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Captain Morgan

Sports • Published April 19, 2018 12:18 p.m.

‘Tails’ of Opening Day of Trout Season

True to form, the opening day weekend of trout season came in with a flood of fishers who finally saw the temperature break 65 degrees, followed by a blustery 20-degree drop. Aisles were...

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Sports • Published April 13, 2018 12:12 p.m.

Trout Season Opens on Saturday

Opening day of trout season takes place on Saturday, April 14! As if rushing around getting all the gear, bait, and licenses ready wasn’t enough, we now have to remember to add a trout and...

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Sports • Published April 05, 2018 12:18 p.m.

Breakthroughs Made at the National Recreational Fishing Summit

We are seeing an evolution in the world of fisheries management that has not been seen before. More people are fishing worldwide in a pool of fish that is dwindling. The United States and its...

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Sports • Published March 29, 2018 12:03 p.m.

If You Feel That Fishing Regulations Are Hampering You, Then Read On

Our fisheries are in a state of flux. Suddenly, we are seeing are the results of slight changes that have been occurring for decades. Older fishers are now in the position that their grandfathers...

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Sports • Published March 22, 2018 12:34 p.m.

Keeping Your Balance This Fishing Season

Green flowed, the parades took place, and then the Vernal Equinox (meaning “equal night” in Latin) occurred on March 20 at 12:15 p.m. This is the precise time when day and night are...

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Sports • Published March 15, 2018 12:24 p.m.

Tenkara: An Old, But Innovative Way to Fish

Fly fishing has increased in popularity ever since English writer Izaak Walton penned The Compleat Angler back in 1653. However, it was Dame Juliana Berners, an avid fisher and hunter, who in 1496 ...

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Sports • Published March 08, 2018 07:56 p.m.

Coastal Storms Wreak Havoc, But There is an Upside

Coastal areas all along New England have had their share of high winds and pounding surf. Although these conditions rattle shoreline residents and raise havoc with docks and moorings, they also...

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Sports • Published Feb. 28, 2018 11:42 p.m.

What Will This Season’s Striped Bass Fishing Bring?

Surveys have shown that the Chesapeake and Delaware-Maryland-Virginia region is poised to see a better-than-average fishing season this year. Recruitment and young-of-year numbers have been...

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Sports • Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:24 p.m.

Stripers in the Snow

The winter of 2018 will always be remembered as the one that could have developed, but never really had the staying power—at least not in our state. Here we are in February and we’re ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 15, 2018 02:01 p.m.

Black Sea Bass Fishers Can Anticipate Challenging Regs for 2018

February is known to rear its wintry head, and it still might. However, so far, any dash of winter that started to play out has not lived up to its reputation. When the weather turned, Long Island ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 08, 2018 01:32 p.m.

Leading-Edge Technology Results in Healthier Fish Stocks

If you are a charter or party boat captain running a vessel for hire, then Monday, March 12 is an important date to remember. A final rule was implemented by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management...

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Sports • Published Feb. 01, 2018 12:26 p.m.

Sandy Flats, Beautiful Beaches, and Plenty of Fish

As we work our way into the heart of winter, this might be a good time to take a trip to a place where the weather is warmer. Whether you like the Carolinas and their great mid-Atlantic fishery or ...

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Sports • Published Jan. 25, 2018 01:56 p.m.

Some of the Best Ice Fishing Spots are Hidden From View

Little by little, the days are getting longer. Our winter season has been playing hopscotch, transitioning from frigid temperatures to periodic thaws and back again, affecting ice fishers...

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Sports • Published Jan. 18, 2018 01:09 p.m.

When is a Perch Not a Perch?

Looking for a tasty and fun fish to catch and fill the wintry gaps in your schedule? Then white perch might be the answer. A perch is not a perch when it is a white perch (Marone americana). A...

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Sports • Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:41 p.m.

After a Long Stretch, an Ice Fishing Season is Finally Here

Ice fishers are settling into the weather pattern and have been hitting the hard water throughout the state. Even the shoreline has seen its share of holes pop up on the local lakes and ponds....

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Sports • Published Jan. 02, 2018 02:36 a.m.

Captain Morgan’s 2017 Fishing Year in Review

One more chapter closes on the book of fishing seasons. There is little doubt that the fishery in Long Island Sound and its tributaries have changed in recent years. Predictability is fading away...

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Sports • Published Dec. 20, 2017 01:57 a.m.

The Days Just Before Christmas

The year 2017 generated a lot of fish talk, and you will see why when you read our upcoming Year in Review column. Right now, though, we are just a few days away from Christmas, and many of us are ...

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Sports • Published Dec. 14, 2017 02:55 p.m.

Consider These Four Items WhenConsider These Four Items When

No sooner did the inshore waters of Long Island Sound drop below 50 degrees, the ground was covered with a fresh coating of four- to six inches of snow. As always, the scene was picturesque, and...

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Sports • Published Dec. 08, 2017 11:12 p.m.

’Tis the Season to be Clamming

How could a shell fisher ignore a moon cycle that contained a perigee tide? Of course, that’s a rhetorical question, since that would be a year’s best time to scratch the bays. Dec....

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Sports • Published Nov. 29, 2017 01:26 p.m.

Good Fishing Causes Fishers to Stall Hauling Boats

Here we are nearing the end of another successful fishing season as Long Island Sound water temperatures takes their seasonal dip. However, so far those temperatures are not as cold as they...

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Sports • Published Nov. 22, 2017 05:21 a.m.

May You Enjoy One of the Best Thanksgiving Days Ever

It’s Thanksgiving time everyone! Giving special thanks is something that will always take precedent at the table and, of course, the food will be outstanding. Somehow the turkey, stuffing,...

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Sports • Published Nov. 15, 2017 01 a.m.

A Familiar Gal Returns

Rocky entered Long Island Sound after a bit of an absence. She’s seen the numbers of her yearly class dwindle and, although food steadily became more abundant, it seemed wiser to lay back...

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Sports • Published Nov. 08, 2017 01:38 a.m.

When it Comes to Fishing Gear, Looks Can Be Deceiving

Is it too early to make plans for stowing away your fishing gear for the winter season? Some saltwater gear used this past season can most likely be stored until 2018. The heavy stuff like your...

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Sports • Published Nov. 01, 2017 12:18 a.m.

Changes Are Coming to Tautog Management

One of the results from the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission’s 76th annual meeting, in conjunction with the Tautog Management Board, is to manage blackish (tautog) regionally...

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Sports • Published Oct. 25, 2017 12:12 a.m.

’Tog Season is Now in Full Swing!

It’s been a rocky start to the blackfish (tautog) season. Yes, structure has been holding blackfish—and plenty of them—although old man weather still had a few challenges...

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