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August 3 ~ 16, 2011 the Resident 860.599.1221 residentFishing Marine Fishing Report

Surface water temperatures in Long Island Sound (LIS) continue to range from the upper 60’s to mid 70’s °F. STRIPED BASS & BLUEFISH: Striper fishing has dropped off but “cow” bass are still being taken especially by anglers using live bunker (Atlantic menhaden) or eels on three way rigs or trolling the tube and worm. Big bruiser bluefish (10+ lbs) are roaming around the local rip areas and reefs. Vertical speed squidding diamond jigs, crippled herring jigs, and other similar lures have been working well. Striper and bluefish fishing spots include the reefs

off Watch Hill, Wilderness Point off Fishers Island, the Race, Millstone outflow, Bartlett Reef, Black Point, Plum Gut, Pigeon Rip (area north of Plum Island), Hatchett Reef, Long Sand Shoal, Southwest Reef, Sixmile Reef, Falkner Island area, the reefs off Guilford and Branford, New Haven Harbor (Sandy Point), Charles Island area to Milford Point, Buoy 20 off Stratford, StratfordShoal/Middle Ground, Penfield Reef and around the Norwalk Islands. Don’t forget about snapper blue fishing in the tidal creeks! Snappers are still very small – about 3 to 4 inches in length.


Transatlantic Race 2011: North Atlantic Odyssey T

he Transatlantic Race 2011 made history with the establishment of a new record – crossing 2,975 miles of ocean from Newport, RI to The Lizard on the south coast of England – and was the result of a successful collaboration between the Royal Yacht Squadron, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club. Representing 10 nations, the 26 entries were crewed by world-class professionals as well as Corinthian amateurs.


youngest competitor was just 16 years of age, the oldest 80, and the yachts themselves were just as diverse. On June 26, cannon fire from the

iconic Castle Hill Lighthouse signaled the beginning of the historic ocean adventure. It was the first of three staggered starts, implemented so that yachts ranging in size from 40’ to 289’ would finish off The Lizard in close proximity to one another. With four fathers and five sons onboard, local favorite Carina got away to a great start with Rives Potts, Jr. (Essex, CT) at the helm. Within a few days, Carina had extended on the fleet by some by 400 miles.

There was high drama for the second start of the Transatlantic Race 2011 on June 29. With the 14 yachts on final approach and the breeze building, three boats were caught over early and were forced to turn back just as the mighty Maltese Falcon, a 289’ Perini Navi, was bearing down on the line. Zaraffa made the best start as 80-year- old Huntington Sheldon (Shelburne, VT) held the helm, hoping to emulate his Transatlantic win of 2003. Beau Geste, skippered by Karl

Kwok (Hong Kong) got away well, but it wasn’t long before ICAP Leopard, skippered by Clarke Murphy (New York, NY), and Rambler 100, skippered by George David (Hartford), caught up. PUMA’s Mar Mostro, helmed by Ken Read (Newport), was on the

PUMA’s Mar Mostro was declared

winner of IRC Class One and IRC Overall for Transatlantic Race 2011.

prowl and by the end of the race the black cat caught its prey.

By July 8, using guile and no less amount of skill, several yachts managed to escape the windless zone, including Zaraffa and Jazz, skippered by Nigel King (Lymington, U.K.). Phaedo, the Gunboat 66 owned by Lloyd Thornburg (St. Barthelemy). On Sunday, 10 July, at 16h 08m

UTC, Rambler 100 was the first yacht to cross the finish line.

The elapsed

time for Rambler 100 was six days, 22 hours, eight minutes and two seconds. which established a new record for the 2,975 nautical mile course. PUMA’s Mar Mostro crossed

the finish line at The Lizard at 05:40 UTC on July 11, and once calculations proved none of the 24 yachts still racing could beat them on handicap, PUMA’s Mar Mostro was declared winner of IRC Class One and IRC Overall. Zaraffa, Phaedo and Jazz finished to claim well-deserved victory in their respective classes. On July 15, from IRC Class One,

Beau Geste was followed eight minutes later by Vanquish, and 13 minutes later, Sojana, the grand ketch skippered by Peter Harrison (Reigate, U.K.) had completed the race as well. In IRC Class Two, Christoph

Avenarius and Gorm Gondesen’s Shakti and Jens Kellinghausen’s Varuna had enjoyed a match race across the ocean. Varuna was first to cross the line, with a mere three-minute lead, but Shakti won the duel on corrected time to claim second in class. In IRC Class Three, Ambersail became the second yacht to finish

the race followed by Scho-ka-kola, skippered by Uwe Lubens (Germany), however, neither yacht was to make the class podium on corrected time. The youth team on Norddeutsche Vermogen Hamburg and Snow Lion, skippered by former NYYC Commodore Lawrence Huntington (New York, NY), claimed second and third, respectively, in the division. Tony Lawson’s Class 40 Concise

2, skippered by Ned Collier-Wakefield (Oxford, U.K.), had one of the best performances, putting an impressive 300-mile lead on their class rival, Dragon, skippered by Mike Hennessy (Mystic) in the early part of the race. However, the mid-Atlantic doldrums wiped out their advantage as Dragon passed the six-strong British youth team. In a fight to the finish, Concise 2 managed to get ahead and take the line by less than half an hour. All of the yachts in IRC Class

Four finished the race on July 15. Class line honors went to the oldest yacht in the race, Nordwind, skippered by Hans Albrecht (Germany). Carina and British Soldier, crewed by members of the British Army, were engaged in a battle royal. British Soldier won the race to the line by less than a minute, an astounding finish after nearly three weeks at sea, and while Carina looked likely to win Class IRC Four on corrected time, their hopes were about to be dashed. Before the day was out, Dawn Star, co-skippered by Bill Hubbard and his son Will Hubbard (New York, NY), claimed the class victory by less than an hour. Jacqueline

IV, skippered by Robert Forman (Bay Shore, NY), finished the following day to beat British Soldier on corrected time and claim third in class.

As the last yacht to finish, Sasha, skippered by Albrecht and Erika Peters (Germany), experienced the roughest weather conditions of any yacht in the race. After 22 days at sea, Sasha came screaming through the


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finish line in a dramatic conclusion to the Transatlantic Race 2011. With all yachts and sailors safe in

port, there is now time to reflect: on the incredible record set by Rambler 100 and the bonds forged while racing across the North Atlantic. To post your comments, visit or follow us on Twitter @Resident_News

Slammer SCUP (porgy) can be caught on the major reefs and rock piles throughout LIS. Fishing for scup is rated good to excellent with fish 17 inches in length being reported. Also, don’t over look BLACKFISH (tautog) which can be found cruising around the same area! Some nice size “white chins” weighing in the double digits have been reported over this past week!

BLACK SEA BASS are the other “reefers” that are attracted to gnarly hard bottom areas. Besides being fun to catch, sea bass are great eating! Look for monster sea bass lurking in deeper

Summer Flounder (fluke) spots include the Mystic River, lower Thames River, Twotree Island Channel off Waterford, and Niantic Bay/Black Point area.

water (60+ feet) around wrecks and submerged boulders.

SUMMER FLOUNDER (fluke) fishing is just fair for keeper fish although there are a ton of smaller sublegal flatties around. Fluke spots include the south side of Fishers

Island (Isabella Beach and off Wilderness Point), Stonington area to the mouth of the Mystic River, north shore beaches of Long Island, lower Thames River to the Dumping Grounds, Twotree Island Channel off Waterford, Niantic Bay/Black Point area, Hatchett Reef area, Long Sand Shoal, Duck Island Roads, Falkner Island area, off the New Haven breakwaters, and Stratford Shoal/ Middle Ground area and Cable and Anchor Reef.

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Tide Chart Aug. 3 - 16 LOW TIDE


3 12:17 AM 3.21 H 6:52 AM -0.04 L 12:48 PM 3.37 H 7:27 PM 0.07 L 4 1:10 AM 3.0 H 7:42 AM 0.07 L 1:42 PM 3.38 H 8:27 PM 0.14 L 5 2:08 AM 2.77 H 8:37 AM 0.2 L 2:41 PM 3.35 H 9:29 PM 0.21 L 6 3:10 AM 2.56 H 9:35 AM 0.32 L 3:43 PM 3.31 H 10:32 PM 0.26 L 7 4:18 AM 2.41 H 10:35 AM 0.41 L 4:48 PM 3.27 H 11:35 PM 0.28 L 8 5:26 AM 2.34 H 11:36 AM 0.44 L 5:53 PM 3.25 H 9 12:35 AM 0.26 L 6:32 AM 2.35 H 12:36 PM 0.43 L 6:54 PM 3.24 H 10 1:31 AM 0.23 L 7:31 AM 2.43 H 1:33 PM 0.38 L 7:50 PM 3.23 H 11 2:21 AM 0.21 L 8:22 AM 2.55 H 2:26 PM 0.33 L 8:39 PM 3.2 H 12 3:07 AM 0.19 L 9:08 AM 2.67 H 3:15 PM 0.28 L 9:24 PM 3.14 H 13 3:50 AM 0.18 L 9:49 AM 2.77 H 4:02 PM 0.27 L 10:05 PM 3.07 H 14 4:31 AM 0.19 L 10:29 AM 2.86 H 4:47 PM 0.28 L 10:44 PM 2.98 H 15 5:11 AM 0.22 L 11:08 AM 2.91 H 5:32 PM 0.33 L 11:23 PM 2.87 H 16 5:51 AM 0.28 L 11:47 AM 2.93 H 6:17 PM 0.41 L

More tide predictions are available at Tides noted are for the Stonington area of Fishers Island Sound. All times are listed in Local Standard Time(LST) or, Local Daylight Time (LDT) (when applicable). All heights are in feet referenced to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).

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