31 October 2015

• NOAA Has New Website with Data on Sustainable Seafood and Eating Seafood

Find a fish and look up lots of information on it. E.g., “Striped bass is a good source of low-fat protein and selenium. Consumption advisories for striped bass vary from state to state.”

Hint: If you’re looking for striped bass, it’s under “Atlantic Striped Bass.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NOAA

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• Surfcasting Eastern Long Island

“The surf fishing action this week finally gave anglers something to get out of bed for—or, actually, something to avoid going to bed for.If you were willing to sacrifice a lot of sleep, there were stripers to be caught along the sand beaches and around local inlets.

”There are still lots of bunker along the ocean shores and once the sun dropped below the horizon the stripers moved in to feed. The fishing was not gangbusters by any means and the fish were mostly schoolie sized…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: 27East

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30 October 2015

• Fishing: Western Long Island Sound

“In Long Island Sound, for example, porgies have been moving eastward from recent hot spots around City Island out to Oyster Bay and beyond…

”So now blackfish are the popular target in the western Sound. Look for them around New Rochelle or perhaps on the Connecticut side near Greenwich or Stamford.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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29 October 2015

• Fall Migration Is Underway

“…local boaters and surf fishermen are observing the bass migration around the Merrimack River, Plum Island and Plymouth. Striped bass sensing diminishing light and temperature changes know that it’s time to leave New England for the winter and head south towards the Chesapeake.

”Bass action is concentrating now from the Cape Cod Canal to Buzzards Bay, as the stripers take their annual short cut. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WorcesterTelegram

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28 October 2015

• How to Catch New England Blackfish

“’Can you grab the net?’ ‘Sure!’ I said and gently raised my bent rod. ‘As soon as I land mine.’ The action began fast with a brace of white-chin blackfish, a mere sample of what was to follow.

“With over an hour of prime tide still ahead, we knew we were in for two limits followed by fist-bumping catch-and-release action until we exhausted our bait supply.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article:SaltWaterSportsman

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27 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 22 October 2015

Striped Bass fishing has been fantastic nearshore as large schools of bass push bait into the shoreline. “Those are not bluefish on top busting the bait but schools of large striped bass”. Larger “Cow Bass” can still be caught on the local reefs and shoal/ rip areas. Top water plugs along with live eels or bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on three-way or slider rigs have been the ticket. Try your local beach and shore access area...stripers are pushing the “peanut” bunker right to the shoreline. Cast top water plugs and be ready for some fast paced fishing action with bass up to 38 inches reported.

Bluefish fishing remains good. 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), Six mile Reef, New Haven Harbor, Charles Island area, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Blackfish fishing is good to excellent when it’s not blowing a gale. Try fishing areas off the beaten path instead of the popular reefs in order to improve your chances. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). It’s been a shallow water bite (6-30 feet) for now. However, the togs will move deeper as the water cools.

Black Sea Bass and Porgy fishing continues to be very good. Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS. Time is slipping away... before they migrate out of the Sound!

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

Atlantic Bonito and False Albocore fishing is still good. Points east are better as they migrate out of the sound. These small tuna are still hanging around in eastern LIS, Watch Hill area, the Race, and around Bartlett Reef (find the birds/bait).

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


• Fishing Piers: Appropriate Behavior Rules for Anglers

“…ocean fishing piers. Those who do should be aware there are certain expectations and standards of decorum that will make their experience there better for themselves and those around them.

The ’Eight Commandments of Fishing Piers’ are…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SunJournal

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26 October 2015

• Video: Mapping the Bottom of Long Island Sound

“State-of-the-art sonar equipment is giving us a better picture of the Long Island Sound--the bottom of it.

”The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admitinstration's ship named Nancy Foster has been scanning the ocean floor to generate an unprecedented image of the terrain.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FOXCT

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25 October 2015

• Two Top Flounder Rigs

“Reilly stuck to using bucktails, I stayed with dropping strip baits. We had a dead sea to start, and Reilly was on the board quickly with a six-pounder. But at a moment’s notice, the drift quickly picked up, and my strip bait found its mark with a 6.3-pounder.

”We also put another 10 fluke up to 6 pounds in the ice box…

”Here’s how to work both methods to put doormats in the cooler.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorLife

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24 October 2015

• Fish to Catch on Surface Lures

“When a 20- to 30-inch striped bass takes a shot at your popper or Spook, you get a nice splash. When a 30-plus-pound striper hits that topwater, it can change your life.

”The first time it happened to me I was 19, standing on a sod bank along New Jersey’s Barnegat Inlet on a breathless October morning.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream

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23 October 2015

• Catching Stripers During the Fall Sand Eel Run

“As false dawn lit up the ocean waters off Southampton, NY, birds began diving on schools of sand eels. The wind was out of the southeast and the sand eels were tight to the beach.

”My son-in-law Isa and I were well prepared with diamond jigs tipped with green and red tails.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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22 October 2015

• MV Fishing Tournament Winners

“On stage Sunday were: Clinton A. Fisher ( boat bluefish,17.87 lbs.); Karen A. Altieri (shore bluefish, 15.65 lbs); Stephen J. Pietruska (Boat bass, 41.98 lbs.); and Miles Whyte (shore bass, 37.95 lbs.).

Also, "Rob E. Coad (boat bonito, 11.32 lbs.); Timothy J. Scott (shore bonito, 8.99 lbs.); Fred Hoffman (boat albacore,14.22 lbs.); and Donald R. Sicard (shore albacore, 13.10 lbs.)…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MVTimes

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21 October 2015

• Albie Fishing

“We were both used to making 60- to 70-foot casts to reach a skittish school of fast-moving “hardtails,” but today, with a 30-foot shoot and three strips of an anchovy fly, I was in.

”The fish seemed hell-bent on beaching itself somewhere in Connecticut.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream

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20 October 2015

• Bunker, Bunker, Bunker

“The fish you’ve seen in schools ranging in size from a bathtub to several acres, are a small silvery blue herring called Atlantic menhaden…. They are better known as bunker or pogies (not porgies) and the smaller fish (1 to 5 inches) are called peanut bunker.

”They are number one on the hit parade for all game fish anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard, including stripers, blues, albacore, weakfish, porgies and even fluke.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ShelterIslandReporter

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19 October 2015

• “American Eels Will Not Be Listed Under the Endangered Species Act”

“American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen who catch the increasingly valuable species…

”The petitioners argued that the eels have lost more than 80 percent of their habitat and that the stock is jeopardized by commercial fishing. But the wildlife service issued a report Wednesday saying that ‘there have been large declines in abundance from historical times,’ but the species ‘currently appears to be stable….’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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18 October 2015

• “Many Young Fish Moving North with Adults As Climate Changes”

“Numerous studies in the Northeast U.S. have shown that adult marine fish distributions are changing, but few studies have looked at the early life stages of those adult fish to see what is happening to them over time.

”A new study by NOAA Fisheries researchers has some answers, finding that distributions of young stages and the timing of the life cycle of many fish species are also changing.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily

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17 October 2015

• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

“…striped bass are starting to show up in larger numbers…being caught on poppers and peanut bunker during the early morning and evening hours, mostly along beaches and around reefs. Some blues are also being caught, but they too are spread out as they follow schools of bunker.

“...some fishermen are encountering schools of albies (false albacore) as they go after blues [what?***]. Many of the blues are running well over 15 pounds with some bass topping 30 pounds.…”

[what?***] Comment: This is the sort of thing one finds when reading fishing reports written by someone who’s not a fisherman.

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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• Fishing Report: Rhode Island

“Striped bass and bluefish are back in the Bay.

"Large bluefish in the 10-pound range are being caught at Conimicut Point along with keeper-sized bass mixed in…

"Thursday was an OK day for bass fishing at the Southwest Ledge off Block Island, but I expect things to pick up more as the water continues to clear…. We had a good bass bite this week from Watch Hill to Point Judith from shore.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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16 October 2015

• Fishing Report: Long Island

“North Shore blackfishing is off to a decent start as well. While a lot of anglers are still piling up fillets from porgies and sea bass, those who have concentrated on the 'tog are scoring best in 20- to 30-foot depths off prominent points like Cranes Neck, Matinecock Point, Eatons Neck and Hortons Point. The waters around Fishers Island have also produced exceptionally well.

”As for surf fishing, consider any strong winds an opportunity to encounter big fish this weekend.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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15 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 15 October 2015


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. Top water plugs along with 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), Six Mile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor, 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 large stragglers around.

BLACKFISH fishing is good to excellent. It has been a steady bite. A 12 pounder off Bridgeport is the biggest reported. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). It’s been a shallow water bite (6-30 feet). Togs will move deeper as the water cools.

BLACK SEA BASS and PORGY fishing continues to be excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Fishing is good to excellent throughout LIS. Time is slipping away... so the time to go is now! Shore fishing spots for scup Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities.

ATLANTIC BONITO and FALSE ALBACORE fishing is still good. Points east are better as they migrate out of the sound. Watch Hill and Montauk has been red hot. Look for hovering and diving gulls and terns to give away their location. The key is...to match the hatch. The hatch can be really small (I inch or smaller in the western sound). Use nothing more than 15 pound mono or fluorocarbon (smaller the better).

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


• Maryland Striped Bass Juvenile Index is Eighth Highest on Record

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the 2015 striped bass juvenile index is the eighth highest on record.

”The survey, a measure of spawning success, found an average of 24.2 juvenile fish per sample, approximately double the long-term average of 11.9.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsMaryland

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• NOAA Lab in Milford Hosts Open House Saturday

“The Milford Laboratory, where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration carries out research on life in Long Island Sound on everything from algae to oysters, will stage a free open house on Saturday.

”The lab, at 212 Rogers Ave., is part of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

”The open house on Oct. 17, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m., will feature displays illustrating the various research and community activities that occur at the lab.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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14 October 2015

• Long Island Sound Research Report: Go East, Young Fisher...

“What surprised us is how quickly the water quality improves as you move from west to east. Before you even lose sight of the Manhattan skyline, the pollution has started to dissipate.

”That’s because of the input of freshwater along the Connecticut coast and the power of The Race. Together they flush the Sound intensively, leaving its eastern end in amazingly good shape.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LongIslandPress

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12 October 2015

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 12 October 2015

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This photo tells the whole story.

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• Bacon, Egg, Cheese, and Seaweed On A Hard Roll

“Wild seaweeds have long been eaten as food in the Northeast, but deliberately farming them by seeding spores into the open ocean, which is how seaweed is generally produced for Asian markets, is still exceedingly rare in North America.

”…the rich nutritional content and low environmental footprint of native seaweeds like kelp, nori, and dulse makes their cultivation a promising venture for a new wave of growers who are just now starting to experiment with aquaculture.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonGlobe

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11 October 2015

• “Atlantic Menhaden Are Not Overfished, and Overfishing Is Not Occurring”

“NOAA Fisheries' Chesapeake Bay Office recently updated its ‘Menhaden Facts’ webpage and, in doing so, confirmed the sustainability of the Atlantic menhaden fishery, according to the Menhaden Fisheries Coalition.

”The page update states that ‘Atlantic menhaden are not overfished, and overfishing is not occurring,’ a conclusion NOAA based on the latest benchmark stock assessments for 2015. The 2015 Atlantic menhaden stock assessment came after years of research and observation….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SeafoodSource

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10 October 2015

• Fishing Report: Long Island: The Fall Run

“After a week of gusty winds that kept most boats in port, anglers couldn't wait to get out and test the waters over the past few days.

”What they found was a solid start to the fall run along both the North and South shores, as well as across the East End.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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• Fishing Report: Cape Cod and the Islands: The Migration

“Virtually every striped bass we see around here comes from either the Chesapeake or Hudson River systems.

”They migrate, move around and have to eat a whole lot of food ahead of their trip back down south, around Montauk and the rough and ready fisherman who are trying to pick them off at every stop along the way.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeCodTimes

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09 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 17 September 2015


Striped Bass fishing is improving and Bluefish fishing remains at its peak (Fantastic)! 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. The lower Housatonic River is phenomenal...lots of bait and “alligator blues.”

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), Six Mile 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. Large striped bass have been caught trolling (8 to 12 feet) along Short Beach to Stratford Point using a SP Minnow in the bone or pearl color pattern.

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains very good. They can be found mixed in with menhaden. Snappers are measuring about 6-10 inches in length.

Black Sea Bass and Porgy fishing continues to be excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Middle Ground Light (Stratford) has produced porgies to 18 inches and 4 pounds. Fishing in deeper water (80 to 160 feet) over gnarly bottom (be prepared to lose rigs) is your best bet for bigger black sea bass.

Atlantic Bonito and False Albacore fishing is very good throughout the sound. Try 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. Be patient and they will come to you...try to avoid pushing them down and out of site. The key is...to match the hatch. The hatch can be really small (I inch or smaller in the western sound). Use nothing more than 15 pound mono or fluorocarbon (smaller the better). They love eating silversides...imitate that baitfish and game on.

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


• Fly Fishing: Big-Taper Lines for Big Flies

“If you plan to fling half a chicken anytime soon, today’s fastest, powerful fly rods, and an aggressive (short belly)
specialty taper fly line can help you do that, without sending you in for Tommy John surgery.

”Targeting…many bluewater species can call for big, air-resistant flies. Big flies are typically hard to cast, because the rod does not load readily….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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08 October 2015

• Atlantic Salmon: CTDEEP To Stock Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers This Week

“Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that its 2015 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon have begun.

”DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division last week released 250 salmon into Crystal Lake (Ellington/Stafford – 125 fish) and Mount Tom Pond (Morris/Litchfield/Washington, 125 fish). This week DEEP is stocking a total of 600 salmon into the Shetucket River (300 fish) and the Naugatuck River (300 fish)….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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• EPA Releases Updated Housatonic River Cleanup Plan

“The clean-up of the Housatonic River that began late in the 20th century with planning leading to the Consent Decree will extend well into the 21st.

”Someday, however, this will be a dramatically cleaner river.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BerkshireEagle

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• October for Blackfish [Tautog]

“There is nothing glamorous about these buck-toothed fish. They’re short and stubby. They have oversized, rubbery lips. They are slimy, and they have little tails that look too small for their robust bodies. But what they lack in aesthetics, they make up for with their bulldog antics when hooked.

”The same muscles that provide their brute strength also yield beautiful, firm white fillets.…”

Connecticut Blackfish season is 10 October to 06 December, 4 fish per angler.

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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07 October 2015

• “Super-Realistic” Lures

“The big plus with these lures is that you don’t have to fish them fast to draw strikes. With lures that only vaguely resemble baitfish, unless you keep the bait moving rapidly, the fish will sometimes see that it’s bogus.

”That won’t likely happen with the new breed; many of these lures could be fished almost like live bait, and probably will produce almost as well.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

Photo also from Florida Sportsman.

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• Would You Like Plastic With Your Fish?

“Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.

”The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to directly link plastic and man-made debris to the fish on consumers' dinner plates.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: UnderwaterTimes

Chart is from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

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06 October 2015

• Author Talks About the Decline of the Fishery

“'The fish in the ocean once numbered the grains of sand in the Sahara,' he said. 'And there was thinking that there was nothing we could do to touch it. Yet, it turns out, the killing of the fish in the ocean was far easier than the killing of all insects on the land….'

”Today most striped bass caught along the eastern seaboard were spawned in the Chesapeake Bay. Yet more than a century ago, striped bass spawned in many of the rivers of the eastern seaboard all the way up to Maine.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: VinyardGazette

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05 October 2015

• Fishing Report: MA…Boston

“October, like April, is a transition month. The striped bass are on their way south along with migratory birds and waterfowl. Trout are about to be stocked. The problem for the sportsman is what to do?

"Striped bass continue their migration back to the Carolinas but not before they stop and gorge themselves on the small fish now available to them. Squid, mackerel and herring are just a few of the fish they are feeding on as they travel south.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LowellSun

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• CT Waterways In Serious Need of Dredging

“Long Island Sound, and our 332 miles of Connecticut coastline, is a critical natural, recreational, and economic resource for our region and the nation. Over the next 30 years, an estimated 53 million cubic yards of sediment must be removed from waterways and channels along the Sound…to ensure the continued viability of the region’s maritime-dependent activities — including military and federal facilities that are critical to our local economy.

”Unfortunately, the lack of a clear framework for needed dredging maintenance, and the disposal of dredged materials in the region, as well as ongoing uncertainty over the future use of open water placement, has had a negative impact on private marinas, ports, towns and even Naval Submarine Base New London.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheDay

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04 October 2015

• Fishing Report: Eastern Long Island

“Fall has reared its ugly head, replete with winds out of the east for days on end and now a hurricane. Yuck. Did I mention unending rain? The rain will never stop. Ever.

”Kayak fishing is shut down. I missed fishing my favorite moon. But the eclipse was nice.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RiverheadLocal

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• We’re From the Government and We’re Here to…Mess You Up

“Long Island Sound is a federally designated no-discharge zone, but apparently no one told the right people at the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

”The corps, which is rapidly readying a lunatic plan to destroy the Montauk downtown oceanfront in order to save it, and the E.P.A. are ready to continue dumping dredged material in the Sound, as close to eastern Long Island as off New London.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastHamptonStar

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03 October 2015

• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

Happy Birthday Cuzzin Rich!

“…forecasts for this weekend are still kind of discouraging, with rain, winds and maybe even a hurricane. Therefore, predictions are iffy about where best to head for productive fishing.

”However, several captains have noted that the fall migration of fishing species is under way…Long Island Sound has been loaded with bunker and other bait fish. So we can certainly look forward to landing porgies, bluefish, striped bass and black sea bass.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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• Fishing Report: Rhode Island

“Striped bass fishing is improving, with some bass now being caught in Bays, rivers and coves with an enhanced bite along the southern coastal shore and off Newport to Little Compton.

"Customers are catching bass at the Newport Bridge next to the bridge stanchions and then trying their luck outside at Brenton Reef….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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02 October 2015

• The Fall Run: What Lures Match What Baitfish?

“The “fall run” happens in waves, as all sizes of stripers make the move south, swinging into the coast along the way to feast on the various species of baitfish that hug the shoreline during their own migrations south.

”Different species of baitfish are abundant at different times throughout the Fall—get familiar with the baitfish of the fall run and finish your surfcasting season strong.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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01 October 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 01 October 2015


Striped Bass fishing is improving and Bluefish fishing remains at its peak (Fantastic)! 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), Six Mile 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. Large striped bass have been caught trolling (8 to 12 feet) along Short Beach to Stratford Point using a SP Minnow in the bone or pearl color pattern. Try shallow water striper fishing and you be glad you did.

Snapper Bluefish fishing remains very good. They can be found mixed in with menhaden. Snappers are measuring about 6-10 inches in length.

Black Sea Bass and Porgy fishing remains excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action. Fishing in deeper water (80+ feet) over gnarly bottom (be prepared to lose rigs) is your best bet for bigger black sea bass. Shore fishing spots for scup Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. 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).

Atlantic Bonito and False Albacore 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. Be patient and they will come to you...try to avoid pushing them down and out of site. The key is to match the hatch. The hatch can be really small, try using a fly rod. Use nothing more than 15 pound mono or fluorocarbon (smaller the better). They love eating silversides...imitate that baitfish and game on...

Blue Crab fishing is tough and patience is the key. Remember...all egg-bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. 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.
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