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Captain Morgan

Sports • Published July 12, 2019 11:15 a.m.

More Fly Fishers are Hitting the Sound

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...

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Sports • Published July 05, 2019 11:17 a.m.

Fishing the Land of the Free

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 ...

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Sports • Published June 27, 2019 03:17 a.m.

It’s Summertime and the Fishing is Easy

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...

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Sports • Published June 20, 2019 07:42 p.m.

Rocky Road Ahead for This Rockfish

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...

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Sports • Published June 13, 2019 07:34 p.m.

Hi-Tech Fishing is Good, But Common Sense is Often Better

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...

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Sports • Published June 07, 2019 02:18 a.m.

Long Island Sound is Alive with Fish

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...

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Sports • Published May 30, 2019 12:45 p.m.

A Second Tagged Shark Surprises Sounders

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...

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Sports • Published May 24, 2019 02:32 a.m.

Unofficially, Summer is Just One Cast Away

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...

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Sports • Published May 16, 2019 03:37 p.m.

Fishing Saltwater on the Fly

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...

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Sports • Published May 09, 2019 02:19 p.m.

Talk Resurfaces on J-Hooks vs. Circles

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...

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Sports • Published April 25, 2019 02:42 p.m.

Edging Closer to Adopting the Concept of Artificial Reefs

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...

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Sports • Published April 19, 2019 02:45 a.m.

Rain Dampened Opening Day, but Not the Spirit

Anglers from throughout the region jump-started Connecticut’s fishing season as Opening Day drew large crowds. For starters, there were more than 315,000 trout released prior to the...

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Sports • Published April 04, 2019 07:44 p.m.

Everyone Is Talking Trout

From the stocking truck, to the net, and finally the pan; Opening Day of trout season brings it all together. Unless, of course, you are an advocate of catch and release, then it is just pure...

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Sports • Published March 30, 2019 11:33 p.m.

Fish and Fishers Wake Up to Spring

April is no longer creeping up. It is only four days away! Winter has lost yet another battle as its grip continues to be less impressive. In some ways, the season never actually deserved the...

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Sports • Published March 21, 2019 04:12 p.m.

Spring Fever is Everywhere

Optimism is slowly turning into reality as the calendar catches up with the weather. It is official! Spring, sometimes called the vernal equinox, knocked on our door on March 20 at 5:58 p.m., when ...

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Sports • Published March 14, 2019 02:03 p.m.

Trout Spots Worth Considering

Here we are, just a couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day or, as some would say, “St. Paddy’s Day,” as in reference to the Emerald Double D’s. After all, no...

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Sports • Published March 07, 2019 01:16 p.m.

Preseason Action Heats Up in the Trout Management Areas

One advantage of quick-passing, intermittent snowfalls is that sweet water anglers have more opportunities to wet a line. Unlike a good New England dose of ground-soaking snow, which is healthy...

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Sports • Published Feb. 28, 2019 09:05 p.m.

Meteorological Springs Begins on Friday, March 1

In the blink of an eye, here we are flipping another page of the calendar that brings us into the month of March—two weeks before St. Paddy’s Day and six weeks until opening day of...

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Sports • Published Feb. 21, 2019 11:12 a.m.

Long Island Sound Gets a Boost

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up in partnership with the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) to fund 36 grants. The grants,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 14, 2019 04:10 a.m.

Something You Didn’t Know About Atlantic Right Whales

One of the intricate aspects of marine species management is controlling the bycatch or the inadvertent catching of untargeted marine life forms. A critical tool used in that effort is the Bycatch ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 07, 2019 03:58 a.m.

It’s Time to Head South

While some anglers in Long Island Sound’s fishing crew remain up north to weather the storms (so to speak), others take a breather and set a course due south. Hopefully, this means that...

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Sports • Published Jan. 31, 2019 12:34 a.m.

Join the Blue Plan Conversation

The Blue Plan is a collaborative effort between Long Island Sound stakeholders to effectively protect and manage the Sound’s resources, thereby, in part, avoiding conflicts that could...

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Sports • Published Jan. 23, 2019 04:04 a.m.

Bridging the Gap Between Fish and Fishers

The old cantilever Tappan Zee Bridge opened on Dec. 14, 1955, adding an important pathway spanning the Hudson River. For 62 years, it was heavily traveled, outliving its projected lifespan, while...

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Sports • Published Jan. 16, 2019 02:36 a.m.

Addendum XXXII Part 2: Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan

Last week, we took a look at Addendum XXXII and how it will play into recreational management of the summer flounder (fluke) stock in 2019 and beyond. That same Atlantic States Marine Fisheries...

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Sports • Published Jan. 09, 2019 12:23 a.m.

Addendum XXXII—Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan

The purpose of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum XXXII is to establish a management approach that addresses several key management objectives. This includes things...

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