30 November 2015

• Environmental Change Means Fishing Laws Must Change

“Climate change continues to warm local waters with mounting proof that it is impacting our fishing environment. Fishing is changing. Warm water fish are moving into the Northeast, and cold water fish are moving to deeper, cooler water.

”If the environment is changing, then our fishing laws — which stem from the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) — need to be updated to reflect these changes.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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29 November 2015

• Christmas Gifts for Fisherfolk

“If you have a special someone on your holiday gift list that enjoys fishing, here are some gifts to consider.

”As a fisherman, I wouldn't mind receiving any of these items as a holiday gift.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WarwickBeacon

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28 November 2015

• Long Island Fishing Report

“If you are looking to give thanks this holiday season from a sporting perspective, you can start with the fishing. With one of the warmest falls on record, stripers, blackfish and sea bass are still in play and are offering some of the best catches of the year.

”That's certainly the case with bottom fishing.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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26 November 2015

• Is Nothing Sacred? Fly Fishing Tourney Chair Scammed Competitors?

“Dozens of fly fishers in the state are out thousands of dollars and they claim it's all because a fly fishing league organizer scammed them out of their money.

”The Pro Fly Angling Tour was supposed to be the "major leagues" of fly fishing, where competitors paid to compete with the chance to win major prize money….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheDenverChannel

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25 November 2015

• 2016 Fish Quotas May Change

“How fish stock assessments and quotas are used to regulate recreational and commercial fishing is often mind-boggling. The science and data that is used in assessments to determine desired stock biomass (the number of fish in the water) is complex.

”Recently two meetings occurred that provided some insight into what commercial and recreational regulations might be for 2016.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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24 November 2015

• Sand Tiger Shark, Atlantic Sturgeon Added to Long Island Sound “Concern” List

“…in addition to the shanny and seasnail, DEEP staff petitioned to have the sand tiger shark also added to the list of “special concern” species due to evidence of declining numbers. The sand tiger shark, which grows to a maximum of 10.4 feet, had been fished commercially in areas outside of the sound, she said, and reproduces slowly...

”A fourth marine species, the Atlantic sturgeon, was moved from “threatened” to the “endangered” status to concur with the species’s federal listing, she said.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheDay

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23 November 2015

• Ever See A Bluefish This Big?

• See the photo at the link below.

“A struggle ensued until the doctor was finally able to bring the 43-inch, 24.8-pound bluefish in.

”The previous Delaware state record, 21.9 pounds, was held for 35 years.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WMDT

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22 November 2015

• Norwalk Area Fishing Report

“Water temperatures in Long Island Sound were still pushing the mid-50's over the weekend despite strong winds out of the north on Saturday.

”That translates into continued action for blues and stripers and blackfish and black sea bass over this relatively mild November week.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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21 November 2015

• Long Island Fishing Report

“It's been an interesting and amazingly productive week for fishing. With flat seas some days and stiff winds on others, boaters have seen catches in flux based more on opportunity to reach productive water than anything else. Surf fans, on the other hand, have had it good if they picked the right beach at the right time.

”To be sure, blackfishing is on fire all across Long Island when the seas are negotiable.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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20 November 2015

• Lobsters in Southern New England…Kaput?

“There's not much question about what is happening to lobsters in the waters off southern New England: They are disappearing…

"In Long Island Sound, there has been an enormous decline in the lobster catch, a drop of 90 percent from 1999 to 2010. For all practical purposes, lobstering in the Sound is extinct.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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19 November 2015

• $1.3 Million for Long Island Sound

“Top federal and state environment officials on Thursday announced 22 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to improve the health and viability of Long Island Sound in Connecticut and New York…

”Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University received about $148,750 from LISFF and another $80,000 in matching funds to continue work restoring the coastline at Stratford Point….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StratfordDailyVoice

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18 November 2015

• Tips On Fighting Fish From A Kayak or Canoe

“Never fight a fish with the rod at 90 degrees to the kayak. Always try to keep the fish in front of you. It’s about the center of balance on a kayak, which is generally where you’re sitting.

”If you get a big fish that dives under the kayak and your rod is straight out to the side, you stand a real good chance of getting flipped.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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17 November 2015

• Fishing: Long Island

“On the West End…stripers are still being caught along the beach, but the better scores continue to come from those casting on the graveyard shift. Daiwa SP Minnows and Super Strike Needlefish are the hot lures with most linesiders falling in the 24- to 30-inch class.

”Along the North Shore, blackfish continue to hold the top spot from Orient Point all the way west to Glen Cove.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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16 November 2015

• Fishing: Rhode Island

“Tautog fishing remains off the charts. It has been the best tautog fishing in a few years with many anglers catching their limit on the southern coastal shore, off Jamestown and Newport.

”Some nice fish have been taken in Narraganset Bay at favorite spots such as Hope Island, General Rock, the Providence River and in the Warren River. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WarwickBeacon

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15 November 2015

• Fishing: New Haven Area

“In Long Island Sound, we have many good eating fish that can easily be caught and others that put up a great fight. Porgies and blackfish lend themselves to a good meal and bluefish are one of the most exhilarating fish to land. Vicious fighters, once landed, blues are still a wary opponent and can do a job on your fingers if you are not careful.

”Many a fisherman has had to tape a bleeding finger or two due to an enraged bluefish that didn’t take kindly to being unhooked.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister

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14 November 2015

• After the Cast…How to Move the Fly

“What’s the ideal stripping cadence? Mostly, it depends on the species you’re seeking and the fly pattern you’re using.

”First, the basics: Learn to use both your stripping hand and rod hand correctly.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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13 November 2015

• Long Island News

• Fisherman Headed to Prison

“A commercial fisherman from Long Island who pleaded guilty to underreporting his fishing catch to take more than $600,000 in illegal fluke is heading to prison.

Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/1leN34m ) 51-year-old Anthony Joseph was sentenced to seven months behind bars and ordered to pay $603,000 in restitution.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DailyJournal


• Fisherman Runs Aground

“Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued three adults and three children from a vessel that ran aground during a fishing trip on the Great South Bay on Saturday night.

”Steven Kilmeade, 49, of Bayport, was operating his 33-foot Egg Harbor sport fishing boat in an eastbound direction when the boat hit a sand bar…”

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

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12 November 2015

• Norwalk Area Fishing Report

“…fishing remains very good for striped bass and bluefish with hot spots changing by the day as game-fish species cruise the beaches, bays and deeper waters too in search of food to fatten up as they migrate to warmer waters.

”Bottom bouncers are also enjoying plenty of action due to the best blackfish run in years, and lingering bonanza's with black sea bass and porgies.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheHour

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11 November 2015

• To Our Veterans…

…thank you for your service to our Nation.

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• Top Ten Most-Harvested Fish

“There’s nothing quite like fresh fish for dinner, and if you’re an American saltwater angler, odds are you’ll be digging into one of these.

”NOAA Fisheries recently released their 2014 Fisheries of the United States Report, which along with a bunch of other helpful data, also lists the most popular saltwater fish for both commercial and recreational anglers.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorHub

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10 November 2015

• How To Smoke Fish…Successfully

“…the number one mistake people make when smoking fish is that they simply overdo it. Yes, you want a nice smoky overtone to the finished product, but you should still maintain the delicacy of the fish and not overwhelm it. Food that has been over-smoked is too dry and has a harsh, bitter aftertaste.

“A good digital thermometer is a crucial gadget for serious smokers. Your smoker should stay below 225 degrees, and the fish should not be cooked at a temperature higher than 150 degrees. Keep a keen eye on it toward the end of the process.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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09 November 2015

• Late Season Blues and Stripers

“An oasis of sort for blues and bass at least, Faifield County is graced with numerous estuaries and rivers that empty nutrient-rich water into western Long Island Sound. During the late season silversides, peanut bunker (juvenile menhaden) and mullet make their way out of these backwaters and school along the back bays, harbors and beaches.

”For the striped bass returning to the lower Hudson River, Connecticut is one last stop before they settle in for a long and grueling winter.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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08 November 2015

• NYC: Fall Fly Fishing for False Albacore

“We found them almost immediately, grouped in little pods, their green backs slicing the water’s surface as they pursued the bait. The occasional small gull hung over them, reaffirming our mark.

”Brendan eased up on a school of feeding fish, and Dave and I tossed our flies into the mini-scrum and somehow managed to not hook anything. The fish re-emerged a few feet away. This time, Dave came up tight. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Forbes

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07 November 2015

• Western Long Island Sound Report

“Blackfish are winning the popularity contest a among New York anglers in most of our local waters.

”However, bluefish have reappeared in earnest and striped bass are back, too, and in a hungry mood. So there’s lots of targets to keep both boatmen and surfcasters busy.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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• Latest Issue of "This Is Fly" Now Online

The latest issue of this fine magazine is available...

Please visit this link to see the magazine: ThisIsFly

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05 November 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 05 November 2015


STRIPED BASS fishing has been fantastic. Larger “Cow Bass” can still be caught on the local reefs and shoal/ rip areas with a live eel. Top water plugs along with bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on three-way or slider rigs have also 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 46 inches reported.

BLUEFISH fishing remains good. The mouths of the Thames, Connecticut and 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, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, 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 excellent with this beautiful fall weather and calm winds. Two “monster” taugs of 26 and 24 pounds have been weighed in. 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 (you don’t have to venture far – close to shore has been productive). Half a Green, Asian or Hermit Crab will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). It’s still been a shallow water bite (8-28 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. It’s a deep water bite (90’-120’). Time is slipping away... before they migrate out of the Long Island Sound!

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

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


• Caring for Rod Ferrules

“Whenever you cast repeatedly, as you do when blind-casting, ferrule slippage is likely. To decrease the chance of this, check that all ferrules are seated snugly before fishing. And you have to get in the habit of doing this periodically during the day, too.

”If you keep your fly rods broken down between fishing trips, the chance of slippage is not as likely, because you assemble the rod each time you go fishing.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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04 November 2015

• The Soft Plastics Lure Business

“Every Monday morning at precisely 4:58 a.m., an order from Bass Pro is sent electronically to Southern Plastics. That order is usually filled by Thursday.
“At the end of the year the Bass Pro buyer will call and ask if we have any stock…. They will purchase whatever we have left on the shelf.”…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AnnistonStar http://www.annistonstar.com/sports/outdoors-soft-plastic-lure-company-keeps-anglers-fishing/article_12418774-7f63-11e5-817e-6b9b12926b14.html

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03 November 2015

• Seasickness

“People may experience motion sickness from being on small or large boats, in cars or airplanes, and even on amusement park rides. It can be experienced in other environments when you might least expect it as well, from virtual reality games to driverless cars.

”Motion sickness is very common, impacting up to 70 percent of people, based on various conditions. Key symptoms include nausea, dizziness, and fatigue, but people may also experience cold sweats, increased salivation, and pain. Luckily, none of these side effects last forever and most dissipate once on land.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

Personally, I believe there are two kinds of people: Those who have already been seasick, and those who haven't yet been seasick.

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02 November 2015

• Atlantic Cod Population Is Rebounding...Or Isn't It?

• Atlantic Cod Population Is Rebounding...

“This research, led by Dr. George Rose, tracks what is arguably the most important comeback of any fish stock worldwide.

”Studying the great northern Atlantic cod stock complex off Newfoundland and Labrador, once considered among the largest cod stocks in the world before its disastrous decline in the 1990s, Dr. Rose documents the stock's rebound over the past decade from tens of thousands to several hundred thousand tonnes and growing.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EScienceNews


• ...Or Isn't It?

“Fishery managers say cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine — a key fishing area between Cape Cod and Canada that touches Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire — is only about 3 percent of sustainable levels, and participants in the fishery that dates to the Colonial era face dramatic quota cuts as a result.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WTNH

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01 November 2015

• Myths About Sun Screens and Skin Damage

“Here are some commonly held beliefs about sun protection, which are shared by many anglers. Only problem is, they’re false.

”Knowing when to call foul when you hear them can make for a safer day on the water for everyone.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyFisherman

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• Connecticut’s Atlantic Salmon

“Now that 1,090 broodstock Atlantic salmon have been stocked in Connecticut waters so far this fall, it should be enough motivation to pursue them. So far, the Naugatuck River has received 420, the Shetucket River 420, Mount Tom Pond 125 and Crystal Lake 125.

”Most of the salmon weighed 2-6 pounds, but some tipped the scales at 8-plus pounds. Some additional, much larger salmon will be stocked later in November following their spawning in the Kensington Hatchery. Most of those will be whoppers in the 10-16-pound range.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RepublicanAmerican

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