Look to Long Island Sound for a Great Fishing Experience

March 13, 2009 at 3:08 am Leave a comment

With one of the foremost fisheries anywhere, Long Island Sound and its tributaries have always and, hopefully, will continue to provide a bounty of fish. Formed during the ice age, it’s a natural habitat and a place for fish to feed, nourish, grow and reproduce. From here, freshly caught seafood can dress any table and provide important daily supplements to one’s diet.

    Rich in protein and omega-3, while low in calories and cholesterol, fish and fish oils can readily be obtained at the end of a hook. Proper preparation is essential, considering fillets of some large fish may contain contaminants. Check any health bulletins issued by the Connecticut Department of Health for tips and warnings. The added benefit, though, is an outdoor activity that provides exercise, recreation, and polishing of a skill that’s almost as old as man himself. Catching fish from boat or shore can easily be accomplished with the basics and minimal gear.

    The old saying, ‘hook, line, and sinker,’ is fairly on target. Those are the basics except for bait, of course. That can come in a variety of forms including live, frozen, artificial lures, flies, etc. Drop lines are not out of the question although most anglers prefer some sort of rod/reel combination. That might be the case here but during many trips to the Tropics, tin cans, coke bottles, multiple dropper-looped main lines, and snubbers did the trick. When necessary, islanders can be very inventive, efficient, and productive at the same time.

    But this isn’t about ‘how to,’ it’s a short message in hopes of awakening folks who enjoy the water and need a little coaxing in order to glean from it. Those already familiar with Long Island Sound need no prompting. Those who aren’t should make it a point to fish it. As an aside, shell fishing (clamming and crabbing) fall into that category, as well. In short, fishing can be a very affordable recreational activity for the entire family, provide food for the table, and reacquaint one with the outdoors while minimizing the cost of travel.

    Whether a meal consists of striped bass, fluke, black seabass, porgy, tautog, or the maligned bluefish cooked to perfection and adorned with clams, mussels, and pasta, a meal of fresh Long Island Sound seafood is hard to beat! The fact that you caught it from your own local waters is a bonus! Let your palate enjoy.
 

On the Water

    A blast of white from Mother Nature’s both barrels unloaded mounds of snow, but as expected, it didn’t last. Ground, rivers, and reservoirs got a well-deserved seasonal, life-bearing soaking—money in the bank so to speak—for future sustenance. There may be one or two more snowfalls this month, however, with the ground warming from increased air temperatures and Long Island Sound edging up ever so slowly (36F up from 34F), we are on our way.

    With the warmer air comes increased rain and wind, as well as more fishable days. This past week, hatchery trucks rolled and the Hammonasset River got its share of catch/release trout. From Route 80 down to Chestnut Hill, anglers hit the pools catching fish to eight pounds. The weekend was more of a spring-like April one, especially when losing an hour to daylight savings time. Even the skim of ice that earlier appeared on Lake Quonnipaug disappeared, making way for anglers to cast from shore. Here some early brown trout were caught mixed in with a pickerel or two.

    Only trophy trout lakes, TMAs, WTMAs, and sea run trout rivers remain open through opening day as well as Connecticut non-stocked waters. Anglers are taking advantage of the break in weather to converge on these fishable waters and ward off cabin fever. Overall, fishing has been good and will continue to improve during this transition period.

    Farther up river, there was short burst of perch and pike activity. Catfish and carp were also being caught while the upper tidal rivers continue to see striped bass activity. Holdover schools of these linesiders have become more active both from shore and small boats. Continuing up the Shetucket or the Naugatuck rivers, Atlantic broodstock salmon are taking deep running lures and flies. Fast flows had to be coped with but in the slow pockets and eddies, fish were feeding.

    Note: Having a hard time finding or obtaining a sportsman license? Captain Morgan’s has all 2009 fishing, hunting, trapping licenses/permits (rifle, shotgun, archery, muzzle loader, HIP, CT duck stamps, etc.) available including shellfish licenses for Guilford and Madison. Don’t wait until opening day.
  
    Whenever and wherever fishing, think Captain Morgan’s for all things fishy including the latest gear, bait, flies/flyfishing, rod/reel repair, clam/crabbing supplies, and licenses/permits. Swing by the shop (203-245-8665) open seven days located at 21 Boston Post Road, Madison. Until next time from your Connecticut shoreline’s full-service fishing outfitter where we don’t make the fisherman, we make the fisherman better…   

Tight Lines,
Captain Morgan

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