30 December 2020

• Bunker and Blues


“The voracious blues charged from below. With each strike the bunker rose as one, their fins and tails slicing the water’s surface in frantic flight. Hundreds leapt on shore, choosing death by suffocation to the razorlike teeth of a 20-pound blue. The river turned red with the blood of those that stayed behind…

“Pound for pound, blues rank among the best fighting fish in the world. It is also one of the few species on land or in the sea that kills more than it can eat.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Connecticut Magazine

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28 December 2020

• Effect of Climate Change on Saltwater Fishing


“…with climate change impacts, warming water and fish stock movements, the fish I catch today are different in type and abundance than the fish I caught 10 years ago…

“Our fishing laws need reauthorization to provide management and fishers with the tools they need to address stock shifts, habitat degradation due to rising water and a host of other climate change impacts.…”

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

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26 December 2020

• Stripers Are Overfished


“According to the professional fishery biologists and managers from Maine to North Carolina who collectively make up the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, stripers are being overfished…

“The slide has been gradual yet almost insidious: One spot after another, where I once consistently caught stripers, produced fewer and fewer each season. …”

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

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19 December 2020

• We Usually Don't Get Political...But....


One might ask, “Where does the U.S. government get its money?"

Answer: About 84 % of that comes from indivdual taxpayers

...That is, approximately 50% from individual income taxes

...And, about 34% from payroll taxes [$ which, in theory, might otherwise go to individual workers]

Around 7% comes from corporate taxes

The rest is from various sources such as excise, estate, and other taxes and fees.

To paraphrase a couple of quotes:

“There's no such thing as 'government-funded.' It's all taxpayer-funded.”

“Government cannot give anyone anything it has not first taken from someone.”

Please note that the above is not aimed at any particular political party or person...rather, it is intended to apply to all of them.

Please visit this link for further information: StLouisFed

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12 December 2020

• How To Fish Docks, Rocks, Bridges, and Other Structure


“From snook to stripers and tripletail to tautog, many predators share some habits, first and foremost being the tendency to find just the right place to wait in ambush…

“Here’s how to dissect the pieces of submarine real estate that popular species gravitate toward along the East Coast.”

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

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10 December 2020

• Warmer Water Chases Fish Northward


“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in conjunction with Russian scientists, released a study last month that linked warming Arctic temperatures and fish movement...

“…the fish and abundance of fish we catch today are different than the fish we caught 10 years ago because of climate change impacts. Warm-water fish such as black sea bass, summer flounder and scup are here today in abundance.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Providence Journal

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14 November 2020

• Targeting Late Season Stripers


“What I like most about fall fishing is the diversity and the challenge. In autumn, stripers of all sizes run the beaches, feeding on a host of baitfish…

“You have to use your head and adapt accordingly, and many of the tactics lend themselves to the use of light tackle and artificials.…”

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

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13 November 2020

05 November 2020

• Circle Hooks for Stripers May Soon Be Mandatory


“After the 79th annual Meeting Webinar of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the verdict was in regarding the use of circle hooks when fishing for striped bass. The Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board met to consider approving state implementation plans for circle hook measures…

“The intent of the circle hook provision is to reduce release mortality when fishing with bait in the recreational striped bass fisheries. An enforceable definition of a circle hook is defined as a 'non-offset hook with the point turned perpendicularly back to the shank….'"

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com

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02 November 2020

• Long Island Sound’s Salt Marshes In Trouble


“Eight priority sites are being assessed in Connecticut and New York, including Sunken Meadow State Park (NY), Crab Meadow Wetlands (NY), the East/West River Marsh Complex (CT), Hammonasset Beach State Park and Clinton Marshes (CT)…

“…Mouth of the Connecticut River (CT), Sandy Point Island/Barn Island Wildlife Management Area (CT), Caumsett State Park (NY), and Stony Brook Harbor (NY)....”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NY.Audubon.org

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30 October 2020

• Opening Up Miles of Habitat for Fish Migration


“Thousands of barriers to fish migration have been constructed in the Northeast since colonial times. They range from small farmer's ponds and mill dams to impassable culverts under roads…

“When we remove barriers blocking fish migration, fish can reach more habitat. This helps increase fish populations and can improve local economies and fishing opportunities….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: NOAA.gov

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29 October 2020

• Where Do the Fish in Connecticut’s Lakes and Streams Come From?


“Connecticut has had trout hatcheries since the late 1800s…. Back then, however, there was an emphasis on individuals catching fish for a meal…

“Nowadays, while that happens, harvesting is not the primary reason community members go out and fish — they are fishing for recreational purposes, releasing their catch to catch it again another day.…”

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

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28 October 2020

• Stripers Arriving In the Southland


“As the cooler weather and water approaches so will the Striped Bass or Stripers as we call them in the Carolinas. The time of their arrival varies, thanks to multiple factors, but most importantly is the water temps along the Atlantic coast…

“Stripers are anadromous, meaning they spend most of their lives living in saltwater but migrate into freshwater rivers to spawn.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: IslandFreePress.org

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24 October 2020

• “Antique Tackle Collectors: Packrats and Historians ”


“Hobbyists with an obsessive taste for fly fishing treasures from the past are helping to preserve the craft and history of our sport…

“Collectors of antique fly fishing tackle are a unique breed. Motivated by a passion for the sport and the excitement of the chase, they often search and compete for decades to acquire a single object of desire.”

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

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23 October 2020

• Maryland Striped Bass Spawn Sinks To Lowest In Four Years


“The results of Maryland’s most recent rockfish [striped bass] spawning survey are in, and they aren’t good. Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 2020 juvenile striped bass index is 2.5, well below the average of 11.5, and even worse than last year’s 3.4…

“The ‘young-of-year’ survey tracks the reproductive success of rockfish in a given year. These juvenile fish are an important indicator because they are the fish that will grow to fishable sizes in three to four years. The surveys provide a glimpse of long-term trends in the striped bass population.”

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

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22 October 2020

• "More Than 100 Salmon Stocked In Naugatuck River"


“’A total of 112 salmon were stocked with half of the total into each section,’ DEEP said…

“These fish are stocked for recreational fishing and are not part of any restoration effort.”

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

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21 October 2020

• “Atlantic Coast’s Menhaden Fishing Haul Cut By 10% For 2021 and 2022”


“…the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided Tuesday…to cut the quota for 2021 and 2022 to 194,400 metric tons from the current 216,000, a 10% reduction.

“…the commission’s menhaden board rejected recommendations by Reedville-based Omega Proteins and six other members of its advisory board to keep the quota at the current level. But it also declined to cut as steeply as Connecticut’s top marine fisheries official…proposed.”

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

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20 October 2020

Providence Journal Says Windfarms Good For Fishing


“So, it is about time we start to advocate for the responsible development of offshore wind farms, as they have proven to be good for habitat, fish and fishers in Rhode Island and Europe…

“We need to insist on research and monitoring plans developed with angler input for every wind farm so we rely on science and fact-based studies to measure the positive and negative impacts to habitat and fish before, during and after construction.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ProvidenceJournal

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07 October 2020

• Bigeye Tuna Caught Offshore Last Saturday


Out at the Canyon on 03 October 2020…

…250-pound Bigeye Tuna landed aboard the Midnight Rambler by fisherman Jim N.

Thanks to Brian C. for the photo…he saw the whole event…and it took place at night...must have been quite a battle.

Please visit this link for more information about Bigeye Tuna: fisheries.noaa.gov

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17 September 2020

• Bunker…Bunker…Bunker


“Schools (swarms!) of menhaden darkening our water! It’s just like the old days…

“Since November 2019, when an amendment written by the New England Fishery Management Council and later approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service pushed the...so-called 'twin trawlers' further offshore — 12 miles for most of the New England Coast, 20 miles off the Cape and Islands...things have been improving.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Cape Cod Times

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15 September 2020

• Rise In Infections From Long Island Sound Water


“Connecticut health officials are warning of a rise in infections stemming from the exposure to bacteria in Long Island Sound….

“Four patients in August and one in July were diagnosed with relatively rare Vibrio vulnificus infections, according the state Department of Public Health.”

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

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30 August 2020

• Enjoying Microplastics With Your Fish Dinner?


“Millions of metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year….the most prevalent type of debris found in our oceans— microplastics… are tiny bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters in length, which is about the size of a sesame seed. Nanoplastics, which are less than 100 nanometers in size, are also present in the marine environment....

“A new study...found microplastics in every sample of commercial seafood they tested…. ‘Considering an average serving, a seafood eater could be exposed to approximately 0.7 milligrams (mg) of plastic when ingesting an average serving of oysters or squid, and up to 30 mg of plastic when eating sardines.’

”Roughly 17% of the protein humans consume worldwide is seafood. The findings, therefore, suggest people who regularly eat seafood are also regularly eating plastic. Scientists have previouslyfound microplastics and nanoplastics in sea salt, beer, honey, and bottled water.”

Please visit this link to read the full article: Medical News Today

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01 July 2020

• Fish Rules App Makes Recreation Fishing Easy


“Recreational anglers from Maine to Texas and The Bahamas can now keep track of saltwater fishing regulations just by looking at the #FishRulesApp on a smartphone. This app provides images of various species for identification and lets fishermen know in real time if a fish is in season at their location, how many they can keep, minimum size, bag and vessel limit, and more. Anglers can also interact with the regulations in the app, so if you have a question about something, you can tap for more info.

“And images of fish caught can be posted to social media platforms like Facebook. And since you’re taking pics of your best catches, why not submit one to NOAA Fisheries’s recreational fishing photo contest #NOAAsFavoriteCatch? Contest ends September 1, 2020.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: FishRulesApp

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03 March 2020

• Forecast: Fishing Long Island Sound: 2020


“Winter flounder is still being rebuilt, but catches are improving. Blackfish (tautog) certainly need help in Long Island Sound as predation is up and greater numbers of smaller fish (three to four pounds) are caught in comparison to larger ones…

“However, weakfish looks to have another promising year and is another fish that peaks the interest of inshore and offshore fishers alike, especially during their spring and fall runs.…”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.c0m

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01 March 2020

• “Fishing Tips for Catching Resident Striped Bass”


“Get in on some light-tackle action—away from the crowds…

“What many don’t realize is that along every piece of coast that the migration touches, there are bass that don’t follow the herd. In many cases, these are fish that hold over in bays, rivers, and estuaries until they’re ready to join the migration, and in others, they are true residents that never leave inlets and backwaters….”

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

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28 February 2020

• CT DEEP Reminds On Salt Water Limit Changes


Striped Bass: Due to the outcome of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board meeting on 2/4, there are no longer any options available for Connecticut to implement in 2020 other than the standard coast-wide regulation: a 28-35 inch slot limit. This means that 1 Striped Bass that is 28.0 to 34.9 inches may be kept per day. Any fish less than 28 inches must be released. Any fish 35 inches or larger must be released.

Bluefish: Due to the outcome of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Bluefish Management Board meeting on 2/4, there are no longer any options available for Connecticut to implement in 2020 other than the standard coast-wide regulation: a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers, and a 5-fish bag limit for party/charter boat anglers (no size limit or closed season).

Sea Bass, Summer Flounder (Fluke), Scup (Porgy), Tautog (Blackfish) and all other marine recreational fisheries, no changes from 2019 to 2020….”

Please visit this link to search for the full article: CTDEEP

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23 February 2020

• “The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time”


“The old-school classics and new-school favorites that changed the surfcasting game...

“In picking this list, I didn't just look at which baits generally catch the most fish, or which have caught some of my biggest bass. That wouldn't even begin to narrow it down….”

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

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16 February 2020

• “Wild Edibles to Forage From the Ocean and the Coast ”



“From scallops to sea urchins, here are some things to look out for next time you’re on the beach or on the water…

“The bounty of the marine and brackish water environment is astounding, with delicious meals made available from foraging a staggering variety of natural items, often ignored by anglers focused on just catching fish….”

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

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12 February 2020

• “10 Great East Coast Fisheries That No Longer Exist”


“Once abundant, fish stocks for these 10 species are now depleted and might never rebound again…

“…not only were most of the fish we catch now more abundant, but there were many species caught back in those good old days that are rarely if ever seen today….”

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

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11 February 2020

• “How to Catch Spring Striped Bass on Live Bait”


“Crush salty and sweet cow stripers by understanding how they attack giant live baits—and how to present those baits just right…

“One of the most incredible sights you'll ever see is a school of menhaden...known as bunker…getting hammered by heavy striped bass....”

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

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09 February 2020

• “The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait”


“While some people shun the use of live bait for catching marine fish, most professional guides and veteran saltwater anglers know that it’s one of the best ways to put gamefish in the boat…

“Whether you fish inshore, offshore, or somewhere in between, here are a few top baits to tempt some of the marine world’s most popular species—along with ways to keep them lively for the most productive fishing.…”

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

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07 February 2020

• Choose the Right Tackle For the Job


“For the more adept anglers, the choice of tackle is more about using the best tool for the task at hand than about personal preference...

“Whichever will likely make a higher-percentage cast, work a bait or lure more enticingly, or best the quarry faster in an arduous tug of war is called into action.…”

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

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31 January 2020

• CT DEEP Meeting on 2020 Recreational Fishery Measures


The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Informational Meeting to provide information on the status of important recreational species, to provide information on planned recreational regulations for the 2020 fishing season, and to gather public input on potential 2020 regulation options for striped bass and bluefish.

The meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Thursday, February 13, 2020
CT DEEP Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme CT

Striped Bass
At the October 2019 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board meeting, the Board approved a coast-wide 28-35” slot limit with a 1-fish bag limit for the “ocean” (all state waters excluding Chesapeake Bay) recreational fishery in 2020. However, the Board allowed for states to propose alternative regulations via the “conservation equivalency” process, provided those alternative measures produce at least an 18% reduction in that state’s overall striped bass removals.

Following the October meeting, both New York and Rhode Island stated an intent to pursue conservation equivalency and adopt a regulation other than the 28-35” slot limit. In the interest of maintaining regionally-consistent striped bass regulations, DEEP worked with NY DEC and RI DEM to develop regional conservation equivalency proposals, including: 1) a 30-40” slot limit (all anglers); or 2) a 30-40” slot limit for private anglers and a 28-37” slot limit for party/charter boat anglers. Ability of any one of the three states to implement one of these alternative regulations in 2020 is contingent on all three states implementing the identical regulation. At the time of this notice, final approvals of conservation equivalency proposals are pending, and will be taken up by the Board at the February 4-6 ASMFC meeting. Conditional on final approval of conservation equivalency proposals, DEEP is seeking public input on which striped bass regulation should be implemented in 2020: the 28-35” slot limit, or one of the regional conservation equivalency options.

Bluefish
At the December 2019 joint meeting of the ASMFC Bluefish Management Board and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC), the two bodies voted to approve new coast-wide recreational regulations for bluefish in 2020: a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers and a 5-fish bag limit for party/charter boat anglers (no size limit or closed season). However, the Board allowed for states to propose alternative regulations via conservation equivalency provided those alternative measures produce an equivalent reduction in harvest (by weight).

Connecticut and Rhode Island have submitted a regional conservation equivalency proposal to allow a higher bag limit of “snappers” (young-of-year bluefish) for shore anglers: an 8-fish aggregate bag limit, composed of up to 6 fish less than 12” and up to 2 fish greater than or equal to 12” (shore anglers only). At the time of this notice, final approvals of conservation equivalency proposals are pending, and will be taken up by the Board at the February 4-6 ASMFC meeting. Conditional on final approval of conservation equivalency proposals, DEEP is seeking public input on whether the alternative bag limit for shore anglers should be implemented.

At this time, DEEP anticipates no changes to recreational seasons, bag limits or size limits for any species other than striped bass and bluefish in 2020. However, at this meeting, the DEEP Marine Fisheries Program will provide information on the status of important recreational species including summer flounder, black sea bass, scup, and blackfish.

Source: CTDEEP

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24 January 2020

• All About Circle Hooks


“It is important to not set the hook in the traditional sense, but rather, lift the rod while applying light pressure and then begin reeling…

“Setting the hook will only pull the hook and bait out of the fish’s mouth….”

Please visit this link to read the full article: ZIP06.com

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