Cav

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    Jeff Cavallaro
  • Birthday 04/17/1984

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  • About Me:
    Born and raised in Southern Connecticut, I have been fishing since 6 years old. I started in freshwater and transitioned in my early teens to salt. I now exclusively surf fish Connecticut and Rhode Island. I am married and have two young daughters.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Surfcasting for striped bass, herpetology, darts, poker
  • What I do for a living:
    Herpetologist

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    New Haven County, Connecticut

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  1. Bone in the sinking model
  2. That’s interesting, my BOA laces lasted 5 seasons wetsuiting. Did you rinse them with fresh water after each use? I now wear terror ridge, have not tried them out in the surf yet, but they are a quality boot and have manual tie laces.
  3. I am interested in the location of sightings in CT waters only.
  4. 60-80 lb mono leader that is 4 ft in length will suit you well. Have extra leaders pre tied so you are able to change out frayed leaders quickly.
  5. What’s the weight on the darter?
  6. Payment sent thanks
  7. I’ll take it for $130
  8. This is a complicated topic that has no definitive answer at the moment. No mudpuppy specimens from CT have ever been genetically tested. We are working towards changing that. Mudpuppies from the CT River in MA have been tested and were determined to be genetically similar to mudpuppies in the Midwest. This would indicate an introduction. It was reported that mudpuppies were released into the CT River in the late 1920’s to early 1930’s. However, there are documented reports from earlier in the 1920’s as well as the report from the 19th century you mentioned. Specifically, that individual was caught in the CT River in 1875. This complicates the matter of introduction vs native. This specimen was catalogued in an institution and can possibly be genetically tested. Obtaining the specimen for that purpose is a whole other story. What also complicates the matter of native vs introduced is the recent discovery(past 30 years) of mudpuppies in the Housatonic River, another major river in western CT. We are working towards getting individuals from that drainage analyzed. There are no reports of mudpuppy introductions in the Housatonic, meaning this population can possibly be native. The Thames River is the last of the major rivers in located in eastern CT. There has been no mudpuppy surveys in this River or it’s tributaries. I will get to surveying that area some time in the future. Many mudpuppy observations go unreported to the State of CT, meaning people may be seeing them elsewhere that we are unaware of. That was my hope in starting this post, that I would be able to locate fisherman who have observations in new areas. There are only 3 specimens in museum collections from CT, all from the CT River. 2 specimens are from 1954 and 1956. The last is the one I mentioned from 1875. We have to look further into whether we can actually obtain these specimens and if genetic testing can be performed successfully. I will keep you updated. The project we are working on will take many years to complete, I am hoping no more than 5, but we will see. I am always juggling many herp survey jobs at the same time. Any more questions about anything herp related please let me know. Thanks for your interest! Jeff
  9. Traps should be fully submerged. Mudpuppies are fully aquatic and can breathe entirely through their gills. They also have lungs and can breathe air if needed. Are you planning on setting traps?
  10. Thank you for this information. We are seeing the same behavior and activity levels you described here in CT. Mudpuppies can be fairly readily caught from late summer thru mid spring. Once summer hits, mudpuppy observations decrease. This can be due to mudpuppies seeking out deeper cooler water or just an overall decrease in activity during warmer water months.
  11. Stripers will short strike or pull off if they feel the main line or the plug against their body when going for the teaser. I like a main leader length of approx 5 ft and a teaser of around 12-15”. I tie both to the barrel swivel. I also put a loop in the end of the teaser so I can remove or switch teasers easily. The loop also helps the teaser to stand off from the main line. Using flourocarbon for the teaser line also helps as it is stiffer than mono. I use redgills or flies as teasers. I would personally never use a teaser in a bridge or inlet setting. The strong currents will tangle the lines often.
  12. 90 is the best I can do
  13. Hello Do you know makers and length/weight of plugs please? Thank you
  14. Still not looking to ship?