Fishing report

 Lots of small (3 – 4 lbs?) blues rising to surface poppers which, on light tackle, is a lot of fun. Out this morning and kept three for converting to smoked bluefish dip. As delicious as that marlin dip from Fjord, but the only expense is some cream cheese – a bargain, what ho?

On the way in from the Long Island side of the Sound, just for something to do we tossed a large spoon over and trolled. A 25 lb striper hit and after boating it  we tried releasing it – the big ones are spawners and it’s a shame to kill them – but it floated belly up, never a good sign, so we retrieved it and it’s now steaks. Sorry, fish.

The Sound, by the way, is festooned with disgusting plumes of brown crud. I tried pretending that it was some kind of algae bloom but noticed maple seedlings and trash in the crud and concluded that storm drains, at the least, are still discharging into the water. And sewage plants too? I hope not – it will add some unwanted zest to those fish steaks and dip.

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  1. Old as Dirt

    You didn’t bring a camera? Next time, do, so we can see the one that got away, the one that is now steaks, and the brown crud. What’s the ‘pernt of blogging unless we can tag along??

    PS: You might want to check the links people provide in their name before approving a comment. Exhibit A: Clotpoll who commented in the NAR post. WARNING: IT IS EXPLICIT.

  2. Anonymous

    I am happy you had a good morning on the water, you need more happiness in your life.

  3. Anonymous

    Yuck! How could you eat something that was swimming amid plumes of brown crud coming “at the least” from storm drains, something that, no doubt, had recently been partaking of said crud? It probably floated belly-up upon release because it was sickened by the filth it had been living in.

    There’s almost surely plenty of raw sewage mixed in with that crud since there are at least hundreds and probably thousands of illegal hookups of raw sewage going into storm drains emptying into the sound.

    Anyway, enjoy the steaks. De gustibus non est disputandum.

  4. kanisa

    Like most Republicans, you tend to be mocking if not hostile towards “environmentalists”. Greenwich wouldn’t have all the lovely wooded areas if it wasn’t for wetlands regulations, and the generosity of people who wanted to donate conservation land. Now perhaps you see for yourself that sometimes government regulations are necessary to protect the environment. Without the EPA and strong enforcement, we will ALL be living in a cesspool before long.

  5. Just the Facts!

    That’s all good nitrogen for the bait fish….sewer and drainage runoff = more algea = more food and cover for baitfish = larger local game fish. Back in the day before sewer treatment plants and “clean” water, there were more fish in these areas. Clearly, the water was unhealthy for humans but great for fishing. Take a look at the fishing pictures from the ’50’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. Those fish were enormous and they usually were caught right near the beaches and shoals.

  6. Fisherman Joe

    What have you done to the real FWIW? This blog post must be a fake. There’s no nearly-naked hot woman photographed here. I want my money back.

  7. Mr. Fountain-

    It has come to our intention that you persist in slandering the fine character and quality of our waters. It is bad enough that you impugn with regularity the worth of our fine homes and estates.

    We draw your attention to our recent filing with the CT Dept. of Environmental Protection regarding the purity of waters we release to Long Island Sound through our sanitized storm sewers. In particular, we refer to Sample O-6 at Binny Park Brook on 221-July-2009 at 5:00 am. (We got up early that day, such to show you how clean our water is.)

    Our paid off lab report states for the record turbidity at 2.4 units. You will note that Aquarion Water Co was not able to report such low levels in their Cos Cob filter plant. Also Oil and Grease, Phosphorus and Ammonia were all at none detected levels.

    We therefore ask that you desist from these baseless allegations.

  8. Walt

    Dude –
    I have to agree with Anonymous at 8:08. You are not really eating that fish, are you? You would be better off making some toast and take a dump on it. It would probably taste better, and at least you know whose shit you are eating.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  9. Dr. Seuss

    I said it best in The Lorax:

    You’re glumping the pond where the Humming-Fish hummed!
    No more can they hum, for their gills are gummed.
    So I’m sending them off. Oh their future is dreary.
    They’ll walk on their fins and get woefully weary
    In search of some water that isn’t so smeary.
    I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie.

  10. Walt

    Dude –
    I always thought Dr. Seuss was a pedophile. But he made a ton of scratch writing this crap. Any chance you can illustrate? I could write this bile in my sleep. Plus we will spice it up with a ton of double enten… double entan… We will write it dirty so adults will get it but kids don’t!! But they will both love it!! Like Pee Wee Herman!!
    Here, like this, in response to Hiram @10:27:
    Dr. Seuss:
    You are not funny,
    You never were.
    The way you write, it hurts my eyes. Please quit, and go make some pies!!
    Green Ham and Eggs, well that was cool,
    But then you became the Fountain Blogs fool!!
    Ask yourself this, then ask it twice,
    If Hiram is you, it can’t be nice!!
    That Harry Potter chick is a billionaire Dude. This may be our ticket. Think about it, and go buy some Crayola’s!!
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  11. One of my readers just left this comment on my post when W caught lobster this morning. Looks like REAL brown crud is floating to a fishing hole near you. Mmmm, pass the tartar sauce.

    Breaking News from Martha’s Vineyard:
    Sewer Discs Wash Ashore

    “Some of the millions of small plastic discs released accidentally from a New Hampshire sewer plant and posing a potential health risk, have begun washing up on Martha’s Vineyard beaches. Over the weekend, people reported finding scores of the discs on south shore beaches. One Island resident picked up more than 60 at Quansoo. Others were found on South Beach, near the Edgartown Great Pond opening. State authorities have warned against picking up the discs with bare hands, because of the threat of bacterial contamination. As many as 10 million of the discs, which are used to soak up and consume bacteria in wastewater, were released after a malfunction at the Hookset Wastewater treatment plant on March 6, into the Merrimac River.”