Sunday, November 29, 2020

Captain Morgan

Sports • Published June 04, 2020 03:40 p.m.

Turn a Fishing Challenge Into a Goal

During these times, when challenges seemingly crop up at every turn, one thing remains comforting. It’s our familiar friend that all Connecticut residents know and love: Long Island Sound....

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Sports • Published May 29, 2020 01:43 p.m.

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

“Bird nest” has a dual meaning when springtime rolls around. To the ornithologist, it is the nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches young. Occasionally, little chirps give away...

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Sports • Published May 23, 2020 12:41 p.m.

Fishers Gear Up as Memorial Day Approaches

It was one of those outstanding weather weekends where fishers broke out of their homes. The shoreline waters drew folks looking to catch not only the salty air, but also a few fish. For those who ...

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Sports • Published May 14, 2020 01:53 p.m.

Choosing the Right Setup for the Right Conditions

Probably the most asked question from casual or semi-active recreational fishers is, “What’s working?” Those experienced regulars already know, but are more interested in the...

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Sports • Published May 07, 2020 04:23 p.m.

It’s the Fishing Season to Lend a Helping Hand

It wasn’t too long ago when fishing secrets were earned. Prized fishing holes were discussed in code. Heck, even when contest fishing on one of the offshore islands, striped bass were...

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Sports • Published April 30, 2020 05:16 p.m.

Fishers Are Survivors

Fishing is turning out to be an important part of helping local people get through COVID-19. Quite honestly, that’s the primary reason the shop remains open. Fishing is helping a lot of...

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Sports • Published April 23, 2020 02:28 p.m.

The Fish That Fed America’s Founders

It was 1776 and American shad (Alosa sapidissima) were originally cooked by smoking them on wood planks situated near an open flame. If the scent of fish didn’t get your attention,...

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Sports • Published April 16, 2020 04:04 p.m.

People Are Turning to Fishing for Relief

Medical professionals, first responders, and the people on the front lines battling COVID-19 deserve the highest recognition for their unselfish dedication to their task at hand. The personal risk ...

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Sports • Published April 09, 2020 02:40 p.m.

Changing Times on the Water

April 4 would have been the traditional Opening Day of trout season, when crowds of anglers typically hit Connecticut’s inland waters. They would have scoured the aisles of the bait and...

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Sports • Published April 02, 2020 02:22 p.m.

Anglers Respond to Early Fishing Season

In an attempt to reduce large crowds and limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order 7L on March 24. With a stroke of his pen, Lamont ordered the opening of many lakes,...

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Sports • Published March 26, 2020 03:34 p.m.

Fishing From a Distance

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is winding its way into everyone’s conversations and monopolizing the discussion. While COVID-19 should clearly be taken seriously, we remain hopeful...

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Sports • Published March 20, 2020 03:38 p.m.

A New Season is Upon Us

Spring will be officially here at 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 as those who celebrate the vernal equinox welcome the change of seasons. Life is about to be in full bloom, while below the...

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Sports • Published March 12, 2020 03:56 p.m.

Stop Dreaming and Start Fishing

We all yearn for that trip of a lifetime or the one favorite that we return to as often as possible. Some are distant and require flight time, while others are just a long drive. When there, we...

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Sports • Published March 06, 2020 04:21 p.m.

March Comes in Like a Lamb

A new fishing season is upon us as meteorological spring came in on March 1 and will be followed by astrological spring (the vernal equinox) on Thursday, March 19. From the reefs of Florida to the ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 27, 2020 12:58 p.m.

How is Fishing the Sound Shaping Up for 2020?

From all indications, 2020 will be another strong year for the black sea bass fishery and a reasonably good year for the porgy (scup) fishery. Although black sea bass can technically absorb an...

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Sports • Published Feb. 20, 2020 01:54 p.m.

ASMFC Says No to Conservation Equivalency for Bass and Blues

A scheduled meeting of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to gain input on proposed conservation equivalency (CE) jointly proposed by Connecticut, Rhode Island,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 15, 2020 01:30 a.m.

Head to Head, Striped Bass Are the Losers

Conservation equivalency (CE) is a term used in fisheries management defined as “actions taken by a state which differ from the specific requirements of the Fisheries Management Program,...

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Sports • Published Feb. 06, 2020 01:23 p.m.

Fifty Years Ago

It was January and a voice on the other end of the phone said, “Hey, Cap, how would you like to head down south this weekend?” I responded by asking, “Great! Where?”...

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Sports • Published Jan. 30, 2020 04:18 p.m.

Is Winter Making Way for an Early Spring?

The Lunar New Year, which is the beginning of a calendar year whose months coincide with the cycles of the moon, passed one day after our recent new moon. During the new moon, the sky is at its...

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Sports • Published Jan. 23, 2020 02:39 p.m.

Circle Hooks Take Center Stage

We have come a long way from the Neolithic Era of 9,000 B.C., when fish hooks were made of bone, wood, flint, or the like. Fast forward to London where, in 1496, Dame Julianna Berners penned The...

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Sports • Published Jan. 16, 2020 04:26 p.m.

In Spite of it All, Connecticut Fishing Has a Lot to Offer

One magnificent thing about historic Connecticut is the variety of adventures that can be experienced throughout this relatively small state. The Connecticut River means “long tidal...

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Sports • Published Jan. 09, 2020 12:52 p.m.

A New Decade Begins

Fishers are attracted to many species indigenous to Long Island Sound and those appearing seasonally. Some, like black sea bass, are pursued for their food quality, while others, such as striped...

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Sports • Published Jan. 02, 2020 02:51 p.m.

2019 Fishing Year in Review

The throes of winter were felt in early January, when we finally had enough moderate ice develop for some ice fishing. Conditions along the shoreline varied, causing serious hard-water hole...

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Sports • Published Dec. 19, 2019 02:25 p.m.

Then One Foggy Christmas Eve...

Will Santa fulfill your fishing wishes? It seems as though he was exceptionally busy this year as more elves had to be rounded up and trained to work the busy assembly lines. Even those had to be...

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Sports • Published Dec. 12, 2019 01:43 p.m.

Straight from the Rake

Who can resist a plate of absolutely fresh bivalves plucked from the cool waters of Long Island Sound? If you live by the shoreline within close proximity to recreational shellfish beds, then the...

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