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Captain Morgan

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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Sports • Published Dec. 05, 2019 01:46 p.m.

Stretching Out the Season

Snow has been sweeping across the country, including a bomb cyclone with plummeting atmospheric pressure. Even though us southern New Englanders have been battling some angry seas, water...

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Sports • Published Nov. 28, 2019 09:28 a.m.

A Heartwarming Thanksgiving to All

Hopefully, you are all enjoying a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday. A few of you may have even had an opportunity to wet a line while escaping the hustle, bustle, and chatter that goes along with...

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Sports • Published Nov. 21, 2019 02:49 p.m.

As the Fall Fishing Season Continues...

The November weather has been predictably unpredictable. The only type of pattern that our weather is taking is an erratic one. Normally, we hop on the weather coaster in the fall and take that up-...

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Sports • Published Nov. 15, 2019 03:05 p.m.

Atlantic Menhaden Management Board Takes Action

A key point of interest at the 78th Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) was the harvesting of Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus), an important forage fish and filter feeder in ...

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Sports • Published Nov. 07, 2019 02:25 p.m.

Striped Bass Board Takes Action at ASMFC Meeting

Members of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently gathered at their 78th annual meeting in New Castle, New Hampshire, where various management boards hashed out...

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Sports • Published Nov. 01, 2019 02:55 p.m.

Experience Near-Shore Fishing at its Best

Now is the time to slip into your small vessel and quietly work the shoreline for striped bass. While fishers are converging on the reefs and walls to crab for ‘togs, these strips of...

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Sports • Published Oct. 24, 2019 03:38 p.m.

Winners of the 31st Annual Veterans Memorial ‘Tog Tourney Announced

As the fall season launched, battling the weather proved more challenging than jousting with the tough-skinned blackfish (tautog). Not only were double-digits hard to come by, but the road to them ...

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Sports • Published Oct. 17, 2019 04:22 p.m.

Favorable Weather Broke for the ‘Toggers

The 31st annual Veterans Memorial ‘Tog Tourney opened under weathered skies and unsettled seas as ‘tog pullers bit the bullet in search of the elusive white chin. Once the fall...

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Sports • Published Oct. 10, 2019 03:33 p.m.

31st Annual Veterans Memorial Blackfish Tourney Starts Saturday

Let the fun begin! To some, the water may seem a bit warm. For other ‘tog pullers, they know better. The way our weather has been bouncing all over the charts, water temperatures have been...

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Sports • Published Oct. 04, 2019 02 p.m.

Blackfish Season Opens on Thursday, Oct. 10

The bottom fishery of Long Island Sound has really taken off during the past few years. Fishers totally enjoy the pleasure of searching out, catching, and eating the many varieties, let alone the...

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Sports • Published Sep. 26, 2019 02:33 p.m.

We Are Entering Peak Striper Season

Summer slipped away almost unnoticed until fall rudely knocked on the door as air temperatures dipped into the low 40s. Then, warm weather briefly returned and weekenders were blessed with 80-...

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Sports • Published Sep. 19, 2019 12:40 p.m.

Speedsters and Bass Are Turning On

Tying on a piece of metal that weighed anywhere from three-eights to three-quarters of an ounce on to a 10-pound test line was common practice when fishing for Atlantic bonito or false albacore...

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Sports • Published Sep. 12, 2019 12:05 p.m.

Cooler Temps Turn On the Fall Bite

When key parts come together to form a perfect storm, a fall bite is typically energized. Monday, Sept. 23 marks the beginning of the astronomical fall season, which is when the September equinox...

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Sports • Published Sep. 04, 2019 01:09 p.m.

It’s Time for Reel Fishers to Hit the Suds

Last year at this time, we were in the throes of a 90-degree heat wave. Puffer fish were being caught, there was good bass fishing, and our attention was on historic Hurricane Florence that...

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Sports • Published Aug. 29, 2019 12:23 p.m.

Bluefish Spark a Momentary Fishing Spree

Labor Day weekend seemed to sneak up on us quicker than usual. You can chalk that up to the late spring start. For most fishers and boaters, though, this has not dampened anyone’s spirits...

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Sports • Published Aug. 22, 2019 11:39 a.m.

When Fishing is in Your Blood

Some people were made to fish. Others were made to catch them. And some just live for the love of fishing. Anyone with experience on the water and who is skilled with hook and line can spot a...

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Sports • Published Aug. 15, 2019 03:04 p.m.

It’s a Snappy Blue Crab Season

Calling all crabbers! The 2019 season is hot as the blue crab bite continues to draw crowds. From large jimmies down to the sooks and softies, the tidal rivers and estuaries are teeming with crabs....

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Sports • Published Aug. 09, 2019 11:57 a.m.

Oyster Toadfish Make Sea Robins Look Like Cinderella

For all of you who think a sea robin is freakish, then you have not met up with a snappy-jawed, completely grotesque oyster toadfish (Opsanus tau). Its large flat head has a mouth full of strong...

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Sports • Published Aug. 01, 2019 05:02 p.m.

Shark Week Followed by Good August Fishing

Sunrise is gaining about a minute a day, while sunset is losing the same at the other end. It is obvious that the days are getting shorter as the fishing is gaining momentum. Except for a few...

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