Big bass and bluefish are here, mostly in deep water near mid sound but that is changing very soon and they will set up on typical holding areas like rip lines and shoreline structure. Smaller bass in the 20-30" range are showing up in excellent numbers and these are the perfect target for fly rod and light tackle action near the surface. These fish are feeding primarily on sandeels and those same sandeels will draw in fluke and black seabass by the end of the month.
This has been an excellent start to the season and now with COVID seemingly getting under control it's time to get out on the water and book a charter!
Travis above with his personal best striped bass caught July of 2020!
Colton holding one of many Spanish Mackerel we caught during their assault on spearing anywhere from Milford to Fairfield, this was the best showing we have ever season for these tasty and fun fish to catch!
Above Colton and Hunter are holding some excellent table fare, the sea bass fishing is excellent right now in the middle of June and will continue to improve throughout the summer and into fall!
It's amazing the volume of small baits, silversides, peanut bunker and snapper blues, that are all in large numbers already in the western LI Sound, this is about a month early but we'll take it! Blitzing schoolie bass near New Haven, West Haven and Milford as well as the North Shore of LI have also been occuring which is way ahead of schedule...aaaaand once again zero complaints and I would not be at all surprised to see bonito in our waters in catchable numbers by the 2nd week of August...mark you calendars :-)
Tube and worm is still producing big stripers on structure and boulder fields, these fish can be caught mid day as they are typically sulking after feeding during the evening hours...a cow bass just cannot resist smacking a tube and worm rig even when her belly is full!
Freshwater Report -
The Farmington River is fishing well as it is a tailwater fishery and the releases from the bottom of the dam keep the water temps safe for the fish throughout the summer in the Riverton area and downstream to the campground. Caddis hatches occur early and late but on cloudy mornings streamers will get you connected to some big fish as will carefully fished nymphs in shallow riffles.
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!
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