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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...
Sports • Published Jun 05, 2023 04 pm

Are Striped Bass Putting a Hurting on Your Casting Arm?

Getting tired of catching striped bass? That is what a fisherman recently lamented who has been fishing the tidal rivers and estuaries. Mostly casting topwater and sub-su...
Sports • Published May 30, 2023 12 pm

Is a Striped Bass 28-31-Inch Slot Limit the Right Call?

As striped bass remain in the headlines, both from the numbers of fish in our tidal rivers and estuaries as well as those migrating into Long Island Sound from those wate...
Sports • Published May 22, 2023 03 pm

Kicking Off Summer With Memorial Day and Old Glory

May slipped by, and suddenly, Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is at our doorstep. The day that America honors the men and women who died while serving i...
Sports • Published May 15, 2023 01 pm

Take Your Catch Rate Up Another Notch

Is it finesse of the fisher or difference in bait and lure choices that ultimately determine catch results? If we are referring to striped bass, for example, there is lit...
Sports • Published May 09, 2023 08 am

Sudden Change in Striped Bass Slot Limit Set for July

Not that additional conservative management measures were in order or that the realization that marone saxatilis’ dropping biomass was justification for this immediate ad...
Sports • Published May 01, 2023 03 pm

From Crappie and Trout To Striped Bass

Pairing up fishing rod and gear with the species of fish sought makes all the difference in the outcome for the fish and fisher. Too heavy a setup places undue pressure o...
Sports • Published Apr 24, 2023 02 pm

Last Chance at Spring Blackfish Whitechins

April flew by and here we are going into the last weekend of springtime blackfish (tautog) season. Inshore Long Island Sound water temperatures broke 50 degrees, which is...
Sports • Published Apr 17, 2023 02 pm

Prepare for an Early Striped Bass Bite

As netloads of trout are being stocked in statewide waters, inclusive of our rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, anglers are burning up paths to get to the most recently s...
Sports • Published Apr 10, 2023 04 pm

Have You Caught A Fish Today?

The second Saturday of April marked the last cool dip in air temperature before we began to experience a warming trend that brought temperatures into the 60s and 70s. Day...
Sports • Published Apr 03, 2023 02 pm

Catch Fish Or Just Fool Around With Them?

Some say back in 1582, when France switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, April Fool’s Day was born. Folks slow on the uptake were tagged with paper fish on ...
Sports • Published Mar 27, 2023 01 pm

Traditional Trout Opening Day Now Known as Catch-and-Keep

Saturday, April 8 at 6 a.m. marks the beginning of the catch-and-keep season for trout anglers, ending the first year of an early catch-and-release period. How many of th...
Sports • Published Mar 20, 2023 03 pm

Understanding Atlantic Menhaden, AKA Mossbunker

Brevoortia tyrannus is one of the country’s largest fisheries going back to colonial times. The Narragansett called menhaden “munnawhatteaug” and used them to fertilize t...
Sports • Published Mar 13, 2023 11 am

Management of Our Marine Fisheries is at a Critical Juncture

Right in our backyard, peering out on Long Island Sound, the futures of bright young enterprising individuals are being nurtured for potentially launching careers in unde...
Sports • Published Mar 06, 2023 03 pm

The Hunt is on for Seeforellens

Several years ago right after ice-out, we used to catch good-sized brown trout (Salmo trutta) in the ten-pound range out of Lake Quonnipaug in Guilford. One morning durin...
Sports • Published Feb 27, 2023 04 pm

Black Sea Bass 2023 CT Regulations Being Formulated

On Feb. 22, the Marine Advisors Group (MAG) of CT DEEP, along with interested recreational fishers and others, joined the virtual meeting hosted by Justin Davis, Ph.D., a...
Sports • Published Feb 20, 2023 08 am

Connecticut Record-Holding Lake Worth the Trip

It sure feels like an early spring is coming. Of course as New Englanders, we are not lulled into questionable weather patterns since we are used to momentary changes tha...
Sports • Published Feb 13, 2023 10 am

Squid: Ancient, Intelligent, Resilient

First off, squid are not fish! They have been around for the last 500 million years, have the intelligence of a dog, are classified as cephalopods, and are members of the...
Sports • Published Feb 06, 2023 09 am

A Connecticut Lake for All Seasons

So you want to go fishing, but which body of water may be one of your best bets? We have seen soft water briefly turn hard and vice-versa, creating disappointment upon ar...
Sports • Published Jan 30, 2023 12 am

Fishing Connecticut’s Places of Noises

Tucked in among forests, pastures, and farmland, in close proximity to the Connecticut River, is a body of water well-known by residents of the River Valley. Historic bui...
Sports • Published Jan 25, 2023 08 am

A River Called Hammo

One of the most popular and highly regarded rivers emptying into Long Island Sound is the Hammonasset River, winding southward through a pristine estuary habitat for twen...
Sports • Published Jan 18, 2023 08 am

Fishing Wild Trout Management Areas

There is so much to be said for the family of trout and the dedicated anglers pursuing them. From the spring through the fall and throughout the winter months, these cold...
Sports • Published Jan 11, 2023 05 pm

Striped Bass Draft Addendum 1 to Amendment 7

Connecticut does not have a striped bass commercial fishery in place within its waters. The commercial harvest and sale is prohibited with re-allocation of that quota giv...
Sports • Published Dec 28, 2022 08 am

2022 Fishing Year in Review

Two of the most notable occurrences affecting the fishing community that transpired in 2022 were the elimination of the traditional Opening Day of trout season, and the h...
Sports • Published Dec 20, 2022 02 pm

Sometimes It’s Not Fish One Fishes For

After all the hustle and bustle, the long awaited day is finally here! Christmas Eve is about to be observed and Christmas Day celebrated as the holiday season officially...