29 September 2015

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 28 September 2015





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Catching up on a few older photos: When Roy P. and I were out fishing on Thursday of last week we saw this indication of a fire over around Fairfield Beach...didn't see anything in the news about it.



We located small, 3-lb. bluefish and Roy took a couple home for dinner.


My attempt at photographing the Super Blood Moon without a tripod was not exactly satisfactory.


On Monday, Charlie W. and I headed out hoping we wouldn't get rained on...and that we'd find the False Albacore that have been chowing down on bait at a nearby beach.


No luck with the Fat Alberts, but stripers and blues were pushing great pods of baby bunker up against the beach...to the delight of the gulls.


The bright area at the bottom of this photo is beach sand...we were fishing in, at sometimes, less than 2 feet of water...and the dark area at the top is all peanut bunker.


The gulls were having great success in grabbing the baitfish...you can see some of them in the gulls' beaks in this pic.


We also were having great success.


Here Charlie battles the smaller of two nice striped bass that we were doubled up on.


A photo of the larger of the two bass is a few pix below, but this is a near-keeper.


We were doing both blind-casting and sight-fishing.


Shoo-Fly was in such shallow water that when a striper slashed through the bait pods you could see the pod split up to get out of the striper's way...the light-colored sand would show through the pod as the striper darted through...and then the bait would close ranks behind the predator...almost like the Red Sea on Pharaoh's army.


The bluefish ran maybe to 5-lbs.


This "eater" went home for dinner with Charlie.


Here's the larger of the stripers Charlie and I doubled up on. I didn't get a measurement on the fish...but it might have been a keeper.

We generally do not keep striped bass on Shoo-Fly...they're too precious to kill. Bluefish...are another story.



There were very few boats out on Monday. The whole time we were on those fish at the beach there wasn't another boat in the area.

This shot is back at the mouth of the Housatonic River



Clouds occasionally threatened, but we didn't get rained on.


Sailboat motoring back up the River against the tide.


Pretty soon all of these floating cocktail party porches will be hauled out of the River for the winter.

One wonders if any of them ever leave their moorings.

Another great day on the water.

Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

• Blue Crabs Can Survive Nasty Conditions

“Results of a new study led by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science show that adult blue crabs are much more tolerant of low-oxygen, 'hypoxic' conditions than previously thought.

”The findings—based on experiments using high-tech computer-controlled respirometers—contradict earlier studies of the tasty crustacean's ability to function in oxygen-poor waters, thus helping to explain what had been somewhat of an ecological mystery.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: phys.org/news

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28 September 2015

• Plum Island: The Coming Battle

“The federal government is currently in the process of selling Plum Island. The 840-acre island is about a mile off Long Island’s North Fork, and is home to the Department of Homeland Security’s animal disease lab. The lab is set to move to Kansas sometime around 2020.

”Environmentalists say Plum Island is also home to a number of endangered animals that could be harmed by whoever buys the island from the federal government, such as the piping plover and roseate terns.

”The federal agency selling the island, the General Service Administration, said…preservationists are welcome to bid on the island, but that would pit them against developers…it could go $15 million dollars for one acre.”…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WSHU

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• Green Herons Use Tools to Catch Fish

“According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, "The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish."

”How exactly the herons figure out how to use baiting is actually still a bit of a mystery, as the behavior seems to appear in individuals independently. It is a very rare behavior and it isn't a behavior passed from bird to bird.…”

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

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27 September 2015

• Bridgeport, Shelton: Five Human Cases of WNV Reported

The State Mosquito Management Program announced today that five human cases of WNV infection have been identified in Connecticut so far this year.

Four of the five cases are Bridgeport residents. The fifth case is a Shelton resident.…

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDPH

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• Looks Like the Fall Run May Be A Good One

“The fall run, which marks the end of the striper fishing season, either happens as a sudden flash or a slow fade. This year, it appears we can look forward to the latter.

”Our inshore waters are holding on to their summer warmth, and the long-term weather forecast appears fairly stable right into October. Most importantly, it is a banner year for all types of baitfish, with schools of peanut bunker, silversides, and sea herring all in residence.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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26 September 2015

• National Weather Service Sends Connecticut Sunami Alert

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“The Connecticut shoreline was briefly under a tsunami warning before the National Weather Service disclosed the alert had been sent by mistake during a routine monthly test.

”The Weather Service's office in New York sent the warning Thursday morning to its radio and emergency alert systems, which resulted in the alert being mentioned on local broadcasts and Twitter posts. The warning was for all four coastal counties and part of Long Island Sound. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GainsvilleTimes

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• Long Island Sound: A Body of Water in Crisis

“Dead fish and rotting sea turtles wash ashore. Vast meadows of eelgrass — home for myriad species — vanish. Algae chokes bays, and local beaches shut down more frequently.

”…Long Island Sound is sending out distress signals from its dead zones.

“We’re seeing evidence from around Long Island Sound of an ecosystem in crisis.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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NOTE: We need to blast a one-mile wide channel through the center of Long Island, from the Sound to the Atlantic; in this way we'd get some circulation going in the western Sound.

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25 September 2015

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 24 September 2015


STRIPED BASS fishing remains fair to good and BLUEFISH fishing is about at peak! 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, 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 is still hanging in there and can be found mixed in with menhaden. Snappers are measuring about 6-10 inches in length.

BLACK SEA BASS and PORGY fishing has not changed in the past few weeks and remains excellent! Any of the rocky reefs will provide nonstop action! Fishing structure in deeper water (80+ feet) will improve your chances for larger “hump heads”. Fishing in deeper water (80+ feet) over gnarly bottom 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.

BLUE CRAB fishing continues to improve slighty. 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. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs. For more information, please see the Blue Crab Fact Sheet on our website.
Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection


24 September 2015

• More Sharks Off U.S. East Coast

“U.S. shark researchers caught and tagged 2,835 sharks along the East Coast this spring, a record number which they say reflects a growing population thanks to federal protections.

”It surpassed the 1,831 sharks captured and tagged in 2012 during the survey which is conducted every three years by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…

”Sharks were on the decline in 1986 when the first survey took place during a worldwide boom in commercial sharkfin fisheries to feed Asian markets.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Reuters

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• Surfcasters: What’s In Your Wallet Plug Bag?

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“Surfcasting guide…has built a reputation for finding fish in the Long Island surf throughout the season, and guides clients to big bass each fall while working lures along Montauk’s rocky shores.

”His plug bag, he says, doesn’t change too much throughout the year, but he has a few staples that produce big time for him in the fall.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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• Fishing Report: Boston Area

“Attention fishermen who don’t have access to 23 feet of fiberglass — this is your time. If you depend on a pair of sandals, boots or waders to gain access to your fishing spots, you might actually be on equal footing with all the fishermen who have twin Yamahas behind them.

”As the fall fishing season begins, cooling coastal waters and the inshore bounty of bait draw striped bass and bluefish to beaches, rivers, bays and harbors to feed. The timing couldn’t be better as the summer vacation crowds have cleared and plenty of parking spots and prime beachfront real estate have opened up to surfcasters. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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23 September 2015

• Next Foreign Invasion: Chinese Soft-Shelled Marsh Turtles?

“…the "extraordinary-looking," greenish-brown turtle has a leathery shell and is between 7 and 15 inches long.

"The thing that's remarkable…it has a really long snout, and can extend its neck. It's almost like a little periscope in the water that allows it to breathe. It has this pointy face, and you immediately know it's something very different.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: GainesvilleTimes

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• Fishing Report: NYC Area

“What a difference a day makes, or in this case an entire week. The more seasonal temperatures that drifted across the area last weekend had a significant impact on the fishing; almost to the point where some anglers were complaining their arms were getting tired.

”At least that’s the way it has been aboard many of the head boats as skippers have been putting fares over an abundance of fish.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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22 September 2015

• Lobsters In Long Island Sound…No. Oysters, Yes!

“To see some of Connecticut’s most industrious food producers, you will need to move beyond its many orchards and cornfields and head past the shore. Beneath the briny waters along the rocky coast and sandy shoals of Long Island Sound, you will find a thriving oyster industry.

”But while other locally sourced staples of the sea — like cod, salmon, shad and lobsters — have dwindled, the state’s oyster industry still thrives. Tight regulations, over matters like water quality, harvest size and refrigeration, have helped sustain the industry, as has the use of better farming techniques.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYTimes

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• Fishing Report: Rhode Island

“Bonito and false albacore have been hot at Point Judith. Both species were running wild on the outgoing tide on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

"I had a trifecta today — caught a false albacore and then we moved on to catch fluke and black sea bass at Point Judith….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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21 September 2015

• “Connecticut Fall Festivals 2015: A Complete Guide”

“More than 50 fall festivals are taking place in Connecticut during the 2015 season. Check out our handy guide to the autumnal events.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Patch

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• Commercial Fishermen Throw Back Tons of Fish Because of Outdated Regs

“Hundreds of thousands of pounds of valuable fish caught off Connecticut's coast are thrown overboard every year, and 80 percent of them are dead by the time they hit the water…

”The problem is that federal fishing regulations are designed to protect fish species based on where they used to be most plentiful. Some of those fish populations have now shifted their range north as a result of global warming, but federal fishing quotas haven't changed. As a result, Connecticut fishermen are saddled with low, out-of-date quotas, forcing them to throw back huge amounts of certain species, even though those fish have become plentiful.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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• Stripers, Blues…Migration Has Begun Up North of Here

“It has begun!

”The fall migration of striped bass and bluefish has just started and now is the time for you to head to the ocean for some pretty good action.

”Reports abound of schoolie bass retreating from the rivers of Maine and stacking up along the beaches. Blitzes of these linesiders can be found from York to the Piscataqua River. Also small 10-inch blues are at the mouth in huge numbers while just off shore large 12-pound slammers are hitting the plugs and tin.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LowellSun

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• Charles Island: Two Rescued When Swept Off Tombolo

Check back later today for more fishing reports…

“The Milford Fire Department rescued two people from the waters off Silver Sands State Beach Tuesday, Sept. 15, after the people were swept off the sandbar.

"Fire officials were on the scene, actually training for that exact situation when the people needed help.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordMirror

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• Fishing Report: Long Island

Check back later today for more fishing reports…

“Montauk has seen a generous number of 4- to 6-pound fluke come over the rails this week, along with tons of porgies and sea bass. Striper fishing has also been respectable here.

”The ocean waters off Moriches and Shinnecock and Fire Island inlets, meanwhile, have provided decent fluking, some bass on night tides, and scattered encounters with false albacore.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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20 September 2015

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 September 2015



This fellow came over and chatted with us...gave me a couple of his flies. Good fisherman...nice guy.


Friday we scored 32 bluefish in the 3-7 lbs. range. Brought back three of them for Angelo at the marina...he wanted to smoke some blues.


This bluefish must have just spotted the boat and is making a run for it.


He can run, but he can't hide.










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Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com

19 September 2015

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



Bait [baby bunker] in the water.


Charlie W's photo of a baby or peanut bunker.


Birds and bluefish on the bait.


Wayne on the bluefish.


Score Thursday was 25 bluefish to 6 lbs.; Wednesday, 33 bluefish to 12 lbs.






Source: ConnecticutSaltwaterFishing.com