30 September 2014

• CTDEEP Begins Fall Atlantic Salmon Stockings


“Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that its 2014 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon have begun. DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division last week released 500 salmon into the Naugatuck River (150 fish), Mount Tom Pond (100 fish), Crystal Lake (Ellington – 125 fish) and Beach Pond (125 fish)….

”The group of Atlantic salmon released last week range in weight from 2-5 pounds each. In early October, approximately 500 additional fish in the same size range and more than 50 larger fish in the 3 to 14 pound range will be available for stocking. Following spawning later this fall, DEEP expects another150 salmon from the Kensington Hatchery will be available for stocking in November. These fish will also range in weight from 3 to 14 pounds each.

”Anglers are advised that the current dry weather conditions have caused changes to the salmon stocking schedule. Typically two rivers, the Naugatuck River and the Shetucket River, are stocked with broodstock Atlantic salmon, but DEEP did not stock the Shetucket River with salmon this week, instead stocking Beach Pond....”

"In the Naugatuck and Housatonic Rivers angling for Atlantic salmon is restricted to catch-and-release only from September 1 through November 30. From December 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015, the daily creel limit for Atlantic salmon will be one. During the open season in the rivers, the legal method for taking Atlantic salmon is limited to angling using a single fly, or an artificial lure with a single free swinging hook and no additional weight can be added to the line above the fly or lure...."

See the full report at: LinkToDeep


• Fly Fishing: What to Do When the Wind's On Your Casting Arm?


• The Back-Cast

“Being able to present the fly quickly and effectively on the back cast is one of the most important casts to know on the flats. Presenting the fly well on your back cast enables you to cast safely when the wind is on your right shoulder (or left shoulder for you leftys), as well as cast to fish on either side without repositioning the boat.

”Don’t take our word for it however, let saltwater guru, Bruce Chard, convince you in video form, here….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• An Alternative To the Back-Cast

“A good fly fisherman understands that time, effort and practice cultivate technique and successful execution.

”Among those techniques is the dreaded 'wrong side' cast. Adding this to your arsenal will greatly improve the outcome of each day on the water.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


29 September 2014

• Striped Bass Need Your Help Now!


Please take 30 seconds to send an email now:

“If the clock has not yet struck 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, and you don’t want fishery managers to further delay meaningful striped bass conservation, I urge you to immediately fire off an email to Mike Waine, Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Coordinator":

Click on this link to send the email: Email Here. In the body of the email include your name and town, state.

”It’s the last chance to submit your comments in support of striped bass conservation. Simply share why you care about striped bass conservation and let the Striped Bass Management Board know that you support the most conservative option on the table: an immediate 25% reduction in striped bass harvest in 2015.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


28 September 2014

• Recipe: Seared Striped Bass - Video


“Season fish with kosher salt and white pepper. Heat a saute pan to smoking point. Add a small amount of vegetable oil.

”Sear filet skin side down until nicely browned. Turn and brown flesh side. Place in a 400 degree oven to reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees.”

Please visit this link to see the video: LinkToVideo


• Long Island Sound’s Crucial Tern Habitat


“Great Gull Island is home to one of the most important nesting habitats for Roseate and Common terns in the world.

”The estimated 1,300 pairs of Roseate terns that summer on the 17-acre island at the eastern end of Long Island Sound represent the largest nesting concentration in the Western Hemisphere, and the 9,500 pairs of Common terns are the largest concentration of this species in the world.”

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27 September 2014

• 500-Pound Sea Turtle in Clinton


“A large leatherback sea turtle washed ashore near a private residence in Clinton on Saturday.

”Police said the dead reptile was found near Shore Road. It weigh[ed] approximately 500-600 pounds.”

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• Fly Fishing: Using Live Chum Offshore


“In good current, it’s common to see fish blast baits or skyrocket 300 yards off the transom, and just as common to watch those fish close the gap quickly as they feed their way up the trail.

”That’s actually a good scenario because it allows the anglers to prepare for the frenzy ahead. Once the fish show on the transom, a handful of chum and a minimal cast will have your reel begging for mercy.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


26 September 2014

• Two Fishing Reports


• Various Areas in Connecticut


“A few more striped bass seem to have entered the mix this week, which, along with plenty of gator bluefish, have given surfcasters and bait dunkers a reason to be on the water this week....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Albie Fever


“Albie fever has taken over Fishing CT! Anglers have been setting out for a chance to hook into some of these quick and powerful fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 25 September 2014


Striped Bass fishing remains fair to good and Bluefish fishing is good to excellent! Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or using fresh cut bunker on three way rigs have been the ticket.

The Race and Plum Gut have been very consistent in eastern LIS. Also, casting a live eel in the lower Connecticut River before dawn has produced stripers measuring in the upper 40 inch range. Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, 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.

Snapper Bluefish fishing is still good to excellent in the tidal rivers and coves.

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

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing remains good to excellent on any of the major reefs in LIS. Fishing in deeper water (80+ feet) over gnarly bottom is your best bet for bigger black sea bass.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito have been reported cruising from Watch Hill to Pine Island (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, and from Bartlett Reef to Black Point. Early morning dawn patrol is the best time to fish for these speedsters!

Blue Crabbing is waning down [ed.: as compared to waning up?] but there is still some time left to catch large late season “jimmies” in the local tidal creeks.

Fluke fishing season is closed.

Blackfish fishing season reopens 10 October.
Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


25 September 2014

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 24 September 2014



Winds had us hiding in the few places where we wouldn't be blown out to sea. Fortunately, there were striped bass there. We tallied a total of 28 schoolies on both swimbait/jig combinations and flies...had doubles going several times.



Dragger wallowing in the trough at the mouth of the Housatonic River.



Click on any photo to enlarge.



Whitecaps at the mouth of the River.









I tallied a striper on a large bunker-pattern fly that Capt. Chris Elser gave me. Charlie had luck with a smaller all-white clouser.



One man's curse is often another man's joy.



Anyone know what these birds are? They're in the sandpiper family, possibly dowitchers?



Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• Guide Talks About Stealing Fishing Spots…and the Importance of Bait


“They [a nice couple from Ohio] had purchased a chart of the area and marked our routes as well as the spots we fished and were scurrilously taking written notes on everything we did. I was caught up in their enthusiasm and suspected no ulterior motive. Duh!”

Then another day, fishing with other anglers:

”…as we checked some spots early that morning we also discovered something else — our nice couple from Ohio were fishing right on my spots in a rental boat. Unabashed, there they were waving at us.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


24 September 2014

• The Link Between Fishing and Piracy


“Local fishermen who have plied their trade for generations in Latin America, Africa, Asia and even Northern Europe increasingly find their livelihood threatened by commercial fishing operations whose scale and more advanced vessels are just too much to compete against.

”Though it's impossible to quantify how many pirates were once fishermen, experts agree that many small fishermen have turned to stealing from big merchant ships as their fisheries have been wiped out….”

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• Good Article on Blackfish Fishing


“What’s not to love about a fish that will sorely test you and your gear? It grows to impressive size, is often a challenge to hook, and is a treat at the dinner table.

”Come October, tautog should be on your schedule!”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Note: Open Season: Oct 10-Dec 6; 4 fish per angler; minimum length: 16 inches


23 September 2014

• Striped Bass Need Your Help Now!


Please take 30 seconds to send an email now:

“If the clock has not yet struck 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, and you don’t want fishery managers to further delay meaningful striped bass conservation, I urge you to immediately fire off an email to Mike Waine, Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Coordinator":

Click on this link to send the email: Email Here. In the body of the email include your name and town, state.

”It’s the last chance to submit your comments in support of striped bass conservation. Simply share why you care about striped bass conservation and let the Striped Bass Management Board know that you support the most conservative option on the table: an immediate 25% reduction in striped bass harvest in 2015.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Men Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail for Cheating In Bass-Fishing Tournament


“Two Marshall County men were convicted Monday of cheating in a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville in April….

”…competitors became suspicious after the men won six tournaments in a row.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Note: It's not about Connecticut and it's not about salt-water fishing, but some news items are just irresistible.


22 September 2014

• CTDEEP Lifts Bridgeport Fishing Restriction


“Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has lifted an advisory concerning fishing in Bridgeport Harbor and nearby Yellow Mill Creek. The advisory was put in place Sept. 13, following a fire in the 2100 block of Seaview Avenue.

”The advisory was listed after a comprehensive analysis of testing data on samples of water that flowed off of the site from efforts to fight the blaze. This analysis showed there is no public safety risk associated with the handling and consuming of fish taken from these waters.

”The closure of shellfish beds in the area, which was ordered by the Department of Agriculture, remains in place.”

Source: LinkToCTDEEP


• At Plano, Customer Care Really Means Something


You probably know the name “Plano.” I immediately connect that name with the myriad of plastic lure and tackle boxes I have on the boat and in the barn at home.

But Plano Synergy is into a heck of a lot more than storage boxes.

I recently purchased a collapsible landing net for the boat made by a company called “Frabill.” Nice piece of work; folds up easily into something the size of a rain umbrella; opens up into a 22 X 20” net that can handle fish up to a pretty good size; nice netting that doesn’t scrub all the scales off the fish you want to release.

Well, the darned thing broke…after having had it only 5 weeks.

I tried to return it to Amazon.com but they said it was too late…had only 4 weeks to send it back to them, so I had to go after the manufacturer. Low and behold, it turns out that Frabill is a Plano Synergy company…so I was directed to the latter to seek recompense.

Plano told me to send a photo of the net, a photo of where it broke, and a copy of the sales receipt…all easy to do using the cell phone camera. I sent it to them at 4:27 p.m. figuring “well, maybe I’ll hear back from them in a few days…or a week.”

At 5:04 p.m. I get an email from Plano: “Skip, We are sending replacement free of charge….”

You can’t beat that for customer service. A lot of companies could learn something from Plano Synergy.


• Fly Fishing: Crab Flies


“I enjoy building flies with simple, available, inexpensive stuff. I’ll bet you can go out in your garage and find a hot glue gun, some old heavy mono, a Bic lighter or fat emergency candle and that’s a good start towards making up a batch of mother of glue flies, MOG flies.

”I found cheap spinnerbait rubber skirt material at Bass Pro that works the same as the fly shop rubber legs for about half the price.

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

That's a real crab in this photo...see the article for a photo of a crab fly


21 September 2014

• Striped Bass As Art


“Last year, when Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby chairman John Custer was contacted by a local artist who wanted to donate prints for the tournament awards ceremony he didn’t think much of it….

”The artist was Abe Pieciak, a local fisherman and chef whose watercolor painting of a striped bass, the outline of which was filled in with colorful lures, quickly created a buzz.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fly Fishing: Fly Line Basics


“…beginners fishing in the shallow waters of marshes should use a weight-forward floating line, which as the name suggests has more weight toward the end of the line nearest the fly.

”When fishing in marsh waters deeper than 3 to 5 feet, a sinking-tip fly line might be useful. Fishermen targeting offshore big game species typically use sinking line.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


20 September 2014

• Fishing Report: Snappers At Norwalk


“While striped bass and mature bluefish remain species targeted by most East Coast anglers, the sudden drop in temperatures offers fisherman the chance to expand their catch.

”Juvenile bluefish, often referred to as snappers or cocktail* blues, first appear toward the end of the summer and are currently entering their most active time of year. From early September through late October, these miniature fighters can be found schooling in the rivers and coves off of Norwalk.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

*Note: We normally think of cocktail blues as being a step up in size from snappers.


• Fishing Report: Fat Alberts Rock Montauk


“Can you feel a little bit of fall in the air these days? Certainly the fish can. From Montauk to Freeport and throughout Long Island Sound, action with everything from porgies and fluke to stripers and false albacore seemed to ratchet up a notch or two over the past week.

”Nowhere was that more evident than at Montauk Point, where false albacore flooded the inshore scene and went on a binge of epic proportions….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Boston Area


“As we near the tail end of a striper-fishing season that, by most accounts, was slower than what we’ve enjoyed in years past, it would appear that fishermen’s hopes for a September salvation have been answered. From the North Shore to the South Shore, fishing action has picked up in a big way.

”The catalyst for the fall-run fun is a proliferation of small bait fish and schoolie-sized stripers. The bait fish are mostly juvenile menhadens….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• 10 Striper Tips from Saltwater Sportsman


“There are two tactics for stripers when fishing on the jetties: live baits and plugs. Adult bunker, herring or eels, will inevitably evoke a strike and usually draw out the larger fish.

”However, if the fish on the jetties are in the 10- to 15-pound range, they may not be able to handle these large baits. In this case, plugs or soft-baits come into play.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


19 September 2014

• Fishing Reports


• Fishing Report: Various Connecticut Locations

“Albie fever has struck the northeast!

”Widespread reports of excellent catches has got just about every New England saltwater angler running around feverishly in search of these speedsters.”

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• Fishing Report: Connecticut River, etc.

“I have next to nothing to report for bass other than some schoolies and some decent sized fish from the mouth of the CT and Shetucket rivers at night.

”A few of our kayak guys did pick up some larger fish but they worked long and hard for them and aren’t talking much.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Bucktail Jigs


“Is the bucktail jig the most versatile and effective lure ever invented? Many experienced saltwater fishermen would say so.

”A bucktail can be fished in a number of ways in varying conditions, from shore as well as from boat. It can imitate a number of prey items, including baitfish, squid and shrimp. And, it will catch a wide variety of fish.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


18 September 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 18 September 2014


Striped Bass fishing is fair to good and Bluefish fishing is excellent!

Fishing 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 (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), 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.

Snapper Bluefish fishing is still going “gang busters” and is about at peak!

Hickory Shad fishing remains good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing is good to excellent on any of the major reefs in LIS.

Fluke fishing is waning down as fish migrate out into deeper water.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito are off Watch Hill, south side of Fishers Island, the Race, and around the Pine Island-Bluff Point area, Bartlett Reef, and off Black Point in eastern LIS. Early morning and evening are best times for some inshore tuna top water action!

Blue Crabbing is fair to good in the tidal creeks. Crabbing in deeper channels may be your better bet.

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


• Fishing Report: Thames River Area


“Bluefish, scientific name, Pomatomus saltatrix, spawn offshore to our south during the spring and move into the Northeast during midsummer and fall to feed.

”As a result of their breeding habits, most young bluefish hatch in the open ocean and head toward the coast. They arrive sometime during August or September and range in length from 3 to 5 inches.

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island Area


“Reports of false albacore have been coming in all along the coastal shore, from Westerly to the Sakonnet River in Massachusetts. They are here in what seems to be larger numbers than in recent years (at least more false albacore).

”Hot spots reported include Point Judith Light, the West Wall at the Harbor of Refuge and the Westerly area.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Nantucket Sleighride: Kayak and Striper


“I had a terrific time during my first ever Hobie kayak fishing experience earlier this month. I caught a big bluefish and small striped bass during that inaugural trip.

”Since then I’ve been chomping at the bit to hook into a big striper from the Hobie yak. Luckily for me that is exactly what happened during this Cape Cod kayak fishing expedition!”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


17 September 2014

• Some Good News About the Environment?


• “Pesticide Levels in Waterways Have Dropped, Reducing the Risks to Humans “

“Regulation has helped clean up agricultural and mixed-use waterways, but the ubiquity of some chemicals in household products has increased the threat to aquatic life in urban streams.”

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• “Scientists Say the Ozone Layer Is Slowly Recovering “

“ You can call it a comeback: The ozone layer is slowly recovering, scientists say, with a significant increase in stratospheric ozone, which protects the planet from solar radiation.”

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• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“The fishing in Cape Cod Bay this season has been pretty good. The bass fishing could have been better but we may have been dealing with an off-year as far as those fish are concerned.

”All the schools of big fish seemed to be everywhere but….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fly Fishing: Increase Your Odds of Catching


“The old saw, “Ten percent of fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish” might go double for saltwater fly fishers, given the technical nature of fly fishing. Even more so for sight fishing the flats.

”Fly fishers who catch flats fish … formulize their game plan and prepare their gear the night before, or days before, a fishing trip. Then it’s all systems go out on the water. Plus, they hunt, cast and fish their flies in a way that gets the bite.

”Let’s look at some tips that’ll put you in that 10 percent class.”

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16 September 2014

• Officials Working To Determine Impact Bridgeport Fire Had On Long Island Sound


”As a result of concerns about water quality near the fire scene, and its impact on aquatic life, DEEP has issued an advisory for fishing in the area in and around Bridgeport Harbor and Yellow Creek.

”The state Department of Agriculture also ordered shellfish beds closed off Bridgeport, Stratford, and Fairfield. Both the fishing advisory and shellfish bed closures will remain in place until testing shows fish and shellfish taken from the defined areas are safe for human consumption.

”The Coast Guard has withdrawn commercial and recreational fishing prohibitions on a wider area that it had previously announced.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Photo from NYDailyNews.com


• Fly Fishing: How to Present the Fly


“You’ve spotted a fish, or perhaps a school. What you do in the next 60 seconds determines whether you taste the thrill of victory, or the agony of defeat.

”Each fish is unique. But some of your responses need to be automatic.

”First, you must be absolutely silent. Any noise lets the fish know you’re there. They may not flee from you, but they probably won’t eat, either.

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


15 September 2014

• Long Island North Shore: Hundreds of Homes Threatened By LIS


“Homeowners up and down Suffolk County’s North Shore are sounding the alarm about dramatic erosion.

”The toll that Superstorm Sandy took on Long Island’s South Shore has been well documented…hundreds of North Shore homes are in peril and dozens have been lost.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• “Research boat for Norwalk Maritime Aquarium Tested in Long Island Sound”


“Crews building a new research boat for the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium tested it in the water for the first time Tuesday…

”The 65-foot catamaran, which is being built at a ship yard in Mamaroneck, was lifted into the Long Island Sound Tuesday.”

Please visit this link to read the full article, see the photo: LinkToArticle http://connecticut.news12.com/news/research-boat-for-norwalk-maritime-aquarium-tested-in-long-island-sound-1.9272985


• “Whole Roasted Striped Bass with Tomatoes and Herbs”


“Roasting whole fish is probably one of the easiest, most beautiful and satisfying meals to prepare…

”When I recently went to a local seafood market and came home with two gorgeous striped bass, I really wanted to roast them whole, since that is one of my favorite fuss-free ways to prepare fish.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Photo from same website


• Vineyard Fishing Derby Begins


“’The albies and bonitos have been around, with the blues, but we haven’t seen too many bass, so I was glad to see a couple of bass come in,’ he said.

“’If the water gets a little cooler, we’ll get more.’

”After weighing each fish, Mr. Langley snipped its tail fin and contestants headed outside for photos….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Kayak Fishing in September-


“In September, the summer still shows its muscle inshore in the Northeast, but the water temperatures are starting to drop offshore. The southern migrations of all sorts of species are beginning, and we start to see fishing pick up from Provincetown to the Jersey Shore.

”This special fall run is a great time to be a kayak fisherman: you get to the fish before they hit the beach. The fishing in the bays, rivers and lakes cannot compare to what is available just on the other side of the breakers.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


14 September 2014

• Did You Know: Boaters Evacuated 500,000 from Manhattan on 9/11


Please visit this link to see the 11-minute video: LinkToVideo


• “Looking for Fish in All the Right Places”


“Do you fish the same areas over, and over again? Those same flats; that same channel cutting through the grass; the same ledge or wreck; you know all of the places you fish sometimes like the back of your hand.

”You got to know those places over time by being familiar with them. So how can you go to a completely new area and have a chance at catching fish the first time out? Try some of these tips to get you started….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


13 September 2014

• CT DEEP Warns On Eating Fish Taken from Bridgeport Harbor…


“The Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection advises against taking fish in Bridgeport Harbor and Yellow Mill Creek following the fire which started in the 2100 block of Seaview Avenue in Bridgeport, on September 11, 2014, until further notice.

”Samples have been taken from the waters in and around Bridgeport Harbor, and verification of such test results is needed in order to assure the Commissioner that there is no public safety risk associated with the handling and consuming of fish taken from these waters.”

As we blog, this notice does not yet appear on the DEEP website: LinkToArticle


• Gulf of Maine Warming Seeing Warmer-Water Fish


“Long-established species of commercial fish, such as cod, herring and northern shrimp, are departing for colder waters.

”Black sea bass, blue crabs and newly arrived species of squid – all highly unusual for the gulf – are turning up in fishermen’s nets.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Bridgeport Factory Blaze Restricts Some Long Island Sound Fishing


“Officials are running environmental tests after a fire raged overnight at 2102 Seaview Avenue, a factory that houses JWC Roofing and Siding and the Rowayton Trading Company, which housed about 1,000 50-gallon drums of recycled industrial perfume products.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

Photo from newyork.cbslocal.com


• Snapper Blues: Catching and Cooking-Part 4***


“Despite their reputation as eating machines, bluefish of all sizes can occasionally be picky. Bait is often the answer…

”…so when I finally snagged an unlucky silverside, I sliced it into tiny chunks and used them to sweeten the trebles on the Kastmasters. With a little blood in the water, the bluefish showed their true colors.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle

***See the postings from this blog on 28 August for the first three articles on snapper bluefish.


12 September 2014

• Pair of Rare Albino Lobsters Caught Within A Week


“It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week.

” Bret Philbrick caught the curious crustacean off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed to be about one in 100 million.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Various CT Locations


“…big bluefish have inundated the area [Old Saybrook] and are taking notice of the large schools of bunker in the lower river.

"Bluefish over ten pounds are commonplace for shore and boat anglers, with livelined or freshly chunked bunker outfishing just about everything else.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island


“Striped bass fishing in the Bay is improving. But the bite on Block Island has softened…

“The bass bite on Block Island has slowed, but fish are still there…. A couple of warm days and the bite should be strong again before the season ends, but the fish are moving.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Fishing Report: Connecticut


“Striper reports have been decent this week with some solid bass being taken from Long Sand Shoal, Bartletts, Stratford Point and the CT river.

”Surf fishermen are gearing up for what they hope will be a red hot fall run to come.

”However, a lot of anglers are worried that the numbers just aren’t here and won’t be here this year.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LinkToArticle


• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 11 September 2014


Striped Bass and Bluefish fishing has improved with the lower reaches of the major tidal rivers bustling with action! Both adult and peanut bunker (Atlantic menhaden) are abundant in the rivers and that’s where the predators can be found pushing bait.

Fishing 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 (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), 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.

Snapper Bluefish fishing is prime time and the time to go is now! Snappers can be seen plowing through schools of peanut bunker.

Hickory Shad fishing remains good to excellent in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

Fluke fishing is still hanging in there. Deeper water 90+ feet is your best bet for a doormat. Live-lining a snapper blue will do the trick!

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing remains good to excellent on any of the rocky reefs, wrecks or submerged structure throughout LIS.

Blue Crabbing is fair to good in the tidal creeks.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito should be making their appearance off Watch Hill, south side of Fishers Island, the Race, and around the Pine Island-Bluff Point area to Bartlett Reef in eastern LIS.

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