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Learn local fishing trips Sept. 18

Jim O of Jimmy-O's Bait & Tackle.

Nutmeg TU resumes monthly meetings Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.

In addition to an update on recent programs and upcoming activities, Jimmy O of Jimmy’s O’s Bait & Tackle in Bridgeport is scheduled to share fall fishing tips for the Long Island Sound. Jimmy’s visit last spring drew one of the largest crowds of the year for Nutmeg TU.

Nutmeg TU holds regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Port 5.

Board meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Library. Watch our calendar for updates.

Jimmy O to talk winter fishing

Jim O of Jimmy-O's Bait & Tackle.

Jimmy O of Jimmy O’s Bait & Tackle in Bridgeport will tell anglers why it’s a mistake to stay inside during the winter when he speaks at Port 5 in Bridgeport on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the regular meeting of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which is open to the public free of charge. Pizza is available for a donation, and beverages can be purchased from Port 5.

A supporter of Nutmeg TU, local fishermen and clubs and events that make the fishing community stronger, Jimmy O will share information anglers can use in the waters of the Long Island Sound.

Nutmeg TU meetings are open to all. Anglers of all styles attend and can use the information shared by speakers. There will also be updates on conservation projects on local rivers.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, and are open to the public free of charge. Upcoming speakers include:

Tuesday, March 20: Tim Barry of the DEEP on Connecticut’s Trout Management Program, and efforts to recruit and retain new anglers.

Tuesday, April 17: Jeff Yale of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority on fishing Lake Saltonstall.

Tuesday, May 15: Sonny Yu on fly fishing for American Shad

Jimmy O to talk rigging May 20

Jim Orifice of Jimmy-O's Bait will discuss rigging gear for salt water fishing with Nutmeg TU Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at Port 5 Naval Veterans.

Jimmy O of Jimmy O’s Bait & Tackle talk about rigging gear for salt water fishing final general meeting of the season for the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited Tuesday, May 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport. The meeting will include hands-on demonstrations.

Pizza and raffle tickets will be sold at the meeting.

Jimmy O talked about striper fishing at the April 15 meeting. The May 20 meeting is not a continuation, and you need not have attended April’s talk to enjoy and learn on May 20

James Orifice, sole proprietor of Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport has been serving the marine industry for over 20 years. Since its inception in 2001, Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle has grown to become a resource for year round fishing needs by offering an assortment of competitively priced fresh and saltwater bait and tackle. Our inventory includes a variety of fresh, frozen, and offshore bait, saltwater and freshwater rods from different manufacturers, reels, rod and reel combos, line and leader products, a large selection of lures and jigs, terminal tackle, lure bags/tackle boxes, accessories such as cutters, pliers and knives, nets, and traps. Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle also operates as an official weigh station along with fishing license registration services.

As a longtime Fairfield native, Mr. Orifice possesses an in-depth knowledge of the area and is often referred to for his expert advice. Over the years, Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle has fostered strong ties to the community and has been involved in numerous youth fishing derbies in the town of Fairfield. Additionally, Mr. Orifice has held many position titles such as past President of the Westport Striped Bass Club, past Commander of the Bridgeport Boat Owners Association, affiliation with the Fairfield Boat Owners Association as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation from Southern Connecticut State University.

The success of Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle is attributed to a fundamental business philosophy that is customer oriented. Jimmy O’s Bait and Tackle continuously expands its inventory to appeal to a broad base of customers and strives to provide the latest fishing equipment and accessories.

Jimmy O’s Bait & Tackle recently moved to 3295 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport.

More information can be found at the store’s Facebook page.