It's August but the waters are cooling...go figure! Bluefish have arrived in the western sound for their fall chow down so it's time to break out the wire leaders. Striper fishing remains slow locally but that will pick up in a few weeks with this weather pattern. If you are bent on catching striped bass you should fish at night period! With the abundance of bunker in our area bass are primarily hammering the bunker schools and feeding at night because bunker have very poor night vision, easy targets for sluggish bass. You can get into good sized blues at first light and then again late in the evening.
Right now we have several great fishing opportunities available, Check out the latest fishing report!
This one above 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, drift live eels or live line 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! Contact Derrick Kirkpatrick who specializes in targeting trophy trout on the Farmington River - check out his info at CTfishguides.com. There are very few anglers tuned into the Farmington River trout fishery like Derrick, he will ensure you come away with a valuable lesson!
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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! CaptElser@Charter.net
Check out the collages of previous year catches on our photos page. A huge Thank You goes out to all that support us and the ongoing support we receive from SIMMS, Lamiglas Rods, Sage, and Reddington. Please visit the links above to check out their new and innovative rods, reels, lines and apparel for 2017!
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 2017!
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.