31 August 2015

• “Expand Milford's Silver Sands State Park…”

“A plan to improve Silver Sands State Park in Milford — complete with new restrooms, a snack bar and an entrance fee — is likely to draw criticism from locals when state officials unveil it next month.

”Local leaders and residents have made it clear in recent months they're unhappy with the multi-million-dollar upgrade, predicting it will lead to traffic congestion problems in the densely populated neighborhood and put the park's charm at risk.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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• Fishing Report: Eastern Long Island

“Fish are starting to hear the dinner bell on the North Fork. Reports of absolute savage bluefish and striped bass fishing are coming in.

”While that may slow down with changing tides, etc., the bottom-fishing remains plenteous.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RiverheadLocal

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30 August 2015

• “Long Island Sound Connector Concept Revived….”

“The ambitious idea to dig a tunnel or build a bridge across the Long Island Sound, which has floated around for more than 50 years, lives on.

”While past proposals have been derailed by citizen opposition and lack of funding, Suffolk County's master plan, which was adopted this month, promises to "explore feasibility for alternate means of ingress and egress" between Long Island and the mainland.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsDay

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• Fishing Report: Eastern CT and RI

“Bonito sightings are up, but landing one has proved a bit more difficult over the past few days.

”Meanwhile, monster bluefish are wreaking havoc on baitfish all over the place.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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29 August 2015

• Fishing Reports: Rhode Island [2]

“Striped bass fishing on Block Island remains good with a number of large fish now being caught from southern coastal shores and in Narragansett Bay…

” The bonito bite remains very strong with fish being caught from Westport, MA to Westerly, RI….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WarwickOnLine

See also: ProvidenceJournal

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27 August 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 27 August 2015


STRIPED BASS fishing should improve around the “Full Sturgeon” moon along the shoreline and lower tidal rivers, especially at dawn as these large bass feed on menhaden during low light conditions.

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), Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches.

Also West Haven, 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. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release when possible.

BLUEFISH fishing continues to be good in the eastern and central sound (Southwest Reef), slower in the western sound. Fishing is consistent in the Race and Plum Gut. Also, large bluefish have been pushing bunker up into harbors and tidal rivers including the Thames River, Connecticut River, upper reaches of New Haven Harbor (West River, Mill River and Quinnipiac River) and the Housatonic River. Choppers up to 15 lbs have been reported. Other bluefish spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, Sluiceway, Pigeon Rip, Long Sand Shoal, Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Harbor blues have been feeding on snappers in the lower CT River and providing some fast paced fun fishing for anglers (shore and boat).

SNAPPER BLUES fishing continues to improve as they get larger and larger as the days go by. Fishing around the top of the flood tide has been better. Snappers are now approximately 4-8 inches in length. Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers.

ATLANTIC BONITO and LITTLE TUNNY fishing continues to improve in the sound. Some very large “False Albacore” were recently caught in the eastern Sound. These small tunas are cruising around from Watch Hill to Pine Island (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point and west to New Haven. Dawn is the best time to fish for these inshore tunas. Try casting metal

FLUKE fishing remains fair to good especially in deeper water of 90+ feet. Live lining snapper blues in the deep water is an effective way to score on late summer doormats. Traditional fluke spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and south of the Norwalk Islands

PORGY “Reef Slammers” are measuring 14-17 inches (“hubcap size”) in length. Try fishing along fishing piers, any reef or rock pile in the Sound. Seriously, they are everywhere and easy to catch...go out enjoy the fast paced family fun action. Try the Race/Valiant Rock, Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic, Millstone, Two Tree island, (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef) Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Saint Mary’s by the Sea, Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating and fun catching “Reef Slammers." These “Panfish of the Sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid/conch or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information (see page 14 of the 2015 CT Angler’s Guide).

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to be fantastic. Absolutely the best fishing in the Sound. The hot spots continues to be The Race during slack tide/Lower Thames River Reefs/Goshen Reef/Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon/Southwest Reef/Middle Ground/Stratford Shoal. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 90 to 130 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks on baited jigs or gulp. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide (stay close to the bottom) to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT Black Sea Bass regulations are as follows...14 inch min. length, 3 fish daily limit from June 1st to August 31 and a five fish daily limit from September 1 to December 31st. Berkely Gulp swimming mullet (green or white) on a spro jig and squid with a spinner above works great for these tasty “Bucketmouths”.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing continues to be steady for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. Also, called “Poor-Man’s Lobster”, these fish are very common especially when bottom fishing at Connecticut’s many shore fishing sites. With fish measuring over 20 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is getting better...some nice 18 to 20 inch CT Tarpon have been reported. Try the Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Clinton Harbor, lower Housatonic River and Fort Trumbull. These ”CT Tarpon” providing outstanding/fun shore fishing for anglers. Tie on a silver willowleaf lure or a small charteuse jig (add a 14-20 inch leader) with a slip sinker above the swivel along with light tackle (6-lb test main line). Cast to current breaks/channels and retrieve the lure and hold on/have fun...

WHITE PERCH fishing spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), upper Mystic River, upper Thames River (Norwich Harbor) and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove, Hamburg Cove and Housatonic River. Grass shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success. You can collect grass shrimp with a minnow net along the shoreline where marsh/eel grass is growing or along dock pilings. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings...just scoop them up and put them on a small hook.

BLUE CRAB fishing remains slow for keepers. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (7 inches spike to spike). Remember...all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Please contact your local bait and tackle shop for most updated information (local hot spots), legal crab traps and bait to use for your fun-filled crabbing. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

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


• Interesting Research on Stripers in Maine

“…if biologists knew which river most of Maine’s stripers hatch from, it would help them better protect the struggling species.

”Since the Snap-A-Striper program was launched by the institute three years ago, it has provided a useful data set of photographs of stripers caught by recreational fishermen, as well as fish heads sent in by fishermen who kept a striper to eat.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: PortlandPressHerald

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• Killing the Biggest Fish Is Not Sustainable

“Long-held conservation policies and traditions that tell fishermen to throw back small fry and encourage hunters to bag only the biggest trophies often hurt species instead of helping them, according to the authors of a study released Thursday by the journal Science.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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26 August 2015

• Oldest Message In A Bottle

“Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April.

”Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U.K. - which they did.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GainsvilleTimes

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• Tips for Getting Started in Fly Fishing

“Don't break the bank on gear…

”… there's never been a better time to start fly fishing than right now. Here's a look at some of the most basic fly fishing tips for beginners….”

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

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25 August 2015

• New-Fangled Rod Guides May Make Casting Easier

“I’d heard of…MicroWave guides, but figured they were just gimmicks.

“Just try it and see if you can tell the difference…

I…opened the bail and flipped the lure into the harbor’s waters.

”With almost no effort, the popping cork rig sailed about 30 yards.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LouisianaSportsman

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• Which Are the “Best” Sunglasses?

“Because sunglasses are one of the most important pieces of fishing gear and in many fishing scenarios they become unquestionably the most important tool in an angler’s arsenal.

”Fishermen face a dizzying array of options from a fairly wide field of manufacturers and knowing not only which sunglasses perform at a high level, but which are best suited to your type of fishing can be difficult.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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24 August 2015

• Milford: Shellfish Lab Working With Bay Scallops

“The population of bay scallops, a smaller relative of sea scallops, has been dwindling in U.S. waters for decades.

”The Milford Laboratory is trying to bring them back by breeding the shellfish that are most likely to survive and reproduce in the wild.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheWallStreetJournal

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• River Herring Population Drops in CT, RI

“Fisheries officials and watershed conservation groups have tallied the spring migratory runs of river herring, and in parts of southern New England, 2015 likely will go down as a particularly terrible year for these critically important forage fish.

”Reports from across Connecticut and Rhode Island show the number of migrating fish declining dramatically.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Ecori.org

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23 August 2015

• West Nile Virus Skeeters Found in Stratford

“The following numbers of mosquitoes were collected, identified, and then tested at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.

"The towns and locations of the sites, date of collection, number of mosquitoes tested, and virus isolations are listed. The total number tested this week: 7,986.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: This Link Will Take You To the WNV Activity List By Town http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2819&q=569634

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• Connecticut’s Lobster Industry Coming To An End

“The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic shift that scientists attribute in large part to the warming of the ocean.

”The trend is driving lobstermen in Connecticut and Rhode Island out of business, ending a centuries-old way of life.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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• Fishing Report: Long Island

“Consistently catching fish is all about recognizing how and why fish move from place to place. Patterns emerge. Write them down. Fishing the same area at the same time of year will often yield similar results. We are now starting to see a typical late summer pattern.

”Blues are moving in, baitfish of all types are around. Bottom fishing is red hot.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RiverheadLocal

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• Those Turtles Are Diamondback Terrapins

• You can see them in the lower Housatonic River too

“Norwalk's Hoyt Island has been made into a sustainable habitat for its population of northern diamondback terrapin -- a swamp turtle species that became rare in the twentieth century due to over-hunting…

”The terrapins live in the estuary waters between Hoyt and the coastline, venturing onto nearby land to sun themselves, hunt for fish, and spawn.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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• Another Good Story from Charley Soares

“As with most fishermen during the early spring days of May, our conversation turned to fishing and more specifically stripers. I was running a small bass boat out of Sakonnet Point and spending just about every morning working the white water from Sakonnet Light to Warrens Point and back.

”At the time the hot lure was the famous Atom Popper.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FallRiverWickedLocal

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22 August 2015

• Greenwich: Woman Falls Overboard Unnoticed…Rescued By Paddleboarder

“The caller said that as he was piloting his boat on the Long Island Sound his passenger had fallen overboard and was now missing at sea.

”As the Greenwich Marine Section responded to the call, it was learned that the passenger had been picked up by a passing paddle boarder.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: PatchGreenwich

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• Fishing Report: Rhode Island

“People are catching striped bass at Block Island both day and night, but the bite is good some days and not so good other days…. The same with offshore fishing. Guys are trying to hook up with shark and tuna but things offshore are not consistently good….

”Scup, bluefish: In Narragansett Bay fishing has slowed due to warming water. But anglers are catching scup, black sea bass and bluefish with the tautog bite just starting. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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• Fishing Report: Long Island’s East End

“Now that the hordes of bluefish have mostly moved back into Gardiners Bay and Long Island Sound to gorge on the clouds of baby bunker and rain minnows, the stripers in the rips off Montauk are a little easier (and cheaper) to access. Wire line trolling is accounting for the most fish, but drifting eels is working well too, both day and night…

”There are some bonito starting to pop up in Block Island Sound and in the ocean off Shinnecock. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: 27East.com http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/East-End/119294/From-Cartwright-To-The-Canyons-Theres-Fish-To-Be-Had

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• Fishing Report: Cape, Boston, Etc.

“Just because the bass are sulking doesn’t mean that anglers have to accept a striper skunking. To keep catching, give the fishing forecast a close read and take note of the techniques that repeatedly pop up in successful reports. Head for deeper waters, make sure that you have live or fresh bait on hand, and above all else, keep a line in the water.

”The big bass are out there, and they have to eat sometime….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

Another article on same area: LowellSun

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• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area

“The Port Jefferson Ferry/WICC600 Greatest Bluefish Contest on Earth, is scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and run through Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $47…

”The top prize for the heaviest bluefish is $25,000 cash. Second place is worth $10,000, third place $2,500….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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20 August 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 20 August 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good in the lower tidal rivers, especially at dawn as these large bass feed on menhaden during low light conditions. Fishing from sundown to sunrise for trophy-sized “cow” stripers is your best bet this time of the year. Casting swimming lures (Gulp), surface poppers, and bouncing jigs off the bottom in the shallows at low light has been productive. Also, live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden), hickory shad or scup on the reefs has been effective on “cow” bass. Bunker schools are in the major tidal rivers and harbors with stripers following close behind. Look for hovering or diving ospreys which is an indication of bunker schools.

The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill Reefs (20-50ft), Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, West Haven (Bradley Point) and the upper reaches, 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. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release when possible.

BLUEFISH fishing continues to be good in the eastern and central sound (Southwest Reef), slower in thewestern sound. Fish finder rigs baited with fresh bunker chunks has been effective for larger choppers. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River (CT DEEP headquarters 37 inch 15 lb bluefish from shore), Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SNAPPER fishing is improving as they get larger and larger as the days go by... Fishing around the top of the flood tide has been better. Snappers are still small for this time of the year (4-6 inches in length). Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers.

FLUKE fishing has slowed for keeper-sized fluke, with many large fish migrating south/east towards Montauk. Look for doormat-sized summer flounder in deeper water/channels (50-110ft). Using live snapper blues or peanut bunker for bait is the ticket for catching that trophy doormat! Summer flounder spots include the south shore of Montauk Point, Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stoningtonbreakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

PORGY fishing is the best...they are everywhere and so much fun to catch. These “Reef Slammers” are 14-17 inches (“hubcap size”) in length. Try fishing along fishing piers, any reef or rock pile in the Sound. Seriously, they are everywhere and easy to catch...go out enjoy the fast paced family fun action.

Try the Race/Valiant Rock, Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic, Millstone, Two Tree island, (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Saint Mary’s by the Sea, Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating and fun catching “Reef Slammers”. These “Panfish of the Sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid/conch or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information (see page 14 of the 2015 CT Angler’s Guide).

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to be fantastic...throughout the Sound. The hot spots continues to be The Race during slack tide/Lower Thames River Reefs/Goshen Reef/Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon/Southwest Reef/Middle Ground/Stratford Shoal. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 90 to 130 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks on baited jigs or gulp. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide (stay close to the bottom) to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT Black Sea Bass regulations are as follows...14 inch min. length, 3 fish daily limit from June 1st to August 31 and a five fish daily limit from September 1 to December 31st. Berkely Gulp swimming mullet (green or white) on a spro jig and squid with a spinner above works great for these tasty “Bucketmouths”.

ATLANTIC BONITO and LITTLE TUNNY fishing has begun to heat up in the sound. A large 30 inch Atlantic Bonito (10 pounds) was recently caught at six mile reef (Clinton). These small tunas are cruising around from Watch Hill to Pine Island (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point and west to New Haven. Dawn is the best time to fish for these inshore tunas. Try casting metal (heavy) lures to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip.

BLACKFISH fishing is getting better. Remember, the season closes on September 1 (re-opens October 10th). Look for these “Reef Bullies” around your favorite local reef and or pilings (8 to 35 feet). The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs and mussels...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for “Togs” over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing continues to be steady for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. Also, called “Poor-Man’s Lobster”, these fish are very common especially when bottom fishing. With fish measuring over 23 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is slowly improving. Try the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, Baldwin State Boat Launch, Clinton Harbor, lower Housatonic River and Fort Trumbull. These ”CT Tarpon” providing outstanding/fun shore fishing for anglers. Tie on a silver willowleaf lure or a small charteuse jig (add a 14-20 inch leader) with a slip sinker above the swivel along with light tackle (6lb test main line). Cast to current breaks/channels and retrieve the lure and hold on/have fun...

WHITE PERCH fishing is a good alternative when shore fishing for bass/blues or hickory shad. These tasty perch are found in estuaries (lower rivers), tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), upper Mystic River, upper Thames River (Norwich Harbor) and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove, Hamburg Cove and Housatonic River. Grass shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success. You can collect grass shrimp with a minnow net along the shoreline where marsh/eel grass is growing or along dock pilings. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings...just scoop them up and put them on a small hook.

BLUE CRAB fishing is slow for keepers. It’s continues to be a slow year. Remember...all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Please contact your local bait and tackle shop for most updated information (local hot spots), legal crab traps and bait to use for your fun-filled crabbing. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

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


19 August 2015

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 17 August 2015

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Another foggy morning leaving Hometown, CT to head for the boat on Tuesday.


Out on the lower Housatonic River these Canada geese were arriving from the nearest golf course to feed on the greenery at the septic plant outlet.


Egret looking very elegant on the right-hand breakwater...


...and perhaps even more elegant flying.


Workboat. Did a quick Internet search to find out how many people work on Long Island Sound. No luck. Please let me know if you know the answer to that.


What happens if you let your jig get to the bottom...it gets grabbed by a porgy.



Still don't know what kind of birds these are.



Charlie W. and I got into a mixed bag of striped bass and bluefish...nothing on the surface...all from blind-casting. This blue had a piece of line wrapped around his body just behind his gills and trailing back behind him about two feet.

The line had obviously been there a long time as it was covered with algae growth and had cut deeply into the fish. We got the fish on the boga grip, cut the line off him, and figuring he deserved another chance...we released him. He'd put up a good fight.

The line on him was not fishing line...too thick...maybe from a bait trap or part of a net.



The stripers were schoolies, maybe to 24 inches...



...but the bluefish were larger. This one registered eight pounds on the boga scale.



The fishing was not fast and furious by any means...but it was significantly better than what we'd seen on recent trips.

The combination of the boonie hat and the sun shade over the nose remind me of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.



No, they weren't coming after us.


Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com


• Video: Fileting A Flounder

“Need to fillet a fluke, flounder or other flatfish?

”… slice a fluke into four bone-free fillets in this step-by-step video with helpful diagrams.…”

Please visit this link to see the video: OnTheWater

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18 August 2015

• Wanna Try Strip Baits?

“New take on strip baits: Fluid action, natural feel, and rugged durability make this rig a must-know.

”This pair of short videos demonstrates how to cut, rig, and present this improved version of the traditional strip bait…”

Please visit this link to see the video: IGFA via YouTube

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17 August 2015

• Corps of Engineers To Dump Dredge Spoil In LIS

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to go ahead with long-languishing plans to continue to allow the dumping of toxin-laden dredge spoils from Connecticut rivers into the Long Island Sound, and environmentalists on Long Island are gearing up for a fight.

”The Army Corps plans to release a Dredged Material Management Plan and an Environmental Impact Statement, ten years in the making, next Mon., Aug. 17, and will hold the first of four public hearings on Aug. 24 in Port Jefferson. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastEndBeacon

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• Hooks: Choosing the Right One

“Walk down the hook aisle at your local tackle shop these days and you might just get dizzy. There’s more styles, sizes, and manufacturers than an angler could possibly fathom. So, what’s the best way to…outfit your tackle box with the best hooks to get the job done?

”In this FS Seminar, Rick Ryals tells us what the most important things are to consider when selecting the right hook for the job.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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16 August 2015

• Fishing Report: Long Island

“…fishing for porgies, sea bass and fluke in the ocean and Long Island Sound has been automatic, with fluke to 7.5 lbs., though windy conditions have hurt the bite a little recently.

”Striped bass fishing has been good out in the race.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SoutholdLocal

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• Are You A Better Fly-Caster Than A Fifth Grader?

“She’s only 11, and adorable, and looks like should be manning a Kool-Aid stand, or bugging her younger brothers with real bugs.

”Instead she has just become the greatest female fly caster of all time—and is just a half-step behind the best men.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SportsGrid

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• “The Transition To Fall Fishing…"

“The transition to fall fishing happens gradually. Late August usually brings more frequent feeding periods. Bluefish begin seeking out schools of smaller baitfish and are more often seen on the surface. Striped bass gradually move from night-time feeding, back to the hours of dawn and dusk and eventually throughout the day.

”Striped bass, bluefish, bonita and false albacore begin even earlier in waters to our north off Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Surf fishing enthusiasts especially look forward to this time of year and plan accordingly for weekend and day trips to beaches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to catch the fall migration as they move down the coast.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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15 August 2015

• Fishing Report: Long Island

“Despite some windy weather that made it tough for small boaters to get out this past week, local fishing maintained mid-summer form.

"Snappers continue to please at the docks, small fluke abound in the bays and harbors and mixed-bag catches remain the best bet for taking home a big pile of fillets.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsDay

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• Fishing Report: Boston Area

“Warm water temperatures and a general lack of striped bass in Massachusetts waters in late July appeared to paint a depressing picture of poor striper fishing ahead for August. Then, over the past week, a slug of stripers showed up in Bay State waters, likely coming in from offshore grounds.

”Nobody seems to know why these fish came inshore or how long they’ll stay, but for the moment, I’m not hearing any complaints.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

NOTE: Check back later today for a report from Long Island.

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• Fishing Report: Rhode Island

“We landed five bonito today with most of our fish being caught off Matunuck. But we worked for them, searching for the fish looking for the terns and gray gulls…

"The bay anchovies out here are amazing. Acres of three-quarter-inch bait fish 10 feet thick from the surface.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island…Redux


“Bluefish bite has been good. "We have many large bluefish in the Bay but they seem to be running deep. Anglers are catching them with bucktails when bass fishing.

”Last week we weighed in a sixteen pound bluefish.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WarwickBeacon

NOTE: Check back later today for reports from Long Island...Boston.

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• Fishing Report: NY Area

“As for striped bass, these fish aren’t exactly chomping at the bait, but…reports a number of keeper fish in the 12-15 pound range along with some 25-30 pounders being caught off Sandy Hook at night.

”… fluking has been decent along the Rockaway Reef and Tin Can Grounds, but porgies and sea bass have been providing most of the action.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

NOTE: Check back later today for reports from Long Island...Boston...Rhode Island.

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14 August 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 13 August 2015

STRIPED BASS fishing should be good (especially at night) around this weekend’s NEW moon. Fishing continues to be very good in the lower tidal rivers (CT and Thames River) especially at dawn as these large bass feed on menhaden during low light conditions. Three 50 inch striped bass were caught last week from Westbrook to West Haven (all were released). Fishing from sundown to sunrise for trophy-sized “cow” stripers is your best bet this time of the year.Casting swimming lures, surface poppers, and bouncing jigs off the bottom in the shallows at low light has been productive. Also, live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden), hickory shad or scup on the reefs has been effective on “cow” bass. Bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools are in the major tidal rivers and harbors with stripers following close behind. Look for hovering or diving ospreys which is an indication of bunker (menhaden) schools.

The usual striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, West Haven and the upper reaches, 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. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release when possible.

BLUEFISH fishing is very good in the eastern and central sound (Southwest Reef), slower in the western sound, where a pod of adult bottlenose dolphins have been spotted feeding on menhaden. Fish finder rigs baited with fresh bunker chunks has been effective for larger choppers. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is fair at best in the tidal creeks and rivers. A slow start to the season. Fishing around the top of the flood tide has been better. Snappers are also small for this time of the year (3-5 inches in length). Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers. Hopefully, things will pick up as they get larger.

FLUKE fishing has really picked up over this past two weeks with doormats weighing 10 lbs being reported. Using live snapper blues or peanut bunker for bait is the ticket forcatching that trophy doormat! Summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person. Note: New York has the same summer flounder regulations as Connecticut. However, Rhode Island is open with an 18 inch minimum length and an 8 fish daily creel limit. Since Rhode Island has a higher daily creel limit than Connecticut and New York please make sure you abide by the state with the most restrictive regulation when crossing (by boat) state boundaries.

PORGY fishing is awesome...they are everywhere. “Reef Slammers” measuring 14-18.5 inches (“hubcap size”) in length continue to be reported at fishing piers, reef or rock piles in the Sound. Seriously, they are everywhere and easy to catch...go out enjoy the fast paced family fun action. Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic, Millstone, Two Tree island, (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Saint Mary’s by the Sea, Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating and fun catching “Reef Slammers”. These “Panfish of the Sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid/conch or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information (see page 14 of the 2015 CT Angler’s Guide).

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to be fantastic...throughout the Sound. What a fishery! The hot spots continues to be The Race during slack tide/Lower Thames River Reefs/Goshen Reef/Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon/Middle Ground/Stratford Shoal. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 80 to 120 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks on baited jigs or gulp. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide (stay close to the bottom) to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT Black Sea Bass regulations are as follows...14 inch min. length, 3 fish daily limit from June 1st to August 31 and a five fish daily limit from September 1 to December 31st. Berkely Gulp swimming mullet (green or hite) on a spro jig and squid with a spinner above works great for these tasty “Bucketmouths”.

BLACKFISH fishing is really good...give it a try before the season closes on September 1 (reopens October 10). There are plenty of these “Reef Bullies” around the local reefs and pilings (8 to 35 feet). The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs and mussels...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for “Togs” over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles. Anglers please note: CTDEEP and Marine Fishing Clubs have been tagging blackfish with yellow American Littoral Society Tags to determine their movements and growth rates. This critical biological information will help us understand and manage this important resident species to Long Island Sound. Please record Tag Number, Location (Lat/Long), Length and weight of Blackfish and Date of Capture. www.littoralsociety.org 18 Hartshorne Dr., Ste.1, Highlands New Jersey 07732. Thank you very much for your cooperation and participating in Marine Fisheries Management.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing is steady for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. Also called “Poor-Man’s Lobster”, these fish are very common especially when bottom fishing. With fish measuring over 23 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is slowly improving. Try the Black Hall River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, Clinton Harbor and the lower Housatonic River. Incoming tide is the key...as this species migrates a lot. These ”CT Tarpon” providing outstanding/fun shore fishing for anglers. Tie on a silver willowleaf lure or a small chartreuse jig (add a 14-20 inch leader) with a slip sinker above the swivel along with light tackle (6lb test main line). Cast to current breaks/channels and retrieve the lure and hold on/have fun.

WHITE PERCH fishing continues to be a good alternative when shore fishing for bass/blues or hickory shad. These tasty perch are found in estuaries (lower rivers), tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), upper Mystic River, upper Thames River (Norwich Harbor) and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove, Hamburg Cove and Housatonic River. Grass shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success. You can collect grass shrimp with a minnow net along the shoreline where marsh/eel grass is growing or along dock pilings. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings...just scoop them up and put them on a small hook.

BLUE CRAB fishing is slowly improving in the tidal creeks. It’s been a slow year. Now is time to get out, try your favorite spot, enjoy the scenery (weather) and catch some crabs for dinner (crab cakes/sauce). Remember...all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Please contact your local bait and tackle shop for most updated information (local hot spots), legal crab traps and bait to use for your fun-filled crabbing. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on (along with a long handle net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

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


13 August 2015

• Keeping Your VHF Comms Confidential

“Having a group of ­buddy boats fishing on the same day can pay off big time; intel shared by one lucky captain helps others. Thanks to the latest VHF radio technology, you can share information without tipping off others.

”This is especially helpful when you’re offshore and outside the range of cellphone towers. Here are four ways to communicate privately over public airwaves.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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