31 August 2016

• Eating Fish From the East River

“When you think of New York City, the last thing you probably think about is fishing…

“But at the end of August, don’t be surprised if you…see someone with a 45-pound striped bass caught in New York waters. And they’re safe to eat….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NYPost

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30 August 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Connecticut’s Income Tax Permits Larger Government

“The institution of Connecticut’s income tax was followed by a marked uptick in the size of state government. From 1991 to 2014, state government spending in Connecticut grew 71 percent faster than the rate of inflation, while population only grew by 9 percent during that same period.

“Connecticut is less important to the U.S. economy today than it was before state lawmakers enacted an income tax. The share of national GDP accounted for by Connecticut’s economy has declined by more than 17 percent since 1992....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Forbes

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29 August 2016

• Eels and Stripers

“The end of August is always the the “time of the eel.” Down the rivers they come as they set out on their migration to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.

“As they leave their upstream havens…they become the prime bait for big stripers that are waiting for them along our coastline....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewburyportNews

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28 August 2016

• Snapper Bluefish Available Now

“Every summer, tiny snappers make their way into bays from Florida to Maine, and by August they’ve grown large enough to become worthy light-tackle opponents.

“Unlike their bigger relatives in the ocean, snappers are easy to find and easy to catch. Best of all, since you can make your approach as simple or as technical as you’d like, they are perfect sport for anglers of any skill level....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FieldAndStream

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27 August 2016

• Excellent Article On Bluefish

“Now, at first glance, some people might think the idea of using soft-plastic baits to catch razor-toothed bluefish is, well, a little nuts.

“Yet when it comes down to a choice between using soft-plastic baits or catching nothing at all, the most determined and successful anglers (including tournament participants) consider all of the possibilities....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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26 August 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 25 August 2016

• STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good at night after the full moon. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk still producing some nice bass (55 inches – 66 pounds, (West Haven/Woodmont). 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 and the upper reacheS.

Also, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Don’t have a Boat? Hook up with the many Party or Charter Boats found throughout CT’s shoreline from Greenwich to Stonington.

• BLUEFISH fishing is improving daily in the east. Central and western sound anglers continue to wait for large numbers of bluefish to arrive, especially around tournament time. Eastern Sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator” blues.

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, and Cable and Anchor Reef. SNAPPER fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring 6 to 8 inches in length.

• BLACK SEA BASS fishing has been very consistent in the east. Plan a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish off of Block Island...there are many giant-sized sea bass out there. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island and northeast of Montauk) anglers are having better success. Fishing is still good on the major reefs in the eastern Sound. 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 (Faulkner Ilsand) 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 fair but you have to put your time in to land legal –sized fish. Stillsome double digit doormat fluke being caught by lucky anglers. Apparently, the bite is in very shallow water (4 to 15 feet). Hit those beach areas where all the bait is. Live lining snapper blues in deep water (80 to 100’) is the preferred method by fluke sharpies.

The usual summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

• PORGY fishing is good throughout Long Island Sound. The central and western Sound is loaded with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish. In the west the Norwalk area (Cockenoe Island) is fishing very well. If possible, take a trip to the east, southeast of Block Island (great fishing).

Otherwise, some good locations in the west are: the lower Housatonic River to Charles Island, Morningside (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 and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Fish during the high tide at these shore locations. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”.

• ATLANTIC BONITO & FALSE ALBACORE fishing is sporadic...here today and gone tomorrow is the news. They are tough to spot in rough seas. Flat seas are the best for sight fishing. These small tunas are cruising around from Pt. Judith, Watch Hill to Pine Island (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point and west to New Haven. Dawn is the best time to fish for these inshore tunas. Try casting metal (heavy) lures to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip.

• HICKORY SHAD fishing is fair in the Black Hall River/Lieutenant River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Clinton Harbor River systems and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Both snappers and hickory shad can be found schooling together at these locations.

• WEAKFISH fishing is improving daily in the western Sound. Many scup anglers are catching them. Fish up to 28 inches are being reported. Also, look for weakfish in Guilford/Madison/New Haven Harbor areas.

• BLUE CRAB fishing continues to be good in all tidal creeks and bays. Incoming tide has produced better crab fishing...as the crabs migrate into the shallow water to feed. 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. 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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24 August 2016

• July Broke Temperature Records…But Not In Connecticut

“July was the hottest month for global temperatures since scientists began keeping those records in the 1880s, and climate experts say it's another danger signal that has implications around the planet…

“This July wasn't the hottest our state has seen — that occurred in 2013 — but Connecticut scientists and environmentalists say it has become increasingly clear that climate change has already affected our region….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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23 August 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Connecticut’s Taxes Burden Our Families…AND…Animal Rights Idiots Want to Eliminate Fishing

“Connecticut has become one of the least economically free states in the Union…. Factored into the analysis of Connecticut’s fiscal health is the state’s heavy taxes and its regulation on business. It also cites exclusionary zoning practices as affecting personal freedoms in the state.

“…although taxes are necessary for a ‘civil society,’ taxes in some of the states, including Connecticut, have become unnecessarily burdensome. It is no longer that taxes fund the necessary functions of government but have gotten to the point that they actually make it difficult for individuals to thrive and support their families….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: YankeeInstitute


• Animal Rights Idiots Want Your Fishing Rods Destroyed

“Like hunters are prime targets of animal rights activists, sports fishermen are now in the target zone...

“Animal rights activists don’t want us eating fish or catching them recreationally. Fish may feel pain, don’t you know. Thus fishing is too cruel….

Please visit this link to read the full article: NationalReview

What in the hell is the matter with these people. We’ve got children with no breakfasts, veterans with no health care, homeless with no place to sleep and what are these jerks worried about? Fishing! Their approach is the same as with guns and hunting: “We don’t do it, so no one else should either.” What’s next for them: Archery? Camping? Hiking? Good grief people, get real!

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22 August 2016

• Structure Added...Structure Removed


• Block Island Wind Farm Nears Completion

“The construction phase of the nation’s first offshore wind farm is nearly complete…

“The five turbines are 589 feet tall to the tip of each blade, and half a mile apart. The project, in Rhode Island state waters three miles from the Block Island coast, has a capacity of 30 megawatts, more than enough to meet the Block Island’s summer peak of around 4 megawatts for about 1,000 residents....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday


• Quinnipiac River’s Last Dam…Going..Going…

“Fish and paddlers will soon be able to travel the upper 16 miles of the Quinnipiac River without getting stopped by a dam — something they couldn't have done since the late 1700s.

“Carpenter Dam, built across the river in the 1700s and enlarged over the decades, is being dismantled....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

Government file photos...may be unrelated to stories.

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21 August 2016

• Tarpon Off Montauk?

Striped bass “…probably stayed around because of the abundance of bait still working its way through the shallows, including bay anchovies, baby butterfish, tiny bluefish and lots of bunker…

“Also feeding on the bunker in the bay: tarpon. A 200 pounder was in a bayman’s trap in Napeague last week....”

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

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20 August 2016

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

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Fishing has been "all right" this summer...not great...but OK. We've been averaging about 20 fish per trip, but nothing of any size...mixed schoolies and blues.

But there are reasons for this: I don't get up at the crack of dawn to go fishing any more...leaving that to the younger folk..and...we fish only inshore, in shallow water; I mean 20 feet deep is a lot of water to us...and...we fish 98% artificials. So, during the summer, if you want to catch larger fish, you have to go out at dawn or dusk in deep water and fish chunk bait. I don't do any of that.



Andrew C. and I went out on Thursday and, after catching and releasing the usual 20-30 schoolies and small blues, we ran into a large school of decent-size bluefish feeding on the surface.


We threw topwater plugs at them and they responded as only bluefish will...6-8 pounders. Not gators, but really nice, hard-fighting fish.


One of the schoolies. Hooked a couple of the big blues on flies [note I said hooked...not landed!]


The bluefish were a blast. We released all the fish.


Day started cloudy but turned sunny...and hot. Another great day on the water.

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19 August 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 18 August 2016

• STRIPED BASS fishing remains good during the full ‘sturgeon” moon. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk still is the best bet for some really large bass. There have been some very impressive schools of bass feeding on the surface on menhaden in the Lower CT River.

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, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor and the upper reaches.

Also, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef. Don’t have a Boat? Hook up with the many Party or Charter Boats found throughout CT’s shoreline from Greenwich to Stonington.

BLUEFISH fishing has been consistent as it should be for this time of year. Larger bluefish weighing in the lower teens have been attacking bunker schools in the lower tidal rivers during dawn and dusk and along most reefs. Eastern sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator” blues.

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, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

SNAPPER [bluefish] fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now about 4 to 6 inches in length.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing has become a deep water bite. Western Sound anglers should fish near the Norwalk Islands. I highly recommend a party/charter boat trip to fish off of Block Island...there are many giant-sized sea bass out there. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island and northeast of Montauk) anglers are having better success. Fishing is still good on the major reefs in the Eastern Sound. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass. Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Madison to Branford 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 fair but you have to put your time in to land legal –sized fish. Still some double digit doormat fluke being caught by lucky anglers in the Eastern Sound. Live lining snapper blues in deep water (80 to 100’) is the preferred method by fluke sharpies.

The usual summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

PORGY fishing is good on the major reefs with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish being reported! In the west the Norwalk area is fishing very well. If possible, take a trip to the East, southeast of Block Island (great fishing). Otherwise, some good locations in the west are: the lower Housatonic River to Charles Island, Morningside (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 and Stratford wall along with Long Beach (excellent shore spots).

Other shore spots include Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Fish during the high tide at these shore locations. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these hard fighting and excellent eating “Reef Slammers”.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is good in the Black Hall River/Lieutenant River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Clinton Harbor River systems and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Both snappers and hickory shad can be found schooling together at these locations.

BLUE CRAB fishing is good in all tidal creeks and bays. The more popular spots are still producing but are starting to be “crabbed out”. Plenty of sub-legal crabs...which is a good thing for the future of this fishery. Incoming tide has produced better crab fishing...as the crabs migrate into the shallow water to feed.

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. 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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18 August 2016

• A Bit Of Surf-Casting History

“The preferred method of surf angling in the early to mid-1800s was to attach a long length of coiled silk or linen line to a “squid,” a block of tin embedded with a large hook, and then spin it around and around above one’s head until the squid acquired enough velocity to be launched a fair distance into the surf.

“Then the fisherman would retrieve the squid hand-over-hand quickly across the surface of the water...”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastHamptonStar

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17 August 2016

• The American Eel...AND...New England's Blue Mussels

“The American eel (Anguilla rostrata) is a peculiar fish. First, although eels breathe with gills underwater, they can survive out of water for several hours breathing through their skin.

“ Their migration cycle is backwards from other migrating fish in the Connecticut River as they come into the river as juveniles and leave as adults on their way to spawn in the Sargasso Sea....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Reformer.com http://www.reformer.com/localeditorials/ci_30226286/river-currents-american-eel-peculiar-fish


• “Why Are New England's Wild Blue Mussels Disappearing?”

“Blue mussels play an important role as filter feeders, removing bacteria, heavy metals and toxins from the water. They are a foundation species in the intertidal community that create habitat and enlarge the diversity of life supported by a locale.

“Their decline is of great concern....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809145254.htm

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16 August 2016

• The Tuesday Rant: Connecticut: Dredge Dumping In LIS...AND...Air Pollution Kills 168 State Residents...AND...Why Connecticut Is Such A Fiscal Mess

“…the Environmental Protection Agency has approved three more decades of continued dumping at two sites in the Sound — one north of Lloyd Neck in Huntington, the other north of Shoreham near New Haven, Connecticut…

“The expected volume of 53 million cubic yards, most of it dredged from Connecticut harbors and waterways, would fill more than 14 large football stadiums….

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday


• “Air Pollution Killing 168 In Connecticut Each Year”

“Air pollution is causing an estimated 168 deaths a year in Connecticut and sending another 472 people in this state to doctors and hospitals for health issues like heart attacks and bronchitis, according to a new study released Wednesday…

“New Haven County has the highest annual mortality rate from air pollution, according to the NYU report, with a death rate of 54.9 people per year, followed by Fairfield County with an annual mortality of 47.9 and Hartford County with a death rate of 30.5 per year....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant


• Why Connecticut Is Such A Fiscal Mess

“The key to the budget, though, is not where the money comes from. It's how the state spends it. If it spends less, it needs less.

“To spend less will be difficult because of the state's massive pension obligations and its largest expense — public employee salaries and benefits... State compensation eats up so much of the budget in part because this state is the most generous in the nation to its employees... But public employees here contribute the least to their pensions of all those in New England. And Connecticut's retired employees enjoy the highest average annual benefit payment in the nation....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

COMMENT: Probably most of Connecticut's state employees have bloody well earned their retirements. After all, it isn't the employees' fault that state pension obligations are so high...our elected state officials agreed to give that to them. What were employees supposed to do, say "no, that's too much, we'll take less"? This is just another example of bad fiscal management on the part of the blockheads we continue to elect to state office.

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15 August 2016

• “Top Tips To Keep Fish Alive For Catch and Release Anglers”

“Catch and release anglers need to handle fish with care in hot weather…

“If you do need to remove a fish from the water, keep the fish in a horizontal position and support its body weight. Never hold a fish in a vertical position....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorthCarolinaSportsman

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14 August 2016

• The Diamond Jig

“…the old faithful diamond jig is proving its worth once again. Whether tipped with bait or used in conjunction with a teaser, it has been an outstanding performer.

“The reason is its ability to uniquely imitate small baitfish and, as we know by now, Long Island Sound is absolutely inundated with schools of them....”

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

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13 August 2016

• Trolling for Stripers...AND...A Recipe for Striped Bass

“It’s incredibly effective because it allows the angler to present a lure in the strike zone — the area of the water column where fish are likely to see it and strike it — with control over the speed and action of the lure.

“It’s also an effective way to cover large swaths of water, eliminating dead water and isolating areas that hold fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald



• Recipe: Striped Bass With Zucchini and Tomatoes

“Here, the fish is roasted on a bed of zucchini and tomatoes, which get a head start. When the fish goes into the dish, set it skin side up, so the skin can protect the flesh while it cooks.

“When the fish goes into the dish, set it skin side up, so the skin can protect the flesh while it cooks....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonGlobe

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12 August 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 11 August 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing remains fair to good. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or scup on the reefs at dawn and dusk has been productive. 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 and the upper reaches.

Also, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch and release when possible.

Don’t have a Boat? Hook up with the many Party or Charter Boats found throughout CT’s shoreline from Greenwich to Stonington.

BLUEFISH fishing has improved and is more consistent as it should be for this time of year. Larger bluefish weighing in the lower teens have been attacking bunker schools in the lower tidal rivers during dawn and dusk.

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, and Cable and Anchor Reef. SNAPPER fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now about 4 to 6 inches in length.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing has become a deep water bite. I highly recommend a party/charter boat trip to fish off of Block Island...there are many giant-sized sea bass out there. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island and northeast of Montauk) anglers are having better success. Fishing is still good on the major reefs. For those willing to travel, Block Island Sound is the place to be for humpback sea bass.

Closer to home, the rocky reefs from Madison to Branford 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 fair to good but you have to put your time in to land that big doormat. Live lining snapper blues is the choice method by fluke sharpies. The usual summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

PORGY fishing is good to excellent on the major reefs with hubcap size (15+ inches in length) fish being reported! If possible take a trip to the East, southeast of Block Island (great fishing). Otherwise, the lower Housatonic River to Charles Island, Morningside (Milford), St Mary’s by the Sea and Stratford wall (shore spot) is good. 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

HICKORY SHAD fishing was red hot over the weekend in the Black Hall River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Lieutenant River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Both snappers and hickory shad can be found schooling together at these locations.

BLUE CRAB fishing is good in the tidal creeks and bays. The more popular spots are still producing but are starting to be “crabbed out”. 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. 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.

SHORE FISHING SPOTS & TIDE TABLE INFORMATION: To find a saltwater shore fishing spot close to where you live, go to the following website: http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/.

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

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11 August 2016

• New Connecticut Shark Regs

“Effective Monday August 22, 2016, an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit is required to take, possess, or land any shark species, other than smooth or spiny dogfish, in this state in either the sport or commercial fisheries.

“In addition, any person acting as a Seafood Dealer in this state is also required to obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species dealer permit to possess any shark species other than spiny dogfish (smooth dogfish are considered coastal sharks requiring a federal HMS seafood dealer permit)....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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10 August 2016

• Fishing Report: Norwalk Area

“It’s August and it’s hot. The annual slowdown continues in both fresh and salt water, and this year it’s not all that bad. Striped Bass are still being caught by the sharpies, mostly at night, dawn or dusk with bunker and live eels accounting for most of the fish.

“Bottom fishing on the salty side is hanging in nicely with porgies and black sea bass leading the charge and especially in local waters where fluke fishing is continuing better than average....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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09 August 2016

• Environmental Issues

• “The Case of the Poisoned Fish…”

“G.E. argued that any claim for loss of earnings due to the closure of the striped bass fishery had to be offset by money earned from those other jobs.

“The company also argued that commercial fishermen had depleted the stock of striped bass, and even if the fish had not been contaminated, conservation rules would have restricted the catch and virtually closed the fishery....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: EastHamptonStar






• Water Quality: How Does Your Local Beach Rate?

“…new data and ratings of Long Island Sound beaches released last week by the Save the Sound/Connecticut Fund for the Environment.

“The data can be accessed at: www.SoundHealthExplorer.org. The interactive map shows water quality trends from data collected from health departments in New York City, Westchester County, Connecticut and Long Island....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: TheDay


• Fishing and Wind Farms

“The proposal to build a wind turbine farm in the fertile fishing grounds off Block Island has rekindled discussions of whether certain fishing areas should made off-limits to fishermen of all kinds.

“A lot of details will have to be hashed out before the wind farm becomes a reality, and certain to be at the fore of the hashing will be access for fishermen....”

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

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08 August 2016

• “Knowing How Striped Bass See Can Improve Your Catch”

“…after the cooler evening air meets the warmer water and fog forms—usually when the difference between air temperature and dew point is less than four degrees—it can be optimal striped bass fishing…

“It was like that this one morning when the horn sounding outside the harbor seemed to come from multiple directions. Dense fog magically appeared from nowhere....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Zip06

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07 August 2016

• How Striped Bass React To Extreme Weather

“Striped bass are known to have favorite summer swimming spots to which they return every year. They are creatures of habit.

“However, when a hurricane hits, everything can change very quickly. The water level rises rapidly. Runoff floods the river with sediment and chokes off the oxygen. Heavy rains create rushing currents and a sudden drop in water temperature. And the fish leave the area in a hurry. Scientists call it "evacuating" to better conditions....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily

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06 August 2016

• The Summer Slowdown

“The inevitable slowdown that comes each year with the hot summer sun has arrived. With it comes a noticeable drop-off in the bass bite. Bluefish tend to move into the cooler depths…

“The picture is not all bad. Snapper blues have already showed up. They’re only three or four inches in length right now, but they grow fast. We have another fabulous crop of porgies and black sea bass…. Fluke continue to cooperate....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NorwalkHour

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05 August 2016

• CT DEEP Weekly Fishing Report 04 August 2016

STRIPED BASS fishing is improving daily after the new moon, especially in the lower tidal rivers during dusk and dawn. Casting swimming lures, surface poppers, and bouncing jigs off the bottom in the shallows at low light has been productive. Also, live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden), hickory shad or scup on the reefs has been effective on “cow” bass.

The usual 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 and the upper reaches, Charles Island area, lower Housatonic River, buoys 18 and 20 off Stratford Point, Stratford Shoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef, around the Norwalk Islands, and Cable and Anchor Reef.

FLUKE fishing is fair with some big fish caught off Montauk measuring in the mid to high 20 inch range being reported. Shore anglers give Fort Trumbull a try...there have been some very impressive fluke caught there.

Summer flounder spots include the south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River over to Groton Long Point, Twotree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay including the Bloody Grounds, Sound View Beach, Long Sand Shoal, Falkner Island area, New Haven Harbor, off the mouth of the Housatonic River during the flood tide, and around the Norwalk Islands.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing has become a deep water bite. Eastern Sound (Fishers Island to Block Island) anglers are having better success. 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.

PORGY fishing is very good throughout Long Island Sound. Any spot with hard bottom (structure) is worth fishing on. The mouth of the Housatonic River to Charles Island, Morningside (Milford), St Mary’s by the Sea and Stratford wall (shore spot) is good. 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.

BLUEFISH fishing is improving daily. The time is now to plan a “deep sea” fishing trip with a party charter boat in your area and fish for those “alligator” sized blues. The Race, Pigeon Rip, Plum Gut, many of the major rocky reefs, rips, and shoal areas in eastern LIS are the best bets at this time. Fishing is slowly improving in the Central and Western Sound. Hopefully, in time for the “Big Bluefish Tournament” coming up in few weeks.

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) along with “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.

HICKORY SHAD fishing is very good once again. They are back in a big way as one angler remarked. Fishing remains good at Fort Trumbull, Black Hall, Lieutenant River and the lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier). Both snappers and hickory shad can be found schooling together at these locations.

BLUE CRAB fishing is excellent on the flood tide. With some patience...you can catch a lot of blue crabs of all sizes. There are some large “jimmies” (male crabs) being captured (8.8” spike to spike) along with some impressive sooks (females up to 7.25 inches carapace width). Remember... 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.. 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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04 August 2016

• Fish Early…Fish Late…and Be Sure…To Hy-Drate

The Connecticut department of public health reminds us to take necessary precautions during summer heat events.

Although anyone can be affected from heat-stress, some people are at a particularly higher risk than others such as older folk, those who are overweight, who are overexerting themselves, who are physically ill…especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, and those who take certain medications that put them at risk.

Call 911 immediately to seek medical treatment if you experience heat stress.

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDPH

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03 August 2016

• Stripers Don’t Like Warm Water…However…

“…fish are at the mercy of their environment. When the water gets too hot for their comfort, the only way they can find relief is by flipping their fins and heading for someplace cooler.

“That’s why if you want to catch a striper right now, you should keep the water temperature in mind. Bass will vacate inshore, shallow waters and estuaries that have been baking under the July sun, moving to cooler, deeper waters farther offshore. However,...”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BostonHerald

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02 August 2016

• The Tuesday Rant

• The $15.00-Per-Hour Minimum Wage in Connecticut

“Dozens of low-wage workers demanding Connecticut's minimum wage be increased to $15 an hour testified this week at a hearing in Bridgeport called by the Low-Wage Employer Advisory Board. The 12-member task force was created by the state legislature to study the impact of low wages on families, their communities and the state economy…

All the usual arguments for raising the minimum wage were trotted out: “Raising the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour would lift families out of poverty and boost the economy, bringing billions of dollars to Connecticut....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: PeoplesWorld

COMMENT: “…bringing billions of dollars to Connecticut....” Yes, and where are those billions of dollars coming from? From Connecticut employers who will now have to find other ways to keep their balance sheets in the green: [1] Automate jobs. [2] Lay-off workers. [3] Move jobs to other states. [4] Move facilities to other states. [5] Shift production to China, Taiwan…. [6] Etc.

In our post of 19 July, CNBC pointed out that Connecticut is already rated as one of the worst states in the nation in which to do business. Do the fools in our legislature think jacking the state’s minimum wage to a level 50% above that of the rest of the states is going to help that? Is driving more jobs out of state going to help Connecticut’s fiscal situation which continues to be in jeopardy due in major part to low tax revenues?

Why do we keep re-electing these lunkheads?

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01 August 2016

• Fly fishing: Best Flies...and Casting With Either Hand

• 10 Critical Saltwater Flies

“At times game fish will eat just about anything that won’t eat them first, but there are many occasions when only flies that resemble the forage prevalent at a particular location and time will warrant strikes.

“Though it’s difficult to know ahead of time what baitfish or crustacean your fly must imitate for you to get in on the action, especially when fishing away from your home waters, there are some tried and true fly patterns that seem to catch fish wherever you put them to use. Here are 10....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman



• Fly Fishing: Cast With Either Hand?

“I have been trying to learn to cast with my left hand, forced into it by developing tendonitis in my right elbow. It ain’t easy. I do look like that monkey.

“Casting ability does not automatically transfer from dominant to off hand. Think of how you throw a baseball with your off hand. No, it takes some time, practice and considerable frustration tolerance....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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