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Captain Morgan

Sports • Published Oct. 19, 2018 03:05 p.m.

Despite Tempestuous Weather ’Togs Were Still Tugging

The first frost of the season was felt in the state as the Chicago cold front made its way east. It was the north wind that dominated the weekend shoreline, causing the Sound to churn angrily from ...

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Sports • Published Oct. 12, 2018 03:10 p.m.

A Bounty of Bait Awaits Both Fish and Fishers

In a prelude to blackfish (tautog) season and, under a backdrop of bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales, all indications are that the fall should be a good one, despite a warm-water startup....

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Sports • Published Oct. 04, 2018 12:28 p.m.

Blackfish Season Opens on Wednesday, Oct. 10

The way our seasons have been stretching out lately, fish have been hanging around longer. Nevertheless, October is not only known for The Run, but also hails all ‘tog pullers to prepare...

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Sports • Published Sep. 27, 2018 02:45 p.m.

Fall is Here and the Push is On

There is a lot of pent-up energy that fishers have bottled up as a result of the quirkiness of this season. Although fishing has been good overall, it’s been on-again, off-again due to sets ...

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Sports • Published Sep. 20, 2018 03:56 p.m.

The U.S. Modern Fish Act

For as long as recreational fishers fished and regulations were in place, there were always moans concerning the restraints on the catch. After all, the primary purpose of protecting our fisheries ...

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Sports • Published Sep. 13, 2018 12:25 p.m.

The Table is Served and the Waiting Game Begins

There is bait piling up in Long Island Sound and we all know what that means. From schools of peanut and adult menhaden to overgrown shiners, fish are taking notice. At times, sluiceways and bays...

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Sports • Published Sep. 06, 2018 11:03 a.m.

Entering Part Four of the Fishing Season

Labor Day has passed and, just like Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer, this most recent holiday weekend symbolized the unofficial end of summer and back to school...

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Sports • Published Aug. 30, 2018 12:25 p.m.

Where Are the Adult Bluefish?

Pomatomus saltatrix (bluefish) is generally considered a fast growing fish. But is it a fast enough grower to keep up with the harvest of them, whether controlled or otherwise? A two year-old, 13-...

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Sports • Published Aug. 23, 2018 03:46 p.m.

Have You Considered Ligthening Up Your Gear Lately?

Lately, fishers are turning to lighter gear and more challenging ways to catch fish that would typically be a non-issue with heavier equipment. Buried somewhere in every fisher’s DNA is the ...

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Sports • Published Aug. 17, 2018 03:38 p.m.

Let the Tide Lead the Way

Lately, the Big Pond has been acting more like the small inland ones. The heat spell has taken its toll on the overall fishing scene, although relief finally came to both the fish and fishers. Air ...

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Sports • Published Aug. 09, 2018 01:43 p.m.

Preparing for Pomatomus saltatrix

Most fish won’t be far from their food. Some will lie in wait for it to drift by, while others will snag it from a point of surprise. And others will chase it down with an unrivaled...

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Sports • Published Aug. 02, 2018 02:25 p.m.

Clamming Will Fill More Than Your Basket

Shellfishing is a fabulous outdoor activity that everyone can enjoy. After all, where else can a fisher obtain fresher bivalves than when harvesting them by his or herself and then cracking them...

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Sports • Published July 19, 2018 01:36 p.m.

Big Bait Isn’t Always the Best Bet

Lately, it seems as though the big-bait, big-fish theory is flying by the wayside. True, large baits attract solo predators, and it only makes sense that more sustenance obtained with the same...

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Sports • Published July 12, 2018 03:14 p.m.

A Fishing Season That Will be Remembered

If there ever was a season that kept fishers on their toes, this is it. Overall, fishing has been quite good. There have been sizable fish caught and some unusual ones, too. There have also been...

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Sports • Published July 05, 2018 12:58 p.m.

Mid-Week Holiday Sparks Patriotic Celebrations

The recent Fourth of July holiday saw flags flying high, but not much in the way of tall corn stalks. Perhaps, though, it was the tall ships and their fully rigged masts that drew onlookers to the ...

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Sports • Published June 28, 2018 02:47 p.m.

Yes, Jigging Catches Fish—And Lots of Them

One of the most effective ways to fish for gamefish in Long Island Sound is jigging. In short, it is the act of taking a heavy lure with a single or treble hook attached (often by a swivel) and...

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Sports • Published June 21, 2018 04:58 p.m.

Weather Broke and Fishing Soared

It was a Father’s Day weekend where we finally saw a solid stretch of seasonably good weather. Bluebird skies stretched across horizons, seas were calm, and Long Island Sound was still...

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Sports • Published June 14, 2018 02:31 p.m.

Fishing Results Will Suffer if Water Temperature is Ignored

One thing to remember about fishing the waters of Long Island Sound is that water temperature is a key driving force that moves fisheries. It is responsible for the movement of the tiniest...

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Sports • Published June 07, 2018 07:06 p.m.

Long Island Sound Fishing is Ramping Up

One thing I noticed on the way out of the harbor is how few vessels are trolling the waters in the midst of a developing fishing season. Early morning fog, often dense, has greeted most as they...

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Sports • Published June 03, 2018 10:35 p.m.

A Snapshot of the Status of Fish Stocks

It seems that our fishing regulations are changing more frequently now than in the past. Science and technology have improved. The methods of assessing stocks, establishing annual catch limits,...

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Sports • Published May 23, 2018 01:46 a.m.

Gathering This Weekend to Fish and Remember

Memorial Day weekend is here and the rush is on to get everything in shipshape condition. Residents are returning from their winter-over places like Florida to swap catching warm-water fish for...

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Sports • Published May 17, 2018 12:30 a.m.

Avoid Missing Out on Unexpected Opportunities

It was early evening when the fisheries meeting ended. A bit of chatting went on afterwards, before we gathered files and parted ways. Backing up to the wetlands and then turning toward the shop...

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Sports • Published May 10, 2018 10:46 a.m.

Outlook for the 2018 Black Sea Bass Season

The detailed and science-based appeal presented by Dr. David Pierce to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission/Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board (ASMFC/ISFMP) on the...

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Sports • Published May 03, 2018 02:34 p.m.

Striped Bass Bite is On and the Action is Hot

Those light gear enthusiasts who mix richly with the marine environment are experiencing an explosion of recent outstanding striped bass fishing. Sure, trout has stolen the limelight these past...

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Sports • Published April 26, 2018 12:57 p.m.

Migrating Fish Encounter Twists, Turns, and Obstacles

There seems to be a growing interest in preserving planet Earth. Events such as World Fish Migration Day, which is meant to create awareness of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish; as ...

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