By Scoop Beturne
This reporter was fortunate enough to get out to the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, CT last Friday and spent the morning chasing striped bass with son Jeff Beturne and dad Paul F. Beturne. What made the occasion so special was that the eldest Beturne now resides near the warm shores of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and rarely ventures this far north much anymore (can you blame him?).
The striped bass migrate from salt water to the fresh water rivers every year to chase their food source of herring and shad, and to spawn in the warm, protected waters of the many rivers in our region. The migration is a reminder that everything in the world is still on schedule and summer is not far away. It’s a ritual that every fisherman looks forward to, as it helps put the long, cold winter in the rear-view mirror.
We started the day early (think 5am…holy-cow-why-am-I-doing-this, early) and met old friend and Striper Expert Jim Pujala at his dock near Ted’s bait shop in Old Saybrook. Jim has been patrolling the waters of Long Island Sound for better than 40 years and has run a successful charter fishing business aboard his 30’ sport fishing vessel Ernit. But this day was spent aboard Captain Jim’s small, 20’ clam boat working the shallow waters of the Connecticut River just south of the railroad drawbridge.
Jim had us start with sluggo-shad on a lead-head jig but that configuration found no takers. We quickly switched to top-water poppers and immediately got some action. After boating a feisty 20-incher, Jim made a call to one of his contacts and decided the hotter action was across the way near a well-known rock pile just east of the main channel. As we drifted slowly into place we let our poppers fly and immediately found the action we hoped for, as the aggressive predators hammered our white-and-red lures ferociously. Several doubles and even a brief triple hook-up ensued and any misgivings about sleep-deprivation were long gone.
By the time Captain Jim pointed the boat towards home the crew had boated 33 stripers with one exceeding the mandatory minimum keeper size of 28 inches. The victorious fisherman were met with open arms back home and all enjoyed fresh grilled fish as part of a family feast that evening.
Anyone interested in information about how to contact Captain Jim can respond to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Jim is a great advocate for the fishery and a wealth of knowledge about the habits and migration of all species of fish you find in the Northeast.
By Nina Fazio
By: Patrick Varhue and Jake Ryan
The Red Sox pitching has been phenomenal. The once lost cause apparent crew led by "ace" Clay Buchholz was the worst in the MLB in terms of ERA. Pitching coach Juan Nieves who led a strong 2013 rotation to a World Series had his struggles after losing big guns like Jon Lester and bullpen weapons like Burke Badenhop and the decline of star rookie Brandon Workman, so the Red Sox let him go. Carl Willis filled the vacancy and has done a superb job. Their team ERA has decreased by 2 runs since he took over as pitching coach. Hopefully the change in leadership will help the pitching staff for more than just this short sample size.
Their offense,on the other hand, hasn't done too well. Mike Napoli and Mookie Betts haven't been able to get it going yet this season, and Blake Swihart's .176 batting average since getting called up hasn't helped their already struggling lineup. Brock Holt goes from a multi hit game to a game in which he goes 0-4, and Hanley still hasn't hit a home run yet in May, after hitting 10 in April. The Red Sox pitching has been doing well, if they could actually start hitting maybe Boston would be back in the win column.
By Nina Fazio
The girls fell to Northampton, for the second time this season, 5-11 on Wednesday night. Although the score doesn't show it, the Spartans outplayed the Blue Devils and held possession for a majority of the game. The Blue Devils outshot EL 6-1 at half, but the Spartans closed that gap by shooting 4-5 in the second half. Northampton was able to capitalize on their fast breaks, however once they settled down the EL defense was able to hold them off and cause a turnover.
Abby Rate, Carley Piemonte, and Julia Wood really stood out on defense. Their ability to knock down passes and shots from the cutters inside the 8-meter made a huge difference in the game. Piemonte and Rate were also involved in the offense, and each scored a goal of their own.
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By Nina Fazio