Saltwater and Tidal River Report
Fishing has been a little bit of "run and gun" at times chasing bunker schools with big bass and bluefish in hot pursuit! Fish are just starting to settle into their lairs for the season and it is going to be a good one by the looks of things. Many 30+ pound stripers in our area now and the sandeels are back in town making the light tackle game tons of fun too. Our go to method for the big bass has been live lining bunker near bait pods, but some of these fish can be raised to hit a fly or popper near the surface. Inshore we have a good amount of small to medium size bluefish and stripers feeding on sandeels throughout the day, so daytime action can be had thanks to their return. The night bite on big bass has been excellent but we do no offer charters after dark...sorry! First light and the last 2 hours of daylight are just as productive, especially on the biggest bass of the crop. The cooler than normal water temps should ensure quality fishing throughout the summer months, a rare occasion to have quality big bass and blues in July and August too!
Freshwater Report -
It's game on for trout throughout CT and the action for fly rodders that crave surface fishing is on fire. Dry fly enthusiasts can now enjoy the March Brown, Caddis , Vitreus, BWO and several other hatches. We offer guiding on the Housatonic, Farmington and other local rivers as well as fly casting and entomology instruction!
A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!
Interested in Fly Casting instruction for fresh or salt water? Captain Chris Elser is a certified casting instructor and will be offering lessons and instruction throughout the season. Take advantage of one-on-one personalized instruction at any location that is convenient for you! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound.
Captain Chris Elser has been writing the Western Long Island Sound fishing reports since April of 2006, you will surely get detailed information on fishing for Stripers, Bluefish, False Albacore and more! Pick up the new isue for the latest info!
Heather above with a 52.5 inch striper taken on a red tube and gulp imitation sandworm trolled up on light tackle with a Lamiglas Tri-Flex conventional and Avet MXL reel!
A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.
This false albacore was 6 oz. from being a state record at just over 14lbs. and was caught on Sept. 29, 2009 near Milford, CT. It was my personal best fat albert! Let's hope they stack in tight again!
Bonito can be expected in August, it was an epic year in 2009.
My big fly rod fish above was taken July of 2009 on a 15 inch all black spun deer hair pattern tied by Peter Viviano, Jr. - check out all of his selection at www.fishflyes.co
A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!
A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!
The new rig is finally home - well new to us anyway!
This boat is well kept 2005 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in almost any conditions.
Always take the time to take a kid fishing, nothing like getting kids outdoors and away from all of the electronic distractions these days....enjoy the outdoors and please respect your environent!
Hunter's first Sea bass!
July - CJ with another big bass
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