31 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 23 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing remains very good at night. Hook up with a charter boat or guide and learn how to catch those “cow” bass. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk is producing some nice bass (50.5 inches – 51 pounds, (Old Lyme).

Striper spots include the Watch Hill reefs, Ram Island Reef in Fishers Island Sound, lower Mystic and Thames River, the Race, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, outer Bartlett Reef, Black Point, the “humps’ south of Hatchett Reef, lower Connecticut River, Long Sand Shoal, Cornfield Point, Southwest Reef (outer), Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Branford, New Haven Harbor (Breakwalls) and the upper reaches.

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

PORGY [Scup] fishing is very good. These fish are measuring 14-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length and are being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. 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, Rock Jetty at Calf Pasture beach, South Benson Fishing Pier, Sherwood Island, Pleasure Beach Fishing Pier, St Mary’s by the Sea, Fort Nathan Hale Pier and along 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.

BLUEFISH fishing is improving daily. Large numbers of bluefish found in the lower estuaries and rivers feeding on menhaden. Eastern Sound has seen much better fishing for “alligator –size” blues (The RACE). 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 6 to 10 inches in length.

FLUKE [Summer Flounder] fishing is getting better as fall approaches. These flatfish are feeding heavily prior to their migration south for the winter. Fishermen are reporting some very large doormat fluke being caught (10 lbs. 10 oz., central 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. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person.

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30 August 2018

• 14-Year-Old Fly-Casting Champion


“As the competitors in the 2016 Flycasting World Championships arrived at their hotel in Nelijarve, Estonia, some noticed a 12-year-old girl jumping on the hotel’s trampoline…

“The girl, Maxine McCormick of San Francisco, was not a tourist. She was their competition.…”

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

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29 August 2018

• What Effect Does the Moon Have On Fishing?


“I can’t begin to count the times I’ve spent tough if not fruitless days on the water in this or that fishing paradise only to be told, 'Well, I’m not surprised, since we have a full moon…'

“Talk to enough guys who make their living connecting anglers to fish about the effect of moon phase on fishing, and a clear pattern emerges: There is no pattern….”













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27 August 2018

• As There Are More Sharks Showing Up In Northern Waters…


Here are some “...fly fishing tips to catch sharks on the flats, in bays, and along beaches…

“…an increasing number of fly rodders are discovering how fun (sic) it is to set one’s sights on the snaggletooth critters that patrol the shallows, which are not only welcome day-savers, but also great tests for your casting and fish-fighting skills….”

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

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26 August 2018

• Fly Fishing in the Cities [A Good Read]


“My dad tried to get me into the sport when I was younger, but my teenage brain deplored the whole thing. It requires a hunter’s patience and attunement to your surroundings. Lacking actual bait, you have to try to create an impression of foods that fish like to eat, guessing where they like to hang out and what they might want to be eating at different times of day and in different seasons. It seemed tedious...

“…I went back and hooked a nice striped bass. I rarely keep the fish I catch, but I ran off carrying this one to my local, to announce my triumph and receive a couple free drinks as congratulations....”

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

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25 August 2018

• Charles Island…History and More


“Geologically the island is a coastal moraine segment formed by an unsorted glacial deposit (mixture of rocks and sediment). It is also a “tied-island” — tied to the mainland by a connecting bar consisting of pebbles and cobble…

“The island has changed hands numerous times through the centuries, which included its use as a tobacco plantation in 1657, a fertilizer plant, a hotel in the 1880’s, and a Catholic men’s retreat center in the 1920’s and 30’s….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Milford-Orange Bulletin

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24 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 23 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is improving with the approaching full ‘sturgeon” moon this weekend. Live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) on the reefs at dawn and dusk still producing some nice bass (50 inches – 51 pounds, Clinton).

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. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket.

PORGY [Scup] fishing is awesome. These fish are measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length and are being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. 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 along 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”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

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 upcoming tournaments. 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.

FLUKE [Summer Flounder] 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. Apparently, the bite is still in very shallow water (6 to 25 feet). Hit those beach areas where all the bait is stacked up. Typically, 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. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person.

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

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23 August 2018

• But Where Are the Bluefish?


“This thing with not having any bluefish is starting to wear thin…. Not that catching stripers isn’t fun but during the small tides when the larger fish are harder to find we like to…chase around some of those hard fighting bluefish.

“Not all that long ago the bluefish was our only real catch with an occasional striper mixed in. Now it is the other way around.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WickedLocal

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22 August 2018

• Hooked On Bluefish


“It was late afternoon when we pulled into the parking lot…. We could see an excited group of fishermen and they seemed to all be busy catching fish. We rushed to the shoreline and had bluefish on our first casts.

“As many of you know, when a school of bluefish are in the area, slashing their way through a baitfish, it can be pure mayhem. You get a savage strike on your lure, battle the blue in and quickly cast out in hopes of landing another one.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: MyRecordJournal

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21 August 2018

• Stripers Coming Back to Maine


“…this year, after a steady trend toward improvement, striper anglers are smiling again, and the population of the coveted fish are seemingly surging again. Statistics for this year aren’t available, but in 2017, about 1.5 million striped bass were caught by recreational anglers in Maine. That’s double the recreational catch from a year earlier…

“So why have the stripers returned…?”

Please visit this link to read the full article: BangorDailyNews

Comment: So where did they all leave from to go to Maine? From Connecticut?

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20 August 2018

• Reporting Fishing Violations


“What to do when you see someone break fisheries regulations…

“Lawbreakers are bad news. Harming the resource and stealing from the public can never be condoned. Marine law enforcement officers do the best they can with limited manpower, but recreational anglers can help enforcement efforts by reporting violations. Here are some of the best ways to do that…:”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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19 August 2018

• Getting Started On Fly Fishing


“Over the past few months, we’ve been posting a great new video series called Getting Started in Fly Fishing, from Brian Flechsig...The first 13 episodes were in-the-classroom discussions in which Flechsig taught the viewer the basics about fly-fishing equipment, aquatic entomology, and flies…

“Now, he finally gets out of the classroom and into the field for an extended lesson on how to fly cast….”

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

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18 August 2018

• CTDEEP’s Long Island Sound Access Map


“...Long Island Sound is an incredible resource with lots of opportunity to spend quality time on or in the water. To help you with your adventures, we have created an interactive Saltwater Fishing Resource Map…

“The map has information about where to fish, crab, buy a fishing license, and charter a deep sea fishing trip...."

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDEEP

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17 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 16 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is improving dramatically with the approaching 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 (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. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket.

PORGY [Scup] fishing is awesome. These fish are measuring 12-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length and are being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. 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”. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

BLUEFISH fishing has not 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 some eastern 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 fishing has improved in the tidal creeks and rivers with fish measuring now
about 4 to 6 inches in length.

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

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16 August 2018

• “Night Stripers And Mix And Match Bottom Fishing”


“It’s August, and …the inshore fishing is all about dink-and-dunk, mix-and-match, hither-and-yon fishing to put together a full rack of fish.Fluke, black sea bass and porgies are the main event…

“To catch a striped bass, you basically have to go to Montauk these days. The daytime fishing has continued to be pretty solid, and the night drifting of live eels is in full swing, with lots of big fish to be had. Take a picture of those really big ones and then throw them back, please.…”

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

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15 August 2018

• Blue- Green Algae Invades Housatonic River


“The blue-green algae blooms have returned to the Housatonic River with a vengeance, prolonging swimming bans and prompting one town to warn beachgoers they might be breathing in the toxins…

“Blue-green algae...is dangerous because it can release toxins that cause irritation and kidney problems if ingested….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Danbury News Times

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14 August 2018

• Snappers Around Long Island


“Late summer on Long Island has long been synonymous with snapper fishing among the angling set…

“The juvenile bluefish arrive in our waters earlier in the season, but it takes until late July or August before they grow large enough to bother putting in a pan.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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13 August 2018

• Long Island Sound Invaded By Plastic


“’It’s become common in the ecosystem,’ said Bill Lucey, the Long Island Soundkeeper, referring to plastic bags and other products…

“’It’s coming into the Sound from the shoreline and from rivers,’ Lucey said. ‘This stuff can last for a 100 years….’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

Related article: NBCConnecticut

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12 August 2018

• Some Things You Maybe Didn’t Know About Cormorants


“Last year researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Research Council of Argentina recently attached a small camera on an imperial cormorant.

“When it dove after a meal, it reached 150 feet underwater in 40 seconds, hunted just off the bottom for 80 seconds, and returned to the surface 40 seconds later.…”

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

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11 August 2018

• Fat Alberts…On the Fly Rod


“Every year, in late summer and early fall, hordes of speedy little tunny, aka bonito in Florida and false albacore (albies for short) in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, terrorize baitfish schooling near shore, along the eastern Gulf of Mexico and up the Atlantic coast, affording fly anglers ample opportunity for exciting nearshore action…

“…the surface was flat calm. That is, except for the pods of silversides frantically jumping out of the water, and the green torpedoes right on their trail. Wolf packs of albies….”





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Latest issue now online.

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10 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 09 AUG 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be fair throughout the Sound. One must reef hop and hopefully get 1 or 2 bass on each reef. The nighttime is the right time. They are feeding on the young-of-year menhaden. Fishing should improve around the waning full moon. Bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools are still in the major tidal rivers and harbors with stripers following close behind. Look for hovering or diving ospreys which is an indication of bunker (menhaden) schools.

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. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to be fantastic in the eastern Sound. They are carpeted throughout the bottom of the eastern Sound. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 80 to 120 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks” up to 25 “ on baited jigs or gulp. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide (stay close to the bottom) to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. They will eat anything you provide them (clams). Fish shallower and you will catch some keeper-sized sea bass along with summer flounder, a lot of sea robins and smooth dogfish (aka sandsharks). CT black sea bass regulations are as follows…15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May 19th to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet), on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these Bucketmouths. Clams and sandworms also work well.

PORGY [Scup] fishing is awesome. These “Reef Slammers” are measuring 10-18 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at every fishing pier, reef or rock pile in the Sound. Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point Hammonassett 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. Contact your local bait and tackleshop for updated fishing information.

WEAKFISH fishing has surprised many anglers…good catches of “squeteague” are occurring while anglers bottom fish for fluke and sea bass. Good fishing in Niantic (Black Point), New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals to Darien. One of the best eating saltwater fish you will ever catch.

BLUEFISH fishing has improved on the major reefs and rip areas. Vertical jigging diamond jigs or trolling in deep water locations along with fresh bunker chunk baits on three way rigs in shallow water has been the ticket. Typical bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip, lower Connecticut River (CT DEEP Headquarters Fishing Pier), 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 is improving daily in the tidal creeks and rivers. The DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier and Fort
Trumbull fishing pier are two great spots to bring kids fishing & crabbing. Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers.

FLUKE [Summer Flounder] fishing is improving with the influx of peanut bunker and snapper blues forcing the summer flounder to feed in shallow water. There have been some big fish caught off Black Point and Six Mile Reef measuring in the 30 inch range being reported. Fort Trumbull is the shore fishing hot spot…there have been some very impressive fluke (24”) caught there recently.

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. Minimum size is 19 inches and the daily creel limit is 4 fish per person.

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

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09 August 2018

• Pier Fishing


“Fishing from a pier, dock or wharf usually provides an angler with an edge over someone who may be fishing from shore only a few hundred yards away…

“There is the decided benefit derived from having the choice of either casting your line out, or dropping it straight down to the bottom….”

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

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08 August 2018

• Retracing the Route of LIS’s First European Explorer


“Four centuries after explorer Adriaen Block sailed the East River into Long Island Sound, mapping the area and discovering that Manhattan and Long Island are separate islands, Greenport documentarian Thomas Halaczinsky has retraced the journey…

“He explored about 70 islands in his travels from New York Harbor to Fishers Island Sound aboard his sailboat, Sojourn, and documented the experience for his new book, Archipelago New York....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SuffolkTimes

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07 August 2018

• Massive Bunker Kill At Bridgeport Harbor…Bluefish Did It?


“What was at first suspected of being a man-made aquatic disaster that left innumerable dead fish floating on a section of Bridgeport’s shoreline has been attributed to nature…

“Friday afternoon, city officials received an alarming alert from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: Santa Energy was, allegedly, ‘drilling or pumping something’ into Cedar Creek behind its Admiral Street complex, leaving ‘a massive amount of dead sea life along the waterside….’”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTPost

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06 August 2018

• When It’s the Fisherman Who Gets Hooked


“We were on the flats outside of the Snell Island flats in lower Tampa Bay. I had my buddy and a friend of his on my 21' Robalo, and while I was catching white bait using a 10' cast net, they were catching 20” trout on soft plastic jigs. I was tossing the net for the second (and maybe the last) time onto 200 chunky pilchard sardines, when I heard some one painfully say ‘Ouch.’ My one buddy's friend had cast from one side of the boat with guy directly behind him, and on the way out, the single hook (thank goodness) had gone deep into the lobe of the first guy's left ear…

“We were going to write one story about getting a hook out of your arm. But, when we started the process, we realized that it would probably be a good idea to break the article into two pieces. This one's going to cover how to avoid putting a hook into your friend's ear lobe (or worse). The second part is going to show you how to get them out.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: OnlineFisherman

Comment: Another reason to wear sunglasses when on the water.

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05 August 2018

• Connecticut Black Sea Bass Population…


“’The good news,’ said Capt. Q. Kresser, manager at River’s End Tackle in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, ‘is hot bottomfishing in our area is now focused on sea bass. We’re seeing numbers and sizes of these fish like never before. Beginners and pros alike are targeting 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.

“Beginners and pros alike are targeting 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.…”

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

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04 August 2018

• “…State Reports Expansion of West Nile Virus….”


“The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) has identified West Nile virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes in eight new towns: Bethany, Franklin, Greenwich, Madison, New Haven, Waterford, West Haven, and Weston. The mosquitoes were trapped from July 12 to July 19, 2018…

“WNV positive mosquitoes were also identified in Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, New Canaan, Stamford, Stratford, and Waterbury earlier this year.…”

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03 August 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 02 August 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing continues to be good throughout the Sound (good numbers of 28-40 inch bass being reported). Fishing is also very good in the lower tidal rivers especially at dawn as these large bass feed on menhaden during low light conditions. Try fishing from sundown to sunrise for trophy-sized “cow” stripers. Coming off the “Thunder Moon”, tidal currents will slow down and ultimately fishing conditions will improve.

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. Bunker (Atlantic menhaden) schools are in the major tidal rivers and harbors with stripers following close behind. Look for hovering or diving ospreys which is an indication of bunker (menhaden) schools.

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. Dawn and dusk is prime time for large stripers on the reefs, rip areas and lower coastal tidal rivers. Live lining eels, bunker or hickory shad has been the ticket. Qualify

PORGY [Scup] fishing is very good. “Reef Slammers” measuring 14-16 inches (“hubcap size”) in length being reported at fishing piers, reef or rock piles in the Sound (they are everywhere...go out enjoy the fast paced family fun action).

Try Gardners Island, Milford (Charles Island), Montauk and Niantic (Bartletts and Hatchetts Reef). Porgy fishing has also been reported at these very accessible shore fishing locations: Saint Mary’s by the Sea, Calf Pasture beach, Jennings and Penfield beach, Seaside Park, (Milford), Bradley Point Park (West Haven), New Haven, Harkness State Park, Rocky Neck State Park, Kimberley Reef (Guilford), Meigs Point-Hammonasset State Park and Fort Trumbull State Park. These “panfish of the sea” are easily caught on sandworms/cut squid or any other small piece of bait.

BLUEFISH fishing is fair. Fish finder rigs baited with fresh bunker chunks has been effective for larger choppers. Bluefish fishing spots include the reefs off Watch Hill, the Race, Thames River, Sluiceway, Plum Gut, Orient Point, 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 is fair to good in the tidal creeks and rivers. Fishing around the top of the flood tide has been better. Most snappers are about 4-6 inches in length. Look for the schools of “peanut” bunker and you will find the snappers. 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) and “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 as these predators push the bait up rivers.

BLACK SEA BASS fishing continues to be fantastic in the eastern Sound. Fishing over deep water structure/cobble/gravel in 80 to 120 ft around slack tide will produce some trophy-sized “humpbacks” on baited jigs or gulp. It’s important to continue to move from structure to structure and fish around slack tide (stay close to the bottom) to find these beautiful and awesome eating fish. The Charles Island area along with Stratford Shoal (11B) has been producing. Deeper you fish the bigger the sea bass. Fish shallower and you willcatch some keeper-sized sea bass along with summer flounder, a lot of sea robins and smooth dogfish (aka sandsharks). CT black sea bass regulations are as follows...15 inch min. length, 5 fish daily limit from May19th to December 31st. Berkely Gulp (swimming mullet), on a jig along with squid with a spinner works great for these “Bucketmouths”. Clams and sandworms also work well.

FLUKE [Summer Flounder] fishing has picked up over this past week with doormats weighing 14 lbs being reported. Using live snapper blues for bait is the ticket for catching that trophy doormat! 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, Two Tree 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.

STRIPED SEA ROBIN fishing continues to be good. ‘Poor-Man’s Lobster’ are very common especially when bottom fishing. With fish measuring over 20 inches and “barking up a storm” (grunting noise they make). They love sandworms, squid and any live or dead bait. They are also very good to eat.

WHITE PERCH fishing continues to impress and is typically better with the incoming tide. These perch are found in estuaries (lower rivers), tidal rivers and coves along the Connecticut shoreline. Productive spots include the Pawcatuck River (Stanton Weir Pit/Point), Mystic River, upper Thames River (Norwich Harbor) and Niantic River, lower Connecticut River (DEEP Marine Headquarters fishing pier), Black Hall River, Lieutenant River, North/South Cove and Hamburg Cove. Grass shrimp and or a small piece of sandworm fished on the bottom are the keys to success. You can collect grass shrimp with a minnow net along the shoreline where marsh/eel grass is growing or along dock pilings. They love to cling to the grass or dock pilings.

MACKEREL no report.

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) fishing is really good...give it a try. There are plenty of these “Reef Bullies” around the local reefs and pilings (6 to 45 feet). The daily creel limit is 2 fish per person and the minimum size is 16 inches. Tautog love eating crabs and mussels...try green, Asian and hermit crabs for bait. Look for “Togs” over shellfish beds, pilings with mussel beds and rock (reef) piles. Shore anglers continue to score on large “taug”. Find a rock pile or piling close to casting distance and hang on.

BLUE CRAB fishing is slowly improving in the tidal creeks. Time to get out and try your favorite spot and enjoy the scenery and catch some crabs for dinner (crab cakes/sauce). Remember...all egg bearing females must be released without avoidable injury. Minimum carapace length is 5 inches for a hard shell crab. Legal gear types include: scoop (dip) net, hand line, star crab trap, circular (topless) trap not exceeding 26 inches in diameter. Maryland Style Crab traps are prohibited. Chicken with the skin on it (along with a long handle net) and a small circular crab trap is the preferred method to capture these tasty crabs.

WEAKFISH fishing has surprised many anglers...good catches of ‘squeteague’ are occurring while anglers bottom fish for fluke and sea bass. Good fishing in Niantic (Black Point), New Haven Harbor by the breakwaters over to Woodmont/Milford Point and along Stratford shoals to Darien. One of the best eating saltwater fish you will ever catch and it’s also the state fish of Delaware.
Read the full report at this link: Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

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02 August 2018

• Where Are the Bluefish?


“"Where are the bluefish?" It's a puzzler. Most years, blues are as plentiful as squirrels on the village green...not this year...

“While some fishermen might say that's no loss, there are many anglers who look forward to catching bluefish, both for the fantastic fight they offer (they leap from the water as you reel them in), and for the eating….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: WCAI

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01 August 2018

• Expansion of Smithtown Reef


“The Smithtown Reef, one of two artificial reefs in Long Island Sound, grew broader and taller Thursday with the addition of 75 tons of steel pipe and two scuttled vessels…

“Within hours, New York State environmental officials said, sea bass, blackfish and summer flounder would explore the new places to hide and hunt. Encrusting organisms should follow in coming months, growing thick on the steel.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

Photo from NY State Department of Environmental Protection

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