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Sports • Published May 24, 2024 09 am

Honoring Memorial Day - the Unofficial Start of Summer

On May 30, and throughout this weekend, we honored and mourned United States military patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in our Armed Forces as prayer...
Sports • Published May 20, 2024 03 am

Local Marine Life Survived Millenniums of Evolution

As days turn into weeks, the never-ending flow of fishers expands, and it becomes apparent that those who put in the time catch fish. Those who do not either get lucky or...
Sports • Published May 13, 2024 01 am

Black Sea Bass Opens on Saturday, May 18

Black Sea bass (Centropristis striata) is a fishery that inhabits Atlantic coastal waters from the Gulf of Maine to the Florida Keys with minimal concentrations in Connec...
Sports • Published May 06, 2024 01 am

A Teaching Moment for Fish and Fishers

The striped bass bite continued to intensify, as shore fishers and an increase in boat activity took advantage of the range of linesiders available. Unlike today’s brick ...
Sports • Published Apr 29, 2024 03 am

Striped Bass Have Arrived and are Biting

Put all of your trusted ways of anticipating the arrival of striped bass aside. If you are still anticipating, waiting to wet a line or hear the news, you are missing a s...
Sports • Published Apr 22, 2024 02 am

Depleted River Herring, Shad Stocks Require Prompt Action

The swords are rattling for further changes in Atlantic herring regulations, since the stock is viewed by many as severely overfished. Atlantic herring has been in a rebu...
Sports • Published Apr 15, 2024 02 am

Catch and Keep is Now in Effect for Most CT Trout Waters

Coincidentally, Catch and Keep day fell on the old traditional Opening Day of trout season. Stocking has been top-rate, as multiple stockings have already taken place in ...
Sports • Published Apr 08, 2024 03 am

Recharge Your Fishing Exploitations

Have you noticed the number of anglers who have headed out or are returning from fishing adventures in what used to be far away locations? Flights are becoming more direc...
Sports • Published Apr 01, 2024 02 am

CT Spring Blackfish (Tautog) Season Opened on April 1

For a relatively small body of water, Long Island Sound sure can give up a record tog when it feels like it. We have seen togs suffer through being designated as overfish...
Sports • Published Mar 25, 2024 12 am

ASMFC Approved CT/NY 2024 Summer Flounder and Scup Regulations

Summer flounder, often referred to as chameleons of the sea because they can change coloration to blend with their bottom habitat, have been the cause of many meetings an...
Sports • Published Mar 18, 2024 02 am

Match the Hatch May Not Mean Bugs

60-degree May weather in March, and April showers, appear to have come a month early. Then raise the bar from higher daily lows to recently experiencing more of the mid-5...
Sports • Published Mar 11, 2024 12 am

An Active 2024 Fishing Season is Predicted

Optimistically, the 2024 fishing season will pick up from last year, as several of the key species finished off strong. However, people can’t forget having to first survi...
Sports • Published Mar 04, 2024 12 am

No Easy Fluke Decision on 2024 Regulations

A Marine Recreational Regulations Informational webinar meeting, primarily concerning summer flounder and scup, was held on Feb. 28. Much of what was reviewed had been di...
Sports • Published Feb 25, 2024 08 pm

Sniffed Out

Law enforcement has dogs that are used to sniff out contraband, drugs, explosives, people, and the like. But fish? You better believe it! Word is out all along the banks ...
Sports • Published Feb 19, 2024 02 am

Winter Wetlands Hold Many Hidden Surprises

Looking out over the wetlands in winter is much different than rubbing elbows with them during the summer months. Void of most color and quite drab looking in the quiet s...
Sports • Published Feb 15, 2024 12 am

A Wintertime Fish Found in Long Island Sound

Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) is one of the schooling fish species that can be fished recreationally during the cold months of December through February. During that...
Sports • Published Feb 05, 2024 12 am

Washed Up Sharks Have a Valuable Purpose

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center needs your help! Most fishers who fish Long Island Sound and surrounding waters have heard and/or seen the predation that sharks (...
Sports • Published Jan 29, 2024 12 am

NOAA Fisheries Sets Sights on Improving Stock Assessments

A hot topic brought up at almost every fishery management meeting relates to fishing regulations, stock assessments, and surveys. In particular, marine recreational ones ...
Sports • Published Jan 21, 2024 11 pm

Final 2024 Rule for Scup and Summer Flounder Regulations

NOAA Fisheries Final Rule for 2024 and Projected Specifications for the Summer Flounder and Scup Fisheries for 2025 has been released. In both cases, it calls for coast-w...
Sports • Published Jan 15, 2024 10 am

Final Rule for 2024 Black Sea Bass Regulations

Currently, there are two stocks of Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) that are managed along the Atlantic coast - New England/Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic stocks....
Sports • Published Jan 08, 2024 10 am

Rebuilding the Bluefish Fishery

Bluefish catches have gained traction in the past few years, up from the paltry numbers and sizes of recreational catches, and prior to National Oceanic and Atmospheric A...
Sports • Published Dec 29, 2023 10 am

Fishing Year in Review for 2023

Memorable, unusual and rare catches come to mind when scoping out the twelve months of 2023. Taking into account that the year was the wettest on record, and following th...
Sports • Published Dec 18, 2023 12 pm

The Net is Cast on the Right Side

According to Luke (5:7, 5-11) it is said that commercial fishing businesses were conducted on the Sea of Galilee by fishermen organized into guilds. They provided food fo...
Sports • Published Dec 13, 2023 03 pm

Christmas, a Colorful Time of Year

Continuing after enjoying hillsides clothed in unending bouquets of fall colors, we embark into the Christmas season, where leaves are replaced with bright lights and oth...
Sports • Published Dec 04, 2023 11 am

Add a Unique Gift to Your Holiday Shopping

So many notable fishing accomplishments threaded through the 2023 fishing season that if compiled into one logbook, it would be overflowing with photos, comments, and ast...
Sports • Published Nov 27, 2023 11 am

Tightening of Emergency Striped Bass Measures Reviewed

The spotlight continues to be on the status of striped bass, and how the stock assessments will shake out. Ongoing and upcoming public hearings might suggest further adju...
Sports • Published Nov 17, 2023 11 am

Fins Up This Thanksgiving for the Fish

There is a correlation between aging and being thankful. Younger kin have less to learn, experience less, and have fewer things in their impressionable minds that deserve...
Sports • Published Nov 15, 2023 10 am

The Year’s Best Clamming is Just Around the Corner

As water temperatures of the bays of Long Island Sound drop, shellfish beds cool down and begin to produce some of the best bivalves of the year. Colder water enhances th...
Sports • Published Nov 06, 2023 02 pm

Avoid a Cold Water Dunking From Spoiling Your Day

Fishers on vessels (especially aboard small ones), and those fishing from a coastline full of boulder fields that serve as creative casting platforms, can be subjected to...
Sports • Published Oct 30, 2023 02 pm

Are Your Arms and Rod Tips Getting Worn Out?

Have we gotten our fill of catching, releasing, and retaining striped bass (Marone saxatilis) yet? Apparently, we have not. The love affair for the hunt of linesiders is ...
Sports • Published Oct 23, 2023 04 pm

Fishing Does Not Get Any Better

Of course, it can always get better. But when one is into a week of non-stop hookups, runs, and large fish in skinny water, it is hard to fathom such a thought. Fall is e...
Sports • Published Oct 16, 2023 12 pm

This Fall Brings So Many Options for the Fisher

A beautiful fall day to the average person may not necessarily mean a good feeding day for fish, although it may be conceived as a great day on the water. Fall is the tim...
Sports • Published Oct 09, 2023 03 pm

Where Are All Those American Eels?

Basically, being an eel fisherman, three-waying them when out on the reefs or casting them in the suds has been a bait of choice. Striped bass love them, the pickups go w...
Sports • Published Oct 02, 2023 03 pm

Blackfish/Tautog Join the Hectic Fall Fishing Season

After a month-long break, fall blackfish (tautog) is just around the corner. Water temperatures are dropping, and with plenty of competition for food among a slew of seas...
Sports • Published Sep 25, 2023 05 pm

Bluefish, Bluefish, and More Bluefish

Repetitive as it sounds, striped bass have been the talk all over southern New England this season. Big or small, they bit on live forage, fresh frozen pieces, or great o...
Sports • Published Sep 18, 2023 02 pm

Will This Be the Year for Your Best Hookup?

If you enjoy mixing it up with crowds gathering at fall festivals and county fairs, then you are in for a treat. Likewise, if you like filling up on those maple and pumpk...
Sports • Published Sep 11, 2023 12 pm

Fish Are Slowly Evolving

There are fewer fisheries biologists than there are fishers, so let us keep it simple. Fish are very similar to people in that if it is too hot, there will be no fish pop...
Sports • Published Sep 05, 2023 12 pm

A Most Unusual Sleigh Ride

Since we have gotten a lot of response to sharks in the Sound, including questions and comments, there have been some very interesting and up close and personal ones — no...
Sports • Published Aug 28, 2023 12 pm

Bluefish Take Over Center Stage

True, it has been sharks biting striped bass in half that has captured the imagination of fishers in recent weeks. However, the bluefish bite has been intensifying, and c...
Sports • Published Aug 21, 2023 12 pm

Sharks Feeding on Hooked Long Island Sound Stripers

Two of Long Island Sound’s, shall we say, warm water resident sharks are generally docile, avoid people and are not dangerous. However, startle them or tempt them with a ...
Sports • Published Aug 17, 2023 07 am

Skishing Anyone?

What goes “bump in the night” and can startle anyone unfamiliar with the surroundings? A cat, dog, person, or old wooden creaky captain’s chair can cause someone’s heart ...
Sports • Published Aug 07, 2023 12 pm

Fish Do Feed Aggressively in Agitated Water

Here we are, waiting for the Dog Days of summer to kick in and ready to adjust our fishing accordingly. Yet some of those hot periods already appeared in July, which begs...
Sports • Published Jul 31, 2023 12 am

Looking to Diversify Your Fishing?

It has been four years since the last great white shark (Cabot) was pinged in Long Island Sound off the coast of Greenwich and seven years since the first one (Montauk) w...
Sports • Published Jul 24, 2023 01 am

Time To Learn More About Puffer Fish

Until recently, pufferfish commonly caught in Long Island Sound waters were of the northern variety, which were generally considered non-poisonous. However, a warning cam...
Sports • Published Jul 17, 2023 12 pm

Unsettled Weather Can Lead to Surprising Results

What an odd season fishers are trying to outguess! One minute, many key tidal rivers are loaded with bait, and the next, we have late-season high water levels and fast fl...
Sports • Published Jul 10, 2023 01 pm

A Place Called Magnetic Rocks

With a name like that, one would think it would be the last place to point a bow. It shows up as a dot along eastern Long Island Sound’s shore and is nondescript on most ...
Sports • Published Jul 02, 2023 10 am

Stars and Stripes Continue After the 4th

Too big to keep but big enough to fill a life-long dream seems to be an appropriate expression of the day. If you are an avid striped bass fisher and have pursued a simil...
Sports • Published Jun 26, 2023 01 pm

Do You Remember Catching Your First Fish?

It is a delicate balance protecting the young of year class of fish so that our young of year generation reaps the results of that effort. Most will agree that these past...
Sports • Published Jun 20, 2023 08 am

Popular and Still Free to Catch

First, the water temperatures in the estuaries broke into the 60s, then periods of short-lived heavy downpours followed. As a blue crab, that combination mostly forced th...
Sports • Published Jun 13, 2023 08 am

Extend National Fishing and Boating Week 2023

Extending National Fishing and Boating Week, which ran from June 3 to 11, benefits fish, fishers, and boaters who spend a good portion of the summer on and in and near th...