30 April 2018

• Eight Essential Fishing Knots

“The best tackle, the stoutest line and the deadliest lure are only as good as the weakest knot in your rig.

“Choosing the right knot for a specific purpose may seem daunting, but when you narrow your options to a few proven, trustworthy knots, you can’t go too far wrong....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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29 April 2018

• Good Read: Charlie Soares On Early Spring Fishing

“My problem was I could not distinguish the bite on the top hook as the wily tog were able to slurp the quahog off without being detected. It took a lot of years before I was able to get away with tog fishing with soft baits like sea clams and quahogs.…

“Green crabs were king in the tautog fishery and still are but in the spring, before the scup and choggies were around to steal the soft baits the sharpie cut the shellfish body in half and baited his bottom hook with a crab and the top hook with the soft bait still dripping its enticing fluids....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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28 April 2018

• Stripers: Follow the Migration

“…popular tactics in the New England area include tube and worm trolling, sandworming, and trolling large wooden ­swimming plugs.

“Come late June, the majority of bass schools will have moved up all the way into Maine’s ­Casco Bay and Saco Bay, where they spend the bulk of the summer....”




Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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27 April 2018

• Connecticut DEEP Saltwater Fishing Report: April 26, 2018


• STRIPED BASS: fishing is good to excellent for “schoolies” in most of the tidal rivers along the Connecticut shoreline. There are also some keepers in the mix as well (47 inch striped bass from the lower CT and Housatonic Rivers). Striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock and Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), the Sound School Fishing Pier, Housatonic River and Norwalk Harbor including the islands. Sand and blood worms have been working the best, especially in turbid waters around the high tide.

Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will also work. Fishing should get better as we approach the magical 55°F mark! The top-water fishing has been fantastic...go out enjoy some of the best fishing in New England.

• WINTER FLOUNDER: fishing remains slow but improving in the Poquonock River at Bluff Point State Park, Niantic River, The Brothers, Jordan Cove, lower Saugatuck River, Calf Pasture Beach area, Norwalk Islands (Cockonoe) and the channels in Norwalk Harbor. Other flounder spots include the lower Mystic River, and the mouth of the Thames River in the Pine Island area including Baker Cove.

• WHITE PERCH: fishing is good to excellent for these tasty panfish in most of the tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Perch spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, upper Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Shrimp and small worms are the key to success.

• SCUP/PORGY OPENS MAY 1 – SUMMER FLOUNDER/FLUKE MAY 4: : Looks to be a fantastic opener.

• WEAKFISH: have also arrived in Long Island Sound! The Race, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are early weakfish spots. Look for weakfish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area.

The full DEEP report will eventually be posted here: CTDEEP

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26 April 2018

• Eastern LIS, Rhode Island Fishing Report

“Saltwater fishing is picking up with a good school striped bass bite at the West Wall of the Harbor of Refuge. Stripers are still in the Pawcatuck River, Westerly and last week a school surfaced in the East Passage of the Bay.

“Poor results reported from anglers tautog and cod fishing. At press time water temperature is still cold, 43 degrees at Narragansett Pier….”

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

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25 April 2018

• New Haven Fishing Pier Rebuilt...and Connecticut Drivers Worst in U.S.

“Fishermen and others celebrated the reconstructed pier at Fort Hale Park in New Haven.

“The much-anticipated pier juts out from the shoreline, offering sweeping views of the New Haven Harbor and the Long Island Sound....”

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

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• No Surprise Here: CT Drivers Most Unsafe in Country


“Connecticut drivers are the most unsafe motorists in the United States, according to a 2018 safe driving report from EverQuote Insurance.

“The report says drivers in the Northeast are the most unsafe overall, with contributing factors including aggression, speeding and distractions such as using a phone….”

Comment: Want proof? Try driving on Route 8 between Bridgeport and Waterbury during peak commuting hours.

Please visit this link to read the full article: ConnecticutNews12.com

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24 April 2018

• Landing Big Fish from A Paddlecraft …and A Book on Paddling

“Kayakers continue to push limits, particularly when it comes to nearshore, offshore and open-bay fishing. The days of catching kingfish, sailfish, amberjack, tarpon, sharks and other large fish exclusively from motorized boats are in the past.

“But offshore kayak fishing is a relatively new technique, and many anglers are learning on the fly. Safety must always be the first priority….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman




• “Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Long Island Sound”


New book by David Fasulo…

“For the beginners and indoorsmen among us, Fasulo offers insight on equipment, etiquette and safety before breaking down every single town, west to east, that boasts coastline on the Atlantic. Loaded with maps, photos and suggestions, this may be the only guide you need for summer fun at the ocean.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ConnecticutMagazine

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23 April 2018

• Latest Issue of CTDEEP's Sound Outlook

“The concept of ‘Sea Level Rise’ is pretty well understood: As water warms, it expands. In addition, as the ice on land in the Arctic and Antarctic (polar ice) melts, that melted water flows to the sea. While there are various factors that contribute to sea level rise, these are two of the primary contributors to the increase in the volume of the earth's oceans, causing the height of the ocean surface (sea level) to rise…

“Many areas along Connecticut's shoreline are already experiencing this ‘concept’ of sea level rise, where flooding events are routine at high tide, without a storm in sight. Faced with this reality, many officials in these areas understand the need to plan for sea level rise....”



Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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22 April 2018

• Good Read: Charley Soares On Eel Fishing Then and Now

“Today eels are difficult to come by and only a very few people still set pots. But in this era they are directing their efforts at bait eels, the kind used for stripers which sell for as much as $2 and $3 each in the fall on Cape Cod.

“Our eel fishery is a shadow of the robust fishery it was in the late 1950′s and early 60′s but there are still quite a few people who enjoy them....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HeraldNews

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21 April 2018

• Wind Farms...and Stevenson Dam Bridge

• Fishermen Not Happy About More Wind Farms


“Last week, ├śrsted and Eversource announced a joint venture and has submitted a bid to build Connecticut’s first offshore wind farm, in response to the state’s request for proposals for offshore wind energy generation…

“The approximately 200-megawatt project – Constitution Wind – would be the first of its kind to serve the state of Connecticut and would be located in federal waters 65 miles off shore....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WTNH.com
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• Meanwhile, Back Upstream: Stevenson Dam Bridge To Be Replaced?


“Earlier plans for a new bridge had it upstream behind the dam. But there was concern that any construction near the dam would disturb PCBs in soil and river sediment. For decades, a GE had deposited PCBs into the river from a manufacturing plant near Pittsfield, Mass.

“The latest plans would have the new bridge downstream away from the dam....”

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

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20 April 2018

• Migrating Stripers: Rhode Island...Hudson River

“Migrating striped bass have arrived…we have migrating school striped bass in the Pawcatuck River. I saw an eagle with one in its mouth on my way to work today. A couple of weeks ago the herring arrived followed by the migrating bass. Anglers are starting to catch striped bass…


“…was quahoging and saw a school of striped bass in the East Bay on a school of herring along with a lot of working birds....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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• Hudson River Stripers


“This spring's striped bass run up the Hudson River appears to be a week or more behind schedule, due to the lingering cold temperatures.

“ That doesn't dampen the enthusiasm, though, of anglers and charter boat captains eager to catch these hard-fighting, salt water fish that make their way up the river this time of year to spawn in fresh water....”

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

Photo appears on the blog with the permission of the photographer, Charles Walsh, who had fly rod in one hand and camera in the other [see the chartreuse/white clouser minnow in the striper's mouth].

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19 April 2018

• Connecticut News Flash: “Does Connecticut Owe You Money?”

“The State of Connecticut is holding onto more than $750 million in unclaimed property. More than 1.4 million people and businesses are owed money from sources such as forgotten bank accounts, utility deposits, and insurance policies.

“The CT Big List puts all this information in one place....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCConnecticut

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• Should the Slaughter of Striper Cows Be Allowed to Continue?

“A firm one-fish limit should be imposed in all states. Minimum “keeper” sizes should be increased to 32 inches, at least in the tri-state area and New England states. Seasons should be shortened to delay significant mortality until after the spawning season, and after fish have reached a size where they will have spawned at least once or twice…

“… and while there is some scientific debate about whether slot limits are the best approach to stock building, I think for a fishery where so much activity and so much money is driven by the desire to catch very large specimens, a slot limit on striped bass is a worthwhile experiment....”

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

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18 April 2018

• Fluoro vs. Mono...and Tick Season Has Arrived


• Fluoro Vs. Mono: Which Is Better for Leader Material?


“’The heavy mono is extremely durable, and its stretch provides shock absorption. Fluorocarbon doesn’t stretch or absorb shock…

“’…we commonly hook and fight two big bass on one same outfit. There’s a lot of stress when two 30-pound fish oppose each other, and the mono absorbs the stress, resulting in fewer pulled hooks and terminal-tackle failures....’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman








• “Tick Season Is Already Here”


“State experts have already begun testing ticks in Connecticut as we move into warmer weather…

“With the warm weather seasons moving in, state health officials are reminding residents to protect against ticks. Ticks are back and can be picked up at places like parks ....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCConnecticut

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17 April 2018

• Striped Bass Population Expands in Newfoundland, Labrador

“The remarkable recovery of striped bass in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence reached unprecedented levels in 2017, according to the latest assessment from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans...

“In addition to the population rebound, tagged striped bass from the Gulf were recovered from Rimouski, Que., north to Labrador for the first time in 2017.…....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CBC.ca

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16 April 2018

• “Housatonic River Cleanup and Greensweep April 21”

“The annual Housatonic River Cleanup and Greensweep event will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Kickoff and registration will be at Birdseye Boat Ramp in Stratford and Sunnyside Boat Ramp in Shelton....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StratfordStar

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14 April 2018

• Stripers Moving Into the Sound

“Striped bass season opens across Long Island on Sunday and local anglers couldn’t be more ready. While waters remain relatively cold for this time of year with surface temperatures still ranging between 41 and 44 degrees, there have already been some school-class linesiders caught and released from the western Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay and South Shore tidal creeks…

“Most of Long Island’s early season stripers come from the Chesapeake Bay region. The Maryland and Virginia fish work their way up the coast, lighting up each new port as their masses push northward in pursuit of baitfish schools such as bunker and spearing….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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13 April 2018

• Surfcasting Notes

“To maximize your casting distance, you've got to maximize your rod length. Extra-long rods increase your leverage and in turn your effective casting range.…

”In some cases, the difference between a 6-foot, 6-inch rod and a 7-footer can be as much as a 30-percent increase in distance. A 7-foot, 3-inch rod can add an additional 15 percent in distance.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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12 April 2018

• “Our Fisheries Are In A State of Flux”

“Suddenly, we are seeing are the results of slight changes that have been occurring for decades…

“The sheer numbers and sizes of fish that used to be routinely caught are just talk today. Yes, record-breakers are still being pulled from our oceans and duly documented. More often that not, though, the records consist of smaller fish caught on lighter weight lines. The bottom line is that there are fewer fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06

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11 April 2018

• How To Clean A Flounder

“Cut across the fish through the skin just behind the gills. This cut should go down to the bones, but not through them…

“… never cut through any bone when cleaning a flounder....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ThoughtCo

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10 April 2018

• “Three Presentation Tricks to Score More Striped Bass”

“Striped bass have no problem feeding in heavy current, but they’re not as likely to hold directly in fast water for extended periods. Most of the time, the fish will sit behind trees or boulders, or in depressions and bank eddies that break the flow and allow them to exert minimal energy against the current. When a shad or herring is washed overhead or down the side of their holding positions, the stripers can quickly dart out, feed, and return to their quiet spots.

“Knowing where these fish hold is only part of the battle. The other part is getting them to eat....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Field&Stream

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09 April 2018

• Two Articles on Black Sea Bass


• Using Diamond Jigs for Black Sea Bass

“’The hot bottomfishing in our area is now focused on sea bass,’ says Capt. Q. Kresser, manager at River’s End Tackle in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. ‘We’re seeing numbers and sizes of these fish like never before. Begin­ners and pros alike target them with great success, which comes at a perfect time when other bottomfish species are declining. Sea bass are aggressive, fight well and are excellent eating…’”

“With a diamond jig, the drop is as important as the lift. Because of its tapered shape, it flutters sideways toward the bottom, an action that resembles a wounded or spawning baitfish. Create this motion by dropping the rod tip. If you lower the tip too slowly, the resistance stymies the diagonal fluttering motion....”

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Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman



• State Appealing Cut In Black Sea Bass Catch

“New York has joined the other states in the black sea bass northern regulatory zone — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts — in appealing a decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) that allowed the five states in the southern sector, plus New Jersey, to liberalize their sea bass regulations while the northern states must reduce…

“The reduction comes despite the sea bass population standing an astonishing 240 percent above the federal target biomass for the species.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsDay

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08 April 2018

• The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

“1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- and it is rapidly getting worse. …

“The…GPGP, located halfway between Hawaii and California, is the largest accumulation zone for ocean plastics on Earth....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily




• NOAA On The GPGP


“The name “Pacific Garbage Patch” has led many to believe that this area is a large and continuous patch of easily visible marine debris items such as bottles and other litter —akin to a literal island of trash that should be visible with satellite or aerial photographs. While higher concentrations of litter items can be found in this area, along with other debris such as derelict fishing nets, much of the debris is actually small pieces of floating plastic that are not immediately evident to the naked eye…

“The debris is continuously mixed by wind and wave action and widely dispersed both over huge surface areas and throughout the top portion of the water column. It is possible to sail through the ‘garbage patch’ area and see very little or no debris on the water’s surface. It is also difficult to estimate the size of these ‘patches,’ because the borders and content constantly change with ocean currents and winds. Regardless of the exact size, mass, and location of the ‘garbage patch,’ manmade debris does not belong in our oceans and waterways and must be addressed.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NOAA

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07 April 2018

• Fishing Warming Up On Long Island

“Striped bass season remains closed in {New York state] marine waters until April 15, but there have been rumblings of catch and release action in Jamaica Bay, Connetquot River and various South Shore tidal creeks.

“Expect the waters of Manhasset Bay to perk up next....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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06 April 2018

• How Noise Affects Your Fishing

“What anglers need to know about sound and fishing:”

“In turbid, nearshore waters where visibility is poor, being able to hear well becomes an even bigger advantage than it is offshore, not only in avoiding danger, but also in finding food.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SportFishingMag

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05 April 2018

• Tricky Worm Streamers

“When I swam it, my jaw hit the riverbank. Never before had I seen such a fluid, sexy shimmy in a fly’s tail. Even when paused, the back end undulated and fluttered. It was alive.

“I knew immediately that by tweaking colors, length, and weight, I could make this fly become whatever I wanted, from a baitfish to a bass worm to an eel and beyond....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Field&Stream

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04 April 2018

• “Take Action Now to Keep Our Saltwater Fisheries Healthy!”

“Chinook salmon in California, coho in Washington, bluefish in the Mid-Atlantic, and king mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico: What do these fish have in common? One, they are a lot of fun to catch on a fly. But more importantly, they are conservation success stories.

“Each of these fisheries saw major declines as a result of overfishing, but today have been recovered thanks to the conservation law that guides saltwater fisheries management....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Orvis

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03 April 2018

• CT DEEP Fishin' Tips

“2018 Fishing Licenses are available now: Fishing licenses for 2018 are now available at many town clerks, bait and tackle shops, and online.

”2018 Angler's Guide is available now: Get your 2018 Angler's Guide at your local bait and tackle shop, town hall, DEEP field office, or online.

2018 Fishing and Hunting Show: The annual Fishing and Hunting Show will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center April 6, 7, and 8. Please stop down and visit us at our DEEP both. We will be recognizing the Angler's of the Year and New State Records in a ceremony from 11:30 to 12:00 on Saturday, April 7 at our DEEP booth. See you there!

”FREE Fishing Day - May 12, 2018: No license needed to fish on May 12, 2018. A great opportunity to take someone new fishing with you, and show them what they are missing! The annual Family Fishing Day event hosted by DEEP Fisheries and State Parks Divisions will be Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Wharton Brook State Park, Wallingford. FREE fishing (no license needed) all day everywhere!”

The latest issue of Fishin' Tips will eventually be posted here: CT DEEP

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02 April 2018

• Spring Striper Fishing

“Spring has sprung, and from Maryland to Maine, stripers are on the move. The combination of optimal water temperatures and the northbound migration of bunker is the driving force.…

“Dedicated bass hounds follow the striper run along the East Coast, intercepting the fish as they return to their main spawning grounds of the ­Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River and Hudson River, and enter various smaller tributaries and bays from the ­mid-Atlantic to New England.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman



• State Appealing Cut In Black Sea Bass Catch


“New York has joined the other states in the black sea bass northern regulatory zone — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts — in appealing a decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) that allowed the five states in the southern sector, plus New Jersey, to liberalize their sea bass regulations while the northern states must reduce…

“The reduction comes despite the sea bass population standing an astonishing 240 percent above the federal target biomass for the species.....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewsDay

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01 April 2018

• Bad News for CT Fishing: Striper Slot Limit

CT DEEP: "Action Necessary to Rebuild Stocks"

HARTFORD: Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection has announced that due to decreasing numbers of large striped bass and the low juvenile class counts in the Delaware and Hudson Rivers in the past few years, a slot limit will be established for the taking of striped bass from Connecticut waters from April 1 to December 31, 2018.

Anglers will be allowed to keep only one fish per day between 34 inches and 36 inches.

DEEP official, Hal Abbott, remarked that "...the striper fishery is the backbone of the fishing economy in Connecticut. However, in recent years, the dwindling catch has both fishery agencies and fishermen worried. Agreeing to a state slot limit on striped bass is an important step in guaranteeing the future availability of this shared natural resource."

"I think it's probably the right thing to do," said Sal Monroe, 64, who has run a fishing party-boat out of the Housatonic River since 1985.

"It's tough, though. With such a narrow slot, few people are going to want to fish. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with nine months of little income."....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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