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Captain Morgan

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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Sports • Published Oct. 19, 2017 03:58 p.m.

Good ‘Tog Bite Overshadows Warm Water

The anticipation is over. Blackfish (tautog) season has opened for the fall. Even though ‘togs were caught from shore during the warmer summer months, there was a question as to whether or...

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Sports • Published Oct. 12, 2017 01:56 p.m.

Blackfish Season is Now Open!

We’re well into another fall season and it’s time for the 29th annual Eddie Beauvais Blackfish Tournament. It all started with vets raising money to fund blankets for our troops. Now,...

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Sports • Published Oct. 04, 2017 01:19 p.m.

A Fish That Lives Up to its Reputation

Euthynnus alletteratus, false albacore, little tunny, or whatever else these speedsters are called, they command immediate attention whenever mentioned. The most common member of the tuna family,...

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Sports • Published Oct. 03, 2017 03:18 p.m.

This Fall is Offering Great Fishing, But...

Storms have a tendency to throw fishers off. They wonder if their planned trip will go on, if their vessel will need tending to, and, above all, if the fish will scatter or alter course. We are...

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Sports • Published Sep. 21, 2017 04:06 p.m.

Are You Overlooking Hot Fishing Spots?

Even though Connecticut’s scenic shore is dotted with luxurious homes, inviting restaurants, and special hideaways, it also features a craggy coastline. It may not have the sheer rock...

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Sports • Published Sep. 13, 2017 12:30 p.m.

Fishing Up a Storm

It’s been one heck of a week along the Atlantic coast with one weather event being unleashed after another. The domino effect, regardless of how slight, does have an impact on the fisheries ...

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Sports • Published Sep. 06, 2017 01:03 p.m.

Some of the Best Fishing Lies Just Ahead

September is here! Most schools are back in session and a change in the air is upon us. To fishers, it is the beginning of the pre-fall bite, a time when air temperatures begin their slow downward ...

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Sports • Published Aug. 29, 2017 11:57 p.m.

Connecticut Squeaks by New York in This Year’s WICC Bluefish Tourney

As the weekend approached and the weather looked promising, fishers began to focus on the WICC Bluefish Tournament. Lately, only small harbor blues had been making a splash. The heavier choppers...

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Sports • Published Aug. 24, 2017 11:27 a.m.

It’s All About Bass and Blues This Weekend

Once a year, fishers gather to celebrate the end of August and the coming of Labor Day one week later. Although there is plenty of fishing ahead, those who hold the fishing rod dear and love the...

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Sports • Published Aug. 17, 2017 06:01 p.m.

Do Bluefish Make Your Adrenaline Pump? Then Get Ready!

Finally, the birds began working. Really working. Yes, we had some money-class choppers early on, but no real winners. In fact, most of those were caught below the surface on fresh bait, chunks,...

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Sports • Published Aug. 10, 2017 01:21 p.m.

From Sharks to Stripers, a Fishery Awaits

It is peak fishing season, even though there is the occasional whiff of a waning summer in the air. Offshore, the Labrador Current meets with the Gulf Stream, energizing a feeding frenzy where...

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Sports • Published Aug. 03, 2017 01:11 p.m.

How Sharks Are Viewed is Changing

Another year means another Shark Week to rattle the underwater cages of the data searchers. As the years have gone on, we’ve seen this summer event morph from a white-knuckle thriller...

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Sports • Published July 27, 2017 02:19 p.m.

Pointers for Fishing When the Sound Warms Up

July is slipping away and, as the water in Long Island Sound warms up, fishing methods need to change. Fish, like humans, have a comfort zone that they prefer. Biologically, their system can...

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