31 December 2014

• CTDEEP Announces Commercial Fishery Possession Limits


Summer flounder: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the commercial landing limit for the commercial harvest of summer flounder will be 1,000 pounds per week (0001 hours on Sunday through 2359 hours on Saturday). The first weekly period will begin on Thursday, January 1 and will end on Saturday, January 3. To facilitate management and enforcement of the weekly landing limit, vessel operators fishing for summer flounder must call DEEP (860-424-3503) (anytime 24/7) prior to departure and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captain’s name, 3) date of departure and 4) anticipated return date, and 5) anticipated port of landing. Prior to offloading summer flounder, the vessel operator must call again and provide: 1) vessel name, 2) captain’s name, 3) port of landing and 4) the estimated weight of summer flounder onboard.

Scup/Porgy: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of scup will be 50,000 pounds.

Black Sea Bass: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of black sea bass will be 100 pounds for all gears except lobster pots. For lobster pots, the possession limit will be 10 fish.

Bluefish: Effective 0001 hours, Thursday, January 1, 2015 the possession limit for the commercial harvest of bluefish will be 1,000 pounds.

American Lobster: Reminder: The closed season for lobster is September 8 through November 28.

Atlantic menhaden: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land Atlantic menhaden in excess of

Spiny Dogfish: The possession limit will remain at 5,000 pounds.

Tautog/Blackfish: Tautog remains closed and will reopen on April 1. The minimum size: 16”. Possession Limit: 10

Weakfish: No person engaged in commercial fishing shall possess or land weakfish in excess of 100 pounds.

Winter Flounder: The possession limit is 50 pounds or 38 fish unless the fish were taken in federal waters under a federal groundfish permit.

All of the possession limits listed above apply to the aggregate of all persons on board the vessel per trip or per day whichever is the longer period of time. Transfer of these species between vessels at sea is prohibited.

Source: CTDEEP


• Ruh Roh...Another State Reduces Striped Bass Possession Limit


• First Massachusetts, Now Virginia

“…VMRC established the recreational coastal daily possession limit as one fish per person per day, down from two striped bass/person/day now.”

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30 December 2014

• Massachusetts Cuts Striper Take To One Per Day


“… you will still be able to go striper fishing but the limit has changed from two fish per day to one. The length is still 28 inches but it is one fish regardless if you are on a charter or just drove a sand spike in the sand.

”There is lots of controversy about this with some of the six-man charter boat captains saying this could well cut into 30-40% of their take home pay….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LowellSun.com


29 December 2014

• Distribution of Porgy, Summer Flounder, and Black Sea Bass Affected By Climate and By Fishing Pressure


“Scientists studying the distribution of four commercial and recreational fish stocks in Northeast US waters have found that climate change can have major impacts on the distribution of fish, but the effects of fishing can be just as important and occur on a more immediate time scale.

”The four species studied -- black sea bass, scup [porgy], summer flounder, and southern New England/Mid-Atlantic Bight winter flounder -- have varied in abundance and have experienced heavy fishing pressure at times over the past 40 years.”

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28 December 2014

• Fishing Opportunities in Connecticut


“The CT DEEP continues to produce great opportunities for trout anglers across CT.

”The seeforellen strain trout will put up a fight unparalleled to just about any inland species, and with them being freshly stocked across CT, this will be a great weekend to go find some.”

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27 December 2014

• Still Catching Fish in CT Saltwaters


“Consistent reports of schoolie striped bass came from the Housatonic, Connecticut and lower Thames rivers.

”There are definitely some keepers in the mix too.”

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26 December 2014

• Fly Fishing: Moving the Fly After the Cast


“After casting, I lower my rodtip to the surface of the water (with sinking lines, just barely into the water). To move the fly, I grasp my fly line between the thumb and index finger of my stripping hand immediately behind the index finger of my rod hand.

”When I strip, I apply slight tension to the line by squeezing together my index and next finger. This keeps my fly line in check...."

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24 December 2014

23 December 2014

• Wind Farm on Long Island Sound Now Off the Books


“A proposed offshore wind farm to be situated 30 miles east of Montauk is in doubt in the wake of the Long Island Power Authority's decision on Wednesday to reject the proposed installation. LIPA will, however, pursue 11 land-based solar farms….”

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22 December 2014

• Compass? GPS? Bah! Humbug!


“A new study reveals that our brains have a "homing signal" mechanism that continually updates itself as we move through our environment. Thus, not only can it tell which way we are facing - like a compass - but it can also tell which way we should face…to reach our goal.

”Researchers discovered that the entorhinal region of the brain is responsible for our ‘homing signals.’

”The study explains why some people are better navigators than others - they have stronger homing signals….”

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21 December 2014

• Lawn Chemicals Greatest Threat to Long Island Sound


“Contrary to popular belief, some of the worst offenders to impact the quality of Long Island Sound and other waterways are not toxic air emissions or untreated waste water, but the commercial chemicals people use to fertilize their lawns and to keep maintain golf courses.

”… excessive nutrients in the form of nitrogen has resulted in massive destruction of seagrass and shoreline habitats….”

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20 December 2014

• Striped Bass: Planning Next Summer’s Road Trip?


“Among the many beaches throughout the Northeast where surf casters hunt migrating striped bass in spring and early summer and again in fall are a few towns so steeped in surf-fishing lore, they’ve become hallowed grounds for striper nuts.

”If you’ve got a week, you can fish them all in one trip….”

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19 December 2014

• Connecticut Fishing Update


“Schoolies are currently the theme of our tidal rivers, hard water warriors are anxiously awaiting the ice.

”In mean time, bass fishing is slowing down and the bite is tough and trout stockings have been keeping many anglers busy while their usual spots for other species have slowed.”

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• Connecticut: What’s Fishing?


“The CT DEEP continues to produce great opportunities for trout anglers across CT.

”The seeforellen strain trout will put up a fight unparalleled to just about any inland species, and with them being freshly stocked across CT, this will be a great weekend to go find some.”

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• Fly Fishing: The Best Terminal Knot


“This knot is one of the many improvements Lefty Kreh has made to the sport of fly fishing.

”It is much stronger than the clinch or improved clinch but more important, allows the fly to move more freely than with a clinch-type knot, especially if you’re using heavy monofilament line (nylon or fluorocarbon)….”

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18 December 2014

• Connecticut State Boundary Line in Long Island Sound…Can I Fish In New York, Rhode Island Marine Waters Using My Connecticut License?


“Can I fish in federal waters or in another state’s waters with a Connecticut Marine Waters Fishing License (MWFL)?"

CTDEEP says the following is provided for general guidance only. Always check with the state you plan to fish in for the latest licensing requirements.

Federal waters: Yes. Connecticut MWFL holders will be exempt from the federal registry requirement. However, if you intend to take tunas, sharks, swordfish or billfish in federal waters, you must also have the appropriate federal Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit. NOAA HMS website: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.

New York: Yes. Note the following text provided on NYDEC web site as of April 2012: “You do not need to register if you are a Connecticut or Rhode Island resident who has a marine waters fishing license from their respective states.” For more information visit the NYDEC website: www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54950.html.

RI: Yes. RI DEM website: www.saltwater.ri.gov/

NH: No. Fish and Game website: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/marine/saltwater_license_FAQs.html

MA: Yes. MA DMF website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries

ME: Yes. ME DMR website: http://www.maine.gov/dmr/recreational/rechomepage.html

OTHER States: No, UNLESS that state does not have a marine or saltwater fishing license requirement. In such cases a valid MWFL (Marine Waters Fishing License) from Connecticut (or any other exempt state) will satisfy the federal registry requirement.

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17 December 2014

• What’s Fishing in Connecticut?


“Inland anglers may want to focus on some local lakes and ponds, as the rivers remain flooded and temperatures are going to keep larger bodies of water from freezing anytime in the immediate future....”

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16 December 2014

• Fly Fishing: Weed Guards On Flies


“Whether you fish for seatrout, snook, striped bass or redfish, certain locales and situations call for flies that prevent fouling on grass, rocks and such.

”They accomplish this through their basic design or by the addition of devices that protect the hook points, commonly referred to asweed guards….”

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15 December 2014

• “25 Greatest Salt Water Lures of All Time”



“…Consisting of white saddle-hackles placed facing inward like praying hands
to help mimic the deep-bodied appearance of an alewife and dressed with white
bucktail for the belly and colored bucktail on top, it can also have some Mylar
or tinsel for flash and eyes for added realism. The pattern can be fished at
any depth, and the bigger the tie, the bigger the baitfish it represents….”

Note: Lefty’s Deceiver was the only fly to make this list...all the rest are hardware.

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14 December 2014

• “Eastern Connecticut Harbor Backed As Long Island Sound Dredging Dump”


“The current dredge disposal site about 3.5 miles south of New London Harbor is the most suitable location for handling sediments that clog navigation channels, harbors and marinas, based on a physical oceanographic analysis of 11 sites in eastern Long Island Sound.

”Results of the analysis, conducted for the Environmental Protection Agency….”

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13 December 2014

• Fly Fishing: Wire Leaders…When Necessary


“If you fly fish in saltwater, at some point you’ll need to add a trace of wire to your leader…to catch fish. Bluefish, mackerel, barracuda and sharks all require wire tippet.

”Or, you could donate lots of flies to the fish in question….”

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12 December 2014

• Connecticut: What’s Fishing?


“The Housatonic continues to produce some small to decent keeper sized striped bass as well as countless schoolies.

"The CT river is seeing some okay striper action as well, but it isn’t nearly as productive….”

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11 December 2014

• “Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can Pose a Risk to Anglers”


“As one unlucky angler discovered, a casual encounter with the wrong fish can quickly escalate into a life-threatening infection.

”…the Mycobacteria genus contains species responsible for causing mammalian and avian tuberculosis. Other species affect other parts of the soft tissue, such as Mycobacterium leprae that causes leprosy and is still commonly carried by armadillos, though they are not often infected.”

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10 December 2014

• Alabama Rig: Success…and Controversy


“The device is composed of five wires angled like spokes of an umbrella, with fishing lures attached to each end. It mimics a school of baitfish, and bass, walleye and northern pike apparently cannot stay away from it.

”Its inventor, Andy Poss, dreamed up the device, which he called the Alabama Rig…”

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09 December 2014

• Video: Peregrine Falcon Wreaks Havoc On Pintail Ducks


“USFWS employee captures video of the flock parting like the Red Sea as raptor dives in, attempting to catch a meal at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge…

”Peregrine falcons, the fastest-flying birds in the world, can dive at 200 mph. That speed, coupled with a pair of strong, sharp talons, makes it rather easy for them to catch ducks or songbirds in midair.

”A flock of pintail ducks seemingly made it even easier for one particular peregrine falcon….”

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08 December 2014

• Fishermen Haul in Ancient Quahog


“When two New Jersey fishermen hauled in a remarkably large ocean quahog, they were curious to know how old it was.

”A shellfish ageing expert at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center was able to provide the answer: at least 130 years old!”

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07 December 2014

• Still Catching Fish in Connecticut


“The striped bass bite has been good this past week. Believe it or not, there are still some bunker around and it’s probably the latest that I’ve seen them here.

”A lot of schoolies are in the harbors and tidal rivers. A few keeper sized bass were taken from the CT river.”

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06 December 2014

• What’s Fishing in Connecticut?


“The great diversity in our New England fisheries provides us with no true off-season, and that is evident right now as we move into the winter months.

”Temperatures remain on the mild side and striped bass can be found both along our beaches and well inside our tidal rivers…tautog, cod and black sea bass remain plentiful along the coast.”

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05 December 2014

• Coast Guard Strengthens Striper Enforcement Efforts


“The Coast Guard has stepped up its winter enforcement efforts to stop the offshore poaching of stripers along the New Jersey and Delaware coasts through the month of December.

“Federal regulations say that you may not catch, target or posses (striped bass) beyond three miles offshore….”

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04 December 2014

• NOAA’s Fisheries Service Sets New Tuna Regs


“The race to save bluefin tuna reached a critical milestone today.

”The federal government published its long-awaited rule to aid the fish, and what’s been put on paper will soon start to have a major impact in the water….”

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03 December 2014

• Striper Catch Limits Cut in North Carolina


“Citing a decline in stocks, the state Division of Marine Fisheries has reduced catch limits for striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean and Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River areas for the latest season.

”The new limits affect commercial and recreational fishing.”

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01 December 2014

• CTDEEP Has Gifts For Those Who Enjoy the Outdoors


“The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) offers a wide variety of unique and affordable holiday gifts for children and adults, whether you’re shopping for an avid hiker, birdwatcher, angler or hunter.”

Please visit this link to see all the stuff: LinkToCTDEEPStore