31 May 2016

• 2 Articles: Charles Island Closed to Public...and...Keeping Your Hooks Sharp

• Charles Island Closed to Public

Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public from May 24 through September 9, 2016, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds.

Both islands have been designated by DEEP as Natural Area Preserves, primarily due to their importance as nesting habitats for several state-listed birds, including snowy egrets and great egrets (state threatened species), glossy ibis, and little blue herons (state special concern). The two islands also have been designated as Important Bird Areas by Audubon Connecticut.

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP


• Keeping Your Hooks Sharp

“The idea that sharp hooks stick more fish is a no-brainer, yet I’m always shocked by how few anglers make hook sharpening part of their routine. If it seems like a chore, well, it’s not. Here are a few ­pointers that will give you an edge on the water…

“Modern chemically or surgically sharpened hooks have needlelike points and fine cutting edges like a broadhead....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream

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30 May 2016

• “Stripers On the Move” [A Good Read]

“He caught two more bass before the action quit in our area but looking around us we had four more huge schools of bass chasing and diving on bait.

“Not wanting to spook the fish, I silently rowed us toward the next school, and once again ducked below the gunwale while Eddie wound up for another cast....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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29 May 2016

• Long Island: Big Porgies

“The bite was all day long. As soon as things slowed, we would just move to find another pile of fish.

“Towards the end of the day, the wind turned south and picked up quite a bit. This worked like a dinner bell for porgies. The bite ramped up to lights out status....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RiverheadLocal

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27 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 26 May 2016

STRIPED BASS now is the time to fish the tidal rivers and coves before the fish move out to the reefs. Good action still reported in the Thames, Connecticut, and Housatonic Rivers.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is good overall. 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, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Try drifting with a white or pink Bucktail Jig and attach a Berkely 3”- 4” Gulp Mullet in chartreuse, white or pink color. Fresh squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

PORGY off shore fishing is crazy with reports of anglers catching over 1,000 on a single charter trip. Much better in Gardiners Bay and the Peconics (Little Peconic Bay is hot). Hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best scup fishing you will ever experience. Porgies measuring 12- 18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught!

Porgy fishing has also been reported at these excellent shore fishing locations: 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 or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is slow but improving. The early season hot spot is Falkner Island and from New Haven to Woodmont. Fishing over any deep water structure in 60 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarter fishing pier. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass and harbor blues. Flood or Ebb tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster (single hook), small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors. One day they are here in large numbers...the next day you are left wondering...where did they go.

WEAKFISH. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY). Some really nice 8 to 12 pound fish have been recently caught at Sandy Point in West Haven.

BLUEFISH. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are the early season hotspots. The “Blues” are coming as we speak...chasing the squid into the sound.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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26 May 2016

• Fish On Cloudy Days For Stripers...and using the Tides


• Fish On Cloudy Days For Stripers

“Due to the sensitivity of their eyes, shallow water on a bright day is not where you will find them…

“However on an overcast day they will move into shallow waters looking for food....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: DelawareStateNews


• Using the Tides In Inshore Fishing


“In general, fish move to shallow water during flood tides, and follow the water out as tides ebb. This basic ­concept ­provides a good starting point for anglers to find fish, especially when learning unfamiliar water.

“For ­example, if you decide to fish a back bay off a coastal sound during a strong flood tide, investigate shoreline or flats areas as the fish move into shallower water to forage....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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25 May 2016

• Fluke Tips

“Unlike many other aggressively targeted game fish species, the population of fluke is actually increasing despite their popularity among recreational anglers of all ages and skill levels.

“Their current proliferation also supports a healthy commercial fishery for the species....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltFishing

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24 May 2016

• Long Island Sound’s Many Problems

“The main sources of nitrogen come from sewers, fertilizers, septic tanks, and poor rain drainage systems. An estimated 74 percent of Nassau County’s residents rely on septic tanks and cesspools rather than municipal treatment plants.

“If the Long Island Sound were in pristine condition, it could be a trillion dollar estuary….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: LongIslandReport

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23 May 2016

• Stripers and Squid Flies...and New Issue of "This Is Fly"


• Stripers and Squid Flies

“The squid move to the shallower rips from adjacent water averaging 60 feet deep, and the stripers are waiting...

“It’s easier for stripers to ambush forage like squid in shallower water where they can drive them to the surface, and there’s nowhere else to go....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyFisherman


• This Is Fly


Issue #56 of This Is Fly magazine is now available online…

Gorgeous photography….

Please visit this link to read see the magazine: ThisIsFly



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22 May 2016

• Umbrella Rigs In the Salt

“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: SaltFishing

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21 May 2016

• Fishing Report: Long Island

“Some big stripers, well into the 30-pound class, have been caught from local shores already, and schoolie-sized fish are in residence at just about every bay and ocean stretch.

“This is the time of year when surfcasters actually might have an upper hand over boat fishermen, though the wire-line gang around Shelter Island have been doing just fine....”

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

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20 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 19 May 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is very good especially with the approaching full ”flower” moon. There have been some very large stripers being caught in the Thames River (Norwich). Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock and Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands. Sand and blood worms have been working the best for “schoolie” bass. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. Find the menhaden (bunker) and you will find those beautiful stripers. The evening/night bite is fantastic with bait, including eels.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is good overall and quickly improving. As squid enter Long Island Sound...fishing will only get better. Mid to western LIS anglers reported fluke from 3 to 7 lbs being common. Anglers targeting fluke report that skates and searobins appear to be in plentiful supply.

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, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands. Since squid are coming in, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab “doormat” fluke! Try drifting with a white or pink Bucktail Jig and attach a Berkely 3”- 4” Gulp Mullet in chartreuse, white or pink color. Fresh squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

WHITE PERCH fishing is fair, outgoing tide is better along the Connecticut shoreline and its coves. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass shrimp and small garden worms are the keys to success.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is phenomenal by Orient Point and the north shore bays. Much better in Gardiners Bay and the Peconics (Little Peconic Bay is hot). Hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best scup fishing you will ever experience. These prespawn scup are gigantic! Seriously, try fishing on a party boat and enjoy some great fishing. Porgies measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these excellent shore fishing locations: 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 or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is slow but improving. The early season hot spot is Falkner Island and from New Haven to Woodmont. Fishing over any deep water structure in 60 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet) on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass and harbor blues. Flood or Ebb tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster (single hook), small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors. One day they are here in large numbers...the next day you are left wondering...where did they go.

WEAKFISH. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY). Some really nice 8 to 12 pound fish have been recently caught at Sandy Point in West Haven.

BLUEFISH. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are the early season hotspots. The “Blues” are coming as we speak...chasing the squid into the sound..

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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19 May 2016

• The Drop Shot Rig In Salt Water


Article #1: “The drop shot rig is a relatively recent innovation in the freshwater fishing realm that is now making its way to saltwater. Named for the way the rig goes straight to the bottom, it is similar to a ‘fish-finder’ or ‘chicken’ rig currently used by many bottom-fishing anglers. The difference is in the placement of the hook….

Article #2: ”Start by tying on the hook using either a Palomar or Clinch knot. Leave the tag end the length you want the worm to be off the bottom. Start at 16 to 20 inches up the line unless you see fish suspended a certain distance off the bottom. If you do, tie the hook that distance up the line.

”When you tie the hook on, bring the tag end back through the eye of the hook from the top down, that will make the hook stand out straight. Make sure you pull your knot tight when tying it.

”Tie on a weight at the end….”

Please visit these links to read the full articles:

LinkToArticle#1

LinkToArticle#2

Chart is from www.netknots.com


18 May 2016

• Fishing Report: NYC Area

“It’s bluefish bonanza time. They are hungry. Some are big. And they are easy to get to…

“An added attraction is that striped bass — also hungry — are often swimming under those blues, so you might go home with the makings of an excellent feast....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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17 May 2016

• UPS Delivers…Herring?

“Known as river herring, the two species—each with a shad-like body typically 10 to 15 inches long—have historically suffered from overfishing and spawning-habitat decline, and exist at a fraction of their former abundance…

“Like Atlantic salmon, they cannot be restored by reducing fishing pressure alone: The region’s dams, often legacies of long-defunct mills, prevent would-be runs from reaching spawning grounds....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorLife

Another article re herring: CapeAndIslands

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16 May 2016

• Changing Migration Patterns Affect Fishing

“Many scientists believe that rising sea temperatures triggered by climate change is, in part, fueling the migration of fish species northward, and that the trend is expected to continue…

“Summer flounder that once amassed in North Carolina have gradually shifted about 140 miles to New Jersey—one facet of the northward migration of fish species that is upending traditional fishing patterns....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WallStreetJournal

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15 May 2016

• Weakfish Assessment

“…the weakfish stock is depleted and has been for the past 13 years…

“Weakfish are managed under Amendment 4 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Weakfish and its subsequent addenda (Addendum I‐IV). Addendum IV requires states to implement a one fish recreational creel limit, 100 pound commercial trip limit, 100 pound commercial bycatch limit, and 100 undersized fish per trip allowance for the finfish trawl fishery. The Addendum's measures are intended to reduce the level of harvest without creating a large amount of discards and poise the stock for recovery should natural mortality decrease in the future....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ASMFC

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14 May 2016

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing: Some Photos From Recent Trips

Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:



The lower Housatonic River has suddenly blossomed...with moored sailboats.

Actually, these boats seem never to leave their moorings; they're mostly floating cocktail patios.



These small geese, brant by name, appear to stay longer each year in our area.

Wikipedia: "The brant goose is a small goose with a short, stubby bill. It measures 55–66 cm (22–26 in) long, 106–121 cm (42–48 in) across the wings and weighs 0.88–2.2 kg (1.9–4.9 lb). The under-tail is pure white, and the tail black and very short (the shortest of any goose)."



This black crowned night heron was keeping a wary, red eye on us.

Wikipedia: Adults are approximately 64 cm (25 in) long and weigh 800 g (28 oz). They have a black crown and back with the remainder of the body white or grey, red eyes, and short yellow legs. They have pale grey wings and white under parts. Two or three long white plumes, erected in greeting and courtship displays, extend from the back of the head.



Clam draggers were out on the lower Housy in force.


Coast Guard took this RHIB all the way to the US-1 bridge, turned around, left.

Wikipedia: A rigid-hulled inflatable boat, (RHIB) or rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) is a lightweight but high-performance and high-capacity boat constructed with a solid, shaped hull and flexible tubes at the gunwale. The design is stable and seaworthy. The inflatable collar allows the vessel to maintain buoyancy if a large quantity of water is shipped aboard due to bad sea conditions.



Fire department was testing/training these ladder hoses at Short Beach.


This appeared to be a collegiate women's crew training further up the River.


A more leisurely form or exercise.


Where the Naugatuck River joins the Housatonic at Derby/Shelton.


The Route 8 bridge crossing the Housatonic River at Shelton.


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13 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 12 May 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing continue to be very good for “schoolies” in most of the tidal rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. There are also some very big keepers (45 pound cow bass Stratford) in the mix as well. Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lowerConnecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock and Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands.

Sand and blood worms have been working the best, especially in turbid waters around the high tide and the beginning of the ebb. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. Fishing is awesome in the lower rivers/estuaries where the water temperature has approached the magical 55°F mark and there are schools of 1 year old menhaden! The top-water fishing has been fantastic.

SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season opens May 17 to September 21.

WINTER FLOUNDER fishing is improving in the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area, Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass shrimp and small garden worms are the keys to success.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is fair overall. Much better in Gardiners Bay and the Peconics. Porgies measuring 10-16 inches (“hubcap size”) have been reported! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: 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 or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is slow. The early season hot spot is Falkner Island. Fishing over any deep water structure in 60 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet) on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good...some nice 16 to 21 inch “CT Tarpon” continue to be caught by those who try. Try the Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Clinton Harbor, lower Housatonic River and Fort Trumbull. These ”CT Tarpon” providing outstanding/fun shore fishing for anglers. Tie on a silver willowleaf lure or a small charteuse jig (add a 14-20 inch leader) with a slip sinker above the swivel along with light tackle (6lb test main line). Cast to current breaks/channels and retrieve the lure and hold on/have fun...

WEAKFISH. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY).

BLUEFISH. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are early bluefish spots.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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12 May 2016

• Connecticut River Shad

“6:45 PM: As I make my first cast with a 1/16-ounce custom-painted shad dart, Mike yells from upriver, ‘I bet you catch your first shad within four casts….’

“On my second cast, I add a new species to my list—the American shad....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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11 May 2016

• Commercially Viable In the Great Lakes: Goldfish???

“Whenever Dave DeLong brings in one of his Maumee Bay seine nets, there's almost always one or two distinctive bright orange fish swimming around the writhing mass of bullhead, catfish and carp.

“DeLong, a Lake Erie commercial fisherman, makes a living hauling live fish to the Luna Pier Harbor Club, where his catch is weighed and sold. He's been fishing for 45 years on Lake Erie and goldfish have been part of that catch every year....”

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

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10 May 2016

• Fly Fishing: Using Chum Offshore

“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…

“This tactic is tailor-made for fly fishing, but of course it’s suitable for any kind of tackle. Those crazy fly bites have left the most vivid impressions in my memory....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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09 May 2016

• Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police Grab 3 With Undersized Stripers

“At 6:00 pm on May 3rd Officers acted on a complaint of 3 men keeping undersized Striped Bass.

“Officers located the men and found them in possession of 6 Striped Bass measuring between 13 and 26 inches....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP/Facebook

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08 May 2016

Fishing Reports: Long Island, NYC, Cape Cod, Rhode Island

• Long Island: Fishing the Hamptons

“With the first sizable efforts at plying local waters this past Sunday, the opening of the porgy season, fishermen with baited hooks got a healthy sampling of the fish that have arrived in the bays already this year.

“ Along with a much better haul of porgies, fluke in abundance, black sea bass, striped bass and weakfish all appear to have moved into their Hamptons summer homes already—while, thankfully, most humans have not....”

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


• Stripers Arriving: Cape Cod, SE Massachusetts

“…most exciting news is that little schoolie stripers are moving in big numbers off Falmouth beaches and into a herring-filled Cape Cod Canal. They’re always the vanguard of the great striper migration, so anglers of the “Big Ditch” should be ready for action to explode there soon.

“More rapid swimmers, schoolies precede the big keepers’ arrival by about two weeks and provide fast fishing now....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WorcesterTelegram


• Fishing Report: NYC Area

“Big striped bass that are spawning in the mid-Hudson River — above the GW Bridge as far north as Newburgh and Kingston — are still the most exciting fishing prey right now…

“Meanwhile when those Hudson River bass have spawned, they start drifting into western Long Island Sound waters. And they are hungry and actively seeking fresh bait. And remember that soon some equally hungry bluefish will be joining in the feeding fray....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews


• Rhode Island Regs Require Fin-Clipping

“The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it has enacted new regulations to help prevent the illegal harvest and sale of Atlantic striped bass.

“The new rules, outlined in Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Regulations, Part XII Striped Bass, require recreational anglers to clip the right pectoral fin of striped bass 34 inches or larger at the time of harvest; fish with a missing right pectoral fin cannot be sold commercially in Rhode Island....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: RhodeIslandDEM

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07 May 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 05 May 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is very good for “schoolies” in most of the tidal rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. There are also some very nice keepers in the mix as well. Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock and Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands.

Sand and blood worms have been working the best, especially in turbid waters around the high tide and the beginning of the ebb. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work.

Fishing is awesome in the lower rivers/estuaries where the water temperature has approached the magical 55°F mark and there are schools of 1 year old menhaden! The top-water fishing has been fantastic...

WINTER FLOUNDER fishing is improving in the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area, Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass shrimp and small garden worms are the keys to success.

PORGY fishing is fair with the first scup of the season migrating to the major reefs/rock piles. Porgies measuring 10-16 inches (“hubcap size”) have been reported! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: 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 or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is slow with this gnarly weather we have had. The early season hot spot is Falkner Island. Fishing over any deep water structure in 60 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Remember, CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch minimum length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet) on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”.

WEAKFISH. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY).

BLUEFISH. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are early bluefish spots.

CTDEEP will post the complete report at this site, eventually: CTDEEP

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

06 May 2016

• What’s Good About Florida…Besides the Weather and the Fishing?

“Simply stated, Florida does not have an income tax. My Florida real estate taxes are 50 percent less than my equivalent Connecticut home. There are no auto property taxes. As we age, we think about estate planning. Florida does not have an estate tax. And, unlike Connecticut, its infrastructure is not crumbling.

“I moved to Connecticut in the early 1970s. The state did not have an income tax at that time. Of course, today we do. And somehow, we are still in the red. The issue is not taxation (we have income tax, real estate tax, auto property tax, estate tax and sales tax), it's spending. For example, in 2000, Connecticut's annual budget was $12.3 billion. Today, the annual budget is $20 billion and not balanced. That's an $8 billion spending increase....”

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05 May 2016

• Temperature, Not Pesticides, Causing Lobster Decline in Long Island Sound

“Connecticut researchers found no pesticides in lobsters collected in Long Island Sound in late 2014, a new study has found, boosting evidence that warming water temperatures are the main culprit in a huge crustacean decline that has decimated the local lobster industry.

“The findings raise questions about restrictions Connecticut passed in 2013, amid concern over declining lobster stocks, limiting coastal use of pesticides...”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister

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