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Captain Morgan

Sports • Published Feb. 14, 2019 04:10 a.m.

Something You Didn’t Know About Atlantic Right Whales

One of the intricate aspects of marine species management is controlling the bycatch or the inadvertent catching of untargeted marine life forms. A critical tool used in that effort is the Bycatch ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 07, 2019 03:58 a.m.

It’s Time to Head South

While some anglers in Long Island Sound’s fishing crew remain up north to weather the storms (so to speak), others take a breather and set a course due south. Hopefully, this means that...

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Sports • Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:34 a.m.

Join the Blue Plan Conversation

The Blue Plan is a collaborative effort between Long Island Sound stakeholders to effectively protect and manage the Sound’s resources, thereby, in part, avoiding conflicts that could...

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Sports • Published Jan. 23, 2019 04:04 a.m.

Bridging the Gap Between Fish and Fishers

The old cantilever Tappan Zee Bridge opened on Dec. 14, 1955, adding an important pathway spanning the Hudson River. For 62 years, it was heavily traveled, outliving its projected lifespan, while...

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Sports • Published Jan. 16, 2019 02:36 a.m.

Addendum XXXII Part 2: Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan

Last week, we took a look at Addendum XXXII and how it will play into recreational management of the summer flounder (fluke) stock in 2019 and beyond. That same Atlantic States Marine Fisheries...

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Sports • Published Jan. 09, 2019 12:23 a.m.

Addendum XXXII—Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan

The purpose of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum XXXII is to establish a management approach that addresses several key management objectives. This includes things...

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Sports • Published Jan. 01, 2019 11:36 p.m.

Captain Morgan’s 2018 Fishing Year in Review

A few days ago, I was asked on the radio about how I would rate the 2018 fishing season on a scale of 1 to 10. The answer that came to mind was a 7. Unfortunately, that rating could easily have...

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Sports • Published Dec. 26, 2018 02:44 p.m.

Fly Fishers Don’t Have to Wait Until Spring

Holiday wrappings have either been tossed or recycled, while newly gifted items have gotten their once-over. If you are a fisher who usually pursues finfish of the Sound, the wait to finally be...

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Sports • Published Dec. 13, 2018 03:39 p.m.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

There comes a time when every fisher is faced with hanging up his or her longtime favorite fishing reel. Sometimes this is hard to do. Other times, one might think, “Well, it’s about ...

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Sports • Published Dec. 07, 2018 11:24 p.m.

A Fish Woven into Early American History

So much history follows the evolution of the cod fishery along the eastern Atlantic that many towns and villages owe their early successes to it. In fact, Cape Cod, Massachusetts was named for the ...

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Sports • Published Nov. 29, 2018 02:36 p.m.

Sticking with Tradition This Holiday Season

With all the wonderful weather that we’ve been experiencing this season (sarcasm), you can hardly fault anyone from bailing out early. A fisher’s anticipations could not have been...

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Sports • Published Nov. 20, 2018 02:06 p.m.

For Fishers, Thanksgiving Marks the Real Change of Seasons

The bounty of fish leading up to this year’s Thanksgiving is something that fishers cannot deny. Long Island Sound has been filled with fin fish. We are experiencing some really fine...

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Sports • Published Nov. 14, 2018 11:52 p.m.

More Casts Left as The Sound’s Clock Winds Down

With one week left to go until Thanksgiving, fishers are squeezing out as much of the fishing season as they can. Now that Daylight Saving Time has passed, the clock seems to be ticking faster as...

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Sports • Published Nov. 08, 2018 06:57 p.m.

Weather Aside, Fall Striped Bass Fishing is Hot

Pick any compass heading and the wind blew from that direction. It then bounced from one quadrant to another as the day progressed, laying out obstacles to overcome. Some of these conditions...

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Sports • Published Nov. 01, 2018 02:48 p.m.

Hot Topic: The Federal EEZ Block Island Transit Zone

There has been a lot of talk and speculation about whether or not the Federal Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Block Island Transit Zone will eventually be open to recreational fishing, particularly...

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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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