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Sports • Published Oct. 17, 2019 04:22 p.m.
The 31st annual Veterans Memorial ‘Tog Tourney opened under weathered skies and unsettled seas as ‘tog pullers bit the bullet in search of the elusive white chin. Once the fall...
Sports • Published Oct. 10, 2019 03:33 p.m.
Let the fun begin! To some, the water may seem a bit warm. For other ‘tog pullers, they know better. The way our weather has been bouncing all over the charts, water temperatures have been...
Sports • Published Oct. 04, 2019 02 p.m.
The bottom fishery of Long Island Sound has really taken off during the past few years. Fishers totally enjoy the pleasure of searching out, catching, and eating the many varieties, let alone the...
Sports • Published Sep. 26, 2019 02:33 p.m.
Summer slipped away almost unnoticed until fall rudely knocked on the door as air temperatures dipped into the low 40s. Then, warm weather briefly returned and weekenders were blessed with 80-...
Sports • Published Sep. 19, 2019 12:40 p.m.
Tying on a piece of metal that weighed anywhere from three-eights to three-quarters of an ounce on to a 10-pound test line was common practice when fishing for Atlantic bonito or false albacore...
Sports • Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:05 p.m.
When key parts come together to form a perfect storm, a fall bite is typically energized. Monday, Sept. 23 marks the beginning of the astronomical fall season, which is when the September equinox...
Sports • Published Sep. 04, 2019 01:09 p.m.
Last year at this time, we were in the throes of a 90-degree heat wave. Puffer fish were being caught, there was good bass fishing, and our attention was on historic Hurricane Florence that...
Sports • Published Aug. 29, 2019 12:23 p.m.
Labor Day weekend seemed to sneak up on us quicker than usual. You can chalk that up to the late spring start. For most fishers and boaters, though, this has not dampened anyone’s spirits...
Sports • Published Aug. 22, 2019 11:39 a.m.
Some people were made to fish. Others were made to catch them. And some just live for the love of fishing. Anyone with experience on the water and who is skilled with hook and line can spot a...
Sports • Published Aug. 15, 2019 03:04 p.m.
Calling all crabbers! The 2019 season is hot as the blue crab bite continues to draw crowds. From large jimmies down to the sooks and softies, the tidal rivers and estuaries are teeming with crabs....
Sports • Published Aug. 09, 2019 11:57 a.m.
For all of you who think a sea robin is freakish, then you have not met up with a snappy-jawed, completely grotesque oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau). Its large flat head has a mouth full of strong...
Sports • Published Aug. 01, 2019 05:02 p.m.
Sunrise is gaining about a minute a day, while sunset is losing the same at the other end. It is obvious that the days are getting shorter as the fishing is gaining momentum. Except for a few...
Sports • Published July 26, 2019 12:32 p.m.
Surviving a heat wave requires water and lots of it. The hotter it gets, the more liquids your body loses and the more fluid it needs to replenish. Taking a dunk in Long Island Sound—a...
Sports • Published July 18, 2019 10:32 a.m.
Whether you are a first-time fisher, a well-experienced salt, or somewhere in between, Long Island Sound offers an outstanding recreational fishery. Its estuaries are great spawning grounds for...
Sports • Published July 12, 2019 11:15 a.m.
Ask anyone who casts a fly on the saltwater flats or in our tidal rivers and you will be told that this has been an outstanding year. The numbers of small- to intermediate-sized striped bass have...
Sports • Published July 05, 2019 11:17 a.m.
Fourth of July is a great time to be independent and on the water. Long Island Sound is full of fish just waiting to be caught. Celebrations are in full swing, ramping up the adrenaline, while the ...
Sports • Published June 27, 2019 03:17 a.m.
It is actually summer, however, it just does not feel like we are heading into July. Both air and water temperatures are struggling to get to where they belong—if there actually is such a...
Sports • Published June 20, 2019 07:42 p.m.
Is the striped bass population really in peril? If left alone to survive under the existing conditions, Marone saxatilis would have a dismal future. So, according to the data, the short answer is...
Sports • Published June 13, 2019 07:34 p.m.
To experience the value of Long Island Sound, you must live in close proximity to it—close enough to experience its fresh scent, daily tidal changes, and seasonal impact, as well as the...
Sports • Published June 07, 2019 02:18 a.m.
Fishing Long Island Sound has been invigorating as of late. Waters within the estuaries are energized, creating an inviting habitat for migrating fish. New migrations of striped bass have burst...
Sports • Published May 30, 2019 12:45 p.m.
It is fitting that a great white shark would visit a quaint piece of Long Island Sound along The Gold Coast right around the big Memorial Day weekend. Sound familiar? Well, Cabot, named after the...
Sports • Published May 24, 2019 02:32 a.m.
In a flash, the unofficial first day of summer is upon us and Memorial Day celebrations are underway. It is a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the...
Sports • Published May 16, 2019 03:37 p.m.
Even if you haven’t traveled the adventurous avenue of fly fishing, if you sport fish, this is one item that should be definitely included on your summer calendar. Through the efforts of...
Sports • Published May 09, 2019 02:19 p.m.
Associates and friends of mine from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii have been not only been advocating the use of circle hooks, but barbless ones at that. It took a...
Sports • Published April 25, 2019 02:42 p.m.
Through the years, we have advocated for the development and use of an artificial reef program for Long Island Sound. Similar programs along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico have been...