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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that a saltwater fishing license, now required by state law to fish in Long Island Sound, can be conveniently purchased online through the DEP Web site.
The licenses – $10 for residents and $15 for non residents – are available at DEP’s Sportsmen’s Licensing System at www.ct.gov/dep. They can also be purchased at the offices of most town clerks and at many retail outlets and bait and tackle shops.
Lawmakers authorized the marine fishing license during the 2009 General Assembly Session. Funds generated by the new law, which was signed July 1 by Governor Rell, will be used for conservation and preservation programs in the state.
DEP Acting Commissioner Amey Marrella said, “The new saltwater fishing license will provide us with information we need to better manage our fisheries and coastal resources. The Connecticut program will also exempt residents from a federal program that would have required our anglers to register with and pay a fee to the federal government. It makes much more sense for us to gather information about our own anglers and to keep license fees in Connecticut.”
The requirement for the marine fish license goes into effect immediately and DEP Environmental Conservation Police will begin checking for licenses immediately; however the DEP’s initial focus will be on public education and awareness.
Provisions of the new marine fishing license include:
- A cost of $10 for residents and $15 for out-of-state visitors,
- Required for anyone 16 years of age or older,
- Free for anyone 65 years of age or older but must still be obtained annually
- Reciprocal to marine fishing licenses issued by New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine provided that state offers the same privilege to holders of a Connecticut Marine Waters Fishing License.
- Exceptions including:
- People rowing a boat or operating the motor of a boat from which other persons are taking or attempting to take fish,
- Anyone fishing as a passenger on a registered party, charter, or head boat registered in Connecticut that is operating solely in the marine district,
- State residents participating in a fishing derby that the DEP Commissioner has authorized in writing as long as no fees are charged for the derby, it lasts one day or less, and it is sponsored by a nonprofit civic service organization (these organizations are limited to one derby in any calendar year.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The endless amounts of Rain and the confusion over the new CT Saltwater license were the hot topics amongst anglers last week.
Rain and thunder showers kept many anglers from fishing, but with plenty more rain in the forecast anglers will need to pick and choose their spots in order to catch some fish and stay dry at the same time.
For many anglers, rain, wind and turbulent seas are more than enough to keep them away from the water. For others, the constantly changing weather of New England is just an added challenge which is dealt with while pursuing their next trophy catch.
Steve and Clark Anderson Sr. of Shelton, along with Bill Markut of Monroe and Jesse Butwell of Naugatuck chose to battle the elements this past weekend during an annual trip to Lake Ontario in Rochester New York. The four anglers braved unseasonably cold temperatures, rough waters and blinding rains but still managed to land 10 beautiful Lake Trout up to 15 pounds, despite of the harsh conditions. Dennis and Danny Bobbie of Oxford along with Steve Kosarka of Milford and Tom Misencik of Shelton also braved the elements last weekend and headed to Montauk Long Island for the Star Island Yacht Club & Marina's 23rd annual Shark Tournament. This is one of the oldest and largest Shark tournaments in the world with last years pay out being over $760000 in cash and prizes. Dennis Bobbie reported that the conditions were less than favorable, but that his team still caught and released close to 60 Blue Sharks up to 150 pounds over the two day tournament. While the Blue Shark bite was on, Dennis said they were not able to locate any Mako or Thresher Sharks which typically bring home the big money. Dennis along with Steve Kosarka did mention that at one point they had a very large shark over 15 feet in their chum slick, and based on it's behavior they believe it was a giant Great White although they were not able to confirm. The official results of the Tournament were not known at the time of publication but Bobbie believed a 350 plus pound Thresher Shark was the largest caught during the event.
Locally, Allyson Decrescenzo and Jimmy Orfice of Fairfield reported excellent action off Penfield Reef with Bass and Bluefish last week. Decrescenzo landed the largest fish of the evening an impressive 30 pound Striper caught on live Bunker.
Fluke season is open in CT and anglers have had good luck so far drifting squid and sand eel combos at all the usual Fluking grounds. The biggest Flounder reported this week was 8 pounds.
The latest on the new Saltwater CT license is that the Governor has still yet to sign off on it therefore it is not officially law as of yet adding to the frustration of many anglers who are still waiting for clarification as to when and who needs the license and where the money which is estimated to be nearly a million dollars will go. .
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Until next time.. Tight lines!