About the Different Types of Fish in Connecticut.
has a lot of variety, come fish here.
Stripers are a great gamefish that are very prevalent in Connecticut
waters. They are an anadramous fish, meaning they can live in both
fresh and saltwater environments. A striper fresh out of the water
is a majestic looking creature with itís fins standing up and the
slim still slick and shiny with the sunís light. Many people like to
fish for striped bass, and thousands of charters targeting stripers
occur every year in CT. The most widely used method to catch them
is trolling wire line using parachute jigs or umbrella frames with
tube lures on them. This is because the striperís eyes do not
function the same way human eyes do, their pupils cannot adjust to
the amount of sunlight. Thus if it is a sunny day and there is no
bait at the surface to keep them there, the stripers will be in deep
water since going deep is the only way they can protect their eyes
from the bright sunlight. Bass also like to hang around feeding
bluefish, letting the bluefish do most of the work and picking up
the pieces off the bottom from all the baits they chop up with their
nasty teeth. That is how the big bass get big, by being smart about
how they forage.
Starting in July large numbers of Bluefish show up in our near-shore
waters and by august sometime they take over the surface feeding
activity during the daylight hours. They are a very toothy and
highly aggressive predator and bass are often found in concert with
them. They are messy feeders and chop up whatever they eat without
chasing down all the particles. They do provide an excellent fight
and an acrobatic display at the boatside.
Cod are a great eating fish available in the early spring season of
fishing. They are good fighters and can be caught with jigs or
bait. This earlier season fishing is not to everyoneís taste as it
can be quite cold out during this time.
There are many types of tunas that can be found in CT waters during
the summer. The most likely ones you will see are Bonito and False
albacore, which are very abundant and not afraid to come into the
near shore waters. Bluefin and other tunas are less likely to come
into the near shore waters and require a longer trip in most cases
to catch them. They are all very fast swimmers usually capable of
speeds up to 40 knots (45mph) and very powerful fighters, able to
wear out many anglers. They are a popular species to target.
Flounder are a species that lives on the bottom and has both eyes on
the same side, so they can swim in a manner that is sideways to all
other fish. This allows them to put up a good fight for their size,
as they are usuallu almost as wide as they are long. Also an
extremely good eating fish many people like to have flounder.
Called Blackfish in the rest of the
country, the name tautog is originally an Indian name. They are
very rugged fighters but probably one of the ugliest fish you will
catch in these waters. Extremely good to eat, though mainly
targeted in the fall.
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