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Username: redneckangler
First Name: Brian
Last Name: K
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Member Since: 10/05/08 04:41 PM
Last Login: 08/26/16 05:31 PM
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City: Meriden
State: Connecticut
Zip: 06451
Country: USA
Website: http://redneckangler.blogspot.com/
Interests: Fishing, football, NASCAR, outdoor activities.
About Me: Visit me on Facebook (Redneckangler) or at www.redneckangler.com.
Favorite Fish
to Catch:
Stripers, False Albies, Tarpon, Marlin and anything else swimming and biting.
Favorite Type
of Fishing:
Light tackle salt H2O
Water Type: Saltwater
Favorite Lures: SOFT PLASTICS! Gator, Bucktails, whatever works!
Fishing Rods: G. Loomis, Daiwa, Ugly Stick, Salt Strikers, Penn
Fishing Reels: Mostly Diawa, Penn, Quantums
Fishing Techniques: Fish hard, fish often!
Favorite Fishing Spot: Cape Hatteras, NC

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Eastern LIS 7/26-27 Update

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Fisher's Island, NY
7/26/2013 - 7/27/2013

After dragging myself out of bed Friday at 2:30am only to see that they had upped the wind forecast and issued a small craft advisory, my day finally began around 4:00pm, or about twelve hours later than expected. I fished Watch Hill and the eastern half of Fisher's out of the Barn Island launch, this time armed with some eels as well as the usual light tackle arsenal, hoping to see numbers like I did last week. Inner Sugar looked promising, as I marked some decent fish holding close to the bottom. I fished it from the spindle all the way around Catumb Rocks without any luck. I watched a few other boats come and go. Despite the sun still hovering above the horizon, I drifted some eels across the areas I had marked. While I managed to snag two lobster pots, losing my rigs, I hooked no stripers. Talk about frustrating.

I ran west to East Point (Fishers), where three casts in I had a striper on. It was a schoolie, but a fish none the less. After a few more of those, the tide started to let go. I decided I drag a few tubes tight through the boulder fields. First pass, two fish on, each headed in different direction, while I was slipping boulders. I just had to let one run in the rod holder, turning into it to avoid rocks while trying to reel on the other. The first one came in quickly and was a schoolie that I popped off ASAP as I wanted to try and recover my other rig. I cranked in line and came tight on the second fish, still on. From the initial hit, I was expecting bigger, but this guy was just over the keeper limit. By this time, the sun was setting and the tide had completely crapped out. I considered waiting for the flood to pick up, but was just too tired. I ended up back at the dock trying to catch some sleep before heading out again in the early am.

I was woken as the remaining few boats came in at some point in the night, and from the conversations I could hear, the fishing wasn't as good as it had been earlier in the week. "At least we got a few," said one guy as the last two boats departed. Maybe the fish were reacting to the pressure changes, and will be back on the by the time I write this.

By 4:30am, I was dropping back in and headed out to the reefs. I had some tide left on Watch Hill, and it wasn't long before I was into some big blues. This was all blind casting, as I wasn't marking nor were there any birds to be seen. As a matter of fact, this season has been characterized by the complete lack of birds working big schools of bait on the outer reefs. Maybe it's just been my timing, but I've never out so many times and seen so few birds working.

As the tide on Watch Hill died out, I ran west to Race Point. On the way I spotted this really beautiful schooner a few miles south of the coast. I ran out to take a few pics. Race point was dead. The Helen III and a few other boats were drawing blanks. I didn't see a fish landed in 45 minutes. I'm not sure why she was there instead of with the weekend fleet at Valiant Rock, or over in Plum Gut which has been full of bluefish. The guys on that boat may as well have been jigging in a desert. Time to head back east.

The flood tide was now running at Watch Hill, and I expected those blues and birds to be up and chasing bait, but again, nothing. I fished long enough to see a few boats come and go. I took a peak east up the coast to Weekapaug and Quonochontaug, before deciding to call it an early day.

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Veteran's Day on the Salmon River, NY

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Altmar, NY
11/11/2012

Made it up for a one day trip Sunday! Weather was fantastic, which brought everyone out to take advantage of that last chance before the cold. It was ridiculous. Saw tons of walk-ins in places you rarely see many, even during the crazy salmon runs. Fished up top in Altmar with Scott and my brother.

With flows around 250cfs and about a million people, the steelies were there but really turned off. After a slow start below the schoolhouse, Doug hooked and landed his first and only fish. Doug needs to work on his fish posing, but at t 320lbs., it's hard to make a fish look big.

The fish were stacked in a tight location, with one guy on a float rig able to take advantage. We were in an ideal position to run a center pin down this seam, but it would have screwed everyone on the opposite bank. I stuck to flies and rubber eggs all day. The good thing about drifting is that nobody walks in to the side we were fishing, and we worked pretty well with the guys across from us to stay out of each other's way. Hookups were just about non-existent, so we decided to jump ahead of the other drift boats, moving well down from town.

It was literally elbow to elbow down through the trussel. There is one line for drift boats to take, and once you commit, you're in. Some guy hooked a fish between the center truss and the right bank after we'd started in. Not sure why, but he tried to submerge his rod tip and line rather than using his 11 ft. rod to elevate the side so we might have had a chance of going under. Needless to say, he lost his fish. We could still hear him a half mile down the river. Word to the wise. No point in casting once a boat is approaching that line of white water. It's not going to stop. We got ahead of the other boats to a location that is inaccesible to walk-ins, and set up shop for the rest of the afternoon. The bite was still tough, and I only had five shots, landing one. However, that was 3-4 more than anyone else in the area. Doug never hooked another fish, but he was fishing with spinning gear which really limits the volume of casts and thus the percentages of getting a hookup. I had all of my hits in about a 5 sq. ft. strike zone. Even losing those fish is a pretty awesome experience. I had a few take 50 yard runs on me in seconds before flipping a few times and giving me the f you. The only thing I've fished that is as angry as these things would be tarpon. Think of an albie run with a sailfish tendency to go airborn. It's a blast. Cant wait to get back up in a few more weeks, onnce some snow has hit the ground, and the temperature dropped to chase away the crowds.

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Searching the RI Coastline
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Westerly RI
11/4/2012

Ran up to RI Sunday to see if I could find some big stripers. Started at dawn searching the shoreline from the east end of Misquamicut to Green Hill. Had the big binos scanning close to 100sq. miles of water. Nothing. Nada. Didn't see squat. Several other surf casters making rounds with the same story. Saw the same guys a few times, which means they weren't just holding out. Only went as far as Green Hill. Maybe there were some fish further east. Who knows. Stopped back in JBs in Niantic on the way home to pick a a reel, and discussed the RI coast. General consensus was this storm has resulted in herring bypassing the shore. With another nor'easter coming in, that may be it. I'd like to get a shot at some late season surf casting, but unless the herring start coming back in some decent numbers, it's not worth the drive and gas$$$$. Parts of the coast did get walloped. No access to Watch Hill or the ocean front in Westerly. Cleanup was moving right along though. Hope they catch a break with Wednesday.
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Housie with the kids
Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 1
Views: 2752
My buddy Jeff and I took our sons up to fish smallmouth on the Housie. The boys landed a few nice fish and then played around for quite a while. A quick vid of Danny and Quinn rippin' some lips!
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Eastern LIS August 2012

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Views: 3533
8/17/2012

Went out with Jack Balint from The Fish Connection, Dave and Bill this morning. Was hoping to see some bonito, and ready for lots of blues on light tackle. Fishing was about as smoking as it gets this time of year. Started out in the Watch Hill area picking up some blues early as the flood was starting, but not much, so we moved to the Race around Valiant Rock. Lots of blues (as you could imagine), including a few big choppers. The bluefish action was steady until late in the flood, when we began seeing large numbers of good sized bass mixing in on top, right in the edge of the rip. Blues were faster to just about everything, but Bill pulled one nice keeper and we had a few shorts. There were some big tails and dorsals rising up chasing the squid that were flooding through. Water was really clear and you could see stripers cruising through and slurping up squid, ink clouds all over the place. As soon as the tide went, so did the squid, etc. Four straight hours of catching blues on light gear, with a bonus of some top water stripers in August, makes for a good day. Jack decided to swing back east of Fishers before calling it a day, just to take a looksy. The ebb tide was already starting to move, and we noted small schools of bait coming out of the water. Bill flipped out and immediately had a blue on. I spotted a school of stripers that was holding an area and just waiting for the bait schools to wash down. It was easy to tell they were holding to their structure as one large fish had a pink plug buried in it's back, and kept flashing past us every 5 minutes. I landed a nice 20+ pounder and a ton of shorts. You could again see some big fish mixed in with the schoolies. It was tough to call it a day, but as it was I was two hours late getting home to our sitter. Thanks to Jack, Bill and Dave. Helluva fun day out. Dave took a bunch of pics and some video that I will get up later and post on my blog. I was too busy catching fish!

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Black Pond

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Views: 3677
8/12/2012

Went out with my buddy John on a quick trip to fish Black Pond in Meriden/Middlefield. Set off a bit after noon, so wasn't expecting much this time of year. Wasn't a bad afternoon, as we hooked a few decent bass and some little guys, all dragging frogs across lilly pads. Secret is to wear camo that matches the fish so you can sneak up on them :) Sure beats mowing the lawn!

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Hanover Pond

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Hanover Pond
8/5/2012

This pond is right down the river from me, so I drop by pretty often to throw in a line. It's good early season for bass as it is shallow, and by summer is full of slime. Still decent for throwing frogs, which is what I was doing tonight as a storm rolled in. Only had about 20 minutes to work the west bank (heavily fished all season). After a few dozen casts of my green pumpkin frog with nothing, a bolt of lightning anounced the end of the evening. I threw out my last Hail Mary cast and saw a boil and wake about six feet away and heading towards it. Gave it a twitch and my line was heading sideways. Set the hook and hauled in a nice fat bass with about 5lbs. of slime as well.

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Black Point
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Niantic, CT
7/29/2012

I wasn't too optimistic last night that I would get a chance to take the Gemma Rose (14' aluminum) out today. My fishing her in the salt water is so dependent on winds, tides and lack of storms. Decided to get up at 3:30am to check the weather, and was in luck. Nothing on the radar :D Wind less than 10 knots (magic number for me) from the NE, seas less than a foot and an ebb tide from about 8:00am-1:00pm at Black Point. When I've got the NE winds, I'm just about always launching out of Niantic for the CT River to Harkness, and Stonington on the SW winds to fish the north side of Fisher's. Was on the water and fishing the top of Niantic Bay by 6:30, looking to pick up some scup for bait. Tailor blues in the 1-2lb. range were breaking all over, and I had some fun playing with those for a while, keeping a couple to chunk. Had to cull through about 20 scup and lots of annoying juvenile sea bass to get four keepers to liveline, but by the time the tide started picking up off Black Point at 8-:15-8:30, I was ready. Took the obligatory tube and worm pass around the point, and was hit once, but wanted to get my scup in the water. On my second drift over a productive spot I had a decent hit but no hookset. Several more drifts with nothing. I put on Scuppy II, and quickly lost him to a snag. Next I hooked a fish and broke it off. Finally got a 18-19lb. striper with my last scup :) Dropped down around Long Ledge Rock to find a few more scup, and ended up casting Zoom Fluke to bluefish for a while. Before calling it a day, I ran across the Bay to TwoTree, but didn't see much going on, so I decided to head for the dock. Turned out to be a decent trip!
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Night Bass Fishing on the Blackhawk
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The Race
6/27/2012

Filled the cooler with striper fillets!
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Gemma's Lunker
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Hanover Pond, Meriden
4/29/2012

Went out yesterday with my daughter Gemma for a little father-daughter fishing fun. Nothing like pressure to find fish when taking your kids! Granted, they have to learn that fishing isn't all catching, but at my kids age, patience is still pretty limited. I certainly want them to enjoy it and continue to fish as they get older. As you can see, even a small fish makes for a great outing!
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sheldon40
01/20/14 12:29 AM


Where would you say the best spots for channel catfish in Connecticut are?

angryjohn
01/06/12 05:36 PM


looking to hit the river around salmon cove, leaving here about 7 which means we should be on the water around 8 ish. Ice is also a big problem for us. We are only in a cannoe so we will not be able to deal with much. Intrested in any info if you run into problems or find a good area thats ice free. john 860-514-1049
Might spend some time learning to use a suick or throwing some spinners if that does not work, dont know what to try, in this frigid temp.

protacanthopterix
10/07/11 06:43 AM


Re: Alewife Photo-- You can use them as bait! Well, certain ones anyway. Several lakes don't allow any use and you can't catch and use any anadromous Alewives. So, you need proof that yours are not anadromous by producing a receipt of purchase from a dealer who is licensed to sell them, such as myself. All mine are imported from New Jersey and originated from landlocked sources. They are small, only 3-6", and work best for trout, small stripers, and fluke. You may have a moral or ethical reason for not using them and, in which case, they aren't the bait for you. I hand out informational sheets regarding Alewives with every sale that detail how I get the Alewives and where they cannot be used.

alejandro219
06/19/11 11:32 AM


happy fathers day and have a good day fishing .

protacanthopterix
04/06/11 06:45 AM


That first, skunked trip to Norwich was a real doozy. I trailored my Whaler down to tie up at the gas dock. Nothing. Up the west channel of the Yantic. Nothing. Flew down to the (power?) plant past Mohegan while stopping at a few spots. Nothing. Blasted the boat and our faces with hail on the way back up river to try the first two bridges up the Shetucket. Nothing! Based on the reports I was getting from guys it seemed a sure thing, but I believe you're right-- its hit or miss. Unless you're an Old Salt with a Jedi Striper-trick.

manvsfish
04/05/11 07:00 AM


Wow. Total envy... Thanks for posting the trip. Fantastic youtube video too! Just...."wow".

murky
03/14/11 03:44 PM


BRIAN LOOKING FOR HOUSATONIC STRIPERS LOCATIONS TIME OF YEAR BAITS TIDES ANYTHING THAT HELPS I KEEP MY 18 FOOTER AT BROWNS MARINA ABOUT 1 MILE IN FROM MOUTH OF RIVER THANKS PETE AND KATE

protacanthopterix
03/09/11 01:43 PM
Quote: "It was fun, though the earlier freezes really killed the backcountry fishing. The pics are a ladyfish, sheepshead (looks almost the same as the croaker, little deeper body) and the sea trout which I believe is the same as a weakfish up here?????. I'll be fishing down near Hatteras this June, so I'll see similar species on the sound side. Can't wait for a little warm spell so things will pick up a bit here!

Tight Lines,
Brian

Had to look it up, but here are the two:
Croaker
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Family: Sciaenidae

Sheepshead
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Archosargus
Species: A. probatocephalus"



Weakfish and Spotted seatrout are distinct species, but I think Weakfish is more common up here. Hatteras should have both species. The seatrout has fewer, more distinct markings.

The deep-bodied one is definitely not an Atlantic croaker as I previously thought, but I'm having a hard time thinking it's a Sheepshead. How about a Black drum? I'm basing this off of the lack of apparent molar dentition and lack of a continuous dorsal fin. A Sheepshead should possess both those.

I'm really itching to get out as well. I have a new boat rod with a refurbished Penn 500 reel and a GLoomis spinning combo to break in that I picked up over winter.

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