31 July 2015

• Fly Fishing: [Almost] Anyone Can Do It

Fly fishing has often been made out to be some sort of elitist activity to which only a few select individuals can acclimate. Predominantly responsible for some of this "holding in awe" is the movie, A River Runs Through It, which made it appear that fly casting was an art untouchable by most of humanity.

This is complete, as we Swedes say, Möoskä Turden.

Fly-casting? All you have to do is get the fly in front of a fish; you can learn to do this in about five minutes. Yes, if you want to go after tarpon and bonefish, it'll takes more practice, but if you have ever played baseball or golf…or any other sport requiring a level of eye-hand coordination, I guarantee you that you can learn to fly fish. Ask a fly-fisher friend to help you get started. Ask me…I’ll help.

In addition, the equipment doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are four rod-reel-line, balanced outfits, quality stuff, for less than you’d might pay for a good spinning reel. Check out these links [orange]:

• Bass Pro: Redington Crosswater 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$139.99]:

• Orvis: Encounter 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$159.00]:

• Cabela’s: Prestige 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$169.99]:

• LLBean: Streamlite Ultra 7, 8, or 9-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$199.00]:

I’d lean toward the Orvis and Bean outfits myself…they stand behind what they sell…to the max. 7 to 9-weight outfits will handle most of our local saltwater gamefish…8-weight is a good bet. While you’re looking on the websites, check the reviews on each outfit…they’ll tell you a lot.

You might have to add some leader material and a couple of flies to complete the package…another $20-30 should do it.

In addition to going on line to find an outfit, you can also go to your local tackle shop, run by folks you trust…who know fly fishing…and have them put an outfit together for you. But I’d not recommend going to a sporting goods store and trying to assemble a package yourself. I once ran into an old colleague, at a Sports Authority store in Milford, who was looking at a fly rod. I told him the thing was a buggy whip and wouldn’t cast for beans, but he wouldn’t listen. The rod’s probably resting comfortably in the cobwebs in his garage now.

Why buy a package? The line, reel, and rod have to be "balanced." This means that the line, in particular, has to be the proper weight to work with the rod...and a package deal from a reputable shop pretty much guarantees the components will work well together.

See you on the water.

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30 July 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 30 July 2015


Sorry fisherfolk, but there is no DEEP Marine Fishing Report this week. DEEP says:

"OUR APOLOGIES – THE MARINE FISHING REPORT IS TAKING A VACATION THIS WEEK, BUT IT WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE."

Read DEEP's Fresh Water Fishing Report at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


• Meanwhile: Norwalk-Area Fishing Report:


“Targeting blues requires a wire leader measuring four to six inces between the end of the line and your lure.

"If the species you are working is restricted to bass, the wire leader is not needed and indeed monofilament line tied directly top the plug will result in more fish….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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• Fly Fishing: “Explosive Popper Tactics for 5 Species”

“Dry-fly fishing isn’t just for trout guys.

”If you want to see the surface erupt in warm- or saltwater, just tie on a popper—and use these tricks to drive five notorious topwater crushers downright bonkers….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldandStream

Click this link to see the Skipping Bug Popper and other saltwater flies by Orvis

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• It’s Not the Fly Rod…It’s the Fly Rodder

“…it is important for all fly fishers -- especially beginners -- to remember that the truth of the matter is that any rod will do…

”The fly rod in your hands isn't responsible for your backcast slapping the water every time you've got more than 30 feet of line off your reel. It isn't preventing you from learning to double haul…. It's not making you throw tailing loops. It's not why you have trouble shooting line….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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29 July 2015

• Bunker…Bunker…Bunker

“Bunker spawn out at sea and the fry get caught up in the currents and ride them into the back bays and estuary areas where they stay the summer and grow larger until fall.

”The adult bunker are herring-like fish which swim together in very large schools and feed on micro-organisms like algae, copepods and plankton….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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• Mercury In Bluefish Slowly Decreasing

“Mercury levels in Atlantic bluefish have been steadily declining over the past four decades — an indication that federal regulations on mercury pollution are working.

”According a new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Fisheries and Habitat Research, mercury levels in bluefish caught along the mid-Atlantic coastline have dropped 43 percent over the last 40 years, with an average reduction of 10 percent per decade.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ThinkProgress

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28 July 2015

• LIS: Hot for Black Sea Bass Now

“We baited up with clams and squid and dropped our lines approximately 30 feet to bounce and jig them along the bottom. After several random drifts, Noah, Trip and I each landed big porgies, also known as scud [sic], but Casey caught the only sea bass for our group.

”Scanning the horizon, our captain spotted a fleet of about seven boats concentrated in the same area. ‘I'll bet that's where they're catching the bass,' he said. Figuring he was probably right, we all brought in our lines and motored in their direction….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LebanonDailyNews

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• Using Bobbers Off-Shore

“Okay, you graduated long ago from bluegills and bobbers….

“The bobber offers some important benefits. For one, it keeps your bait near the surface. The resistance of the float provokes the baitfish into an erratic swimming pattern which broadcasts vulnerability. Two, it gives you a visual reference so that you can keep your lines organized and react to strikes.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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27 July 2015

• Nessie May Be…A Catfish?

“In 1991, Steve Feltham said sayonara to his girlfriend, home, and job in England to hunt for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. His big revelation after 24 years of searching:

”The beast is probably a…Wels catfish. The fish were introduced into the loch in the Victorian era and can grow up to 13 feet long….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewSer

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• Fly Fishing Streamers: The “Jerk-Strip”

“…streamers are intended to imitate prey that swims, and getting better at fooling fish with them means getting better at making your streamer look and act like the real deal…

”…what many seasoned streamer anglers consider the most deadly streamer tactic of all: the jerk-strip….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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26 July 2015

• Fishing Report: Western LIS

“Porgies are the current pick of anglers in Long Island Sound. They’re nice-sized and plentiful.

”Still, anglers spotting bunker can search successfully — especially in the evenings — for bluefish in mid Sound, from around City Island to along the Connecticut shores.

”Fluke are around, too, but keeper-size ones are harder to find right now….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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25 July 2015

• Off-Shore Fishing With Live Chum

“The first time I live chummed offshore I had my angler standing beside me with a fly in the water waiting for a fish to cast at, only to have a 15-pound bonito make an arrival that just about ripped the rod out of his hand.

”There was no need to set the hook, as all his concentration and strength went into retaining possession of the rod as the fish dumped the 8-weight well into the backing.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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24 July 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 23 July 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good throughout the Sound (54 inch bass caught in the West Haven area). Fishing is also good in the lower tidal rivers especially at dawn. Try fishing from sundown to sunrise for trophy-sized “cow” stripers. 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 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 has improved on the major reefs and rip areas. Vertical jigging diamond jigs in deep water locations and using fresh bunker chunk baits on three way rigs in shallow water has been the ticket. Typical bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River (CT DEEP Headquarters Fishing Pier), 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 in the tidal creeks and rivers. The DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Fort Trumbull fishing pier are two great spots to bring kids fishing & crabbing. Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers.

FLUKE fishing is good with fish measuring in the mid to high 20 inch range being reported. 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, Twotree 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 already 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 very good. “Reef Slammers” measuring 14-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound (They are everywhere…go out enjoy the fast paced action). Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: 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.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is fantastic…found throughout the Sound. The hot spot continues to be Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon/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) on a spro jig and also squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths."

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) fishing is good…give it a try. There are plenty of these “Reef Bullies” around the local reefs and pilings. 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 (10 to 45 ft). 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 continues to be good. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are very common especially when bottom fishing. With fish measuring over 24 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make). All hard and sandy bottom locations have been producing for anglers. They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are very good to eat.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in 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” provide outstanding shore fishing for anglers. Tie on a silver willowleaf lure (add a 20 inch leader) with a slip sinker above the swivel along with light tackle (6lb test main line).

WHITE PERCH fishing is typically better with the incoming tide. These perch are found in estuaries, tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), 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 and Hamburg Cove. 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 or eel grass is growing. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings.

BLUE CRAB fishing is finally improving in the tidal creeks. Time to get out and try your favorite spot and enjoy the scenery and catch some crabs for dinner (crab cakes). 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 updated information, 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 dip net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

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


23 July 2015

• “Where Have All the Lobsters Gone?”

“…most research suggests lobsters suffer from a multitude of compounding blows, as our once-strong catch has fallen from over 1 million pounds a decade ago to just over 100,000 pounds last year.

”First, hypoxia…

”Second, ocean acidification…

”Third, rising water temperatures….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DarienTimes

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• How They Use Bunker As Bait in Florida

“Pogies [bunker] are deadly when trolled as flatlines 30 to 80 feet behind the boat. They also get big bites in the propwash, as well as deep with the aid of downriggers.

”Most anglers use 20-pound-class oufits with high-speed reels filled with 300 to 400 yards of 20-pound monofilament. For added stealth, a 15- to 20-foot section of 20-or 30-pound fluorocarbon shock leader may be attached to the main line.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportman

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22 July 2015

• Newly Discovered Fish Not Much of A Meal

“…an Australian government research team discover[ed]…a new scary-looking fish species that features terrifying jaws and teeth, relative to their size.

”The bizarre scale-less blackfish that was found was about the size of a fingertip, and had fangs, and a tail with a potential sting….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GrindTV

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• Rare Maine Lobster Caught

“A Maine lobsterman has caught a rare bright orange lobster, the second time he's pulled an odd-colored crustacean from state waters.

”… the odds of catching an orange lobster are one in several million….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FoxNews

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• Good Fishing Read…I Think You’ll Enjoy This Article

“There was a bit more wind than predicted, but we made the best of it and the fish obliged. We had a nice mix of legal stripers, a few heavyweights, bluefish and some jumbo scup that could not resist the big Main Bait seaworm attached to the end of my tubes.

”At day’s end the fish were filleted and steaked and went on to feed a number of people that would probably never get to taste the flesh of fresh striper, a species that is currently selling in some Cape Cod fish markets for upwards of $24 per pound.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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21 July 2015

• Take A Ride On A Ferry Boat?

“Cost for round-trip, same-day foot passengers is $27; $20 for seniors; and free for age 12 and younger.

”About a dozen crossings are available each day; for a schedule visit 88844ferry.com or call toll-free 1-888-44-FERRY.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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• Sea Bass Are Worth the Trouble

“Only five years ago, catching a black sea bass in Boston Harbor was a rare event. Common south of the Cape, they occasionally ranged north but not in significant numbers.

”For the past few summers, a combination of changing conditions and an increase in the coastal sea bass population has their range expanding. Already in 2015, a state record has been set in New Hampshire, which only recently added black sea bass to its list of regulated species.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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20 July 2015

• Mini Ice Age Predicted


“Scientists warn that the Earth is just 15 years away from experiencing a "mini ice age" — something that hasn't happened in 300 years.

”So what does that mean for us…?

”Bitter cold winters — cold enough to freeze River Thames in England, which is exactly what happened when the last "mini ice age" hit between 1645 and 1715….”

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

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Still another reason the think about moving out of Connecticut?

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• Warmer Waters Affect NYC-Area Fishing

“We’re now into what I’d call aquarium season, with all varieties of fish currently in our metro waters.

”Porgies, ling and schools of bunker are plentiful. Fluke are, too, although keeper-size are, of course, harder to come by.

”New York’s new black sea bass season got off to a busy start Wednesday.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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19 July 2015

• Here’s An Odd One…From The Smithsonian


“When you’re distrustful of something, you might say that it's ‘fishy.’ Now...that term may take on a new meaning:

"New research shows that the smell of fish not only makes people more suspicious, but may boost critical thinking skills...."

Please visit this link to read the full article: SmithsonianMagazine

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• We Should Be Eating More of These Five “Fish”


“…eating a variety of fish is key to maintaining healthy fisheries, and also a good way to limit your intake of toxins like mercury.

”Variety can be a major hurdle in countries like the US, where consumers rely heavily on just three kinds of fish, much of which is imported: shrimp, canned tuna, and salmon….”

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

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18 July 2015

• Ospreys Seen Much More Frequently By Fishermen


“In 1972, there were only seven active osprey nests in Connecticut. The birds were listed as endangered or threatened in many states -- due to the widespread use of the toxin DDT, which was banned that same year.

”Now, thanks to that, and things like catch limits on menhaden, which are a favorite food of the bird -- the Connecticut Audubon Society knows of nearly 500 osprey nests in the state.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WNPR

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• Out On the Tip End of Long Island


“There have been some indications that things might be picking up as the “peanut bunker” and tiny sand eels are starting to show in numbers in our bays in spite of the filthy condition of our waters. Porgies are still being caught…

”With the positive indications saying things might improve, I would place my bet on bluefish in the coming weeks….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ShelterIslandReporter

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16 July 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 16 July 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good around the NEW moon in the central and western sound (50 inch bass still being caught). The eastern sound has been slower with bass scattered and tougher to catch. Hit your favorite spot (reef or shore access site) and hang on, Live eels, menhaden, bucktails, Tube and Worm (red) and diamond jigs on the larger reefs at the beginning and end of the tides are producing. Good striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), CTDEEP Marine Headquarters (Old Lyme shore site), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, West Haven, and New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point)

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, Cows off Stamford and the West Haven/Woodmont area (from shore). Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release when possible.

BLUEFISH fishing is very good from New Haven to Westport (where the schools of menhaden are). Good fishing also occurring in the Old Saybrook area. Larger “alligator” (14-18 lbs, 38 inches in length) blues are being caught live lining menhaden. Bluefish spots include, Saybrook Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, West Haven (20-35ft), buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Lower Housatonic River, Penfield Reef, The Cows, Sheffield Islands, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef. Shore fishermen are having good success at West Haven Sand Bar/Piers, West River (New Haven) and Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

SNAPPER” blues (young of the year) have arrived in the tidal creeks and rivers (3-5 inches).

FLUKE fishing remains good. Good numbers of trophy-sized fluke in the Sound. Fish over 10 pounds were recently weighed in (Niantic area). Try sand eels around the mouth of rivers, along the channel and across the channel mouths (15 - 45 feet). Give deep holes (70-110 feet) and deeper channels a try for that “doormat” fluke. Fluke spots include the typical locations: south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater (coastal access area), mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic River and bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Bridgeport harbor, round the Norwalk Islands (Can 26), Westport (off Sherwood Island) and Can 26 (Greenwich). Fishing from shore give Stonington Town Dock/ Point a try (Enhanced Shore Fishing Site). Pink, white and green teasers (spinners) seem to be producing best. The traditional “fluke sandwich” (long squid strip and spearing/smelt) is working as well as mackerel strips. 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 already 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 very good and continues to get better. “Reef Slammers” measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound (They are everywhere). Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, Belmont Street Fishing Access (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 remains very good. Another species found throughout the Sound. The hot spot continues to be Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 80 to 120 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks. Shallow water tends to produce smaller sea bass. 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. Berkley Gulp (swimming mullet) on a spro jig and also squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) fishing season opened July 1 in Connecticut waters. There are plenty of these “Reef Bullies” around to give it a try. The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs, try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for “Togs” over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles (6 to 30 ft). 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 and send to 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 continues to be good. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found throughout the Sound, especially when bottom fishing. With fish measuring over 23 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise that they make). All hard and sand bottom locations have been producing for anglers. They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in 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. Let’s hope they will return in large numbers and provide exciting shore fishing in the months to come.

WHITE PERCH fishing remains good. Perch are found in estuaries, tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. 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 or eel grass is growing. They love to cling to the
grass or dock pilings.

BLUE CRAB fishing is still slow but improving in the tidal creeks. Remember, all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. The minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Please contact your local bait and tackle shop for updated information, 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 dip net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.
Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


• New Striper Record? — And Protecting Your Ferrules


• New Striped Bass Fly Fishing Record Possibility


“Joan Sharrott caught the big one…

”…the longtime Staten Islander...established a world record by reeling in a 39-pound striped bass using a 20-pound tippet…

”After a 30-minute battle of reeling in the fish, Sharrott brought it to the nearest tackle store for an official weigh-in, which revealed her world record….”

Please visit this link to read the full article and see a photo of the actual fish: StatenIslandLive

Notes: We presume the catch would first have to be certified by the IGFA before it is truly a record. Photo shown here is one of our stock photos.


• Multi-Piece Rods: Protect Your Ferrules


“Should a rod section slip and get loose while you fish—which typically happens in the upper part of rod—you may feel something amiss while you cast, but not always.

”If you are lucky, the sections will simply part, and a section will slide down your line. If not, the sidewall of the female (hollow) ferrule can crack while casting. And it is far more likely once you are bowed up on a fish….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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15 July 2015

• LI Fishermen Sink Boat Near Sheffield Island


“Two men were rescued when their fishing boat hit rocks and sank off Green's Ledge/Sheffield Island in the waters of Long Island Sound near Norwalk, police said.

”The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. ….”

Please visit this link to read the full article and see the photo of the boat: LinkToArticle

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• Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: Photos We Never Published



Just never got around to posting these pix.


Striper caught on a fly tied on a hook that's more typically used for fishing plastic worms.

The fly worked well in terms of attracting and hooking the fish, but it had a serious problem with fouling. Needs further study and more time at the tying vise.



Charlie W. with a schoolie.


Black-Crowned Night Heron


Cormorant deluxe condo accommodations.


Keeper striper: 10 lbs. 29 inches...but we practiced CPR.


Catch. Photograph. Release.


Final photo before release.


This photo's been around before, but it still invites a chuckle.


Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

14 July 2015

• Berlin Fishway Closed for Summer


“The end of the seasonal fish migration has prompted state officials to close the Stanchem Fishway, a shortcut that lets fish get around a Mattabesset River dam that had blocked upstream movement for a century.

”The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said counts at the fishway so far from its opening in mid-April through June 30 show 133 migratory fish that had been logged by the fishway's video cameras.

”The most common migratory fish to use the passage over High Pond Dam this season were 49 sea lamprey, 31 alewife, 18 blue back herring, 15 American shad, 11 gizzard shad, 6 sea-run trout and 1 American eel.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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13 July 2015

• Man O’ War Jellyfish Seen in LIS


“Swimmers are being warned after the toxic Portuguese Man O’ War was spotted off Montauk Point at the tip of Long Island.

”Two children were stung this week and experts have said to not go near the stinging jelly fish whether it is in the water or washed up on shore.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WFSB

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• Fly Fishing: Stripping and Retrieves


“After casting, I lower my rodtip to the surface of the water (with sinking lines, just barely into the water). To move the fly, I grasp my fly line between the thumb and index finger of my stripping hand immediately behind the index finger of my rod hand. When I strip, I apply slight tension to the line by squeezing together my index and next finger. This keeps my fly line “in check” between strips so that in the event a fish makes a grab while the fly is motionless, it doesn’t simply pull out loose line before I can re-grab the line to strip again.

”Another option is to snub the line between your index finger and the underside of the rod grip. Either method keeps you tight to the fly, and you will detect those subtle pickups as well as be in good position to apply a solid strip-strike to set the hook.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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12 July 2015

• Ya Know Guys, When the Tide's Comin' In, That Means the Water's Gonna Get Deeper


“At 7:33 a.m. Saturday, a fisherman made a 911 call and reported that three people were in distress on the sandbar going out to Charles Island.

”The three people, ages 23, 20 and 17, were making their way to the island, unaware that the tide was coming in….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordMirror

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• 3 Kayakers Rescued on LIS


“The wind picked up while the three were kayaking and carried them into the Long Island Sound – about 1 1/2 miles from shore, police said.

”At that point, they could no longer paddle back, police said.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewYorkCBSLocal

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• More to Saltwater Fly Fishing Than the Double Haul


“Offshore of the cape, we set up on a series of stepwise rips that stretch on as far as the eye can see. These rips, where the out-flowing tide transitions from shallow water to deep water, creates a strong and powerful current that draws in squid, other bait and most anything else that wanders by.

”Bass typically stage up where the currents spill over the shelf and gorge on the bounty they deliver. I watch the depth meter as Jamie moves through the chop that's gathered at the shelf and into the seemingly placid shallows; in just seconds the depth meter changes from 50 feet to 6.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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11 July 2015

• Latest Issue of Sound Outlook Now Available


Sound Outlook is an electronic newsletter published three times each year by the DEEP Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.

It addresses the water quality, coastal resources and coastal uses of Long Island Sound.

Please visit this link to search for the full issue [DEEP doesn’t make it easy to find]: LinkToPublication

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• Summer Striper Tactics


“As June turns into July, the tactics you use to catch big stripers has to change to meet the changing conditions. As the temperature of the water warms it will drive the big fish deeper.They start to feed more at night, change food sources and seem to become more picky.

”Here are some ideas that might work for you.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GloucesterTimes

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09 July 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 09 July 2015



STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good...albeit it’s turning into a night bite for large cow bass. Hit your favorite spot (reef or shore access site) and hang on...Live eels, bucktails and diamond jigs on the larger reefs at the beginning and end of the tides are producing. Good striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, lower Thames River, the Race, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Great Island), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point).

Also, Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, Cable and Anchor Reef, Cows off Stamford and West Haven/Woodmont area (from shore). Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release.

BLUEFISH fishing continues to be slow but is improving with larger “alligator” (10-16 lbs) blues showing up. Bluefish spots include, the Peconics, Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, Saybrook Point, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Cable and Anchor Reef and West Haven sand bar. Shore fishermen are having good success at West Haven Sand Bar/Piers and Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

“SNAPPER” blues (young of the year) have arrived in the tidal creeks and rivers (2-4 inches).

FLUKE fishing remains fair to good. Good numbers of fluke in the Sound...many are fish just short of the 18 inch min. length. Please release these “short’ fish with unavoidable harm. It appears to be a shallower water bite for legal-sized fluke. Try sand eels around the mouth of rivers...along the channel and across the channel mouths (15 - 35 feet). Fluke spots include the typical locations: south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater (coastal access area), mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic River and bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters.

Also, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Bridgeport harbor, round the Norwalk Islands, Westport (off Sherwood Island) and Can 26 (Greenwich). Fishing from shore give Stonington Town dock and Point a try (Enhanced Shore Fishing Site). Pink, white and green teasers seem to be producing best. The traditional “fluke sandwich” (long squid strip and spearing) is working as well as mackerel strips....

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 already 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 improving...with “Reef Slammers” measuring 11-17.5 inches (“hubcap size”) in length still being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile. Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, Belmont Street Fishing Access (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “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 remains good. The hot spot continues to be Falkner Island/Guilford/Branford Beacon. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 80 to 120 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide 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) on a spro jig and also squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

BLACKFISH fishing season opened July 1 in Connecticut waters. The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for “Togs” over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles (6 to 30 ft). 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 continues to be good. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is fishing for scup, summer flounder (fluke) and sea bass (bottom fishing). With fish measuring over 22 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make). West Haven sand bar and your favorite local beach have been producing for shore anglers. They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is poor in the Black Hall River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, Clinton Harbor and the lower Housatonic River. Hoping they will return in large numbers and provide exciting shore fishing for anglers.

WHITE PERCH fishing remains good. Perch are found in estuaries, tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. 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 or eel grass is growing. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings.

BLUE CRAB fishing is slow in the tidal creeks. Remember...all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. Min. carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Please contact your local bait and tackle shop for updated information, 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 is an awesome bait to capture these tasty crabs.

SHARK SPECIES YOU MAY ENCOUNTER IN COASTAL WATERS OF CONNECTICUT: Anglers may catch Sand Tiger and Sandbar (Brown) Shark which are protected and prohibited species and must be released unharmed. IF YOU DON’T KNOW, PLEASE LET IT GO!
Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


• Long Island Sound: A Petrie Dish?


“Rain doesn’t only keep sunbathers away from the shore when the skies open up, but also can force health officials to temporarily close beaches on sunny days that follow storms.

”That’s because stormwater runoff washes pathogens—disease-causing bacteria or viruses—into local waterways, which often prompts health officials responsible for testing the water quality to temporarily close affected bathing beaches the day after heavy rains. Bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose and throat, officials say.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LongIslandPress

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• July and Bluefish


“…this is the month that we really look forward to for a couple of good fishing experiences.

”First of all, this is the month that if you're going to be able to catch a bluefish or two, (which we really relish for both fun and food) you'd better give it a try.

”For several years now, the blues haven't come anywhere around here in numbers like they used to but there's still a way to catch a few, if you have the time and patience.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: UnionLeader

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• How to Preserve All Those Fish You Caught


“Fishing is a seasonal pursuit. And as any vegetable gardener can tell you, it's important to have a strategy for how to preserve each season's abundance, to enjoy it in later times when the season is past.

”So you hooked into plenty of bluefish? You brought home a small haul of sea bass? What are your options when you've caught enough fish that you want to save some for another day?….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeAndIslands

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