31 March 2018

• Connecticut Saltwater Regs: Printable Version

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has posted a printable version of the Marine Recreational Fisheries Regulations for 2018; new regulations are in red.

Not a bad idea to carry a copy with you when you hit the salt water.

The printable version can be seen at this link: CTDEEP

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• Flip Pallot’s Tribute To Lefty Kreh

“It was around this very same fire that Lefty—on his rare, second glass of wine—was able to tell me stories about his time in Europe during World War II. There were skirmishes where his experience as a hunter and trapper made him a leader.

“He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate concentration camps. He wept as he described the condition of the prisoners and their environs....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FlyFisherman

Photo from Maryland.gov

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30 March 2018

• When Will The Striper Migration Get Here?

“Smaller striped bass—schoolies—are the first to arrive along the coast in spring. This is because smaller, immature striped bass bypass the spawning grounds on their way north.

“Male striped bass reach sexual maturity at two or three years of age (at approximately 16 to 20 inches of length), and female striped bass mature at four to six years of age (at approximately 24 to 28 inches of length)....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater

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29 March 2018

• Spey Rod for Striped Bass

“Two-handed fly rods offer a more efficient and effective way to target stripers from shore…

“From one perspective, the scene is entirely normal: I’m fishing a double-handed rod over big water with large flies. That makes sense, right? But, here’s the catch. Instead of a large river with salmon or steelhead, I’m fishing an estuary for striped bass….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnTheWater



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28 March 2018

• 2018 Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Regs

Thanks to Charlie W. for getting this to us:

American eel: Minimum Size: 9 inches, Creel Limit: 25 fish;

American shad: Open Season: Year Round. Creel limit: 6 fish (in aggregate with hickory shad). American shad may be harvested only from the Connecticut River system, the southern boundary of which is a line extending between Griswold Point in Old Lyme and the outer light on the Old Saybrook breakwater. American shad fishing in all other waters is limited to catch and release only;

Atlantic menhaden: Creel Limit: 50 fish or 5 gallons, whichever is the greater amount;

Black sea bass: Minimum Size: 15 inches Open Season: May 19 to July 17, inclusive, Creel Limit: 3 fish Open Season: August 7 to December 31, inclusive, Creel Limit 5 fish Minimum lengths exclude the dorsal tail filament or tendril. Note: there is no longer a “bonus” creel limit for paying passengers on party or charter fishing vessels.

Scup [Porgy]: Open Season: May 1 to December 31, Minimum Size: 9 inches,* Creel Limit: 30 fish; Note: the party or charter fishing vessel “bonus” season of 45 fish from September 1 through October 31 for paying passengers remains in place.

Striped Bass: Creel Limit: Open Season: Year Round, Minimum Size: 28 inches, Creel Limit: 1 fish; Note: The bonus striped bass program will continue in 2018 with 3,018 fish allowed for harvest. Stripers harvested under the bonus program are required to be tagged. Tags and accompanying catch report cards will be available at agency offices beginning in late April. The bonus program season runs from May 1 through December 31. This year there will be one tag available per angler. See the 2018 Angler’s Guide for more information.

Summer Flounder [Fluke]: Open Season: May 4 to September 30, inclusive, Minimum Size: 19 inches*, Creel Limit: 4 fish;

Tautog [Blackfish]: Minimum Size at all times: 16 inches. Open Season: April 1 to April 30, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: July 1 to August 31, inclusive, Creel Limit: 2 fish; Open Season: October 10 to November 28, inclusive, Creel Limit: 3 fish;

Weakfish: Open Season: Year Round, Minimum Size: 16 inches, Creel Limit: 1 fish;

Winter Flounder: Open Season April 1 to December 31, Minimum Size: 12 inches, Creel Limit: 2 fish;

*Enhanced Opportunity Shore Angler Program: At 45 public shore fishing sites (visit: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing and select "saltwater recreational"), the minimum sizes are adjusted as follows (creel limits and open season dates remain as above): Summer flounder: Minimum Size: 17 inches; Scup: Minimum Size: 8 inches.

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• Good Morning, Connecticut Saltwater Fishermen...we are back!

We've been off-line for a year for reasons that I need not bore you with. We hope to be back posting fishing reports and fishing news in the next few days.

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