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Champlain Bridge Progress

The images are captures of every day at noon since the 1st of the year. Sure looks like It got cold just before the weekend, but work continues anyway.

Champlain Bridge at noon each day

7 comments to Champlain Bridge Progress

  • I’ve had casual conversations about it with a couple biologists over the years, and they are of the opinion that it’s not a possibility. If you’re familiar with the spawning requirements of stripers, the eggs have to remain suspended in moving fresh/brackish water from 2 to 3 days after fertilization to hatch. Not sure there’s a long enough/deep enough/fast enough section to allow for that. Which isn’t to say they might not go through the motions in the river — I’ve seen ’em try in the CTR, way too close to the mouth for the eggs to still be in the river more than a tide or two later.

  • BassNBlues

    Hello Rich:

    In your travels, have you every spoken to any DEP or CT Fishery Biologists regarding the possibility of natural striper reproduction occuring in the Housatonic River?

  • BassNBlues

    As mentioned, I’ve had pretty good success with the Albino 6″ Shaker, with the tail dipped in chartreuse Spike It. However, when compared to the Riptide mullet 4″ Nite Glow soft plastic, the mullet wins hands down — at least when used as a trailing bait on the umbrella rigs. The Salt Water Grade Bombers in lighter colors in the 16A and 17A, as well as 16J and 17J versions have also worked extremely well in the baby striper, rainbow trout, mother of pearl and bone color patterns — again as trailing baits on the u-rigs. We’ve also had great success with the Rapala Salt Water X-Raps in the Silver and Glass Ghost colors, sizes 10,12 and 14.

  • To be honest, I have ZERO confidence in glow-in-the-dark baits. Have tried them in numerous situations over the years, and honestly can’t remember ever getting bit with one. As far as visibility is concerned, my best big fish bait for winter stripers is decidedly low-viz, and doesn’t have any kind of an action tail.

    Unless there’s a very compelling reason not to, I launch in Derby. Closer, less crowded, and the sunnyside ramp is way too flat and shallow, IMO.

    80% of my winter striper fishing is done with either 14 or 20# braid with a 14# fluoro leader, on the same casting rods I use for spinnerbaits for fresh water bass. I also use a spinning rod with 10# fireline and a 10# fluoro leader for 1//4 oz and lighter jigs with 4″ baits. But my buddy Alex, who catches them as well as anyone on the river, uses straight braid, no leader.

  • BassNBlues

    Hello Rich:

    Just in case my e-mail isn’t getting through to your normal e-mail address:

    Yup, I’m the Shaker Man (fan). Good memory.

    My initial e-mail “Striper counts on the Housatonic” sent on 12/20/10 to your address is below in blue:

    Hello Rich:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your Fishing Blog highlighting your Housatonic striped bass adventures over the past month or so. Bravo! I especially respect you listing which soft plastics have been working well for you and your crew.

    My brother Jim and I have been fishing the Housatonic since just before Thanksgiving with good success. We’ve tailored some store bought umbrella rigs (setup with curly tails and barbless hooks) accessorized with either larger “Shaker” style shad bodies with 3/4 oz painted Fin S jig heads or 16A and 17A Bomber saltwater swimming plugs as the trailing bait (also using barbless hooks, with hand tied teaser tail hooks). We’ve had nice success with this setup, catching, on the whole, bigger bass than we’ve seen our soft plastic slinging compadres catching — we’ve been averaging 2-3 keepers a trip. We release everything.

    If you receive the Connecticut Post, you may have seen the article highlighting our day before Thanksgiving, Housatonic River outing with CT Post fishing column writer Charlie Walsh. The article ran in the sports section on Sunday, December 5. In case you didn’t get the Post, here’s a link to the article on the CT Post website. The second link below is another article Charlie wrote on us for the CT Post detailing our tube and worm technique during a great day we shared on L.I. Sound last summer.

    I’m curious to know, how do you record your daily fish counts? Do you use a barrel counter, a clicker, put pencil to paper, or are you simply relying on a mental tally?

    We use barrel counters on our boat, red and white, they tally up to three digits, are all plastic so they don’t rust. Very reliable. During the regular season on the Sound we have two in effect, one for bass and one for blues.

    Back to our umbrella rig setups, for our soft plastic trailing baits we’ve been using albino Shakers (6″ size with tails dipped in Chartreuse Spike It) and a Riptide “Nite Glow” Mullet which glows in the dark (see link below):

    The four inch size “Nite Glow” Mullet coupled with the pearl white 3/4 oz Fin S jig head has been our most successful overall, as a trailing bait (and fairly successful as a free casted bait). This is why I inquired with you a while back about Lunker City doing the larger sizes (4.5″ and 6″) in your #175 Glow/Chartreuse color. I’m convinced the “Glow” effect is of paramount importance in the dark, often murky, deep waters of the Housatonic, especially on our “u” rigs, which are a “missed” opportunity bait — if the bass can’t see the bait, they miss the opportunity.

    Do you typically launch from Sunnyside, or do you put in above the Housy/Naugatuck confluence on the other side? Also, are you using Mono or Braid (mainline), and Fluorocarbon leaders? If so, which lb test combos?

    Looking forward to the ice breaking up on the river so we can get back to business soon!

    Best regards,

  • Sorry I missed your previous email. Glad you appreciate my Housy reports.

  • BassNBlues

    Hello Rich:

    I e-mailed you a while back (through your blog site) giving you thumbs up for your in depth Housatonic River Blog reports. Again, bravo! I also included a link in my e-mail to an article on the CT Post website by writer Charlie Walsh detailing our fishing trip together on the Housatonic River the day before Thanksgiving. I had asked you in that same e-mail how you tally your daily fish counts — clicker, line counter, by memeory, etc. Ring any bells? Regardless, I was surprised I didn’t here back from you.

    Regardless, thanks again for your info packed, regularly updated Housatonic River reports, very helpful, indeed. I’m still curious to learn how you tally your catch numbers — it’s always interesting to know how fellow bass men do what they do. Thanks again.

    Best regards,

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