31 May 2018

• “Big Fish Produce Disproportionately More And Bigger Eggs”


“What difference does it make whether an angler catches one big fish or two smaller fish, each half its weight? Experts assumed that big and small fish invest the same proportion of their energy to make eggs….

“But a new report in Science by a Smithsonian biologist and colleagues shows that plus-sized females invest disproportionately more in the number of eggs and the size of individual eggs. Therefore, taking a single big fish has a bigger impact on the fish population than taking multiple small ones.…”

In other words, put the big fish back!!!

Please visit this link to read the full article: ScienceDaily

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30 May 2018

• Spey Rod for Stripers


“Steelhead may be out of reach for many anglers, but that Spey rod is the perfect tool to close the gap on another local target.

“For striper fishing with Spey rods, I’ve primarily relied on two casts: the snap-T and the Double Spey. As with all Spey casting, these are simply fancy names for the setup moves necessary to get yourself and your line into a standard roll cast position....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AmericanAngler

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29 May 2018

• Freshwater Fly Casters Move to Salt Water


“Stimulated by images of streaking bonefish, vaulting tarpon, and other scenarios with marine game fish, it’s no wonder that a substantial number of freshwater fly fishers eventually want to test their skills in salt water. However, transitioning from a freshwater to a saltwater setting presents many new challenges, especially with regard to casting…

“Longer casts, stiff wind, and moving targets require that freshwater anglers adapt their casting techniques to the marine environment. Here’s how to master the basics.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: AmericanAngler

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28 May 2018

• Effect of Global Warming on CT Shorelines


“Using local tide gauge data and the best science currently available, CIRCA has provided the range of sea level rise scenarios through the end of the century for Connecticut. Based on these scenarios, CIRCA recommends that Connecticut plan for the upper end of this range, equal to 20 inches of sea level rise by the year 2050…

“Twenty inches is a little over 1.5 feet, which doesn't seem like much over the course of the next 32 years. So why should we be concerned?”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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Photo Credit: Milford, CT Engineering Department

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27 May 2018

• Charles, Duck Islands Closed to Public


“Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday…

“The ban on public access to the shoreline islands will last from now through Sept. 9. Both islands have also been listed as ‘Important Bird Areas’ by Audubon Connecticut because of their importance to various bird species.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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26 May 2018

• Striper Slot Limits: A Must Read!


“In a report published in the journal Science recently, these researchers showed that the largest females in a species—they studied more than 300 species of fish—can produce 400 times more eggs than the smallest spawners.

“This information should be the final straw for fisheries managers who have never latched onto the long-called-for slot limit for striped bass. It is time for us to stop killing 35-40-50-pound striped bass, almost exclusively for the sake of our egos.”

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



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25 May 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 24 May 2018...AND...Don't Be One of the 402 Who Will Die In Traffic This Weekend


STRIPED BASS fishing is excellent…the full migration is on. Bass are still migrating slowly and chasing new bunker schools on Long Island Sound’s western side—but they are headed east. Sand Eels have made their way to our shores, especially in Stratford, Milford, West Haven and New Haven. A favorite spot for stripers in May and June is the West Haven Sand Bar and specifically Sandy Point Beach and Sandy Point Audubon Society Beach. The lot has been upgraded and self-service parking meters have been added by the town - and they do enforce - so feed that meter.

They are really loving soft swim baits still with lead heads. And fishers have had luck recently bouncing soft plastics with heavier bodies and led on the bottom of the water column. There was one report of a new arrival weighing 50-pounds that was caught mid-Sound in the Stamford area. Atlantic menhaden (bunker) schools are a little scarce and spread out and they are also infiltrating the western Sound. But with the recent weather temps, all of our favorite fish will be invading us via Block Island Sound on the eastern part of Long Island Sound.

Larger striped bass are still moving out of the Hudson and headed into Long Island Sound. They are especially prevalent between Mamaroneck, NY and Rye, NY to the Housatonic River. Dunking fresh Atlantic menhaden chunks (Bunker) in 50-feet of water mid-sound is producing keepers up to 50-pounds. Plugging has rapidly picked up and the Housatonic River is still on fire. Although the Connecticut River is lagging slightly behind, schoolie striper action is still hot and larger cow bass are starting to move in.

Bass are being caught at the brand new Fort Nathan Hale Pier with sand worms (sand worms have been working better than night crawlers) and striped bass are also getting reeled in at Sandy Point West Haven, CT DEEP Marine Fisheries HQ Pier, Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach Pier, Gulf Beach Pier in Milford and Branford Point. Focus on the river mouths and surrounding beaches close to shore.

It would be a good idea to start switching from small soft plastics, to larger soft plastics and swimming plugs. Small jigs and Sluggos will do the trick as well. The lower Housatonic, Connecticut River, Thames River and large bays/harbors (New Haven) are holding a lot of bunker (bait). Striper spots include Hempstead, Mamaroneck, Execution Rocks, Stepping Stone, the Weather Buoy, Can 32A, 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), Housatonic River and Norwalk/Saugatuck Harbor including the islands.

Try trolling bunker spoons on the reefs or better yet toss a chunk of bunker. Sand and blood worms have been working the best for “schoolie” bass. Casting swimming lures (SP Minnow – bone & sand eel color), small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will all work. The evening/night bite is fantastic with bait, including eels. The top-water fishing continues to be fantastic…Cotton Cordell pencil poppers in bone, blue back or black color. Check out your local bait and tackleshop for bait.

Striped bass are being caught from piers along the Connecticut coast, including the new, fabulously designed, Fort Nathan Hale Pier. In fact, at Fort Nathan anglers are not just catching 38” plus stripers, they’re also catching keeper scup, in ranges of 13” - 16”. Other striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock & Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Nathan Hale Fishing Pier, 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 incoming tide. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will also work. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait to prevent gut hooking and practice catch & release.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is awesome south of Gardiners Island and the other north shore bays. Scup are piled up in Gardiners Bay, Cherry Point, Napeague Bay and the Peconics (Little Peconic) for spawning. For those who want to stay close to home…Scup are slowly inhabiting all the local Long Island Sound reefs. Try sandworms or clams. Time to plan a trip on a party/charter boat in CT. CT Party Boat Association. I mean giant porgies measuring 14-18 inches (“hubcap size”) have been caught!

Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Todd’s Point, Calf Pasture beach Pier, Sherwood Island State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities for these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information. Scup are being caught on high-low rigs. Although they have been preferring clams this month, try to offer them some squid as well.

WINTER FLOUNDER continues to impress with good numbers of fish being caught. Fishing is good 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.

WHITE PERCH

fishing is good in tidal rivers and coves along Connecticut’s 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.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke)

fishing is good overall and improving with the arrival of countless numbers of squid. As squid continue to enter Long Island Sound…fishing will only get better.

Fishing is very good just south of Fishers Island. The largest confirmed report was a doormat, weighing 9.4 pounds. Also as usual, Two-Tree Island fluke fishing is just getting started, but anglers are cranking in some nice keepers. Mid to western LIS anglers reported fluke from 2 to 4 lbs being common. Fluke spots include the typical locations: Smithtown Bay, Buoy #26, south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Since squid are coming in, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab “doormat” fluke! Try drifting with a white or pink Spro Bucktail jig with a Berkely 3”- 4” Gulp Mullet in chartreuse, white or pink color. Fresh squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person. Time to get the boat, and fishing gear ready for some phenomenal early season fluke fishing.

WEAKFISH

fishing is good at West Haven Sand Bar, Milford and Stratford Beaches including Stratford's Long Beach and Charles Island in Milford. Try small Daiwa SP Minnows as the tide changes from slack to outflow. The weakfish have also arrived at Pennfield Reef in Fairfield and at the mouth of Blackrock Harbor. Small lures like Super Spook Lures or Talking Poppers have been effective. Look for these awesome eating fish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY) and South of Plum Island on sandy bottom.

BLACK SEA BASS

fishing is pretty good in LIS. The early season hot spots are Falkner Island, the Middlegrounds, Buoy 32A, Green Ledge Lighthouse, Cockenoe Islands, Six Mile Reef and from New Haven to Woodmont. Fishing over any deep water structure in 30 to 100 ft around slack tide will produce some trophysized “humpbacks”. Fish shallower and you will catch plenty of keeper-sized sea bass. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. Minimum size is 15 inches and the daily creel limit is 5 fish per person.

BLUEFISH

the new arrival of spearing (silversides), bunker and sand eels, we are hearing our first reports of bluefish. As you know, bluefish will devour almost anything. Bluefish are around the Norwalk Islands up to 30” and they are entering Long Island Sound from Block Island Sound as well. Reports are also coming in from Seaside Park and the Milford beaches of meal sized bluefish catches. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are the early season hotspots.

STRIPED SEAROBIN

fishing is good in LIS for this “hardhead fish with spines and large pectoral fins”. These beautiful and strange looking fish are now very common especially when bottom fishing at many of Connecticut’s shore fishing sites. With many fish measuring over 20 inches, 3 pounds and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make when handling them). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. Please be careful when handling them…be mindful of their spines located on top of their head and gill cover. They are also very good to eat.

HICKORY SHAD

fishing is good in the lower Connecticut River by the DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier. Connecticut Tarpon (Hickory shad) can be found mixed in with schoolie striped bass and American shad. Flood or ebb tide is best and lures of choice are a willow leaf (silver), kastmaster (single hook), small plastic jigs (white or chartreuse), and or shad darts in various colors.
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• Please Be Careful This Weekend



“The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is a deadly one on the road…

“The National Safety Council has released estimates indicating that 402 fatalities are expected during the holiday period, which which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NSC

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24 May 2018

• "Hooked On Flounder Fishing"


“Somewhere back in my years I got hooked on flounder fishing. I guess it may have been the way my wife prepares the real butter sauteed fillets with toasted sliced almonds and lemon juice…

“My standard tackle is a medium stiff semi-fast taper 7-foot casting rod with a small baitcasting reel – I like the Abu Garcia 5500C on a freshwater bass flippin’ stick. I use 14-pound test line....”

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

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23 May 2018

• How To Free A Snagged Lure


“Tugging usually worsens matters by driving hooks deeper or wedging an entire lure tighter into whatever grips it. “Snapping” the snag—pulling a taught line to the side and releasing it to snap a loosening tremor down to the point of ensnarement may work for moderate snags…

“But when your bait runs headlong into serious captivity, it’s time to send in (a) lure knocker. In simplest terms, this tool comprises a weighted form that attaches to your line and slides down to “knock” the snagged lure free. …”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FloridaSportsman

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22 May 2018

• Underwater Noise Pollution


“Researchers say noisy waterways impact reproduction, feeding and avoiding predators…

“The researchers found that even the noise from a small boat motor can be disruptive….”

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

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21 May 2018

• Last Week’s Storm Caused Tsunami on Long Island Sound


“Tuesday's storm was so powerful that it actually caused a tsunami in Long Island Sound.

“’A meteo-tsunami occurred as a rapid fluctuation in pressure traversed the Sound at a speed that resulted in a tsunami formation....'"









Please visit this link to read the full article: NBCConnecticut.com
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• Long Island Reports: Porgys


“Saltwater fishing action continued to pick up steam this week with porgies the hottest game in town but some quality summer flounder also turning heads.

“Striped bass also seem to be sliding into more of their spring haunts and big chopper blues have put in sporadic appearances. The early edge continues to go to Peconic Bay and the western South Shore as North Shore waters east of Glen Cove harbor, being a little cooler, have yet to produce significant scores.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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20 May 2018

• Devon Boat Ramp Project Completed…in 2019


“…construction of a boat launch and parking lot project in Milford is moving forward…

““We will get our boat ramp safe and operable again with an estimated completion date of May 19, 2019….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordMirror

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19 May 2018

• Washington Attacking Our Fishing Rights


“Some folks in Congress are pushing changes to the overarching legislation that governs our federally managed fisheries, and these changes threaten to undermine our prosperity and take us back to when fishing wasn’t so good….

“Contrary to its name, the proposed Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 or Modern Fish Act, is a big step backward and goes against what’s right for our marine resources….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: HartfordCourant

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18 May 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 17 May 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is improving and the bass are getting larger, much larger, especially during big moon tides. A few have had hitchhikers in the form of sea lice, so you can be sure they are part of the yearly migration - which is good news for those anglers targeting trophy-sized stripers. In the Western Sound you’ll want to dunk fresh Atlantic Menhaden (Bunker) in 50’ plus water depth. Plugging has been especially good along the Norwalk Islands; specifically Cockenoe Island which has produced keepers this week. They are also favoring Yozuri Darts at night, with many reports of 40-lb fish. Schoolie stripers have been venturing out of the rivers and are being caught with Cotton Cordell Pencil Poppers (1-ounce in bone color), Super Strike Poppers, and SP Minnows on the top-water.

One can still catch-n-release plenty of juvenile stripers in the rivers from Greenwich to Stonington - enough to make your arm sore. In the rivers…soft plastics in light colors by boat are working best as well as trolling umbrella rigs…and from shore sand worms seem to be the hot ticket. Check out your local bait and tackleshop for bait. Striped bass are being caught from piers along the Connecticut coast, including the new, fabulously designed, Fort Nathan Hale Pier. In fact, at Fort Nathan anglers are not just catching 38” plus stripers, they’re also catching keeper scup, in ranges of 13” - 16”.

Other striper spots include the Pawcatuck River, Mystic River, Thames River, Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Dock & Dine), Black Hall River, New Haven Harbor (Nathan Hale Fishing Pier, 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 incoming tide. Casting swimming lures, small jigs (Chartreuse
color) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters, and other metal lures will also work.

SCUP (porgy) fishing is very good by Orient Point and the north shore bays. Much better in Gardiners Bay and the Peconics (Little Peconic Bay is very good). The largest Scup we’ve heard this month was a 19” porgy caught in Peconic Bay, Long Island. In the bay fishers are frequently catching 13” - 17” Scup. If you don’t have a fish-finder, just pull into Peconic Bay and look for 20-25 boats all fishing in a close circle. Scup are so hungry this time of year they are eating almost everything but are especially fond of clams and squid. Time to plan a trip on the many party/charter boats in CT. CT Party Boat Association.

Scup fishing around the Norwalk Islands has also produced fish as large as 17 1/2 inches and 3-lb. (hubcap size). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these shore fishing locations: Fort Nathan Hale Fishing Pier, Rocky Neck State Park, Meigs Point Hammonassett State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. Locate your favorite Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunitiesfor these excellent eating “Reef Slammers”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

WINTER FLOUNDER are still being caught in sizes up to 3-pounds. Fishing is 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.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good in tidal rivers and coves along Connecticut’s 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.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is good overall and quickly improving. Spearing (silversides) schools have been spotted out in the Sound along with Bunker schools but mostly in the Western Sound. And sand eels have now reached Seaside Park in Bridgeport. So summer flounder (fluke) are being caught along the shoreline from Bluff Point to Fairfield’s Penfield Reef. Try Bucktail Jigs tipped with clam or squid. As squid enter Long Island Sound…fishing will only get better. Mid to western LIS anglers reported fluke from 3 to 7 lbs being common.

Fluke spots include the typical locations: south shore of Fishers Island (Isabella Beach, Wilderness Point), Napatree Point and along the beach, off the Stonington breakwater, mouth of the Mystic River to Groton Long Point, Thames River channel, Two Tree Island Channel, Black Point/Niantic Bay/River, Long Sand Shoal, Westbrook-Clinton area, Falkner Island area, West Haven to Woodmont, New Haven Harbor including by the breakwaters, off the mouth of the Housatonic River, and around the Norwalk Islands.

Since squid are coming in, offering a live one on the bottom (10-40 feet) would be a good move for catching that big slab “doormat” fluke! Try drifting with a white or pink Bucktail Jig and attach a Berkely 3”- 4” Gulp Mullet in chartreuse, white, or pink color. Fresh squid and or silversides (spearing) have also been producing. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person. Time to get the boat, and fishing gear ready for some phenomenal early season fluke fishing.

WEAKFISH fishing in the Milford area has been very good. The weakfish have arrived - especially at Charles Island, West Haven Sand Bar and Pennfield Reef in Fairfield. Also a school of weakfish was spotted this week at the mouth of Blackrock Harbor. Small lures like Super Spook Lures or Talking Poppers have been effective. Look for these awesome eating fish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY) and South of Plum Island on sandy bottom.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing opens May 19. Fishing should be awesome for these “bucketmouths”.

BLUEFISH with the new arrival of spearing (silversides), bunker and sand eels, we are hearing our first reports of Bluefish. As you know, Bluefish will devour almost anything. Bluefish are around the Norwalk Islands up to 30” and they are entering Long Island Sound from Block Island Sound as well. Reports are also coming in from Seaside Park and the Milford beaches of meal sized bluefish catches. The Race, Millstone Outflow, Plum Gut and the north side of Long Island including Gardiners Bay and the Peconics are the early season hotspots.

Read the full report at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

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17 May 2018

• “Sixty Books Every Outdoorsman Should Read”


“Some old things refuse to die out. Outdoor books refuse to perish.

“The ones here refuse to go away because they are quite legitimately masterpieces, and because they represent a kind of continuity that you find in old things….”

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

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16 May 2018

• Taking Better Fish Photos


“If you’re interested in consistently capturing pro-caliber images or ­s­­imply looking to take a handful of fishing ­snapshots during an outing, here are a few essential things to keep in mind.…

“We’ve all seen plenty of grip-and-grin photos: regular head-on shots of happy anglers posing with fish. While these shots can be fun mementos, they are rarely the shots that you end up hanging on your wall....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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15 May 2018

• Stripers Forever 2017 Survey Results


“2017 saw a tiny uptick in angler catch statistics. Only 64% of anglers said that they caught fewer or many fewer stripers compared to 66% in 2016 and 82% in 2015…

“Overall angler sentiment was still quite negative, but it is clear from the responses that the increased numbers of smaller fish found here and there along the coast in 2016 and 2017 was welcome. 77%, however, said they were catching smaller fish compared to 66% for 2016 and 73% for 2015.…....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: StripersForever

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14 May 2018

• Rigging and Fishing Live Bait


“Al most every angler started out as a cut-bait fisherman. If you chop it, slice it, or behead it and then stick it on a hook, it qualifies as cut bait, including those nightcrawlers you ripped to pieces to catch your first bluegills.

“Soaking cut bait has a bit of a stigma of being dumbed-down fishing, but there’s actually a lot of science and technique that goes into the proper hacking, rigging, and fishing of a bloody, dripping chunk of flesh….”

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

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13 May 2018

• Housatonic Wetland Habitat Project…Between the Bridges


“The yearlong, $7.4-million project to construct a new tidal wetland habitat along the Housatonic River is set to begin in the next couple of weeks...

“The so-called “Moses Wheeler Breakout Project,” which include the creation of new tidal wetland habitat on both sides of the Housatonic River, as well as the construction of a new boat launch and parking lot, is scheduled to start on Monday, May 21.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NewHavenRegister

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12 May 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 11 May 2018



STRIPED BASS reports of larger Striped Bass being caught with fresh Atlantic menhaden off of Rye and Mamaroneck, NY, especially at night are encouraging. These larger Bass are some of the first migratory arrivals mixed in with winter holdovers coming out of the Hudson River to feed in CT waters. The top-water bite is just picking up as well. Try using Sebile swimming plugs, they have produced bass up to 48”.

Schoolie stripers are venturing out of the rivers from Bedford’s Point to New Haven, and they’ve been gobbling up SP Minnows, FinS lures, specifically in white, white & green paddle tales, 6” length (or any light colored soft plastic with a jig head).

Schoolie Stripers have been a little scarcer in the Eastern part of the Long Island Sound. There are also some other keepers in the mix as well (46 inch striped bass from New Haven and the upper Housatonic River). As water temperatures warm in the sound, squid will visit us from Block Island Sound. We also have reports from Port Jefferson that the Sand Eels are heading towards deeper water. Those Sand Eels and Squid will bring out some “doormat”-sized Fluke. Most brackish rivers are still holding plenty of Striped Bass in the 16” - 24” range with an occasional keeper mixed in.

Other 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 (Nathan Hale Fishing Pier, 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 incoming 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!

WINTER FLOUNDER are still being caught in sizes up to 4-pounds. Try shallow water spots near shore in 8’ - 20’. Fishing is 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.

WHITE PERCH fishing is good in most of the tidal rivers and coves along Connecticut’s 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.

SUMMER FLOUNDER [Fluke] season opened May 4 and runs to September 30. Time to get the boat, and fishing gear ready for some phenomenal early season fluke fishing. CT Bait & Tackleshop List. Summer Flounder have been caught in small numbers from Greenwich to Stonington. A source tells us if you wait long enough you can catch a nice sized summer flounder off the Norwalk Islands.

WEAKFISH have also arrived in Long Island Sound! Look for these awesome eating fish in Guilford/New Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY) and South of Plum Island on sandy bottom.

Read the full article at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

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11 May 2018

• Fishing Report: Eastern LIS, RI


“A few warm days and the temperature should shoot up which is generally what happens is May. This will make a big difference, just a few warm days this week and we may be back in business by the time you read this column with warmer water that is attracting bait and fish.

“So I am looking forward to fishing this weekend as fishing should be better. In years past I have found the striped bass migration up the coast and into the Bay really starts to flow in a big way when the water hits 55 degrees.…....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

And here’s a related article: NewportThisWeek

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10 May 2018

• Common Sense Behavior On the Water


“Avoid areas with other boats or wade fishermen. If a flat is large enough to support more than one craft, always come in quietly and behind the first boat.

“On the more popular flats…skeep noise to a minimum and avoid confrontation, regardless of the locale.…....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SalwaterSportsman

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09 May 2018

• Major Development Coming On Housatonic River in Stratford


“A plan to create an unspecified large development just south of the Ryders Landing Shopping Center on upper Main Street has received a zone change.…

“The site borders both Main Street and the Housatonic River, and is close to the Merritt Parkway.....”

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











• Latest Issue of This Is Fly


…now available online:

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Please visit this link to see the magazine: ThisIsFly.com

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08 May 2018

• Stripers: Trophy Fish On the Fly Rod


“Despite local and regional exceptions, it’s safe to say that striped bass are the Northeast coast angler’s most popular target. You can catch them in bays, inlets, the surf, or even up coastal rivers.

“I’ve chased them from Maine to Georgia, tossing flies at them for the past several decades. Both my successes and failures have taught me many things about these magnificent fish....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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07 May 2018

• MA Sewage Spill in Housatonic Flowing to CT


“A break in a main sewer line in Dalton, Mass. flowed into Housatonic River on Wednesday. …

“’And now, it's flowing to Connecticut and ultimately into Long Island. “A 14-inch sewage line at a bridge crossing on West Housatonic Street partially failed....’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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• Charles Island: Your Kids Might Enjoy This Book


“The legend of Captain Kidd’s treasure is the focal point of a new middle grade children’s book, Pirate Island, by Milford-born writer Katie L. Carroll.

“For centuries, Milford’s Charles Island has been the speculative site of the infamous Captain William Kidd’s buried treasure....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MilfordMirror

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06 May 2018

• Coast Guard Sector Long Island


“Coast Guard operations for Long Island Sound, including the south shore of Long Island and along coastal Connecticut are coordinated from a single command center located at Sector Long Island Sound, on the eastern side of New Haven Harbor.

“ There are seven stations, three cutters, two ANTs, an MSD, and an SFO that are strategically located throughout the Sound that work for this office. This includes approximately 500 active duty, 200 reservists, and 1200 volunteer CG Auxiliary members....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: USCG

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05 May 2018

• Stripers At Montauk vs. Stripers At Cape Cod Canal


“Surfcasters may bemoan the poor fall fishing in their mecca of Montauk in recent years as a sign of striped bass reproduction struggles…

“…but those who fish the Cape Cod Canal or Montauk's rips in summer would say that the last couple of years have been the best they've ever known and things are….”

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

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04 May 2018

• Connecticut DEEP Marine Fishing Report: 03 May 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is good to excellent for “schoolies” along Connecticut’s shoreline. Bass fishing continue to be good around the Full ”Flower” Moon in all of the tidal rivers. There are also some keepers in the mix as well (51 inch striped bass from the lower CT and upper 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 and other light colors) with twister tails, soft baits, and Kastmasters and other metal lures will also work. A 44” Striped Bass this week was caught in the Western Sound off of Rye, NY. This fish was caught with a Mojo (jig with a plastic shad body). Other keeper sized striped bass were also caught in the Housatonic while trolling with Umbrella Rigs (the night bite is hot).

Fishing should get better as we approach the magical 55°F mark! Top-water fishing has also been fantastic during low light conditions. The fish are hugging the shoreline in less than10’ of water... go out enjoy some of the best fishing in New England. Schools of Bunker (menhaden) are arriving as we speak.
Haven Harbor over to the Milford/Stratford area along with the Peconics (NY).

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.

SUMMER FLOUNDER fishing season opens May 4 through September 30. Time to get the boat, and fishing gear ready for some phenomenal early season fluke fishing. CT Bait & Tackleshop List

WEAKFISH have also arrived in Long Island Sound! Look for these awesome eating fish in Guilford/New

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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03 May 2018

• Adding to Long Island’s Artificial Reefs

“Gov. Cuomo to announce expansion of artificial reefs off LI. Five of the reefs are in the Atlantic Ocean and one is in Long Island Sound. State officials said the materials will be added to state-approved artificial reefs and will be cleaned and stripped of contaminants before deployment.

“The aim is to increase biodiversity in the areas, while providing additional ....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

See also: TheFisherman.com

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02 May 2018

• Best All-Around Saltwater Fly Fishing Gear

“If much of your fly fishing includes casting, poppers or bulky hair bugs and streamers, you’ll want a 9-weight as your primary outfit...

“An 8-weight rod gets my nod when my fly presentations require delicacy, as the head of an 8-weight line lands a bit lighter than that of a 9....”

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

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01 May 2018

• Correcting Some Ideas About Surf Fishing

“…it is a long held belief that popping plugs are a lure designated for daytime use. I’ve always hedged my comments on the subject by using the phrase “primarily for daytime use…

“…but the fact is that poppers can be a very effective nighttime option when retrieved slowly along, or near the surface….”

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

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