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January 2019

It was a very up and down 2018 fishing season, the highlights were big blues in May and June then they disappeared unfortunately. The we had a fast and furious run of bigger stripers in July and then we were left with our most consistent fall fishery....Albies! All in all it was a decent year but I am hoping for better local action this year and really keeping my fingers crossed that we get our summer and fall gator bluefish action back! Fluke and sea bass action were just OK with much better action in eastern CT and RI waters. The fall run of resident bass didn't return to the Housy until December and that is the only local striped bass fishery available right now if you need to wet a line. The local trout fishing remains good to excellent as the weather has warmed up a little after a frigit November and early December. Check out the last 2018 fishing report!

Below - October - My grandson Colton with his first Albie at 4 years old, not too shabby!

This trophy striped bass caught in LI Sound below was released quickly and measured 54" with a girth of 33" which according to the IGFA formula puts this fish at over 70lbs., and what makes this fish extra special is that it was caught in local CT waters in less than 10 feet of water!


With over 35 years experience Captain Chris Elser specializes in connecting anglers with big striped bass whether you prefer casting large herring and bunker flies, drifting live eels or live liningl adult menhaden! This is an addictive pursuit and our success rate on stripers over 30lbs. is second to none in the Western Long Island Sound with fish up to 58 lbs. locally in the past several seasons.

The 62.5 lb. striped bass above was weighed in at the Block Island Boat Basin and caught by Heather Elser in less than 20 feet of water. Should have made it official as it could have been a women's world record!

Trout Fishing can be experienced at it's finest with world class trout fishing right here in CT! Give us a shout if you want to enjoy some winter trout fishing on the Farmington River and some other lesser known streams closer to home!

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The 2019 CT LI Sound saltwater season is just around the corner! Please visit the fishing report page for pics of this past season's catches as well as freshwater updates and tips! Don't forget to book those prime weekend dates for a striped bass of a lifetime starting again the first week of May 2019!

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Above - I took my grandson Colton to a favorite local stream in late November and he landed and released this gorgeous wild female brown trout that measured over 21 inches in length! If you are interested in this unique local fishery please contact us at

After fishing with Captain Elser you will appreciate his intensity and passion for fishing whether stalking trophy striped bass casting a fly or drifting live menhaden over a deep water rip. When you fish with Capt. Chris you will be guaranteed a world class angling adventure for certain!

Captain Chris Elser has recently been published in Fly Fishing Saltwaters Magazine, Outdoor Life magazine with quotes related to tactics for big fall stripers and was also published in Saltwater Sportsman Magazine demonstrating live bait tactics for trophy striped bass and bluefish! • Captain Elser has been invited to speak on the Saltwater Sportsman Guide panel hosted by George Poveromo in Fairfield, CT • Read On The Water Magazine and get detailed Western Long Island Sound Reports written by Captain Chris Elser - STARTING again APRIL 2018!

Fish the Legendary Norwalk Islands, Long Island’s North Shore, the Housatonic River and Estuary, the CT River area and other eastern CT waters! Block Island trips can be arranged given sufficient notice.

Specializing in Fly Fishing, Live Bait, Spin & Sight Casting to Striped Bass, Bonito, False Albacore, Fluke, Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike. Experience the thrill of trophy striped bass fishing with Captain Chris Elser who has had over 40 years of angling passion guiding you to the fish!

As a USCG licensed captain and fully-insured guide, Captain Elser uses his cumulative experience to put anglers on fish. Chris is a natural teacher with a winning personality who will make you feel comfortable even before you step onboard.