29 November 2014

• NOAA Issued A Correct Wind Forecast – For Once!


“The Atlantic hurricane season will officially end November 30, and will be remembered as a relatively quiet season as was predicted

“Fortunately, much of the U.S. coastline was spared this year with only one landfalling hurricane along the East Coast….”

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27 November 2014

• Weird Fish Department


“A research team conducting a dive in Monterey Bay off the coast of California have captured first-ever video of a rarely-seen denizen of the deep called the black seadevil.”

Please visit this link to read the full article, see the video: LinkToArticle


26 November 2014

• Update: Zebra Mussels Infesting Zoar and Lillinonah


“…estimated thousands of mussels last year, and that number has greatly increased, he said. ‘Interestingly, there aren’t that many on the rocks at the bottom of the lake, though I suspect that will come.’

”While the lake water level was low in past weeks, he looked through the rocks where he saw ‘many’ mussels, ‘but not encrusted like the bottom of my dock.’ He said that they were ‘more plentiful on manmade objects,’ to which larval mussels may adhere more easily.”

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25 November 2014

• What Is Millstone’s Effect on Long Island Sound?


“Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. — that state’s only nuclear power plant — and used to help cool systems and support the station’s two operating reactors.

”After it heats up, about 90 percent of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in….”

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23 November 2014

• Don't Be A Statistic


• U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate - 2014


Fatalities: The National Safety Council says, “Our estimate of traffic fatalities for this 4.25-day holiday period is 418 deaths with a 90% confidence interval (C.I.) of 367 to 474 deaths.”

Major Injuries: "Nonfatal medically consulted
injuries, i.e. injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted, are estimated at 44,700 with a range of 39,300 to 50,800.

” The 2014 Thanksgiving Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 30….”

Please visit this link to read the full report: LinkToArticle



22 November 2014

• Cold Weather…and Still Fishing?


“There's nothing like a cold snap and biting wind to shake the confidence of local anglers.

”With rough waters and morning temperatures dipping into the low 30s the past few days, fishing effort has been light and some have wondered if an end to the season is close.”

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• Fly Rods: The Long and the Short Of It


“As a newcomer to fly-fishing, an angler has many choices to make. For those who plan on ­taking their first baby steps in saltwater ­environments, a 9-foot, 8-weight rod equipped with a reel loaded with 250 yards of backing and a floating line makes a lot of sense. However, a setup such as this, while extremely versatile and effective, won’t be the best choice for certain saltwater situations.

”As you progress and become more in tune with the intricacies of the sport, you will ­inevitably find yourself in scenarios where a shorter or longer rod would be a more effective tool, and, therefore, your quiver of rods will no doubt expand.”

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21 November 2014

• Two Connecticut Fishing Reports


• Report #1

“Saltwater Everything is winding way down for the salt. Many charter captains are packing it up and storing the boat away for winter. But there are still some excellent tog and black seabass to be….”

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• Report #2

“The cold has scared some anglers away from the water over the past few days, but those who have gotten out are still seeing good catches of tautog and school-sized striped bass along the coastline.”

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• “$1.3 Million Awarded for Community-Based Projects to Improve Health of Long Island Sound”


“Top federal and state environmental officials today announced 22 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York to improve the health of Long Island Sound.

"The projects, which are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, will open up 12.4 miles of river for passage of native fish and restore 80 acres of coastal habitat, including intertidal marsh, coastal forest, grasslands and freshwater wetlands.

”More than 70,000 citizens will be reached by environmental and conservation programs supported by the grants. Nearly 2.9 million gallons of water pollution will be treated through the delivery of water quality improvement projects.”
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18 November 2014

• “Are Large-Scale Fisheries For Sandeels, Silversides, Bay Anchovies Etc. Coming To A Coast Near You?”


“Really, if you fish, at all, this is important...for a very basic reason: If there’s no bait, there’s no fishing. If you spend more than a few days on the water every year, you know this to be the case…

”…there a lot of fishermen looking for new sources of income, and well, it makes a lotta sense that strapped fishermen are likely going to be, if they aren’t already, looking at prosecuting new fisheries.

”It sure as hell isn’t unreasonable to believe the next frontier is the unmanaged forage species….”

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• Charter Boat Captain Faces IRS Audit


The IRS suspected a fishing boat owner wasn't paying proper wages to his deckhand and sent an agent to investigate him.

IRS Auditor: "I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.”

Boat Owner: "Well, there's Clarence, my deckhand, he's been with me for 3 years. I pay him $1,000 a week plus free room and board.

"Then there's the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of the work around here. He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of Bacardi rum and a dozen Budweisers every Saturday night so he can cope with life. He also gets to sleep with my wife occasionally.”

IRS Auditor: "That's the guy I want to talk to...the mentally challenged one.”

Boat Owner: "That's me. What would you like to know?”


17 November 2014

• Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Now They’re Good For You…Again


“A new research review will once again have people asking for a second helping of wild Alaskan salmon at the dinner table.

”While several other studies have recently challenged the long-held belief of the benefits of a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, this new study cites compelling evidence that eating the right kinds of fatty fish, in the right quantity, and prepared the right way, can in fact help prevent the body’s development of adenocarcinomas, a common type of cancerous tumor.”

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16 November 2014

• Protecting Long Island Sound


“The members of Environment Connecticut met Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at New Haven Harbor to support a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency “to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act…”

”The loophole, created by the courts and regulators over the years, threatens up to half the wetlands and waters covered by the Clean Water Act, according to Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.”

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15 November 2014

• Fishing Report: NYC Area


“Blackfish are the big thing now both in Long Island Sound and along Long Island’s south shore.

"With water temps dropping down now to the low 50s, hopeful metro anglers predict blackfish may be around close to Dec. 14 when that season closes.”

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• Storing Your Dock Lines With A Gasket Coil


“Most anglers are fairly casual about their seamanship, and that’s understandable. The boat is mostly a tool to get you to the fish, so you may not be all that concerned with the traditions and the niceties of the marlinspike.

”But there are practical reasons for learning a few of the basic old-saltisms, not the least of which is that you just might someday save your boat—to say nothing of your backside—because you did things right….”

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Photo is from AnimatedKnots.com. See how to do a gasket coil...in slow motion.


14 November 2014

• Two Fishing Reports

• Report #1


“Dress warm and go stock the freezer! Temperatures will be taking a nose-dive this weekend, but will not be much below the ordinary, and based on the recent reports it seems that the tautog and black sea bass don’t mind the cold….”

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• Report #2


“Striped bass action has slowed a bit. A lot of schoolies are around and they are keeping anglers busy while they hope for a cow to bite. A few good bass have been found in the rivers as well….”

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• Protecting Offshore Striped Bass


“While striped bass are typically found closer to shore, changing sea temperatures can cause them to migrate farther than three miles offshore.

”A person caught fishing for, or in possession of striped bass while in the EEZ is subject to civil fines.”

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13 November 2014

• Danbury: Fly Fishing Show This Weekend



“Fans of fly fishing will be out in force as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum holds its eighth Annual Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury this weekend...

”This show will feature over 50 of America's finest fly tiers and rod-making craftsmen, as well as artists, collector specialists and appraisers, antique and contemporary dealers, vendors and demonstrators….”

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• NOAA Shuts Down Cod Fishing


“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is shutting down cod fishing, from Provincetown, Mass., up to the Canadian border, in an effort to reverse plummeting numbers of the iconic fish in the Gulf of Maine.

”Starting Thursday, no fishermen — commercial or recreational — may trawl or use certain large nets that might catch cod for the next six months….”

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12 November 2014

• Shellfish In Long Island Sound…and In Chesapeake Bay

• Watching Over Connecticut’s Shellfish


“The Bureau of Aquaculture, based in a small waterfront building in Milford, is the 12-person division of the state Department of Agriculture charged with leasing 30,670 acres of state-owned shellfish beds and regulating the commercial harvest from them and from beds that towns lease to growers.

"It also tests samples from recreational and commercial beds in 24 shoreline towns, orders closures when dangerous levels of pollution are detected and works with volunteer shellfish commissions and commercial shellfishermen, among other tasks.”

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• Lots More OystersIn Maryland…but There’s A Snag

“A diver pulled a large, porous bag of oysters from Calvert Bay and heaved it onto the motorboat, and the sucker fish and baby crabs began to scurry and skid in a vain search for escape along the slippery floor. Another bounty of bivalves, almost ready for market.

”But not everyone is excited.”

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11 November 2014

• Drop-Shotting Works in Salt Water Too


“Every angler has a special “go-to” technique for bass, a particular method with which he or she is most comfortable and confident, a method that will always put a few bass in the boat, even when conditions are difficult.

”For some, this method is the Carolina rig; for others, it may be a jig-and-pig or a spinnerbait. For me, it is the drop-shot rig.”

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We’ve used this technique successfully on porgy and black sea bass as well.


10 November 2014

• 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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09 November 2014

• Regulations: Striper Take to Be Cut 25%


“Members of the national Recreational Fishing Alliance backed reducing the daily limit from two fish to one….

”But…[he] said he believes [head] boat owners would have a tough time attracting customers to pay to go out and catch just one striped bass. He would like to see an exemption for charter boats so their customers could land two fish.”

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08 November 2014

• Three Fishing Reports

• Report #1


“Those who have braved the conditions are still being rewarded with great tautog and sea bass action as well as striped bass, which are continuing to keep surfcasters happy....”

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• Report #2


“Saltwater We’ve had some serious wind this past week which kept many anglers off the water. But there has also been some exceptionally nice days that have been perfect for fishing. Toggin’ is still going….”

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• Report #3


“The season is coming to a close, so now is the time to get those last few stripers of the season. There is nothing like finishing the year with a couple of good trips to carry you through winter....”

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• Lobsters Returning to Long Island Sound?


“…the lobster catch from the Long Island Sound is more bountiful than we’ve seen in years….

”Right now, the Connecticut State Governmet [sic] is mandating a seasonal closure for lobster fishing in the Sound. That will remain in effect until November 28th.”

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06 November 2014

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 06 November 2014


This is CTDEEP’s final fishing report for 2014.

Striped Bass fishing is good for schoolies in the lower tidal rivers. Keeper size stripers can still be caught on the local reefs but that has slowed down.

Bluefish fishing has cooled off after the weekend nor’easter. The mouths of the Thames, Connecticut, and the Housatonic Rivers during flood tide may be your best bet for both stripers and blues. Other fishing spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, the Race, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, 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 Charles Island area.

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

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

Porgy and Black Sea Bass fishing has slowed down as fish start their migration to offshore overwintering grounds. Scup can still be caught on the local reefs and black sea bass in deeper (90+ feet) water.

Blackfish fishing is good. Try fishing areas off the beaten path instead of the popular reefs in order to improve your chances.

False Albacore and Atlantic Bonito fishing is spotty but they are still hanging around in eastern LIS in the Watch Hill area, the Race, and around Bartlett Reef.

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


• Rhode Island Blackfish Bite Is On


“The tautog bite is on. Good sized fish are being caught off Newport in water up to 70 feet to the Sakonnet River and along the southern coastal shore.

”Reports of tautog in deeper water started to come in last week, prior to that the bite was restricted to shallow water and anglers were catching keepers…with a lot of undersized fish mixed in.”

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• Charles Island: Connecticut Plants Trees To Promote Bird Life


“Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has begun another phase of a habitat restoration project on Charles Island.

”This next phase involves planting salt-tolerant trees, such as red maple, basswood, sassafras, blackcherry, bitternut hickory and eastern red cedar, to provide future habitat for nesting herons and egrets.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: http://www.milfordmirror.com/25334/state-plants-trees-on-charles-island-to-promote-bird-life/


05 November 2014

• New Issue of Sound Outlook Available


Read the latest issue of “A Newsletter from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Exploring Long Island Sound - Issues and Opportunities…”

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03 November 2014

• Regulations: Striper Take to Be Cut 25%


“Members of the national Recreational Fishing Alliance backed reducing the daily limit from two fish to one….

”But…[he] said he believes [head] boat owners would have a tough time attracting customers to pay to go out and catch just one striped bass. He would like to see an exemption for charter boats so their customers could land two fish.”

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02 November 2014

• Connecticut Fishing Reports

• Report #1


“A couple of cold nights will not be enough to reverse the mild trend we have been having and there will be plenty of striped bass and tautog around to scratch the saltwater itch….”

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• Report #2


“Bunker have been hanging in the CT river but that won’t be for much longer. Big blues are still cruising the mouth of and into the river. Some fish up to 15lbs were reported.”

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• What’s Biting?


“While landlubbers are still waiting on the bass and blues, boating anglers targeting mixed-bag catches of sea bass, blackfish, porgies and triggerfish continue to enjoy some of the best bottom-fishing in memory.

” Drop a crab or clam bait over rough bottom in 25 to 100 feet of water anywhere in Long Island Sound, off the North or South shores, or at Greenport or Montauk, and it should get scoffed right up.”

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• Fishing Report: NYC Area


“Though some big bluefish are still lingering in Long Island Sound, bunker, striped bass and-bottom-fish blackfish are starting to steal the spotlight.

”Those blackfish are hungry for green and Asian crabs….”

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• Hooks: J vs. Circle


“…while the standard ‘J’ style hooks [left in the photo] that have been used by anglers for generations are still the most popular, the advent of circle hooks [right] have made a big impression because of their tendency to end up in the corner of a fish’s mouth rather than snagging down in its gullet, as do ‘J’ style hooks.

”For those dedicated to the practice of catch and release, this is an important selling point….”

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01 November 2014

• Regulations: 1 Striped Bass Per Day…28” Or More?


“Under the new regulation, states would have to limit anglers to one 28-inch fish per day, or propose an alternative way - such as seasonal closures - of reducing the catch by 25 percent from 2013 levels within about one year.

”The commission's annual meeting is taking place this week at the Mystic Hilton.

”David Simpson, director of marine fisheries for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Connecticut will work to develop regulations consistent with neighboring states Rhode Island and New York, and that feedback from anglers will be sought in public hearings. The states are required to return to the commission by Dec. 1 with their proposals for reduction. He expects the rules would take effect by April 1.”

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• Who Could Possibly Be Against Cleaning Up Chesapeake Bay?


”Recovery of the estuary that provides 75 percent of the Atlantic striped bass population is being fought by 21 states….

“In February 2014, Florida joined a lawsuit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s belated effort to render Chesapeake Bay clean enough to be taken off the EPA’s “impaired waters” list by 2025. If this action seems inexplicable, rest assured that it is not….

“The original suit was brought October 8, 2013 by nine of the nation’s most brazen and intractable polluters: the American Farm Bureau Federation (worst of the lot and lead plaintiff), Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Association of Home Builders, Fertilizer Institute, US Poultry and Egg Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Corn Growers Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation…..”

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