. Seems that the bureaucrats that administer domains sent an email to an old, non-existant email address of ours to inquire if ConnecticutSaltWaterFishing.com was still an active URL. When they got no response, they put a hold on the domain.

Guess it would be too much trouble for them to click on ConnecticutSaltWaterFishing.com and see that it was being updated daily.

At any rate, we’re back up and running now.

Please scroll down and check for blogs that you may have missed…we’ve posted several in the time the site has been on hold.

p.s.: Thanks to the knowledgeable folk at Cybershore in Madison, CT for getting this straightened out for us.


• What We’ve Been Told About Leaving Deeply Imbedded Hooks in Fish…


…It Ain’t Necessarily So!

“For years, anglers catching gut-hooked fish have cut the line close to the hook, leaving it deeply embedded, as fishing authorites, biologists, and conservation agencies have advised. The message has been that hooks rust and fall out of the fish.

”But what is this advise based on? To our knowledge, almost no studies have followed the fate of fish with hooks in their esophagus.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


18 August 2014

• Want To Fish Cape Cod?


“With a mighty heave, Rick Smith cast a 4-ounce lure toward the middle of the Cape Cod Canal and watched the line quickly travel west with the current before he reeled the artificial bait back to the rocky bank.

“’You want to fish the bottom,” Smith said. ‘That’s where the fish are.’

”Again and again, the 61-year-old from Taunton cast out and reeled in, hoping for a bite from a striper or a bluefish. A couple years ago, he landed a 34-pound striped bass nearby. Today? Nothing….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Lobster Rolls On Long Island


“That sandwich, the New England-style classic of lobster, mayonnaise and celery folded into a toasted split bun, has long been a summer tradition on Long Island.

”At new takeout spots like the Southold Fish Market, Kerber’s Farm in Huntington and the Red Hook Lobster Pound in Montauk, lobster roll aficionados can find plenty of ways to enjoy them, including gluten-free and dairy-free versions.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Striped Bass Stock Has No Future


“Since late June, folks have been catching huge bass in big numbers. On a rough average, these fish have ranged from around 25 to 50 pounds, with many larger but very few fish under 20 pounds. [He’s talking about Block Island.]

”We’ve all been writing and reading about this part of the striper problem for years now, so there’s probably no need to beat it up again here. Suffice it to say that when you’re catching heavyweights exclusively, you’re looking at a stock with no future.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


17 August 2014

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing: Photos from Recent Trips



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

American Oystercatcher

Porgy

Bunker in Black Rock Harbor

Huge Catamaran


Cormorant: "Gimme rhree steps mister..."

Great Black-Backed Gull

"I really love these life vests"


This dude ready to fish, or what?



Sea Robin: The Rude, the Bad, and the Ugly

Terns are nick-named "liar birds" for good reason

Where's your life jacket?

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com