31 October 2014

Stripers Forever’s Take On the Maryland’s “Young of the Year” Numbers


“The 2014 number is 11.02. This is sure to be a great number for the spin doctors. Looking at it positively this may be the best of the last three years, but in reality this is another very mediocre number and certainly not one that will allow continuing harvesting striped bass at current levels.

”One of our SF board members once said that a classic sign of a species in trouble is when both the lows and the highs of spawning success are in decline. The average of the last 3 years is now about 5.9 which is only slightly better than the levels experienced during the crash of the late 70s and 80s and just half of the long term average of 11.8 taken from 1957 through 2014….”

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30 October 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 30 October 2014


STRIPED BASS fishing has improved as school bass migrate into the estuaries and tidal rivers. Larger stripers can still be caught on the local reefs and rip areas. Live eels or bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on three-way or slider rigs have been the ticket.

BLUEFISH fishing is also good with some bruisers weighing in the upper teens being reported! Fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, 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, and New Haven Harbor.

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 has slowed down but there are some stragglers around.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

SCUP (porgy) and BLACK SEA BASS fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS. Time is slipping away so the time to go is now!

TAUTOG (blackfish) fishing is good to excellent. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog.

LITTLE TUNNY and ATLANTIC BONITO fishing is spotty in eastern LIS. Fishing areas worth trying include the Watch Hill area, the Race, and off Bartlett Reef.

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


• Western Long Island Sound Water Quality


“The environmental watchdog organization Save the Sound’s summer water quality testing effort has revealed potentially dangerous levels of bacteria in areas in and around Mamaroneck Harbor.

”The test results confirmed the presence of fecal contamination, which potentially creates health hazards at some area beaches and waterways such as Beaver Swamp Brook and Hutchinson River’’’,”

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• Sunglasses: Everything You Need To Know


“Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses!

"Heading out on the water without a quality pair of polarized sunglasses is just crazy...

"Polarized sunglasses not only help you see things in or above the water you couldn’t normally see, they protect your eyes (you only get one set!) from the sun’s harmful UV rays....”

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29 October 2014

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



David M. and...


...David A. joined me on Shoo-Fly on Tuesday. They are both bass fiddle players, so I was expecting hours of bass-player jokes: Why does a bass player cross the road...how many bass players does it take to screw in a light bulb...a bass player walks into a bar...a priest a rabbi and a bass player are on an airplane...that sort of thing.


But the Davids are also avid fly-fishermen so fishing was the main discussion of the morning and afternoon.


USCG response boat. I thought it was blasting through the no-wake zone in the mouth of the river...but see the last photo below.


First off we saw a small batch of surface-feading fish at the mouth of the river...but had little luck with them. Those small pods of bluefish can be really frustrating to follow...they're up, they're down, now they're over there, now they're back where we just were...etc. Ideal way to cope with them is to troll...but we're not into that.

Then David M. spotted fish feeding in shallow water...we went in after them.



Brant.


Shoo-Fly draws only eleven inches of water [prop up] so we were able to get in there and get some casts to them.

At one point were were in less than two feet of water...and the fish were there.



We got into a mess of schoolie stripers which was a lot of fun for the fly rod and light spinning gear.


David A. hooked stripers on a blue-and white fly he'd tied himself...the fly reportedly used to have eyes on it.


Striper put up a good fight.




All fish safely released.


The Coast Guard has pulled the white no-wake buoys at the mouth of the River. Thank goodness! I've yet to find anyone who can give an explanation as to what the purpose of that particular zone is.

Another great day on the water.



Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• “Impact of Offshore Wind Farms On Marine Species”


“Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment.

”In a recent paper, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher Helen Bailey and colleagues review the potential impacts of offshore wind developments on marine species and make recommendations for future monitoring and assessment as interest in offshore wind energy grows around the world.”

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28 October 2014

• Party Boats and Bluefish


“Bluefish are a great saltwater gamefish. Known for their mouth full of sharp teeth, hard fighting ability, and aggressiveness, the bluefish can certainly put a smile on any angler's face. And they can be found in great numbers off the northeastern coast.

"Party boats, in particular like to target them as they are willing to strike both bait and lure and often can be found in large schools.”

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File photo.


• Did You Know That Those Pesky Sea Robins Actually Crawl Like Crabs?


“Meet the strange-looking Gulf fish that crawls like a crab, has 'wings' like a bird….”

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27 October 2014

• Surf-Fishing for Beginners


“For dedicated surf anglers it also offers the challenging opportunity to catch a fish, whether it be a barred surfperch weighing less than a pound or a trophy sized striped bass.

”Beginners who are just getting started, however, will definitely benefit from learning a few basic tips before actually hitting the beach with pole*** in hand.”

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***"Pole" is a less-than-satisfactory term for a “rod,” IMHO. A pole is a stick with a string tied onto the end attached to a safety pin on which one dangles a worm. A rod provides for a reel to be attached and for the line to flow through guides to the tip top. Again, IMHO.


• Stratford’s Hazardous Groundwater


“Toxic groundwater isn’t safe to drink.

”The worst poison concentration is in Ferry Creek where it empties in the Housatonic River.

”The area homes and businesses ‘should be safe with working ventilation systems….’”

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26 October 2014

• “Something Stinks In the Fishing Business….


“… and it isn’t the fish.
”...a recent sentencing of a Long Island fisherman, who was charged with illegally purchasing 125 tons of fluke. The illegally-purchased fluke carries a street value of more than half a million dollars….”

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• Fly Fishing: Ambidexterty…A Shortcut?


“The three finest fly casters it’s been my pleasure to fish with—Warren Hinrichs, Dan Lagace, and Lefty Kreh—can all cast equally well with either hand. All three of them effortlessly toss an entire fly line with either hand.

”Think of how useful that would be. Regardless of wind direction or boat orientation, there’s never a cast you can’t make.”

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25 October 2014

• Fishing Report: NYC & the Western Sound


“Blues and bottom-fish are winning the angling popularity contest in local waters.

”For example, the Island Current fleet out of City Island continues to be producing well…

””The weather kept…fishing inshore for porgies….”

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• Fishing Report: Long Island


“The reports of keeper striped bass have been pretty scarce so far this autumn. The word around some of the tackle shops is the water temperature wasn't quite where it needed to be to get the striped bass to start their migrations.

”But the temps are coming down….”

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• Fishing Report: Various Areas of CT


“This past week was a little rough. Anglers had to deal with a lot of wind, rain and temperature drops that resulted in first frost. Though a lot of people still got out there.

”Blackfish reports remained consistent this week with reports from all over….”

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• Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby Ends


“Over 35 sleep-deprived days and nights, a record 3,282 fishermen made countless casts, nursed aching backs, untied umpteen bird’s nests, and sometimes caught fish, in the 69th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

”Sunday, the Derby came to a raucous conclusion…

[He] "...became the second fisherman in the history of the Derby to score a grand slam with a flyrod from shore. There had not been a shore grand slam on a fly rod since 1995, in large part because shore bonito have been so scarce….”

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24 October 2014

• Live Bait: 5 Ways To Hook ‘Em Up


“A livewell full of frisky baits can be a dangerous thing for the fish you’re seeking.

”But as close a “guarantee” as they can give, some adjustments can make live baits swim where and how you want….”

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• Fly Fishing: The Importance of Backing Earnest-ly


“Since fly line backing can cost only pennies per foot, the function of taking up space is cheaper with backing. Most importantly, backing helps you catch fish.

”…fish that require long casts and that run when struck with the hook. They will bring your backing to hand and make you glad that you paid attention to it.”

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• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 23 October 2014


Striped Bass fishing is fair to good. Schoolies are entering the tidal rivers and estuaries as water temperatures drop. Live eels on three-way or slider rigs have been effective on larger stripers. Bluefish fishing is good to excellent on the reefs, rip areas and lower tidal rivers.

The usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, 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.

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 starting to slow down.

Hickory Shad fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River. Also, the Mystic and Niantic Rivers are spots worth trying.

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing remains excellent on the local reefs and rock piles! Deeper water (80+ feet) is your better bet for “hump head” black sea bass.

Blackfish fishing is fantastic throughout LIS! Shallow water (less than 30 ft) rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks have been producing great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water.

False Albacore and Bonito fishing is still happening off the Watch Hill area and from the Thames River mouth over to Race Rock, and Goshen Point over to Bartlett Reef and to Millstone Point.

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


23 October 2014

• Fishing Report: Blackfish/Tautog/Blackfish/Tautog.........


“Strong winds are once again forecasted for the next couple of days, making tautog fishing a top option in the salt.

”Setting up for tog in the wind can be challenging, but doesn’t require much travel and can now be done in some sheltered areas.”

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• Chesapeake Bay Striper Spawning Survey Results


“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 2014 juvenile index ─ a measure of striped bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay ─ is 11.0, nearly equal to the 61-year average*** of 11.7.

”The results indicate a healthy level of reproduction for Maryland’s state fish….”

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[***Ed.: In other words, the index is below average.]


22 October 2014

• Winds Now Gusting to 21.4 Kts. On Long Island Sound


Small craft advisory in effect through late tonight.

Wednesday: NE winds 10 to 15 kts, becoming N 15 to 20 kts this
afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kts, increasing to 30 kts this afternoon.
Seas 2 to 4 ft. Showers with isolated tstms early this morning...
Then a chance of showers late this morning and afternoon. Vsby 1 to
3 nm early this morning.

• Two Fishing Reports


• Report #1

“Tautog season started with a bang in Connecticut and continues to pick up steam in Rhode Island. Fish are easy to find, eager to eat and tight to shallow, inshore structure. A strong fall run.…”

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• Report #2

“Tautog (Blackfish) season opened up this past weekend and oh boy, the fishing was good! Reports came in from literally all over. Loads of tog were caught and there were plenty of keepers….”

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21 October 2014

• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 15 October 2014


• A bit late getting these pics posted:




Angler making the long walk out to the Housatonic River Channel from Short Beach.


Charlie's got one on the fly reel...


...it's a "real puller."


Nothing like catching a bluefish on a fly you tied yourself...in this case a red-over-white Clouser deep minnow.


These two brothers are really good fishermen. Most any Wednesday you'll see them out on the River.


Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


20 October 2014

• When Will Long Island Sound Have Bonefish and Tarpon?


“Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks.

A ”…study identified ocean hotspots for local fish extinction but also found that changing temperatures will drive more fish into the Arctic and Antarctic waters.”

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19 October 2014

• Fly Fishing for False Albacore


“Fat Alberts can wreck any normal fly rod, so you need a 9- to 10-foot, 10- or 11-weight, and somebody with you to help de-hook the fish in the boat.

”Casting is for experts, but you can cheat by slow-trolling the fly past the school.”

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18 October 2014

• Video: Sharks Feeding On Bluefish In the Surf


“The men were out fishing for the evening’s dinner when they stumbled across more than 100 sharks attacking a school of blue fish…

”As seagulls and pelicans joined in on the meal, the men began to cast into the surf, catching fish without the use of bait.”

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17 October 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 16 October 2014


Striped Bass fishing remains fair to good but monster Bluefish are making it tough getting to the bass. Large bluefish weighing in the teens are on the reefs, rip areas, and in the major tidal rivers pounding on anything that swims!

The usual fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, 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, and New Haven Harbor.

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 in the tidal creeks.

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

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing is at peak and remains excellent! Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and submerged structure will be loaded with scup. Deep water (80+ feet) reefs or gnarly bottom areas are your best bet for larger sea bass.

Blackfish fishing reopened on the excellent side! Any of the rock piles, jetties, breakwaters, and wrecks throughout LIS are holding quality fish. Big tog weighing in the double digits have been reported.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito fishing is better off the Watch Hill area but it is still hit or miss.

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


16 October 2014

• Fly Fishing: Connecting Line to Leader to Fly


“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.”

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Photo: Non-slip mono loop for connecting leader to fly.


15 October 2014

• Triggering A “Reaction Strike”


“…if you dangle a ball of yarn in front of that cat it will take a swipe at it. Toss a ball and the dog will chase it.

”Bass are hard-wired with the same predatory responses. Given the right stimulus they will strike a lure, even if they are not feeding. Call this a reaction strike. The right lure presentation will trigger it.”

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Works for stripers and bluefish as well!


14 October 2014

• Commercial Fishing for…Bluefish!


“Tom Smith of Orleans has been fishing for bluefish for 35 years. Pomatonus salatrix has kept him in good stead all that time.

“’I have a permit to use a net,’ he explained. ‘We circle around a school of fish and make noise and scare them into the net then haul them back right away so all the fish come back alive. Then we head back home.’”

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13 October 2014

• More Effective Use of Your Cooler


”Outdoorsmen will often blame the cooler itself, but proper preparation and use of the cooler will drastically change the length of time it will hold ice.

“…explains how simple things such as limiting cooler use, storing it in a cool environment before adding ice, and loading it full to the top, will contribute to many days of cold drinks and fish.”

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12 October 2014

• Water Quality Improves in Long Island Sound; Nitrogen Pollution is Declining


“For the second summer in a row, concentrations of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound are higher than the long-term average, indicating improved water quality and improved ecological conditions for organisms that live in the Sound. Aquatic animals rely on oxygen that is dissolved in water to survive…

”The work New York, Connecticut, local governments and the EPA have done to build and upgrade sewage treatment plants has significantly reduced the nitrogen going into Long Island….”

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11 October 2014

• Fall in Nantucket


“Fall on Nantucket offers many land-based charms, but the real stars are in Nantucket’s waters, both inshore and offshore.

"False albacore, striped bass, bluefish, and bluefin tuna will all be embarking on, or preparing for, their trip south, but in many cases, that preparation includes feeding with abandon off Nantucket.”

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10 October 2014

• At Least the Bottom-Fishing Was Good This Season


“It's been an amazing season from a bottom-fishing perspective.

”While stripers have been up and down, fluke drifted in and out, and false albacore showed, vanished and will hopefully show again, black sea bass, porgies and triggerfish have been outstanding since the beginning of the season.”

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• Two Connecticut Fishing Reports


“We are now into October and the striper bite is finally starting to pick up on the surf. Some decent bass were reported from Old Lyme at the mouth of the CT river.

"The DEEP dock and causeway have been producing some good stripers and of course the bluefish are still chomping away on bunker.”

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“An excellent false albacore season continues across much of the northeast, meanwhile fall run striped bass and bluefish are plentiful and the opening weekend promises to be a good one in Connecticut.”

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• Stripers and Peanut Bunker


“Sand eels are great. Without them, we probably wouldn’t have had a fall run all those years the peanut bunker were scarce.

”However, they just don’t spark that ferocity stripers and bluefish exhibit when they are feeding on peanuts. I don’t know why, but something about juvenile menhaden makes the fish go nuts.”

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09 October 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 08 May 2014


Blackfish (tautog) fishing season reopens on October 10th! Minimum size is 16 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 blackfish per person.

Striped Bass fishing remains fair to good and Bluefish fishing is about at peak! Some of the largest bluefish of the year can be found in the lower reaches of our major tidal rivers! Look for bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools and choppers will be nearby.

Fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, 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, and New Haven Harbor.

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 hanging in there and can be found mixed in with hickory shad. Snappers are measuring about 6-8 inches in length.

Hickory Shad fishing is “prime time” in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River. Hickory shad are in the tidal creeks feeding heavily on peanut bunker.

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing has not changed in the past few weeks and remains excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action! Fishing structure in deeper water (80+ feet) will improve your chances for larger “hump heads”.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito fishing has expanded into western LIS from Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground over to the Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef. In the east, Pine Island, Bartlett Reef including off Harkness Memorial State Park and Black Point have been the spots, but, you never know when or where these speedsters will show up! Look for hovering and diving gulls and terns to give away their location.

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


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island


“Anglers are catching tautog, cod, scup, bluefish and striped bass, and the false albacore and bonito bite is very strong.

”Some anglers are still catching summer flounder, too. The black sea bass bite is still very strong,”

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• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 08 October 2014


• Winds Continue to Plague Long Island Sound

Small craft advisory in effect from 2 pm edt this afternoon through late tonight.

Thursday: W winds 10 to 15 kt. gusts up to 25 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tonight: W winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming nw 5 to 10 kt after midnight. gusts up to 25 kt...diminishing after midnight. seas 2 to 3 ft in the evening...then 1 ft or less.

Friday: W winds around 5 kt. seas 1 ft or less. a chance of rain in the afternoon.

On Wednesday Charlie W. and I hid from winds gusting from the west at 25 kts. Managed to pull up a few schoolie stripers, plus a bluefish that Charlie took home for dinner.

Current in the mouth of the River was realy ripping following previous days' rains.

Bridgport Police boat paid a visit to Stratford...probably to check out the local doughnut supply.

The Nells Island marsh has its fall colors on display.

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