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Sports • Published Sep 21, 2022 01 pm

Pre-Fall Bite Signals Some Great Fishing Ahead

When the next column breaks, it will be fall. Both air and water temperatures will continue their gradual drop, much as a rollercoaster climbs and descends until, eventua...
Sports • Published Sep 14, 2022 01 pm

Are You Ready to Follow the Striper Coast?

Lately, there has been a noticeable uptick of over-the-slot-limit striped bass being caught, released, and just plain broken off as they worked bottom structure to their...
Sports • Published Sep 10, 2022 01 pm

September Fishing Brings Anglers Together

Labor Day weekend celebrates the unofficial end to the summer season. For many, the last blast at a get-together before all those fall activities start to play out means ...
Sports • Published Aug 31, 2022 10 am

Fishing the Briny is Good, but Will Get Even Better

Pound for pound, a bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) pumps a fisher’s adrenaline as good as any of the best strong swimmers around. An August snapper blue will bend a trout...
Sports • Published Aug 24, 2022 07 am

A Few Popular Fishing Activities to Consider as Fall Approaches

There is a special place set aside for traditions that pass the test of time. In the world of saltwater fishing, we have family and friend get-togethers that are passed ...
Sports • Published Aug 17, 2022 12 pm

Black Sea Bass Had a Hearing Test

It is interesting to note that black sea bass were the first fish species to have their hearing tested. While scientists were looking into how underwater noise pollution...
Sports • Published Aug 10, 2022 10 am

Celebrating 50 Years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

As August water temperatures in Long Island Sound heat up and the unusual amount of forage continues to fill it, more large predators will follow. Several of those have p...
Sports • Published Jul 20, 2022 10 am

Retention Limit of Shortfin Mako is Zero

A recent release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Fisheries states that, “No shortfin mako sharks may be landed or retained in any U.S. Atlantic highly mi...
High School • Published Jul 13, 2022 12 am

The Sound and its Estuaries Are Full of Surprises

Summertime always brings a variety of migrating fish into Long Island Sound and its numerous estuarine habitats. Since the Sound is one large productive nursery for marin...
High School • Published Jul 06, 2022 12 am

Fishing Keeps Getting Better and Better

Independence Day rocked as the long Fourth of July holiday played out on the water and celebrations continued throughout this infamous BBQ weekend. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ...
High School • Published Jun 29, 2022 12 am

Striped Bass, Menhaden, and Economics

The current season has been a boon for fishers who are catching and releasing striped bass way over the slot limit. As we know, if one were to keep a striper, it would ha...
High School • Published Jun 22, 2022 12 am

When Was the Last Time You Explored an Estuary?

A June full moon always has a special place for fishers. Not only does it fall between Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer; and the Fourth of July weekend, whe...
High School • Published Jun 15, 2022 12 am

June Fishing Brings Challenges and Quality Catches

June is the month with variable temperatures, fluctuating seas, and changing weather patterns. It is also the month when migrating fish species move into the Sound with i...
High School • Published Jun 08, 2022 12 am

Aiding the Survival Rate of Stripers Caught and Released

Pre- and post-daylight hours have been the prime time to satisfy the urge to hook into a springtime striped bass. The action, to say the least, is bordering on hyperactiv...
High School • Published Jun 01, 2022 12 am

Summer Unofficially Begins and Fishing is Good

Originally called Decoration Day, it has been 154 years since Memorial Day was widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers by proc...
High School • Published May 25, 2022 12 am

Spring Fishing Keeps Getting Better and Better

May’s air and water temperatures have been so erratic it appeared that the spring fishing season would never catch up—and that is discounting the effects of stiff winds. ...
High School • Published May 18, 2022 12 am

Sound Fishing Has Fired Up—Inland, Too!

Dense, early morning fog has permeated the region due to relatively warmer air that has become saturated while being moved over colder water, especially by wind. Commonly...
High School • Published May 11, 2022 12 am

Fishing Hand Lines—Way Back Then and Now

It was not long ago during the pre-pandemic era that one of our jaunts was to an island in the Caribbean, more specifically St. Kitts, where one could go back in time to ...
High School • Published May 04, 2022 12 am

The River Colony of 1636 Still Thrives Today

It has been a constant diet of wind, rough seas, and rain mixed in with both cold and warm days throughout last month and, quite honestly, fishers (and people in general)...
High School • Published Apr 27, 2022 12 am

A Full Week of Fishing in Both the Sweet and Briny

Three key fishes were the driving forces on which anglers focused as the weekend recouped from April’s trying weather conditions. During a break from gusty winds, turbule...
High School • Published Apr 20, 2022 12 am

’Tog Jigs Make Fishing Easier and More Productive

Back in the day, a fisherman would use tarred line, a fishing pole fashioned out of bamboo, a hook, and a crab or glob of clam in to catch a blackfish (tautog). Just like...
High School • Published Apr 13, 2022 12 am

Captain Morgan’s Annual Trout Contest is On the Way

It has been 25 years since our inaugural trout contest was held at Captain Morgan’s and 17 years since it began memorializing Codi and Bubba, two of our local boys who fo...
High School • Published Apr 06, 2022 12 am

Posted: No Trespassing or Fishing

Lately, this angler has been seeing more riverbank and lakeside anglers toting trash bags alongside their nets and gear. This isn’t something new, but rather, a trend tha...
High School • Published Mar 30, 2022 12 am

Striped Bass Draft Amendment 7 Public Hearing Held

Status of the striped bass stock has changed considerably as indicated by the 2018 benchmark stock assessment, which projected an overfished and overfishing condition. Im...
High School • Published Mar 23, 2022 12 am

Opening Day of Trout Season? Not So Fast!

Right about now, anticipation would have been building for the upcoming Opening Day of trout season. For years, it had been celebrated on the third Saturday of April. For...
High School • Published Mar 16, 2022 12 am

Fuel Prices Hurt Wallets, but Not Necessarily Fishing

As fuel prices continue to rise, breaking all previous records including the rate of climb and all-time highs, fishers are relating the cost of a fill-up with their walle...
High School • Published Mar 08, 2022 11 pm

Make Your Voice Heard About Trout Opening Day

If you fish the sweet water for trout and have an opinion or strong feeling about Connecticut’s age-old tradition of Opening Day one way or another, then you should regis...
High School • Published Mar 01, 2022 11 pm

It’s Only March, but That’s Reason Enough to Fish

One minute, it looks, feels, and smells like spring. The next minute, bring out the shovels and fire up the snowblower, after which some hot chowder next to the fireplace...
High School • Published Feb 23, 2022 11 pm

Sizing Up the Ever-Popular Yellow Perch

To date, the International Game Fish Association all-tackle world record yellow perch stands at 4 pounds, 3 ounces, caught in 1865 in Bordentown, New Jersey by Dr. C. Abb...
High School • Published Feb 16, 2022 11 pm

New Regs for Black Sea Bass Coming in 2022

Talk of the Sound during last year’s fishing season was that of black sea bass with respect to how they have settled in, their abundance, clockwork catches, and food valu...
High School • Published Feb 09, 2022 11 pm

The Clock is Ticking Down to All Lines In

Somewhere between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we find ourselves in the middle of winter. Will this winter’s on-and-off pattern persist or will the season’...
High School • Published Feb 02, 2022 11 pm

Management Plan to Rebuild Bluefish Stocks

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) approves and implements measures included in Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). It revises g...
High School • Published Jan 26, 2022 11 pm

Ice Fishing—Then and Now

Ice fishing or, fishing the hard water, as some refer to it, was initially born as a survival method that dates back more than 2,000 years to our indigenous peoples of No...
High School • Published Jan 19, 2022 11 pm

In Search of Adventure

As fishers shrug off 2021 and focus on what the 2022 fishing season may bring, they begin to take a careful look at their gear and take an interest in new items making in...
High School • Published Jan 12, 2022 11 pm

A Setback for Northern Striped Bass Stock

As the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Striped Bass Advisory Panel contemplated new component parts to Draft Amendment 7, unusual events affecting the overa...
High School • Published Jan 05, 2022 11 pm

2021 Fishing Year in Review

Needless to say, 2021 was a year to behold! “Shortages” was the one topic of conversation that kept cropping up time and time again throughout the entire year. Prompted b...
High School • Published Dec 22, 2021 11 pm

A Fisher Always Needs a Good Knife

It doesn’t matter whether an angler fishes in the sweet or briny waters—the knife used absolutely does make a difference. The choice and quality of its blade greatly affe...
High School • Published Dec 15, 2021 11 pm

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Christmas Eve is a fasting day and the overwhelming display of fish is meant to symbolize the observance of refraining from meat until Christmas Day’s festive meal. In ce...
High School • Published Dec 08, 2021 11 pm

A Fisher’s Thoughts for the Holidays

There were two days just prior to and immediately following the weekend where sun poked through and gave highs of 57- and 62-degree days. Granted, there may have been som...
High School • Published Dec 01, 2021 11 pm

From Fishing to Stocking Stuffers and a Wish List

December has arrived, which means that most fishers have made their seasonal adjustments. Some are still taking advantage of the rather mild weather and dealing with the ...
High School • Published Nov 24, 2021 11 pm

Fishers Warm Up with a Cup of Joe

To many fishers, one of the prerequisites of being on the water in November is having a hot cup of Joe just an arm’s length away. There are plenty of theories as to why J...
High School • Published Nov 17, 2021 11 pm

A Special Designation is on the Horizon

We have been encountering more fishers of marine and inland species who have said, “Looks like this will be the last trip of the year.” However, most of those folks have ...
High School • Published Nov 10, 2021 11 pm

Fishers’ Body Clocks Adjust to the Time Change

Good-weather days that are considered bonus ones for this time of year have been well used. From folks who have been overworked to those whose free time is limited, these...
High School • Published Nov 04, 2021 12 am

’Tog Stocks Improving Say Recent Assessments

At the recent fall virtual meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Tautog Management Board, the 2021 Regional Stock Assessment Update showed improvemen...
High School • Published Oct 28, 2021 12 am

Striped Bass Amendment 7 Scrutinized

From commissions, councils, and management boards to individual fishery managers who represent the Atlantic states, they all agree that the Atlantic coastal striped bass ...
High School • Published Oct 21, 2021 12 am

Fall Fishing Hits Prime Time

With a lot more fishing left to the 2021 season, anglers are doing their best to stretch it out as long as they can. When thoughts of a rushed holiday season materialize ...
High School • Published Oct 14, 2021 12 am

’Toggers Hit Long Island Sound for Food and Fun

Blackfish (tautog) are overfished, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—an assessment that serves as the root cause of tightened regulations. ...
High School • Published Oct 07, 2021 12 am

How Does a Rod and Reel Fisher Measure Up?

Is the measurement of a fisher based upon his or her ability to regularly catch fish, to score big ones, or to successfully challenge multiple species irrespective of siz...
High School • Published Sep 30, 2021 12 am

Slow-Moving Reptile Enjoys the Sound’s Warm Water

Making for a memorable diving experience and graceful to watch, sea turtles are one of our most treasured summer visitors found in Long Island Sound. Like fish, sea turtl...
High School • Published Sep 23, 2021 12 am

Stretching Out This Year’s Fishing Season

There are many reasons why fishers are doing their level best to stretch out this year’s fishing season. It could be that the experiences of last year are still so fresh ...