30 June 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 29 June 2016

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



Grandson Zachary joined me on Shoo-Fly for Wednesday's trip. We got into stripers right off the bat...


Zachary hooked this one on his second cast.


We got about 15 fish in one spot and then fishing slowed down so Zach got out his drone to see what it was like to fly the aircraft off a boat.


Here he is with the control panel...he has amazing control over the drone...


...was able to fly it hundreds of feet up [but within the legal limit] and so far away that we couldn't even see the vehicle...and still had complete control over it.

Zach took photos via the vehicle's camera and has promised to send them to me so they can be posted on this blog. Should be interesting to see Shoo-Fly from way overhead.



We got six or seven fish in the second spot...


...including one lonesome bluefish.


Zach was a big help on the boat. After we docked he got the cart for us, loaded all the gear and rods in the cart, pushed the cart up the ramp to the car, and packed the car for the trip home. Then he volunteered to wash down the boat...a task that I normally reserve solely for myself...and did a fine job of it.

He must have had good parenting.

Another great day on the water.

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

29 June 2016

• Fishing in CT? Bring An Attorney

“Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island all share some portion of control over the Sound, and each state has its own set of fishing regulations, quotas and catch limits.

“There are also debates over commercial vs. recreational fishing quotas, and whether for-hire fishing charter boat operators are being favored by regulators over private recreational anglers....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

28 June 2016

• Fishing Commentary: Madison, CT...Update: CT Issues Drought Advisory

“When water conditions kick up more intensely than just moving forage around, fish invariably seek shelter. They could venture into deeper water or seek the lee side of structure.

“When temperatures get too warm, they seek cooler water, which may slow down digestion. When that happens, they begin to feed again as things return to normal. At that time, forage may have scattered and, thus, the search for food repeats itself....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: zip06.com


• State Issues Drought Advisory


“With precipitation across Connecticut down as much as six inches over the last 90 days, the Department of Public Health (DPH) today issued a Drought Advisory...

“It is recommended that customers of public water systems follow any water conservation recommendations that may be requested by their water utility and that businesses and residents served by private wells follow DPH’s water conservation advice....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDPH

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

27 June 2016

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 27 June 2016

Still catching up on photos from recent trips. Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:



They've been dredging the Milford harbor channel for days.


Here's another type of dredge...


...and those are clams, oysters...or shells thereof...that they're piling up on deck. Serious piece of equipment.


Hard to resist an egret photo op.


Black-crowned night heron is also quite handsome...note the feather at the back of the head.


Got anything you want whitewashed? Just recruit a "flight" of cormorants...they'll do the job for you.


Almost-keeper.


Caught some stripers on the fly rod as well as on the jig/plastic combo.

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

26 June 2016

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 26 June 2016...Housatonic River To Be Dredged...Reports: Cape Cod, Boston Harbor, Long Island

Still catching up on photos from recent trips. Click on any photo to enlarge...see a slide show:



Grandson James joined Andrew and me for a chance to land James's first striped bass.


We first started out with James using sandworms on a bobber...didn't get a nibble.


Meanwhile, Andrew was using a jig and plastic combination and hooking up...so we switched James...


...to a similar rig. He could cast it quite well and soon landed his first striper.


He hooked another...


...and got that in the boat as well.


Unfortnately, we lost this fish at the side of the boat...hook pulled out...and, of course, it was the biggest fish of the trip.


Still, it was a successful outing.


• Housatonic River To Be Dredged


“Low water depths in the Housatonic River in Stratford and Milford has prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to call dredging.

“The proposed work involves removal of up to 300,000 cubic yards of sandy material from portions of the 18-foot main channel. The work would be from the mouth of the Housatonic at Long Island Sound to about five miles upriver....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost


• Cape Cod, Boston Harbor…


“We’re in the sweetest spot of the striper season. Water temperatures from Cape Cod Bay to the North Shore have warmed enough to set the food chain in motion and draw in migrating stripers, but the water is not yet hot enough to drive bass into deep, offshore waters.

“Conditions are just right for stripers, and that has them feeding in areas where shore, kayak and small-boat fishermen can connect....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

See also: WickedLocal


• Long Island…


“Stripers, too, remain on the bite. Linesiders are hitting bunker chunks on the South Shore beaches, plugs cast after dark between Northport and Port Jefferson, and diamond jigs off Orient Point.

“The latter spot has been especially good for the local charter and head boats....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/


25 June 2016

Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 25 June 2016

Catching up on photos from recent trips.

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



Egret.


Swan family.


Not birds.


Regal mallard drake.


Another kind of bird.


We went through a spell of wind that kept us bottled up in the River.


Rather than getting towed, couldn't they have hoisted a sail...just the jib maybe?


Despite being stuck in the River, we still hooked some fish...


...and landed some nice almost-keepers.


Couldn't resist this one; sorry, don't know the source of the photo.

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

24 June 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 23 June 2016

• STRIPED BASS fishing remains excellent. The backside of the full moon has provided phenomenal striped bass fishing. Recently there was a 51 pound striped bass caught from shore in Old Lyme. The big fish keep on rolling in to feed on the abundant bait populations. It’s also impressive to see how many anglers are catching and releasing so many of these trophy striped bass. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket. There is plenty of bunker throughout LIS including the tidal rivers to hold fish.

Striper areas 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), Westbrook, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier

STRIPED BASS ANGLERS FISHING IN RHODE ISLAND WATERS - are advised that the state of Rhode Island has adopted the following regulations pertaining to striped bass. These regulations apply to all Rhode Island state lands and waters including the waters around Block Island: “Any person recreationally harvesting a striped bass thirty-four (34) inches or larger shall at the time of harvest have the right pectoral fin removed at a point as close to the body of the fish as possible.”

• BLUEFISH fishing is improving with more and more bluefish arriving from the Montauk area, after feeding on scup and squid. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS will harbor bluefish. Speed squidding diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three-way bottom rigs have all been effective. Other bluefish spots include the Sluiceway, Gardiners Bay, Peconic Bays, and the north shore of Long Island along with the Stratford Shoal area. My recommendation is to hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best FISHING you will ever experience. These “Alligator Blues” are one of the hardest fighting fish you will ever reel in. Snappers (juvenile bluefish) have not arrived yet!

• FLUKE fishing is hit or miss for “keepers” in Long Island Sound. The area north of Montauk (40-60 feet) is producing good numbers of fish...fluke up to 13 pounds this week. Mid to western LIS anglers are still reporting good numbers of sub-legal sized fish and a few keepers mixed in, up to 5 pounds. (Norwalk/Stratford/New Haven/Woodmont area).

Fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Watch Hill to Napatree Point, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Gardiners Bay over to Greenport, NY, Twotree Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson, NY.

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 fishing is very good in Long Island Sound. It is much better on the southeast corner of Montauk in approximately 30 feet of water. There are huge schools of scup in relatively shallow water. Hook up with your local party/charter boat to get into some of the best fishing ever! These scup are very large and delicious to eat! Seriously, try fishing for some “reef slammers” and enjoy some great fishing...there are lots of scup around for all. Porgies measuring 13-18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to keep on getting better, showing no signs of slowing down. Fishing over any deep water structure (gnarly bottom preferred) in 30 to 75 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass along with fluke and sea robins. 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."

• STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is good in LIS for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. These beautiful and strange looking fish are now very common especially when bottom fishing at many of Connecticut’s shore fishing sites. With fish measuring over 23 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat. Please be careful when handling them...be mindful of their spines located on top of their head and gill cover.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is very good in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass. They move up and down the river systems with the tide. Flood or the beginning of the Ebb tide is typically the best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver or copper), kastmaster (single hook), small plastic jigs (white, red or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors. You will be impressed with these “high flyers”. It’s great shore fishing and you get to meet a lot of anglers and trade fishing stories (“secrets”)

• WEAKFISH fishing continues to keep on plugging along with some very nice fish reported in the central and western sound. Good fishing in New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals. One of the best eating saltwater fish you will ever catch.

• BLUE CRAB are becoming active in the tidal creeks and rivers. However, fishing is really improving for keepers (7.5 inches). Expect a very good year following a relatively warm winter and good survival of juvenile crabs. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (7 inches spike to spike). 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 most updated information (local hot spots), 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 net) is the preferred method to captur these tasty crabs.

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

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

23 June 2016

• Striped Bass Are Migrating Further Offshore

“New insights into the migration of striped bass…

“A study of reports of the striped bass spring migration from recent years suggests the fish don't necessarily follow a coast-hugging route north, as previously believed....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeAndIslands

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

22 June 2016

• Ya Gotta Read This

“Stranded man rescued after two days adrift in Long Island Sound…the second man on his raft jumped overboard to swim to shore Monday afternoon. The man swam to Charles Island near Milford…

“Neither of the two were equipped with life jackets or emergency supplies....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYPost

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

21 June 2016

• Another Good Striper Story From Charley Soares

“I backed down and was about to shove the boat off when one of the men approached and asked me what I was doing. There were at least seven rods, two gaffs and two big igloo coolers visible so my first retort might have been that I was going golfing but I sensed these men were disappointed about not being able to launch in the heavy fog so I replied that I was going fishing…

“’In this fog?’ he asked. ‘You don’t have radar, how are you going to find your way?’....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

20 June 2016

• Fly Fishing: The Importance of Backing...and...Improving Your Casting

• Fly Fishing: The Backing

“Backing…up space in the portion of the system where the loops of fly line are very small. If your fly line were tied to the middle of your reel, small and long lasting loops would all but destroy the line…

“Since fly line backing can cost only pennies per foot, the function of taking up space is cheaper with backing. Most importantly, backing helps you catch fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman










• Fly Casting Improvement: Make A Video

“Recently, an expert from a national outdoors company came to Tampa to teach fly casting. He used a video camera on a tripod to show casters their mistakes.

“The novelty was showing casters their errors, hoping they’d be motivated and capable of correcting them....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

19 June 2016

• Long Island Sound and the Environment [Four Articles]

• What’s So Great About Long Island Sound?

“What makes fishing in Long Island Sound so interesting is that each year is different. The Sound is continually changing, impacted by the weather and climatic conditions..

“Add the ever-moving water of tidal flows and incessant wave action altering the shoreline, and a fisher is confronted with a changing habitat....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: zip06.com



• Rx In Our Waters Can Cause Health Issues In Aquatic Life

“Pharmaceuticals in surface water such as lakes and streams are a growing concern…

“Scientists have largely considered treated wastewater that's released into the environment as the main source. Now researchers reveal other possible sources....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily


• Milford Oyster Bed Closed

“The potential health threat of contaminated shellfish being consumed by the public prompted the Department of Agriculture today to close an oyster bed in Long Island Sound off the coast of Milford after an incident that led to the arrest of a boat captain…

“… accused of illegally transplanting contaminated oysters into the bed of healthy, market-ready oysters, officials announced in a release....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordPatch





• Dams To Be Removed From Quinnipiac River

“Taking out both dams will open up 16 miles of the river to migrating fish and improve the water flow in the Quinnipiac, which flows 45 miles from its origin in a swamp near New Britain to Long Island Sound in New Haven…

“There will be access for blue back herring, American shad, American eels and other migratory fish" that travel inland from salt water as part of their life cycle...”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/


18 June 2016

• Every Striper Counts

“The list of the foods that a striper will chase down and eat is quite impressive. Here’s just a few: menhaden, bluefish, other smaller stripers, seaworms, sea clams, mussels, herring, squid, crabs, shrimp, lobsters, tommy cod, smelts, silversides, alewives, sand eels, and hake…

“That’s not the complete list but it gives you an idea of the shopping list a striper has....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

17 June 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 16 June 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is fantastic. The big fish keep on rolling in so to speak. Its[sic] impressive how many large striped bass are being caught and released. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket. There is plenty of bunker throughout LIS including the tidal rivers to hold fish.

Striper areas 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), Westbrook, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (including Sandy Point), Charles Island area, Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Bridgeport Harbor, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Striped bass anglers fishing in Rhhode Island waters are advised that the state of Rhode Island has adopted the following regulations pertaining to striped bass. These regulations apply to all Rhode Island state lands and waters including the waters around Block Island: “Any person recreationally harvesting a striped bass thirty-four (34) inches or larger shall at the time of harvest have the right pectoral fin removed at a point as close to the body of the fish as possible.”

BLUEFISH fishing has become more consistent with a mix bag of fish in the 3 to 9 lb range. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS will harbor bluefish. Speed squidding diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks on three-way bottom rigs have all been effective. Other bluefish spots include the Sluiceway, Gardiners Bay, Peconic Bays, and the north shore of Long Island along with the Stratford Shoal area. My recommendation is to hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best FISHING you will ever experience. Snappers (juvenile bluefish) have not arrived yet!

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is hit or miss for “keepers”. The eastern sound is getting more fluke as they move off Montauk Point. Mid to western LIS anglers are still reporting large fluke from 3 to 9 lbs. (Stratford/New Have/Woodmont area). Fluke spots include south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Watch Hill to Napatree Point, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Gardiners Bay over to Greenport, NY, Twotree Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area.

Also, New Haven Harbor to West Haven, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, Norwalk Islands, and across over to Port Jefferson, NY. Since squid are coming in large numbers, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab “doormat” fluke and becoming the “Duke of 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 2016 CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report No. 10, 6/16/2016 squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is very good in Long Island Sound. These scup are very large and delicious to eat! Seriously, try fishing for some “reef slammers” and enjoy some great fishing...there are lots of scup around for all. Porgies measuring 11-18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught! Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is getting hot and showing no signs of slowing down. Fishing over any deep water structure (gnarly bottom preferred) in 30 to 75 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass along with fluke and sea robins. 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 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 fishing continue to impress. Good fishing in New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals.

STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing continues to be steady for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. These beautiful and strange looking fish are very common especially when bottom fishing at many of Connecticut’s shore fishing sites. With fish measuring over 23 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat. Please be careful when handling them...be mindful of their spines located on top of their head and gill cover.

HICKORY SHAD fishing remains fair to good in the Black Hall River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass. Flood or the beginning of the Ebb tide is typically the 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. You will be impressed with these “high flyers”.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good for these tasty panfish related to striped bass. Perch are found in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive 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 a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success. Another 14.5 inch 2.3 pound white perch was caught at Ferry Landing State Park in Old Lyme on a sandworm this past weekend under the railroad bridge.

BLUE CRAB are becoming active in the tidal creeks and rivers. However, fishing remains slow for keepers. Expectations are for a good year following a relatively warm winter and good survival of juvenile crabs. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (7 inches spike to spike). 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 most updated information (local hot spots), 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 net) is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs

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

© 2016 Shoo-Fly Charters, LLC

URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/

16 June 2016

• Fly Fishing: [Three Articles]

• Fly Fishing: Stripping

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

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

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman


• How Many Fly Fishers In The U.S.?

“One of the more interesting debates in fly fishing revolves around a simple question: Just how many of us fly anglers are there?

“A recent report by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association pegs the number at right around 4.5 million. To arrive at that number, researchers looked at U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service data and factored in fishing license sales, which increased 5.8 percent between 2011 and 2015....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream


• Fly-Casting Problems

“Have you ever made a cast where your loop was wide and lazy? How about one where your line and leader failed to straighten, especially when trying to summon an extra few feet of distance? When casting into the wind, have your leader and fly ever been blown back at you?

“Answering yes to any of these questions means you've experienced the consequences of a casting stroke which is too long for the length of line being cast....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HatchMagazine

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URL: http://connecticutsaltwaterfishing.com/