31 October 2016

• American Shad Making A Comeback

“American shad are an anadromous fish. Along with alewife, blueback herring, and Atlantic salmon, shad spend much of their lives in the ocean, growing and maturing. They can migrate great distances…a shad tagged in the Narraguagus River, Maine turned up in North Carolina…

“Each spring, mature shad migrate into coastal rivers to spawn. Their migratory behavior and life history exposes shad to a number of threats. Dams, pollution, and coastal development affect the ability of shad to reach spawning areas. At sea, commercial fisheries sometimes catch them as bycatch or unintended catch….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NOAA

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30 October 2016

• Bobbers In Salt Water

“I’m convinced that pegging a foam cork about four feet above a live bait is one of the best tactics for mixed-bag drift-fishing on the summer ocean...

“The bobber offers some important benefits. For one, it keeps your bait near the surface. The resistance of the float provokes the baitfish into an erratic swimming pattern which broadcasts vulnerability. Two....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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29 October 2016

• Bunker, Bunker, Bunker…3 Articles

“Branford, Conn. — In a bay near this coastal town, the sea was boiling with hundreds of herring-size shiners leaping to flee a marauding squad of bluefish…

“Those leaping silvery fish were menhaden, also known as bunker, or pogies....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYTimes










• Limit On Bunker Catch Increased


“Meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to allow a 6.5 percent increase in the harvest of menhaden, a little oily fish that no one eats but is the largest catch, by weight, in the Chesapeake Bay…

“Fishing interests have been pushing for a substantial catch increase, arguing that recent studies showed there were plenty of fish in coastal waters and no risk of taking too many.

"Yet conservationists urged the commission to stay the course, saying the fisheries panel should first figure out how many menhaden are needed as food for other fish and then look at reallocating the commercial harvest to spread the catch around more....”

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

Related article: HatchMagazine

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27 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 27 October 2016

• SALMON: Last week 275 broodstock Atlantic Salmon were stocked into the Shetucket River Broodstock Area on Tuesday, 10/18, and 270 broodstock Atlantic Salmon were stocked into the Naugatuck River (135 fish in the upper broodstock area and 135 fish into the lower broodstock area) on Friday, 10/21.

• BLACKFISH fishing is really good throughout LIS in 20-60ft! Fish any rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks, they will produce great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work, especially on jigs.

Consider putting the crab (bait) on a chartreuse and orange jig (1.5 – 3.0 ounces in weight/depending on tide and wind). The lighter the jig the better...feel more bites. Use braid in 30-50 lb class and/or a 50 lb fluorocarbon leader (sensitivity to feel the bites is important). Also use a 4/O Gamagatsu hook (Octopus style) when using bait. I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautog this fall.

• STRIPED BASS fishing is very good around the “New Moon," with its large tidal influences. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. The top water technique has produces some very big bass, (55 inches – 48 pounds, DEEP Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Old Saybrook).

Striper spots include the lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River (Dock & Dine shore fishing access), Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH fishing is good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies (Try the Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch Fishing Pier).

Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, CT DEEP Headquarters, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE fishing continues to be good especially in the western sound. Pink and green is the lure color choice. Many anglers are scoring using a 3” Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. Shore anglers are scoring at Long Beach in Stratford (find the birds working). Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime.

Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging (1.5oz crippled herring) for them also works when they are close to the bottom and your fish finder is “lit up”.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing is excellent. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Angler please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there...let’s give them a chance to grow, reproduce and get big.

• PORGY fishing is good throughout the Sound. Catch them up before they migrate south. Party/Charter boats are still targeting them...that’s how plentiful they are.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier),East and West River, Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

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

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• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area

“It may be a bit late, but the fall season whistled in on a combination of brisk and chilly winds and scattered showers that left us wanting more of the same…

“Those mid-60 temps in western Long Island Sound are gone for another year....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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• Maintain Your Rods and Reels: Five Tips

“Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel…

“However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your fishing gear in tip-top shape for a long time....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CoastalBreezeNews

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26 October 2016

• Skishing: Skin Diving and Fishing Combined

“Be the fish. This is the mantra of a few adrenaline seekers whose fishing addiction has taken them offshore and out of a boat, to bob in the ocean with nothing but a wetsuit to keep them afloat while casting for ocean-run striped bass…

“While most would call it crazy, the participants call it ‘skishing....’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OutdoorLife

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• Video Of A Flounder On the Attack

“As Mother Nature and Realtree both know, camouflage makes hunting almost unfair. If you doubt that, check out this video of a flounder hunting prey at night near an underwater light…

“Flounder can lay on the bottom and, of course, both their eyes are on the same side of their heads. It's not like they need an extra evolutionary advantage, but Nature provides it in the form of camouflage....”

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

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25 October 2016

• EPA Issues Final Cleanup Plan for the Housatonic River Through Connecticut

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its final decision on its Rest of River permit, which outlines a final cleanup plan for a 125 mile stretch of the Housatonic River from Pittsfield, Mass. through Connecticut.

“EPA estimates that the cleanup will cost an estimated $613 million and will take approximately two years for initial design activities and 13 years for implementation....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EPA.gov

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• Oyster Cultivation: A Bluepoint By Any Other Name…

“The salinity of the water, the nutrients available to them (oysters are not fed), the nearness of a river all make a difference. But so does the way they are tended. Beds must be kept free of weeds and pests like ‘drills,’ snails that bore holes in the oyster shells.

“Time and temperature control are also important. Oysters are natural hibernators, so if kept cold enough can remain fresh for several days out of the water….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsTimes

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• Salt Water Brook Trout…”Salters”

“In much of the literature they’re known as ‘anadromous brook trout,’ but that’s a misnomer. Better to call them ‘salters.’ They spawn in fresh water but don’t spend years at sea or undertake long migrations. Rarely do they venture far from the mouths of their natal streams, and they frequently trade between salt, brackish and fresh water, sometimes in the span of 24 hours…

“Little is known about salters or where they still abide because, with the exception of Massachusetts, no state has paid serious attention to their management. Maine, keeper of the vast majority of the nation’s salters, provides them no protection beyond the general brook-trout regulation of five fish per day over six inches....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRod&Reel

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24 October 2016

• Taking the Little Tunas On Flies

“Albies aren’t the most selective feeders, but they are definitely leader shy. For tippet, I start with 20-pound mono. If it’s crystal clear, go to 20-pound fluorocarbon (I use the Trikfish brand exclusively). If that doesn’t work, I scale down to 15-pound mono, and if not that, then 15-pound fluoro…

“At that point, I instruct my guests to use a very light strip set, because these fish hit so violently....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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23 October 2016

• Hudson River Striped Bass

“Striped bass are found throughout much of the Eastern Seaboard and breed in several river systems, but the majority of local stripers are a gift of the Hudson River. These fish swim past New York City, following the harbor upstream to spawn in less saline waters.

“Adult females lay thousands of eggs annually, which float in the tides, and eventually develop into juvenile bass, which thrive in the briny complexities of the lower Hudson. Young-of-the-year bass begin to move to the saltier, but still relatively sheltered, waters of the western Long Island Sound and the South Shore in the early autumn….”...”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewYorkTimes

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22 October 2016

• 2016 Striper Survey Shows Low Production of Young-of-the-Year

“The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 2016 young-of-the-year striped bass index, a measure of bass spawning success in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay is 2.2, well below the 63-year average of 11.7…

“The index represents the average number of less than 1 year old fish caught in 132 samples during the Juvenile Striped Bass Survey....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SMNewsNet

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• Fishing Reports: Western LIS, Norwalk


• Fishing Report: Western Long Island Sound

“In Long Island Sound, porgies continue to command attraction, especially for those fishing from party boats…

“However, blackfishing continues to improve in the eastern end of the Sound, with smaller ones beginning to show in western Sound waters....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews






• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area


“Time is getting short. The fall migration of striped bass, bluefish and other species is underway and it all adds up to peak time for fishing.

“Bluefish have about a month before completely exiting western Long Island Sound waters. Striped bass have shown us in recent years that while the bulk of the population migrate to the Hudson River and to the Chesapeake Bay, increasing numbers have....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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21 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 20 October 2016

• BLACKFISH fishing is good throughout LIS! The warmer water temps have made fishing interesting. Fish shallow water (less than 30 ft) rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks have been producing great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautog this fall.

• STRIPED BASS fishing is very good around the “Hunter's” full moon. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the surf, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. You can have great success during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. The top water technique has produces some very big bass recently (49 inches – 41 pounds, (DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme).

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH fishing is very good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is still better in the western sound (Milford to Greenwich) with fish measuring 5 to 12 inches in length.

• BLACK SEA BASS is excellent. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Angler please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there...let’s give them a chance to grow, reproduce and get big. A reminder to all anglers...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.

• FLUKE fishing is Closed in CT

• PORGY is good throughout the Sound. Party/Charter boats are still targeting them...that’s how plentiful they are. Hit the coastal state parks (especially around high tide) and spend time chumming...this will improve your success. Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and East Norwalk, Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles Island and Fort Trumbull State Park.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE continues to be good throughout the sound. Pink and green is the lure color choice. Many anglers are scoring using a Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. Shore anglers are scoring at Fort Trumbull, mouth of the Thames River, Ocean Beach, Seaside Park, Harkness Memorial , Hammonasset State Park, Rocky Neck State Park. In the west try Compo Beach, Sherwood Island, Burying Hill Beach (Fairfield), Southport Harbor, Shady Beach/ Calf Pasture (Norwalk) and Fayerweather Island in Bridgeport along with Long Beach Stratford.

Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime. They are feeding heavily of young of the year transparent juvenile anchovy. Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging (1.5oz crippled herring) for them also works when they are close to the bottom and your fish fonder is “lit up."

• WEAKFISH fishing is surprisingly good in the central and western sound. Falkner and Goose Island area is producing some very nice “tide runners”. Many scup/seabass anglers are catching them while bottom fishing. Fish up to 26 inches are being reported from West Haven Beaches/Charles Island area to Norwalk. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River.

• STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is fantastic. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is saltwater fishing. Great fishing from shore...with many fish measuring over 17 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.

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

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19 October 2016

• Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 18 October 2016

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



Fog along the River Road.


Hardly any wind...for once.


Crab hatch at Middleground; each one of these is about the size of the fingernail on your little finger.


Color showing on the lower Housatonic River.


Brant.


The marsh showing its fall colors.


Tug pushing an enormous work barge.


The Captain with a nice striper.

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• Fisheries Threatened By New NOAA Rules

“...the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) finalized new policies that stand to jeopardize a decade of successful, science-based fisheries management in the United States…

“NOAA officials have altered their guidance for critical aspects of fisheries management including setting science based catch limits, assessing the health and abundance of stocks, rebuilding vulnerable populations of fish and other issues key to ensuring sustainable fisheries.

"The National Standard 1 guidance is the set of rules that implemented the Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization of 2006…has been the management tool fishermen, managers, scientists and conservationists have used to successfully restore 30 fisheries that were once in severe decline....”

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


• The Magnuson Act


“Results have been stunning. Since the 1996 and 2006 amendments, councils and NMFS have rebuilt 37 depleted fish populations. And the number of overfished populations has declined by almost two-thirds…

“Fish like red snapper, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, haddock, snowy grouper, gag grouper, tilefish, jacks and mackerels all have a bright future thanks to the strengthened Magnuson Act....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyRodAndReel

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18 October 2016

• Stripers Can Be Found Inland As Well As In Salt

“Luckily striped bass are abundant, and the chance to catch one is never far away—especially in the South, which I call New Striper Nation. In fact, thanks to aggressive stocking efforts in the 1960s and ’70s, stripers—Atlantic and Gulf Coast natives—are now found in lakes throughout the country…

“In some of these lakes and impoundments stripers can be tough to find, but during summer inland stripers go semi-nomadic, chasing baitfish while seeking thermal refuge in the rivers above these deep impoundments....”

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• High Nitrogen Levels Plague LI Sound...LLBean Coming to LI


• High Nitrogen Levels Plague LI Sound

“A new environmental report says water quality is improving in parts of Long Island Sound in New York and Connecticut but the sound remains under stress from high nitrogen levels...

“The report Thursday from New Haven-based Save the Sound says water quality is poor in the heavily populated New York metropolitan area, but very good in eastern Long Island Sound, where there is better tidal flushing....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FoxNews


• L.L. Bean Coming to Long Island


“L.L.Bean recently announced that it will be opening its first Long Island store at the Smith Haven Mall next spring...

“The store, which will be located at the Lake Grove mall on 313 Burr Lane, will be the company's fifth New York store....”

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

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17 October 2016

• No Salmon Stocking For the Naugy…Until It Rains

"Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)...announced that its 2016 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon have begun…

”Typically, the Naugatuck and Shetucket Rivers are stocked with salmon several times in the fall. Anglers are advised that the exceedingly dry weather that Connecticut has been experiencing has dropped stream flows in the Shetucket and Naugatuck Rivers to levels unsuitable for stocking these fish at this time.

“When sufficient rainfall to improve stream flow conditions occurs, DEEP will be able to stock both rivers with the additional salmon that will be ready for release later this fall….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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16 October 2016

• LIS Fishing Report

“This action is being experienced pretty much throughout the Sound. Even during the rough stretches when waves rocked and pounded hulls, the blues were right in the middle of it all, hitting ‘brella rigs and jerked bucktails…

“On calmer days, chunks, live bait, and flies have all been taking more than their share of fish. From the Race to Faulkner’s past New Haven and farther west, bluefish are not disappointing anglers during this fantastic year....”

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

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15 October 2016

• Too Many…and Too Small

“On Wednesday while patrolling along the Niantic River in Waterford Officers Blackwell and Reilly conducted an inspection of fish caught by three out of state anglers who had just come off a charter boat…

“As a result of the inspection the three anglers were found to be in possession of 52 undersized scup, 8 undersized black sea bass, and 1 undersized tautog....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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14 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 13 October 2016

• BLACKFISH fishing is fantastic throughout LIS! Shallow water (less than 30 ft.) rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks have been producing great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce). It will be a shallow water bite (6-30 feet) for a while. I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautogs.

• STRIPED BASS fishing is very good around the “Hunters” full moon. It is time for shore anglers to hit the surf, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. You can have great success during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. The top water technique has produces some very big bass recently (49 inches – 41 pounds, (DEEP Marine Headquarters, Old Lyme).

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH fishing is very, very good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is still better in the western sound (Milford to Greenwich) with fish measuring 5 to 12 inches in length.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing is improving daily. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Anglers please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there, let us give them a chance to grow and get big. A reminder to all anglers, 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.

• FLUKE fishing is Closed in CT

• PORGY fishing remains very good throughout the Sound. Party/Charter boats are still targeting them...that is how plentiful they are. Hit the coastal state parks (especially around high tide) and spend time chumming...this will improve your success. Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots).

Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles Island and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE continues to be red hot throughout the sound. Pink and green is the color of choice. Many anglers are scoring using a Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. Shore anglers are scoring at Fort Trumbull, mouth of the Thames River, Ocean Beach, Seaside Park, Harkness Memorial, Hammonasset State Park, Rocky Neck State Park. In the west try Compo Beach, Sherwood Island, Burying Hill Beach (Fairfield), Southport Harbor, Shady Beach/ Calf Pasture (Norwalk) and Fayerweather Island in Bridgeport along with Long Beach Stratford.

Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime. They are feeding heavily of young of the year transparent juvenile anchovy. Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging (1.5oz crippled herring) for them also works when they are close to the bottom and your fish finder is “lit up”.

• WEAKFISH fishing is surprisingly good in the central and western sound. Falkner and Goose Island area is producing some very nice “tide runners”. Many scup/seabass anglers are catching them while bottom fishing. Fish up to 26 inches are being reported from West Haven Beaches/Charles Island area to Norwalk. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair to good in the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Lieutenant River, and Black Hall River. Also, the Mystic and Niantic Rivers are spots worth trying.

• STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is fantastic. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is saltwater fishing. Great fishing from shore...with many fish measuring over 17 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.

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

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13 October 2016

• Rigging to Catch Flounder

“Flounder…are the ultimate bottom-dwellers, shuffling into sand or mud to lie in ambush. Flatties, or 'doormats' when they get big, like their meals low and tight, so you’ll do best to keep a tempting bait in their zone.

“Here’s a handful of rigs that’ll put more flounder in the cooler....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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12 October 2016

• Fly Fishing: 4 Articles


• Fly Lines Used To Be Made of Silk


“Silk fly lines came into use late in the 19th century, replacing braided horsehair lines. The silk was strong, supple, and light. It had no memory. Coated with varnish and dressed with Weber’s or Mucilin the line would float for a while.

“Eventually water would seep in and the line became an intermediate, then full-sink line....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BangorDailyNews










• Broken Fly Rods


“The rods come from across the globe and wind up here, a few steps from a loading dock overlooking a small bass pond and casting platform tucked behind the Sage Manufacturing facility on Bainbridge Island. It’s certainly a pleasant enough scene until you realize that inside the aluminum tubes, every single fly rod is broken, splintered, or smashed….

“Aside from graphite, wood, and cork, these tubes contain the residue of anguish, the bitter taste of anticipation dashed, and the memories of fishing trips ruined....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AmericanAngler


• Soft Hackle Flies for Stripers


“Bucktails so sparse you could read a newspaper through them, flatwings that swam like baitfish (even when at rest), and soft hackles. Oh, those magical creations that breathed and pulsed and undulated like no jointed bits of plastic ever could…

“Those were the flies I was looking for. Once I started tying and fishing them, I made a wondrous discovery: Stripers loved them just as much as I did....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AmericanAngler


• Fly Line Management


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

“When that isn’t enough, you may need a line management tool....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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11 October 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Wall Street Journal Says “Connecticut is in something of a fiscal death spiral....”

“Despite all this revenue collection, Mercator rates Connecticut in the bottom five states for fiscal solvency. The 2015-16 budget passed the house without a single Republican vote. General Electric is moving its headquarters from the state in part due to tax hikes. Forbes reported in 2014 that Connecticut was in the top five states experiencing the most out-migration…

“It would appear that Connecticut is in something of a fiscal death spiral, and that fiscal restraint rather than flogging an ever-smaller horse is in order....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WallStreetJournal

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10 October 2016

• Blackfish Season Opens Today

Connecticut Blackfish season opens Monday 10 October 2016.

The daily limit is 4 fish per angler with a minimum size of 16 inches.

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• Subscribe to 2 Publications from CTDEEP For Fishing Info


• CTDEEP’s New CT Fishin’ Tips Newsletter


CT Fishin’ Tips is a monthly newsletter with information, pointers & tips, and news from DEEP's fisheries programs.

“Connecticut has a tremendous diversity of fishing opportunities - both freshwater and marine. With a subscription to CT Fishin’ Tips, you will receive the latest fishing information delivered right to your finger tips....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP


• Subscribe to CTDEEP’s Connecticut Wildlife Highlights

“NEW! Sign up to receive Wildlife Highlights, a free electronic newsletter for anyone interested in Connecticut's wildlife and the outdoors!


“Delivery of this online newsletter will begin in October 2016....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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09 October 2016

• Great White Shark Found in Long Island Sound...New Monster Shark Found!


• Great White Shark Tracked Off Guilford


“A great white shark was tracked as being located in the central Sound off Guilford for the first time ever late last month, according to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

“In a Facebook post, the aquarium said, ‘Montauk the Great White shark has been spotted in Long Island Sound….’””

Please visit this link to read the full article: GuilfordPatch





• New Monster Shark (You Don’t Have To Worry About This One)


“Megalolamna paradoxodon is the name of a new extinct shark described by an international research team who based their discovery on fossilized teeth up to 4.5 centimeters (1.8 inches) tall found from the eastern and western United States (California and North Carolina), Peru and Japan.

“The newly identified fossil shark lived during the early Miocene epoch about 20 million years ago....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily

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08 October 2016

• Fishing Report: Rhode Island, Cape Cod, Western LI Sound


• Fishing Report: Rhode Island


“Bluefish and striped bass fishing is good. "The Bay exploded with bluefish four weeks ago and now anglers are catching striped bass that are mixed in with them. Most of them are school size bass but there are some keepers. One customer caught a 30-inch bass this past weekend…

“There is a ton of peanut bunker (immature Atlantic menhaden) in the water. At first you would see the birds with a lot of bait but now there are a lot of blues and bass surfacing too....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal









• Fishing Report: Cape Cod


“The striper fishing has been good on the South Side of Cape Cod, with big numbers of fish between 23 and 32 inches. Live eels, swim shads, and minnow plugs are working best…

“The Canal is also producing stripers up to 30 pounds on paddle-tail jigs in the morning hours....”

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











• Fishing Report: Western LI Sound


“New York’s blackfish season opened two days ago so local anglers are delighting in having three bottom fish species to harvest blackfish, porgies and black sea bass…

“So get out and stock up your freezers. Large quantities are especially attainable when porgy fishing aboard party or charter boats where a special bonus number is allowed....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYDailyNews

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• The Effect of Heavy Weather On Fishing

“Few anglers are fans of heavy rain, but you’d be surprised at the mixed reactions when the discussion shifts to strong winds. While boaters are generally bothered by the need to stay tied to the dock, many surfcasters relish a chance to step into a rising surf or cast during the hours immediately preceding or following a storm.

“While gale-force winds can shut down just about any fishing activity, they can also reset the stage; refreshing the surf, redistributing baitfish and stimulating species like stripers, blues and false albacore to go on a feeding binge....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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07 October 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 06 October 2016

• STRIPED BASS fishing is fantastic. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF…coastal state parks. The fall season appears to be starting off strong, with many charter boat operators commenting on how many large bass there are. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. The best thing is…you catch them during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. Trolling weighted jigs (Chartreuse) with a yellow pork rind and or live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) in 15 to 40 feet of water. I like dunking a live eel on the reefs/shoal areas during the late afternoon /evening hours. This technique has produces some very big bass recently (52 inches – 48 pounds, (Outer Bartlett Reef/Norwalk Islands).

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Milford Point, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• BLUEFISH bite is quite honestly still unbelievable. Throw a top water plug like a Rattlin Popper and hang on. Go out there and catch one of hardest fighting fish in the sea. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Large numbers of bluefish are cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor and upper reaches, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middleground, Penfield Reef, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef.

• SNAPPER BLUEFISH fishing is still better in the western sound (Milford to Greenwich) with fish measuring 5 to 12 inches in length.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing is very good. Hit every favorite wreck/reef/hump, to find good numbers of these tasty bottom fish. Angler please be careful when releasing sublegal sea bass. There is lots of them out there…let’s give them a chance to grow and get big. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island and northeast of Montauk) anglers are having better success. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass. Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Niantic, to Branford (Falkner Island) and Fishers Island have been consistent all season. A reminder to all anglers…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.

• FLUKE fishing is Closed in CT.

• BLACKFISH season opens October 10, 2016. The daily limit is 4 fish per angler with a minimum size of 16 inches.

• PORGY fishing is is still the best bet in town. All the party boats are targeting them…that’s how plentiful they are. Spend time chumming…this will improve your success. Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles island and Fort Trumbull State Park. Fish during the high tide at these shore locations. Locate your favorite

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE fishing is the best it has been in years throughout the sound. Pink is the color of choice. Western sound anglers are scoring using a Hogy heavy minnow jig in pink. These small tunas are fast movers, quickly moving to different locations to locate them is important. However, the action in CT is heating up and many fish have moved into the central/western Sound. Still some big catches of these small tunas have been reported from Pine Island, Bluff Point, Groton Long Point, Niantic Bay (Jordan Cove) and points west from Milford, Norwalk, Darien and Greenwich Pt. Park. Shore anglers are scoring at Fort Trumbull, mouth of the Thames River, Ocean Beach, Seaside Park, Harkness Memorial, Hammonasset, Rocky Neck State Park and also at Sherwood Island State Park.

These small tunas are also cruising around from Pt. Judith, Watch Hill to Bluff Point (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point. Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime. They are feeding heavily of young of the year transparent anchovy. Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging for them also works when they are close to the bottom.

Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and Woodmont (Milford), Coast Guard Jetty at Southport Beach, Rick Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles Island and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”.

• WEAKFISH fishing is still good in the central and western sound. Falkner, Goose Island and the Norwalk Island area is producing some very nice “tide runners”. Fish up to 33 inches are being reported from West Haven Beaches/Charles Island area to Norwalk.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the Black Hall River, Norwalk River and Thames River. Anglers are still waiting for the fall bite to happen elsewhere, especially shore anglers. Fishing remains ok at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Clinton Harbor River systems and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier).

• STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing is FANTASTIC. “Poor-Man’s Lobster” are found wherever one is fishing for summer flounder (fluke). With many fish measuring over 20 inches and barking up a storm. Shore fishing for them is fantastic. West Haven sand bar and local beaches have been producing

• BLUE CRAB fishing is slow one day and awesome the next in the tidal creeks/bays/piers. Many of the large “jimmies” are still up river and have not migrated down... Remember…all egg bearing females must be released with unavoidable harm. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) and a small circular crab trap is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

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

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06 October 2016

• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area

“Should Matthew make a right turn and head out to sea, we might find ourselves into some fabulous fishing. The reports are excellent and fishing in advance of any storm can be very good.

“Last weekend still had Long Island Sound water temperatures in the mid- to high-60s, showing just enough movement to trigger more fishing activity, but still high enough to keep blues, bass and baitfish around....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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• Fly Fishing: Tandem Fly Rigs

“I have long used tandem rigs, both in fresh and salt water.

“If you’ve ever fished topwater poppers and bugs and dealt with half-hearted strikes, it may have been during cold weather or when the surface was flat-calm under a high sun. That’s when a dropper fly can seal the deal for you....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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05 October 2016

• Umbrella Rigs

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

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

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltFishingAbout

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