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Sports • Published July 13, 2022 08:16 a.m.

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 marine life, it serves as a...

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Sports • Published July 06, 2022 05:21 p.m.

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, and fireworks mobilized...

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Sports • Published June 29, 2022 10:39 a.m.

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 have to measure between 28-...

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Sports • Published June 22, 2022 12:46 p.m.

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, when summer really takes...

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Sports • Published June 15, 2022 10:28 a.m.

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 increased gusto. We see a...

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Sports • Published June 08, 2022 10:58 a.m.

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 hyperactive as schoolies have been...

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Sports • Published June 01, 2022 10:39 a.m.

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 proclamation of General John A....

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Sports • Published May 25, 2022 12:09 p.m.

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. However, the ...

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Sports • Published May 18, 2022 08:21 a.m.

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 referred to as...

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Sports • Published May 11, 2022 09:28 a.m.

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 sugar cane mills and...

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Sports • Published May 04, 2022 10:52 a.m.

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) are getting tired of it....

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Sports • Published April 27, 2022 10:14 a.m.

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, turbulent seas, and...

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Sports • Published April 20, 2022 09:37 a.m.

‘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 today, a little patience, ...

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Sports • Published April 13, 2022 10:09 a.m.

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 forever fished and...

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Sports • Published April 06, 2022 08:29 a.m.

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 that has noticeably...

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Sports • Published March 30, 2022 10:13 a.m.

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. Important portions of the...

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Sports • Published March 23, 2022 10:44 a.m.

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 the past couple of years, ...

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Sports • Published March 16, 2022 11:36 a.m.

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 wallets. They’re taking...

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Sports • Published March 09, 2022 10:34 a.m.

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 register your opinion on ...

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Sports • Published March 02, 2022 01:40 p.m.

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 is the reward....

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Sports • Published Feb. 24, 2022 10:59 a.m.

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. Abbott. Currently,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 17, 2022 11:37 a.m.

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 value. Whether dockside,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 10, 2022 11:56 a.m.

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’s weather...

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Sports • Published Feb. 03, 2022 12:53 p.m.

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 goals and objectives,...

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Sports • Published Jan. 27, 2022 12:03 p.m.

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 North America, specifically...

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