31 March 2016

• Don’t Go Poaching Around New Zealand

“An illegal toothfish fishing vessel New Zealand authorities were pursuing has been captured and blown-up by the Indonesian Navy.

“ The stateless Viking was one of a fleet of six illegal and unregulated fishing vessels plundering toothfish stocks in the Southern Ocean and was the last to be apprehended….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Stuff.co.nz

Photo by Reuters

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

30 March 2016

• LOFI

We’re not managing inventory here, so it doesn’t have to be LIFO [last-in, first-out]. In the fall Shoo-Fly was about the last boat to come out of the Housatonic River,* and this spring she’s about the first one to get back in there.*


Shoo-Fly will be ready to go after the elusive striped bass…as soon as the darned wind quits.

*Where we dock at any rate; we know there are real die-hards who are out there all winter long.

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

29 March 2016

• CFSs: Community-Supported Fisheries

“Community-supported fisheries, or CSFs, as they’re known, replace the typical seafood-purchasing model, which is largely based on importing seafood from other parts of the world, with one that is almost entirely local.

“CSFs are based on the same basic concept as community-supported agriculture (CSAs) their land-based brethren: consumers, restaurants, institutions or wholesale buyers pay local fishermen and fisherwomen a seasonal sum (sometimes through a CSF organizer), in return receiving a regular share of a fisher’s catches each week….”

Please visit this link to read the full article and locate a CSF near you:NationalGeographic

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

28 March 2016

• Removing A Hook from Your Butt

“To remove a hook that has penetrated the skin beyond the barb, loop a piece of cord or heavy line around the bend, then press down firmly on the shank of the hook. This pressure opens up the wound channel vertically, clearing the barb. While maintaining steady pressure, take a firm grip on the loop of cord, and snatch the hook out in one quick motion.….”

NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT REMOVAL IF THE HOOK IS IN A SENSITIVE SPOT: GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. PHOTO SHOWS ANOTHER REASON TO WEAR SUNGLASSES.

Please visit this link to read the full article:SaltWaterSportsman

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

27 March 2016

• Tactics for Flounder

“Doormats prefer hard bottom, such as mussel beds, rock piles, wrecks and channel markers.

“…work the edges of structure with larger baits, like live snapper, bluefish, spot, peanut bunker and herring, which are all primary forage for summer flounder in the Northeast.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

26 March 2016

• Bunker Arrive On Long Island

“It’s starting.Big schools of bunker moved into Gardiners Bay and Shelter Island Sound this week, as pound-trap fishermen scrambled to hang their nets and begin filling bait orders.

“News of early-season stripers have started to trickle in from various ports in the Northeast, which is probably less an indication of over-wintering fish suddenly appearing than of fishermen suddenly deciding to go try to catch them….”

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

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

25 March 2016

• ASMFC Initiates Socioeconomic Study on Atlantic Menhaden Commercial Fisheries

“The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has awarded funding to a research team headed by Dr. John Whitehead of Appalachian State University and Dr. Jane Harrison from North Carolina Sea Grant to conduct a socioeconomic study of Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries. The study is intended to characterize the coastwide commercial fisheries, including bait and reduction sectors and the fishing communities they support.

“'We are excited for this opportunity to provide the Commission with these critical data which will characterize the socioeconomic dimensions of menhaden fisheries stakeholders to help managers better understand management impacts,' stated Dr. Harrison.

“The principle objective of the study is to analyze data from participants in the Atlantic menhaden commercial industry. The Atlantic menhaden reduction fishery industry converts menhaden into fishmeal and fish oil, while the bait fishery industry supports other commercial (e.g. American lobster, blue crab) and recreational fisheries (e.g. striped bass, bluefish). Case studies along the Atlantic coast will link the harvesting, processing, and distribution sectors across the supply chain. Information on landing trends, industry participation, and social leadership and organizations will also be analyzed. Over the next month, ASMFC staff will be working with the research team to identify and reach out to fishery participants….”

Please visit this link to read the full proposal:ASMFC

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

24 March 2016

• Time for Schoolies

“While big bass are known to cruise the open ocean and haunt deep structure with heavy currents where they can feed on adult bunker, mackerel, and herring, schoolie stripers tend to stay inshore to feed on smaller baitfish and crustaceans.

Harbors “…are loaded with pilings, docks, seawalls, jetties, and other structure that attract baitfish, grass shrimp, and other prey items small stripers like to feed on.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

23 March 2016

• Every Saltwater Angler Should Carry These

“There are certain indispensable items that every angler should always bring along, even when fishing on someone else’s boat. You can’t count on your buddies, or charter boat crews for that matter, to always have everything.

“So here’s a list of essentials that help make the most of your day on the water and easily stow in a backpack or tackle bag….”

Please visit this link to read the full article:SaltWaterSportsman

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

22 March 2016

• Umbrella Rigs

“However ungainly it might appear on dry land, once below the water’s surface a properly configured umbrella rig suddenly transforms itself into a stunningly realistic imitation of a small school of baitfish.

“Whether trolled at various depths, or cast and retrieved, it may offer one of the most productive methods for catching hungry saltwater gamesters on artificial baits….”

Please visit this link to read the full article:SaltFishingAbout

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

21 March 2016

• Tale of the Tides

“How many times have you tested your favorite...striped bass...spot only to find the ­action slow? Then seemingly without reason, the place becomes alive with rolling silver backs, or the water turns a sullen gray as pods of fish move into the area.

“Tide — or current influence on fish and bait — results in such happenings hundreds of times daily throughout the world’s inshore waters….”

Please visit this link to read the full article:SaltWaterSportsman

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

19 March 2016

• Fishing the “Tube and Worm”

“After some 30 years of numerous trials, experimenting and adjusting, I’ve come up with the tubes I employ today. You can purchase or make tubes of any shape, size or materials you desire, and if you have something that works for you, by all means continue to use it…

“The following is my description of a rig and methodology that has proven extremely successful for me, my friends and associates over the decades….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

18 March 2016

• Kayaks: Safely Landing Fish

“Kayakers continue to push limits, particularly when it comes to nearshore, offshore and open-bay fishing. The days of catching kingfish, sailfish, amberjack, tarpon, sharks and other large fish exclusively from motorized boats are in the past.

“But offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

17 March 2016

• Dealing With the Changes In the Striped Bass Fishery

“From Virginia to Maine, striped bass (Morone ­saxatilis) are often the center of every hardcore angler’s universe. Strong, hard-striking and gorgeous, with fleeting hues of pink and purple, the extraordinary bass is revered by sportsmen along the coast…

“ Yes, things have changed since the boom years, but it certainly isn’t all doom and gloom. There’s still outstanding fishing attainable along the striper coast and its many estuaries, and the future looks bright too. But to stay in the game, anglers will have to adjust….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SportFishing

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

16 March 2016

• This Winter Was the Warmest in U.S. Recorded History

“According to NOAA's latest regular "State of the Climate" report, this winter was the warmest on record in the United States.

“The temperature average across the United States was 36.8°F, which NOAA reports was 4.6 degrees above the 20th century average. This means this winter beat out the previous record holder (the winter of 1999/2000) by 0.3 degrees.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: PopularScience

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

14 March 2016

• #42: Islamorada Journal 2016…14 March

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We're still in the Florida Keys, but there's not much to report so we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• Long Island Sound Bridge/Tunnel Endorsed By NY Gov

“Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 endorsed a state examination of the feasibility of a Long Island Sound bridge as well as a tunnel.

“Speaking after an event in Melville, Cuomo said he supports suggestions made by the Long Island Association business group last month to expand two feasibility studies that he first outlined in January.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

13 March 2016

• #41: Islamorada Journal 2016…13 March

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We're still in the Florida Keys, but there's not much to report so we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• Gigging: May Not Be Legal In Connecticut, but Still Fun to Read About

“As the old aluminum boat slid through the shallows of a marshy lagoon near North Topsail Beach, N.C., Capt. Alan Jernigan didn’t see the fish at first.

“Sure, it was black dark, but it still seemed odd to see a flounder that was almost as big around as the generator on the floor of his boat that was pumping power to the underwater lights.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorLife

12 March 2016

• #40: Islamorada Journal 2016…12 March

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• Finally Back Out On the Water

Although it was blowing 20 knots out there today, and despite NOAA small-craft warnings, Wayne and I went out to the barracuda hole...just to relieve the boredom if nothing else. We saw dozens of large cudas, had a lot of follows, only three bites, only one fish landed...

..but it was a decent fish that put up one heckuva battle.



• First Commercially Raised Saltwater Striped Bass

“Pacifico Aquaculture has developed the world's first successful commercial producer of high quality ocean-raised striped bass. The fish is the true striped bass, Morone saxatilis, rather than the widely raised freshwater hybrid bass.

“The project has been under development for several years and the first large scale commercial production will be available for US markets in late summer….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SeafoodNews

11 March 2016

• #39: Islamorada Journal 2016…11 March

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We're still in the Florida Keys, but the wind has kept us off the water since 03 March, so there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• “NY State Congressman Wants Commercial Bass Grab”

“New York State Representative Lee Zeldin, from Long Island, has introduced a bill (HR-3070) in Congress that would re-draw the boundaries of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Block Island, re-allocating vital striped bass sanctuary waters to the control of New York and Rhode Island…

“…both of which allow commercial fishing. Connecticut, a game fish state that sits between them, is left out of the picture.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StripersForever

Also scroll down on Stripers Forever’s page to read: “Supreme Court Ends Challenge To the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan”

10 March 2016

• #38: Islamorada Journal 2016…10 March

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We're still in the Florida Keys, but the wind has kept us off the water since last Thursday, so there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• “Deciding the Fate of a Striped Bass That Took 15 Years to Catch”

“Striped bass don’t often hit a slow-­moving needlefish plug very hard. The strike feels more like the soft tap of a panfish rather than an attack from one of the Northeast’s most powerful gamefish.

“So as the gentle July Cape Cod surf swept my needle over the sandbar in front of me into a deeper cut, I could have easily missed the bump that came just before 3 a.m.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldandStream

09 March 2016

• #37: Islamorada Journal 2016…09 March

We're still in the Florida Keys, but the wind has kept us off the water since last Thursday, so there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• Fly Fishing: Fly Line Management

“Line management is the single biggest issue for fly fishermen. A wet beach towel placed over offending projections might solve your problems.

“Sometimes duct tape will do it. When that isn’t enough, you may need a line management tool.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman


• “$89 ECHO Base Turning Heads, Dropping Jaws”

“Tim Rajeff, the man behind every rod that bears the ECHO name, has long been swimming upstream by scoffing at the idea that a good fly rod has to cost a month's rent.

“And Tim has delivered many ECHO rods that cast and fish extremely well and do so at a price point that drastically lowers the barrier to entry for newcomers to the sport of fly fishing and allows experienced anglers to expand their quiver of rods without going broke in the process.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

08 March 2016

• #36: Islamorada Journal 2016…08 March

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We're still in the Florida Keys, but the wind has kept us off the water since Thursday, so there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:


• “Salmon Spawning in Connecticut Watershed for First Time in 200 Years”

“In a discovery that’s nothing short of remarkable, biologists have found wild Atlantic salmon spawning in New England’s Connecticut River.

"Wild returning salmon have long thought to be extinct from the watershed, and Connecticut Fish and Wildlife reports that this may be the first wild spawning since the time of the Revolutionary War….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldandStream

• Guide to Hooks

“Choosing the right hook for the right job can make a world of difference….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

07 March 2016

• #35: Islamorada Journal 2016…07 March

We're still in the Florida Keys, but the wind has kept us off the water since Thursday, so there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:



• Fly Fishing: Wire Leaders

“If you fly fish in saltwater, at some point you’ll need to add a trace of wire to your leader in order to catch fish. Bluefish, mackerel, barracuda and sharks all require wire tippet.

“Or, you could donate lots of flies to the fish in question, especially bluefish and mackerel….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman



• “Do Not Overcook Fish

“It is a truism that most fish is overcooked much of the time in most restaurants and almost all of the time in most homes.

“Remember this general guideline: cook any cut of fish (or whole fish) for 10 minutes for each inch of thickness at a fairly high temperature (400-degree oven). This rule applies to most methods of fish cookery such as sautéing, braising, baking, grilling, boiling and steaming. Deep-frying takes less time.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

06 March 2016

• #34: Islamorada Journal 2016…06 March

We're still in the Florida Keys, but with a combination of wind and no fish there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:


• Best Tides For Stripers

“The two best times to hook a monster striper from the surf are when the current is running its hardest, and when it isn’t running at all.”

“As the outgoing tide picked up speed, a sharp seam formed where the current rushed past a small point inside the inlet. Outside the seam, the tide was humping along at more than three knots, while inside, a swirling eddy was thick with cordgrass picked up by the new moon high tide….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater


• New Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan Adopted for Long Island Sound

“The first CCMP was adopted in 1994 and has guided management efforts in Connecticut and New York over the last 20 years.

“The updated CCMP sets 20 key ecosystem targets/goals to be achieved over the next 20 years and was a culmination of a two-year effort involving staff from the DEEP Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau's (WPLR) Planning and Standards Division and Office of Long Island Sound Programs.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Sound Outlook

• #33: Islamorada Journal 2016…05 March

We're still in the Florida Keys, but with a combination of wind and no fish there hasn't been much to report. Meanwhile, we'll continue to post Islamorada photos along with links to articles you may enjoy:


• When's the Best Time to Go Fishing?

"When the fish show up is species-specific and is very much a function of Mother Nature and a myriad of environmental factors.

“This will have an effect on the migrations of fish…and is the ultimate determining factor for when the fish arrive. Two environmental indicators we like to look at are water temperature and forage fish (baitfish). Typically, when the baitfish begin to show up the predator fish aren’t far behind….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BlockIslandTimes


• Fly Fishing: Tandem Rigs

“I have long used tandem rigs, both in fresh and salt water. If you’ve ever fished topwater poppers and bugs and dealt with half-hearted strikes, it may have been during cold weather or when the surface was flat-calm under a high sun.

“That’s when a dropper fly can seal the deal for you.….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

01 March 2016

• #32: Islamorada Journal 2016…01 March

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Cormorants on a sandbar.



Wayne and I went to the shark place...

...saw several sharks and also tarpon.


I landed two sharks...



...this is the larger one...apparently a lemon shark.



I also hooked one tarpon of 40-50 lbs....

...fish jumped once and broke the leader...as a result, no photos.

It was a spectacular jump though.