Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, July 7, 2016

There are big saltwater fishing days coming up in Connecticut, as the state welcomes one species new to the area. We’ll talk about it all on Yankee Fisherman on HAN.Network Thursday at 1 p.m.

Joe Diorio hit the water earlier this week and caught what is believed to be the first redfish off Connecticut.

We’ll welcome Doug Thurston, who will tell us about Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout, set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17. The tournament, in memory of Thurston’s father, who passed on New Year’s Eve, benefits Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

We'll talk to Doug Thurston Jr. about his memories, and about the memorial event.


The catch and release bluefish and striper tournament is based at Oak Leaf Marina in Old Saybrook. Registration is $40 per person, $120 per boat (4 angler maximum). More information can be found at bigdougsfishing.com.

Trout Unlimited has a number of initiatives striving to increase the number of women, children and non-anglers involved, particularly in conservation efforts. We'll talk about those with a diversity consultant for the national nonprofit.

Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.