27 October 2018

• Stripers On the Flats


“Sunlight sparkled off the spiked dorsal fin poking out of the clear, flat water, shimmering like wet diamonds. One wave of the rod and the fly landed silently in front of the oncoming V wake. A few quick short strips, the fin made its move and — hook-set…!

“Sounds like a perfect day on the Bahamas flats, but this isn’t some tropical island. It’s New Jersey.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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25 October 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 25 OCT 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is very good coming off the “FULL HUNTER MOON”, with its large tidal influences. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers are catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities locations. The top water technique has produced some very big bass, (51 inches – 46 pounds, DEEP Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch, Old Saybrook).

Striper spots include the 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 (Dock & Dine shore fishing access), 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, 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.

Striped bass are a little pickier than bluefish, but top-water plugs are also working well. There are some large holdover stripers available on top...but the smaller juveniles are really on fire this week. Plastics are very effective on the 14”-26” striped bass inhabiting our lower rivers this fall. Anglers are having a blast catching smaller striped bass on the Housatonic, Connecticut, Thames and Norwalk Rivers. Bait fish like to take refuge in harbors, rivers and estuaries at night, so the rule still goes that the best fishing is at dusk and dawn. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch & release.

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

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22 October 2018

• Black Sea Bass: Best Tackle


“The techniques we employed…are not like the black sea bass tackle of old: heavy conventional outfits loaded with thick monofilament, cut clams and heavy sinkers while you sit and hope you’re in the right spot…

“This is sea bass fishing for the 21st century—more productive, bigger fish, and more fun.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: SaltWaterSportsman

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21 October 2018

• Preparing to Fish Salt Water With A Guide


“…the information here applies to any trip in which you’ll be standing on the bow and working with a guide. The first video deals with what you should wear and what you can expect from the guide…

“The second video is about how to assume the ‘ready position’ and understanding communication and direction in the boat. Having all of this information before you get on the boat will maximize the amount of time you can spend actually fishing.…”

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

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20 October 2018

• Chesapeake Bay Shows Above Average Striper Reproduction


“Studies show one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most beloved inhabitants appears to be doing well.

“Striped bass…are reproducing at an average to above-average rate in the bay. That’s according to the latest annual surveys done over the summer in Maryland and Virginia waters.…”

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

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19 October 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 18 OCT 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is very good as we approach the “Hunters” full moon. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF, especially at coastal state parks. The fall season is starting off strong, with many shore anglers catching bass on top water at Enhanced Shore Fishing Opportunities. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. You can have great success during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. The top water technique has produces some very big bass recently (49 inches – 41 pounds, (DEEP Marine Headquarters, 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, 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.

Striped bass are a little pickier than bluefish, but top-water plugs are also working well. There are some large holdover stripers available on top...but the smaller juveniles are really on fire this week. Plastics are very effective on the 14”-24” striped bass inhabiting our lower rivers this fall. Anglers are having a blast catching smaller striped bass on the Housatonic and Norwalk Rivers. Bait fish like to take refuge in harbors, rivers and estuaries at night, so the rule still goes that the best fishing is at dusk and dawn. Please use circle hooks when fishing with bait (prevent gut hooking) and practice catch & release.

BLUEFISH fishing is very good. Throw a top water plug/popper and hang on. They can be found throughout the Sound (find the birds). Still a lot of bluefish cruising the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/anchovies.

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, Norwalk Islands and Cable and Anchor Reef. Atlantic mackerel and bunker (Atlantic menhaden) are good bait choices.

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) Fishing is good throughout LIS! The warmer water temps have made fishing interesting. Fish shallow water, (less than 30 ft). Rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks have been producing great tog fishing action. As the water temperatures drop, tog will move off into deeper water. Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in LIS will hold tog. Green, Asian or Hermit Crabs will work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce).

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

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18 October 2018

• Fish You Might Not Want To Catch


“The world’s top species hunter shares 20 of his strangest catches (out of more than 1,800 species!)…

“Many of us have caught a “what-the-heck-is-that?” fish…But some anglers are ‘species hunters’ for whom the number of species they can take in their lifetime becomes a goal in and of itself.…”

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

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17 October 2018

• Surface Flies for False Albacore


“If you’re a fly fisherman, then you love seeing fish eat your flies, like when you’re casting dry flies for trout or poppers for bass…

“So how come when you come out to the saltwater to fish for false albacore, you use a sinking line and a weighted streamer . . . especially since an albie will hit a fly off the surface with even more reckless abandon than any of those other fish will…?”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Orvis

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16 October 2018

• The Tuesday Rant: CT Is Fiscally Unhealthy


“Connecticut landed near the bottom of the barrel in a new report that graded the fiscal health of all states...

“The Nutmeg State was recently ranked 49th for fiscal health by The Mercatus Center at George Mason University.…”

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

Comment: Good reason to keep electing the same people: Connecticut has not yet reached the status of most fiscally insolvent state…we need to be 50th!!!

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15 October 2018

• Salt Water Fly Fishing Outfits


“The 10-weight…has the lifting power and toughness I need to deal with big flies and heavy line in the salty rips and current of the Northeast….

“You can get away with an 8-weight for stripers in many situations… But in the fall during the menhaden migration, the bass are looking for big baits, and you’ll need a big rod like a 10-weight… to push big topwater flies….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: In-Fisherman.com

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12 October 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 11 OCT 2018


STRIPED BASS BASS fishing is very good. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF...locate your favorite coastal state park(s). The fall season appears to be starting off strong, with many charter boat operators commenting on how many large bass there are. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. The best thing is...you catch them during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. Trolling weighted jigs (chartreuse) with a yellow pork rind and or live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) in 15 to 40 feet of water. I like dunking a live eel on the reefs/shoal areas during the late afternoon /evening hours. This technique has produces some very big bass recently, 50 inches – 45 pounds, (Goshen Reef & Norwalk Islands).

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, 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.

Striped bass are a little pickier than bluefish, but top-water plugs are also working well. There are some large holdover stripers available on top...but the smaller juveniles are really on fire this week. Plastics are very effective on the 14”-24” stripedbass inhabiting our lower rivers this fall. Anglers are having a blast catching smaller striped bass on the Housatonic and Norwalk Rivers. Bait fish like to take refuge in harbors, rivers and estuaries at night, so the rule still goes that the best fishing is at dusk and dawn.

BLACK SEA BASS AND PORGY [Scup] fishing is still phenomenal. I would recommend to get out while it’s good, these excellent eating fish won’t be hanging around forever. Double your chances by using a high-low rig tipped with clams and/or squid. Once you get a bite make sure to set the hook and whether releasing or keeping, be careful of the spines. We highly recommend heavy chumming; although you don't need to feed the entire ocean - chumming really gets black sea bass and scup in a feeding frenzy.

Great porgy fishing this week are; Buoy 32A, Hens & Chickens near Captains Harbor in Greenwich, Fort Nathan Hale Beach (pier under construction), Pleasure Beach Family Pier, Short and Long Beach in Stratford and Silver Sands State Park in Milford, South Benson Pier, Ash Creek, Saint Marys by the Sea, Seaside Park, Fayerweather Island, Sherwood Island State Park, Calf Pasture Beach Pier, Cummings Park, Shippan Point and Todds Point on the southwest side facing New York skyline.

Try your luck at one of CT’s wonderful Enhanced Opportunity Shore Fishing sites where the length limit for porgy (scup) is 9” as opposed to non-enhanced sites which have the standard 10” length limit. List of some very accessible shore fishing locations are: 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

BLUEFISH: The “blitz” is on and bluefish schools mixed with striped bass are reigning supreme. Jennings Beach, Walnut Beach, mouth of the Housatonic, Greens Ledge Lighthouse, Middle-ground (especially Stratford Shoal Lighthouse), The Cows, Sunken Island, the Norwalk Islands, Pennfield Reef, Todds Point, mouth of Rowaytons Five Mile River, Fish Island in Darien, Sasco Beach, Sandy Point, Black Rock Harbor and Gulf Beach Pier and Gulf Beach Break-wall are all excellent striped bass and bluefish locales.

As for bluefish bait, well you could probably could put a taco on your hook and catch one because they are voracious eaters. But Atlantic mackerel and bunker (Atlantic menhaden) are good bait choices.

BLACKFISH (TAUTOG) SEASON IS OPEN! Any of the rocky reefs, rock piles, and wrecks in Long Island Sound will hold tog. Green, Asian shore or hermit crabs all work. Consider putting the crab (bait) on a jig (1/4 to 1 ounce, depending on the depth and current). It will be a shallow water bite (6-30 feet) this early in the season. I would highly recommend planning a trip on a party/charter boat trip to fish for tautog.

If you dunk a green/Asian shore or hermit crab in the water, and there is a Tautog there - you will get a hit. Jigs tipped with a crab is an awesome technique for tautogs hanging tight to the reef. If you're not getting hits, you're fishing in a site void of blackfish, so move to another location (reef). Also try chumming to attract fish. The three break-walls at the entrance to New Haven Harbor sometimes hold very large blackfish. A reef doesn’t have to be named to produce fish.

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

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10 October 2018

• An Update On My Season...So Far


As you may be aware, I haven’t been able to get Shoo-fly 3 on the water this season because of a perfect storm of health problems. So, have had to rely on news from the Internet and, occasionally, from some of my fisher friends to have an idea as to what’s going on in the Lower Housy and Long Island Sound.

Here’s one email I got a kick out of…Charlie W. spotted this scene, photographed it, and wrote: “The Coast Guard finally installed a warning buoy for those weekend boaters.

I wrote back to Charlie, suggesting that perhaps it… “Shows them on which side to pass the hors d'oeuvres."

Hey, it you've got a photo or report you'd like to have appear on this blog, send it over...I'll give you credit for it, or not, as you wish. All such submissions must pass a moving picture rating of "G."

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08 October 2018

• Federal Funds Still Coming To Clean Up LIS


“’We’ve been able to cut nitrogen levels from sewage treatment plants by 50 percent over the past 20 years…

“...and funds from the Long Island Sound Program ‘will be used to continue that work, build up wetlands, clean the water and address the long-term issue of rising sea levels due to climate change….’”

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

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• Cooler Weather Prompts Better Fishing

“As we slip into October, it appears that local fish populations are ready to rumble…

“No doubt, the key to the uptick in local catches has been cooler nights. With temperatures now dropping below the 60-degree mark after dark, massive schools of baitfish have been readily apparent throughout the waters of Long Island Sound, both in deep water and tight to the beach….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Newsday

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• Albies and Stripers In LIS


“Fishing was pretty good this past week, though it took a fair amount of looking around if you were hunting for anything other than some false albacore to pull on for fun.

“Striped bass are a pretty sure thing if you put in your time in the rips off Montauk. Diamond jigs, eels and trolling wire are the tickets and the incoming tide seems to be the best….”

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

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07 October 2018

• Eastern Long Island Sound…Rhode Island


“Reports this week from anglers, fishing guides and charter captains point to a very positive start to the fall fishing season and a great month ahead. October is one of the best fishing months with striped bass, false albacore, tautog, cod and black sea bass all available to catch…

“The striped bass fall migration has started with school bass and now larger fish being caught from the beaches….”

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

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05 October 2018

• CT DEEP Marine Fishing Report – 04 OCT 2018


STRIPED BASS fishing is fantastic. It’s time for shore anglers to hit the SURF...coastal state parks. The fall season appears to be starting off strong, with many charter boat operators commenting on how many large bass there are. These bass are migrating and feeding heavily on all the bait. The best thing is...you catch them during the daytime, especially under overcast skies. Trolling weighted jigs (Chartreuse) with a yellow pork rind and or live lining bunker (Atlantic menhaden) in 15 to 40 feet of water. I like dunking a live eel on the reefs/shoal areas during the late afternoon /evening hours. This technique has produces some very big bass recently...52 inches – 48 pounds, (Outer Bartlett Reef/Norwalk Islands).

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, Charles Island area, lower HousatonicRiver, 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 remains the best bet in town. All the party boats are targeting them...that’s how plentiful they are. Hit the coastal state parks and spend time chumming...this will improve your success.

Try these nice shore fishing areas (incoming tide better); Morningside, and Woodmont (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, Gulf Beach Pier, Bonds Dock (Stratford) and Long Beach (excellent shore spots). Other shore spots include The Sound School Fishing Pier/Dock, Rocky Neck State Park, Harkness Memorial State Park, Meigs Point, Hammonassett, Sherwood Island State Park, Charles Island and Fort Trumbull State Park.

BLUEFISH fishing has improved a little. Bluefish schools are scattered but there are some real “alligators” to 16 pounds out there. Mixed in with striper schools are large bluefish schools which are popping up throughout the western Sound including Middle-ground, Norwalk Islands, Sherwood Island, Compo Beach and Silver Sands State Park. They are feeding on just about any bait or artificial lure you offer them. They can also be found in good numbers the eastern Sound (find the birds).

More recently good numbers of bluefish can be found in the lower estuaries, rivers and beaches feeding on menhaden/herring. The “Top-water” bite continues to be very good, look for the “blow-ups”. 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.

False Albacore and Bonito fishing is very good. The best I have seen in years...throughout the Sound. Pink is the color of choice. Western Sound anglers are scoring using a Hogy epoxy jigs, the (heavy) minnow jig in pink (Milford Point). These small tunas are fast movers, quickly moving to different locations...keep casting they will show.

Still some big catches of these small tunas have been reported from Pine Island, Bluff Point, Groton Long Point, Niantic Bay (Jordan Cove) and points west from Milford, Norwalk, Darien and Greenwich Pt. Park. Shore anglers are scoring at Fort Trumbull, mouth of the Thames River, Ocean Beach, Seaside Park, Harkness Memorial, Hammonasset, Rocky Neck State Park and also at Sherwood Island State Park. These small tunas are also cruising around from Pt. Judith, Watch Hill to Bluff Point (including Fishers Island Sound), the Race to Little Gull Island, from Bartlett Reef to Black Point.

Dawn and dusk is typically the best time to fish for these inshore tunas but they can be caught during the daytime. They are feeding heavily of young of the year herring and small crabs Try casting metal (heavy) lures (Swedish pimple, albie snax and Epoxy jigs) to feeding fish on the surface. A quiet approach and finding birds (gulls/terns) actively feeding is the key to a successful trip. Jigging for them also works when they are close to the bottom.

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

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04 October 2018

• In Praise of the Bluefish


“Few gamefish excite fishermen like bluefish. Hook them and you’ll understand why…

“First, your rod will bend violently, several times. Then your fishing line will begin to “sing,” as it pays out, one of those
great sounds in sportfishing, telegraphing to you that you’ve got a serious fish on the line, and you’d better start reeling it in.…”

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

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03 October 2018

• West Nile Virus: 10 Human Cases in CT


“The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that it has learned of four more Connecticut residents who have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection, bringing the total for this season to ten human WNV cases…

Of the latest cases, “Two of the patients are from Bridgeport, one is from Durham, and one is from Southington.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: CTDPH

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• “Great White Shark Snatches Striped Bass From Fisherman's Line”


“Just five miles from Nantucket, one fisherman is seen reeling in a striped bass with no sense of urgency…

“Unfortunately for him, a great white shark ….”

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

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02 October 2018

• Long Island Sound In Somewhat Better Health


“September 24, 2018 – The non-profit organization Save the Sound released results of the 2018 'Long Island Sound Report Card' on September 24, during simultaneous news conferences in Connecticut and New York...


“The biennial report contained remarkable evidence of improvement in Long Island Sound water quality…."

Note: the chart shown above is from 2008...to see the new, revised chart, go to the link below.

Please visit this link to read the full article, see the charts: CTEnvironment.org

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