31 July 2016

• Best Ways To Land A Larger Fish...and Wading Light

• Best Ways To Land A Larger Fish

“As you start to catch larger fish, the issue of how to land them successfully becomes more important.

“So here are some tips on how to land fish if you gaff, net or swing them into the boat....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: JohnstonSunrise












• Wading? Go Light!

“There’s something to be said about grabbing a handful of lures and hitting your favorite spot, just your two feet and your fishing rod.

“Covering a lot of ground may be out of the question, but with careful planning you can cover it thoroughly....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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30 July 2016

• Long Island Sound Fishing Reports

• Fishing Report: Eastern Long Island Sound

“Quality fluke are showing up more often now, but so are the shorts. The bottom is seeing more summer flounder as they move on the shoals and into the harbors and tidal rivers.

“Keep your baited rigs low, slow and deliberate, often dead-sticking when the current hampers the drift....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Zip06




• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

“OK, it’s hot. We’re hot, and fishing waters are, too. That means some fish go deeper, into somewhat cooler waters or they relocate a bit.

In western Long Island Sound, for example, water temps were 78 degrees....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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29 July 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 28 July 2016

STRIPED BASS has remained good especially during the evening and morning hours. Most of the reefs throughout the sound are starting to see larger fish. Live lining eels or bunker while drifting over the reefs has been producing positive results. If you’re able to find bunker and bass in the same area, try the ‘snag and drop’ technique. Once you snag a bunker just open the bail and let it run, the bass can’t resist the temptation.

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, lower 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. Night fishing is good at the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Harkness Memorial Park.

FLUKE fishing has been solid (good numbers of fish) throughout Long Island Sound. The walls at New Haven and West Haven have been producing. Deep water (80-100) off Hatchett Reef and Black Point is also fishing well, along with Long Sand Shoal. The best bite has been between the CT and Thames Rivers in 40 -100 feet. You have got to put your time in and be mobile moving from spot to spot. It’s time to start fishing deeper to improve your chances for a “doormat” fluke.

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, Lower 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. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to improve in deeper water especially on structure. If you are fishing in water deeper than 100’, barotrauma can cause released fish to struggle to make it back to the bottom. A descending devise such as the Shelton Fish Descender can help assist the sea bass air bladder to recompress and get safely back down to the depths. See Fishsmart.org for more information.

PORGY fishing is very good to excellent throughout Long Island Sound. Even anglers fishing from shore are having very productive trips. If you don’t have access to a boat, make your way to an enhanced shore fishing site where you are allowed to harvest fish at 9”. The best action at these sites has been at Meigs Point in Hammonassett State Park, Sherwood Island State Park and Saint Mary’s by the Sea in Bridgeport. For more information on the Enhanced Shore Fishing Program, visit the DEEP website at: Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities

WEAKFISH reports have started to decline, but there are still a few anglers catching keeper size fish, especially from New Haven to Bridgeport. Key successful areas have been New Haven Harbor and off Milford.

BLUEFISH fishing has been red hot with large sized blues being reported at The Race and Plum Gut. Diamond jigs, trolling parachute jigs or umbrella rigs, and using fresh bunker or hickory shad chunks 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 Housatonic River area.

HICKORY SHAD fishing has slowed down a bit from last week. However, there are still a few fish around in some areas. It may still be worth a try at Black Hall and Lieutenant River as well as the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier, all in Old Lyme.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing is about as good as it can get and can be found just about anywhere in Long Island Sound. Anglers have been reporting record numbers of these ‘poor man’s lobster’ being caught while drifting for summer flounder and black sea bass. New Haven Harbor has been particularly good and you can even catch them from shore at Sandy Point. They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. If you haven’t given them a shot as a meal yet, now’s your chance.

BLACKFISH fishing has been slow recently. There have not been many positive reports from anglers trying find a few ‘taug’ during the summer season. One angler did report a successful trip while snorkeling from shore spearfishing. Remember that during the summer season (July and August), the creel limit is two fish.

WHITE PERCH fishing remains good for those dedicated and patient anglers. Spend some time relaxing in any coastal estuary with a little piece of bait (shrimp/sandworm) on a small hook, enjoying some jumbo white perch on the flood tide. Wow, they are good eating. Perch are found in shallow water at any estuary, tidal river and cove along Connecticut’s shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success.

BLUE CRAB fishing is good. Crabs are done with the first shed and are a bit larger now. Please remember,all egg bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab.

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

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28 July 2016

• Don’t Fool Around With the Charles Island Sandbar

“The group, consisting of 2 adults and 8 children from Glastonbury, had walked out to Charles Island on a sandbar that becomes visible during low tide…

“Having misjudged the tide, the group quickly became overcome while attempting their return to shore, the fire official said....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordPatch

Happens to surf fishermen too.

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• Long Island Sound: Fish Die-Offs...New Species Arriving

“Everybody wants to blame pollution, but it’s not always pollution…

“A die-off only happens when there are fish there. If the bluefish don’t trap the bunker in the Sound, there aren’t any fish to die. And bunker are schooling fish with high metabolism, so when they come in and use up all the oxygen, they tend to die off.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StamfordAdvocate



• Long Island Sound Commentary


“As a result of that rise, we’ve been seeing a movement of fish species from southern Atlantic waters to newer habitats farther north. For example, there has been an influx of black sea bass from the mid-Atlantic to Long Island Sound.

“There have been more Atlantic menhaden, many of which have even wintered over. Recently, southern red fish [sic] found their way up here....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Zip06.com

Technically, the redfish is a red drum...sometimes called a channel bass.

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27 July 2016

• Fishing: Norwalk Area

“There are three main channels leading in and out of Norwalk Harbor.

“Heading west, the main channel passes Manresa Island, Tavern Island and on out beyond Sheffield Island, one of the best trophy striped bass fishing areas in the Norwalk island chain....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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• Bluefish Fill the Gap

“Bluefish are often cast in the roll of summertime saviors...

“When the water warms and the striper bite gets tough, aggressive blues fill in the gap and save us from scoring the dreaded skunk....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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26 July 2016

• Connecticut Mileage Tax: It’s Coming!

WTNH says, “After weeks of dodging questions about a state-funded study on the so-called ‘mileage tax‘ the Malloy administration now appears to be embracing that study.

”…Malloy...has persistently dodged questions about one funding mechanism that his own transportation advisory board recommended be considered to help pay for it…

”Two weeks ago when News 8 first reported that the Connecticut DOT was joining other states to study the concept of charging you according to the number of miles you drive, the administration punted again.

”Now the Governor appears to be embracing the $300,000 study on the so-called ‘mileage tax….’”

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

COMMENT: It’s an old political dodge: First the politicians say, “no, we’re not going to tax that.” Then they say, “well, we’ll do a study on it.” Next there’s more blather, more denial, more maybes, they go on talk shows, blah, blah, blah, until the citizens are fed up to the gills with hearing about it. So when the politicians finally implement the tax, which they intended to do right from the beginning, the citizens are so sick of hearing about it, they just say “the hell with it” and get on with life.

FURTHER: Note that a simple way to implement this tax is to use the mileage when we take our vehicles in for the bi-annual emissions test. But if this method is used, how do mileage taxes get collected from out-of-state vehicles? Are we going to pay for their mileage? Or, there may be some way to get our mileage usage via cell phones and in-dash computers. Then we’d have big-brother Malloy riding in our pockets and our cars with us. Charming thought. Taxing us for each breath we take becomes closer to reality.

ANOTHER suggestion is that implementation of the mileage tax might be more acceptable to us citizens if it were coupled with a reduction in the gasoline tax. Sure. Then the following year the legislature could just start increasing the gas tax until it was back where it was to start with.

AS TO the $300,000 study on the mileage tax, why not? Connecticut may have to pull $279 million from its rainy day fund (69% of its available emergency reserves) to cover the coming budget deficit...what's a measly $300k?

Why do we keep electing these politicians? I'd bet that if we took any CEO of any Fortune 500 corporation and put him or her in the governor's office, the mess would be straightened out within two years. We need people who know how to run organizations and who understand a balance sheet...not these greedy lunkheads that keep getting put in office.

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25 July 2016

• Frying Fish? E-V-O-O Is the Way to Go...More

“…researchers have shown that the choice of cooking oil is hugely important owing to its impact on the lipid profile in the fish and on the possible generation of toxic compounds in the oil during frying, which can influence food safety and human health….

“Correctly selecting the oil is of paramount importance owing to its impact on the final composition of the fat in the cooked fillet and the possible generation of potentially toxic compounds in the oil during the frying process, which will greatly influence food safety and human health....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily




• “Inland Striped Bass Have Become Prime Targets In the South”


“If there were a hunting season for stripers, these fish would fall into the “big game” category. Once you experience combat with a full-grown striped bass—say, a 20-pounder—there’s no going back…

“You see this in new striper anglers’ faces, usually right after their first big fish breaks them off. The first thing they say is, ‘Again.…’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRodReel

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24 July 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 24 July 2016...Plus Several More Fishing Reports

Sorry, but I have no photos to show with this report...it seemed as though we were too busy catching fish to pick up the camera.

Andrew C. and his brother, Kelly, who was in town on vacation from Chicago, joined me for a 4-hour trip on Thursday. I had cautioned Kelly that all I could promise him for the day was sunshine and a boat ride...but I was more optimistic than that...just didn't want to build up any expectations that might later be disappointed.

(Ooops...Andrew just sent me this pic of me and Kelly on board Shoo-Fly.)

Turned out that was no problem.

We scored 33 striped bass...all schoolies...11 bluefish, a couple of which were big enough for a meal, a keeper-sized fluke that got off the hook at the side of the boat...7 striped searobins [yucch]...and one porgy which was also a keeper.

All of these fish were caught on 1/4-oz. round jig heads with 5" swimbaits. All were returned to the Sound except one blue and one porgy.

Only one photo, but it was another great day on the water.


• Western Long Island Sound Fishing


“Anglers anticipate that the summer months will be their busiest time of the year.

“So, true to form, we’re in the midst of a wonderful season locally for fluke and porgies in Long Island Sound, and fluke, porgies and sea bass along the south shores of Long Island....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews




• Block Island Fishing


“This week’s fishing report sees the catching remaining good.

“From the beach, striped bass have filled in with both numbers and to a good size....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BlockIslandTimes







• Long Island Fishing


“Moon tides, high heat, flat seas some days and stiff breezes on others — Mother Nature has certainly served up a full plate of variables recently but that hasn’t stopped the fish from biting. If anything, the action has improved at most ports with late-summer favorites like triggerfish and small snappers now joining the usual cast of characters.

“Striper fishing in particular has exceeded expectations....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday






• Cape Cod and the Islands


“Several blitzes reported and fish, even the big boys, were biting on top-water pencils and poppers in the early morning light.

“Buzzards has good numbers of scup and fluke with seabass starting to slow as they head out toward cooler waters. Big, hungry blues filling Quick’s Hole; 10- and 12-pound gators....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeCodTimes










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23 July 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 23 July 2016...and More Stories: Humpback Whale in the Sound...Great White Steals Striper...More

Catching up on photos from recent trips.

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• Humpback Whale Spotted Off New Rochelle


“There was a ton of bait fish out there yesterday.

“They were getting attacked by blue fish and the whale came in and started feeding on the bait fish….”

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

For a better copy of the NOAA whale-watching guidline, click here: CTDEEP.




• Video: Great White Shark Steals Striper Off Fisherman’s Line


“A fisherman found himself competing with a white shark off Monomoy last Saturday…

“The shark won....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CapeCodTimes

File photo.













• Boater “Knew Better” Than To Get In the Water…


“After getting his fishing line tangled in the engine’s propeller, he jumped overboard to free it up…

“’I said, ‘Should I get the life jacket? Ah, it’s right there. I’ll just go in and get it. It’ll be no problem….’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewYorkCBSLocal

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22 July 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 21 July 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is good on the back side of the “thunder” full moon, especially at night and during the weekday when there is less boat traffic. The bass have set up on reefs, in typical fashion for this time of the year. 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 to land a “cow” bass.

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, lower 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. Night fishing is good at the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Harkness Memorial Park.

FLUKE fishing has been solid (good numbers of fish) throughout Long Island Sound. The walls at New Haven and West Haven have been producing. Deep water (80-100) off Hatchett Reef and Black Point is also fishing well, along with Long Sand Shoal. The best bite has been between the CT and Thames Rivers in 40 -100 feet. You have got to put your time in and be mobile moving from spot to spot. It’s time to start fishing deeper to improve your chances for a “doormat” fluke.

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, Lower 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. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is now steadily improving again as they feed heavily after the spawn. The Charles Island area along with Stratford Shoal (11B) has been producing. Deeper you fish the bigger the sea bass. Fish shallower and you will catch some keeper-sized sea bass along with summer flounder, a lot of sea robins and smooth dogfish (aka sandsharks). 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”. Clams and sandworms also work well.

PORGY fishing is very good in Long Island Sound. Any spot with hard bottom (structure) is worth fishing on. The mouth of the Housatonic River to Charles Island and also along Morningside (Milford) is fantastic. Fishing from shore try Stratford Seawall at high tide. Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett, Sherwood Island 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.

WEAKFISH fishing has surprised many anglers...good catches of “squeteague” are occurring while anglers bottom fish for fluke and sea bass. Good fishing in Niantic (Black Point), New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals to Darien. One of the best eating saltwater fish you will ever catch and it’s also the state fish of Delaware.

BLUEFISH fishing is very good and the summer bite is on. Find the birds and the countless pods of juvenile and adult menhaden found throughout the sound and its game on. The time is now to plan a “deep sea” fishing trip with a party charter boat and fish for those “alligator” sized blues. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS are the best bets at this time. 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 Housatonic River area. My recommendation is to hook up with a Party or Charter Boat and enjoy some of the best FISHING you will ever experience. There is no harder fighting fish in the sea. “Snappers” (juvenile bluefish) and “Harbor Blues” (16 - 22 inches) are also very common along all shore locations. These under sized bluefish provide great sport for shore anglers. Try the lower reaches of tidal rivers and estuaries...you will be glad you did as these predators push the bait up rivers.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good once again. “They are back”, as one angler remarked. Try the Black Hall River, Lieutenant and Branford River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood or the beginning of the Ebb tide is typically the best time and lure choices 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”.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing is amazingly very good throughout LIS for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. There is no shortage of robins as boat or shore anglers are enjoying some family fishing fun. These beautiful and strange looking fish are now very common especially when bottom fishing at many of Connecticut’s shore fishing sites. With many fish measuring over 20 inches, 3 pounds and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live o 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.

BLACKFISH fishing has slowed as the water temps get above 72Fand they are spawning. However, shore anglers continue to score on large “taug”. Find a rock pile or piling close to casting distance and hang on. The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for tautog in shallow water as they finish spawning over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles (8 to 30 ft).

WHITE PERCH fishing remains good for those dedicated and patient anglers. Spend some time relaxing in any coastal estuary with a little piece of bait (shrimp/sandworm) on a small hook, enjoying some jumbo white perch on the flood tide. Wow, they are good eating. Perch are found in shallow water at any estuary, tidal river and cove along Connecticut’s shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success.

BLUE CRAB fishing fishing is good. Crabs are done with the first shed and are continuing to mate. With some patience you can catch a lot of blue crabs of all sizes. Please remember it’s mating season for the crabs and release all egg-bearing females (sooks or lemon bellies). Crabbers note: If you release the female...more males will venture into the area and improve your overall crab catches. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (8.5/8” spike to spike) along with some impressive sooks (females up to 7.25 inches carapace width). Remember...all egg bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab.

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

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21 July 2016

• West Nile Virus in Stamford

“The State Mosquito Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Stamford on July 6, 2016 tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

“These results represent the first WNV positive mosquitoes identified in the state by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year. All mosquitoes collected in the state have tested negative for Zika virus....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDPH

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• Where Have All the Stripers Gone?***

“It seems as if the striper fishing this year for the big girls has been a bust so far, but the schoolies have been more than cooperative…

“Where did all the stripers go? You’re singing it now, aren't you?”

***(With respects to Peter, Paul, and Mary.)

Please visit this link to read the full article: SeaCoastOnLine

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20 July 2016

• Fishing: The Seasons

“Some seasons are defined by law. Striped bass and bluefish can be caught year around, but while striped bass are pretty much available for the entire year, bluefish season starts when the species arrives in our waters in late May and ends in late October, early November, when they migrate south for the winter…

“Bottom species like winter flounder, fluke, blackfish, porgies and black sea bass are defined by law more than availability....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheHour

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19 July 2016

• What Is Our State Government Doing About This?

Connecticut Is Not Business-Friendly


“Connecticut is one of the worse states to do business in, according to CNBC's annual ranking, dropping 10 slots since last year.

“The state ranked 43rd this year, just behind Oklahoma. The rankings are measured by categories such as the cost of doing business, access to capital, business friendliness and quality of life....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant



Energy Costs More In Connecticut Than In Any Other State


“Energy costs in Connecticut are the highest in the nation, according to a new report from the financial website WalletHub, totaling more than $400 a month for an average consumer.

“Factors that led to the final rankings included electricity prices, the cost of natural gas, the cost of home heating oil and the cost of gasoline....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

COMMENT: "What Is Our State Government Doing About This?" Not a thing. The legislature is preoccupied with getting a higher minimum wage and continues to pass business-restricting laws many of which, such as the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act, duplicate existing federal laws but nevertheless require the CT Labor Department to enforce. Remember what has happened with GE? And yet we keep electing the same damn fools to office!

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18 July 2016

• Fishing Long Island

“…the fishing for striped bass and fluke got rolling full speed this past week.Bunker schools continued to bring big striped bass into the rips off Montauk this week, and the fishing has now settled into the sort of hot bite we’ve come to expect in Block Island Sound during July.

“Diamond jigging, trolling lures on wire line, or drifting live bunker and eels through the rips have become easy producers of nice stripers on both the day and night tides....”

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

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17 July 2016

• Bunker In Long Island Sound

“Finding bunker is not difficult. They usually swim just below the surface, leaving a wake and often a stain to indicate their presence and are also visible leaving a small wake in calm waters.

“On occasions when they are down deep, they can be found through our sense of smell with a watermelon-like odor present in areas holding lots of bunker....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheHour

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16 July 2016

• Favorite Striper Baits...and Bobbers: Here’s How to Use Them

“Every once in a while, I’m asked, ‘What is the best bait to use for stripers?'

“My favorite bait, if I’m fishing from the beach, is probably chunk mackerel. It stays on the hook and the weight of it also helps you casting a distance. Squid is also excellent bait for striped bass....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: PlymouthWickedLocal







Bobbers: Here’s How to Use Them


“These buoyant pieces of angling equipment that float on the water are called a variety of names according to their purpose.

“They are called bobbers, floats, corks, etc. They are simple and inexpensive but a highly effective tackle box asset....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheOnLineFisherman

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15 July 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 14 July 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is improving around the “thunder” full moon. The bass have set up on reefs, in typical fashion for this time of the year. The striped bass fishery shows no signs of slowing down this year. Western sound anglers are scoring on many 30 - 40 pound bass from Greenwich to Woodmont. 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 to land a “cow” bass.

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. Try night fishing at the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier.

FLUKE fishing is a slow go for keepers in Long Island Sound. Better off heading to the south side of Fishers Island, Block Island Sound and or off Montauk. Mid to western LIS anglers are reporting good numbers of smaller, sub-legal sized fish and a few keepers mixed in, up to 4 pounds. (Norwalk/Darien/Stratford/New Haven/Woodmont area). You got to put your time in and be mobile moving from spot to spot. It’s time to start fishing deeper to improve your chances for a “doormat” fluke.

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, Lower 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. Minimum size is 18 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing is showing signs of slowing down as the larger fish head off into deeper water after the spawn. Fishing over any deep water structure (gnarly bottom preferred) in 100/ 125 to 150 feet around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks”. Stratford Shoal (11B). Fish shallower and you will catch some keeper-sized sea bass along with fluke, a lot of sea robins and smooth (aka sandsharks). CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 1st to December 31st. Berkeley Gulp (swimming mullet), on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”. Clams and sandworms also work well.

PORGY fishing is very good in Long Island Sound and shows no signs of quitting. Hens and Chicken Reef has been red hot for scup. Porgy have also been reported at a number of shore fishing locations including Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett, Sherwood Island 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.

WEAKFISH fishing has slowed down with a few large “squeteague” being caught this past week. Many are caught while anglers bottom fish for fluke or sea bass. Good fishing in Niantic, New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals to Darien. One of the best eating saltwater fish you will ever catch and it’s also the state fish of Delaware.

BLUEFISH fishing is improving quickly with the typical size and quantities you usually find during the summer. They can also be found under the many pods of adult menhaden found throughout the sound. The time is now to plan a “deep sea” fishing trip with a party charter boat and fish for those “alligator” sized blues. The Race, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in LIS are the best bets at this time. 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. There is no harder fighting fish in the sea. “Snappers” (juvenile bluefish) and “Harbor Blues” (15 - 24 inches at Fort Trumbull) are also very common along all shore locations and fun to fish for. Try lower reaches of tidal rivers and estuaries.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is slow...shore anglers are saying...where did they go? It’s ok in the Black Hall River, Lieutenant and Branford River, lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and in Clinton Harbor. Flood or the beginning of the Ebb tide is typically the best time and lure choices 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”.

STRIPED SEAROBIN fishing is amazingly very good throughout LIS for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. Boat or shore anglers can enjoy some fine “robin” fishing. These beautiful and strange looking fish are now very common especially when bottom fishing at many of Connecticut’s shore fishing sites. With many fish measuring over 20 inches, 3 pounds 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.

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) fishing season is good, especially for shore anglers...as the “taugs” feed in shallow water after the spawn. The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for tautog in shallow water as they finish spawning over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles (5 to 30 ft).

WHITE PERCH fishing remains really good for patient anglers. Spend some time relaxing in any coastal estuary with a little piece of bait (shrimp/sandworm) on a small hook, enjoying some jumbo white perch. Wow, they are good eating. Perch are found in estuaries, tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass Shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success.

BLUE CRAB fishing is improving after the first shed. Crabs are now mating, becoming more active and feeding heavily in the tidal creeks and rivers. With little time...you can catch a lot of blue crabs of all sizes. Also, please remember it’s mating season for the crabs and release all egg-bearing females (sooks or lemon bellies). Note: If you release the female...more males will venture into the area and improve your overall crab catches. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (8.75 inches spike to spike) along with some impressive sooks (females up to 7 inches carapace width). Remember...all egg bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab.

Blue crab fishermen please release all diamondback terrapins’ caught in your traps. The turtles must be released without avoidable injury. These turtles are also feeding and laying eggs along CT’s coast. 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) and a small circular crab trap is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs. Blue Crab Fact Sheet. Angler’s please also note: It’s illegal to snag blue crabs.

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

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14 July 2016

• No Fish? Try Snails...and Two Charged With Failing To Clip Striped Bass Fins


No Fish? Try Snails!

“The sea snails known by Italian-Americans as scungilli used to be such a niche market that fishermen ignored them when they turned up in lobster traps or oyster dredges.

“Now they're a prized commodity. Because of growing demand in Asia and the collapse of other industries, such as lobster, fishermen searching for something else to catch are keeping and selling the big marine snails....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost



RI: Two Charged With Failing To Fin-Clip Striped Bass Fins


“Two Massachusetts men are accused of failing to remove the fins from striped bass they caught recreationally in Rhode Island. The Department of Environmental Management announced Friday that 31-year-old Chad Braga, of Swansea, and 34-year-old Brandon DeFaria, of Rehoboth, are charged…

“Under [Rhode Island] state regulations, recreational anglers are required to clip the right pectoral fin of any striped bass 34 inches or larger….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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13 July 2016

• Fly Fishing: The Hook Set...and Housatonic River Oyster Seed Bed Closed

“It is one of the set-apart moments of our sport. In the instant we connect to the fish, we are still anticipating the excitement of the strike and the satisfaction of success. We are using our hunting ability, our quiet patience and our sharpest reflexes. When I teach fly fishing, I emphasize this important portion of the angling process.

“Here are a few of the tips I share to help them make the hook set a moment of payoff....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman







“Housatonic River Oyster Seed Bed Closed After State Finds Harvesting Regulation Violations”


“The largest seed-oyster bed in the state was closed Friday after several alleged incidents of commercial shellfishermen ‘disregarding harvesting regulations related to contaminated oysters and attempting to conceal illegal activity in and around the bed…’

“…to prevent any contaminated shellfish from being consumed by the public after being harvested from the bed, which is downstream of three water-pollution control plants….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister

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12 July 2016

• Driving in Connecticut To Your Next Fishing Trip?

Better be careful as our state government has let our highways and bridges become among the worst in the nation.

“Connecticut has the eighth most congested interstate system and the fifth most structurally deficient interstate bridges in the nation, according to national transportation research group TRIP’s 2016 Highway System report.

“According to the report, 60% of Connecticut’s urban interstates experience congestion during peak hours and 7% of the state’s interstate bridges are structurally deficient, which means they require significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement’ and ‘must be inspected at least every year....’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WiltonBulletin

COMMENT: Watch politicians turn these statistics into “reasons” why we need their latest tax gimmick: A proposed tax on every mile Connecticut residents drive. [See our post below dated 03 July 2016.] But remember: We already have a tax on every mile we drive…it’s the tax on gasoline [every mile we drive burns gasoline and, according to BankRate.com, Connecticut has the 6th highest gas tax in the nation: “Connecticut, 56.26 cents per gallon….”]

Connecticut residents are already the most highly taxed people in the United States . We worked on average from January 1st to the 21st of May in 2016 to pay for our tax burden…every other state is done before that…every other state, except MA, NJ, and NY is done with their tax burden by the end of April.

How long are we going to put up with these elected, inept, greedy idiots?

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11 July 2016

• Tubing for Striped Bass...and Tips On Fluke Fishing

“Tubing is a traditional and effective method of fishing for stripers in the summer. Tubes are made from rubber surgical tubing rigged on a wire or heavy monofilament with a hook in the tail end and a lead weight in the nose – and they imitate a live eel, a favorite meal of striped bass.

“Tubes can be almost as deadly as the real thing but you’ve got to them close to the bottom where the fish are, by trolling them on wire or leadcore line....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SouthCoastToday

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Tips On Fluke Fishing


“Wind and tide should be in line as you want to drag (or drift) over the front of the fish so it sees your bait, drift over the back of the fish and it may never see your bait.

“Fish low/high/low bottom… this means fishing channel breaks, edges of structure, etc. My largest fluke have been caught on edges....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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10 July 2016

• Long Island Fishing Report

“…striped bass, bluefish, fluke and, most recently, black sea bass, have been tearing into baits and lures for quite some time in the waters from Moriches Inlet west to Jones Inlet on the South Shore, and from Port Jeff west to Hempstead Bay in Long Island Sound.

“Over the past two weeks, however, bigger fish have finally invaded the waters around Montauk and Orient points, and along both the North and South forks....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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09 July 2016

• “15 World-Record Catches That May Never Be Beaten”

“Records are made to be broken. Just ask the Golden State Warriors, who, in April 2016, surpassed an NBA record for regular-season wins—set by Michael Jordan’s ’96 Chicago Bulls—an achievement long thought impossible to top. But some all-time marks—Cal Ripken’s 2,632-consecutive-game streak, say, or Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point single-game-scoring record—look truly untouchable…

“So, in the realm of outdoor sports, which all-tackle fishing records may never fall? Field & Stream asked Jack Vitek, world-records coordinator for the International Game Fish Association, to share his take on the IGFA records least likely to be beaten....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream

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